Category: On Shooting

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The expression visual patience came as I was driving home from a match. For each shot, I allowed the mental time necessary to call every shot with certainty. I …

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“This is Wu Hsin’s open secret: the only evil is inattention.”-Wu Hsin TARGET TO TARGET TRANSITION SPEED From decisive seeing flows impeccable activity. Transition speed, or how quickly your pistol moves from target to target, is determined by how confidently …

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“If you want to understand Zen easily, just be mindless, wherever you are, twenty-four hours a day, until you spontaneously merge with the Way.”  -Ying-an I was asked, does the Zone experience occur more often to USPSA or Bullseye shooters? …

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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  -Buddha The following qualities will contribute to …

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“If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the the moments of your daily life deeply.”  -Thich Nhat Hanh ABANDON and CONTROL  USPSA shooters fall into two categories: Fast or Accurate. Fast shooters shoot poor points, resulting in a …

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“It is not what you do, but what you stop doing that matters.”-Nisargadatta Maharaj Firearm instruction, unfortunately, seldom includes the importance of keeping your eyes open as the shot fires. Calling the shot is vital for even a moderate amount …

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“If you are not sure, don’t act.”  -Bhodidharma After an extraordinary performance, competitors often report they felt “out of their body,” or superhuman. Time slowed down or even seemed to stop. Visual acuity and motor skills combined with laser-like precision. …

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“Zen study is basically to reach the fundamental and clarify the essence.”-Keizan FUNDAMENTALS & TECHNIQUE Understanding the difference between fundamentals and technique is critical for rapid progression. Fundamental means essential: what you must do. Technique is physical: how you do it. …

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“Remain in the neutrality of being.”  -Mooji A neutral grip is essential for consistent, accurate, high-speed shooting. NEUTRAL GRIP TEST Aim at the target, close your eyes and fire the shot. Open your eyes to see if the front sight …

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“The essence of the great Way is to act purposefully without striving.” -T’ai i chin hua tsung chih Proper technique is a tremendous aid to performance. (I said that because I’m not known as a technique man.) The shooter’s index position …

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