Before we get started, I think it’s important to define exactly what Practical Performance Training (PPT) is as I see it. PPT is an ever-evolving group of ideas, techniques, methodologies, and beliefs of what is and what can be in regards to combative and competitive shooting.
What does it mean?
Let’s break down PPT to its foundation. The concept is strongly rooted in practical shooting competitions, where first place is sought, as well as practical shooting skills, when lives are at stake. I do not believe there is a huge separation between “defensive” (which I call combative) shooting techniques and competitive techniques. What separation there is between the two exists in certain equipment, minor technique tweaks, and more than anything else, the mental relationship between those things and the shooters themselves. Frank Proctor put it best with his definition of what he calls Performance Shooting: “Applying the correct ratio of speed and accuracy to dynamic shooting situations with a goal of scoring maximum points in minimum time with 100% accountability.”
I think of the term “performance” a bit differently than most. To me, you are only as good as you are right now. The past is the past, and though it does count for something, it truly means very little in regards to what you are capable of today. I have been to many classes filled with guys who have gone to every school, been in every unit, shot in every competition, and proceeded to watch them fail as shooters at what I would consider a relatively moderate skill level while myself and others excelled. I don’t say this to feed my ego, but to make a point that the past makes very little difference when it comes to performing RIGHT NOW. I have seen, and know, several shooters that have never been to a formal class, never shot competition, never been in a special unit, that could mop the floor with 80% of the shooters out there with all those storied backgrounds. It’s all about performance right now! And as they say, there’s only one way to get to Carnegie Hall, and that my friends is practice.
Someone once said, “Shooting is the only martial art that for some reason people don’t think you need to practice.” This was as true 100 years ago as it is today. For people that truly understand the importance of training and practice, I hope PPT will be a helpful tool to reaching your goals. Training and practice (yes, there’s a difference) are my passion in life. I love to shoot. I love to be good at shooting. I love to teach. I live in pursuit of mastering all the knowledge I can about shooting, and with that, pass it on to others. I won’t get very Zen here about my beliefs concerning training or practice and the skill of arms, that comes later. Training, or more appropriately practice, is what separates mediocrity from greatness. If you want to be great, you have to practice.
So that, in a nutshell, is what I see as Practical Performance Training. This is a place for all different mindsets and applications of probably the most complex set of skills out there today. I hope you enjoy the ride!