A Word On Shitty Instructors

A Word On Shitty Instructors

With my new shipment of Ultimate Training Munitions arriving soon I though it would be smart to talk about training, and instructors, and how it’s not rocket science.

I have had a few very smart instructors and many very bad instructors when it comes to force-on-force training. One of the biggest problems is that as an instructor many people don’t know why they are teaching what they are teaching, they don’t understand how to frame it to the student, and also Instructor Masturbation is a big problem. Yes you read that correctly. Let’s use Dave Grossman’s book “On Combat” to help talk about this today.

Grossman lists 3 “Principles” (Good choice of word right?) in his section on “Stress Inoculation and Fear” where he speaks about training.

Principle 1: Never “Kill” A Warrior In Training

Principle 2: Try to Never Send a Loser Off Your Training Site

Principle 3: As a Trainer, Never Talk Trash About Your Students

And he also mentions “Instructor Masturbation“.

“It is easy to design a force-on-force paint bullet scenario that makes every trainee look like an idiot, but all that proves is that the trainers are jerks. Ken Murray calls this ‘masterbation’ – its only purples is to act as a form of self-gratification for the trainer. …” -On Combat

I won’t go into TOO much detail on this section but suffice it to say it’s worth reading his book, I have done a review on it (here) that you can check out.

Some Questions Worth Asking

As in instructor I recommend having a few things pass through your brain before during and after “teaching” like:

“Why are my students here?” are they here to be tested? Are they here as beginners? Are they here to work as a group? Are they here because they are capable professionals and need you to nit-pick so that they can sharpen their edge?

“How can I make this as real as possible?” Can I find an alternative to using blue tape across a door or a wall to “simulate” out-of-play? Can I get better props? (That answer is yes). What can I have my students do  before and after the drill to build better tactics and techniques (Check their gear, radio or call 911 after a shooting, practice good briefs and debriefs, legal studies).

“What could POSSIBLE be a training scar here?” administrative actions that may accidentally work their way into the field like picking up empty magazines and holstering too soon.

“Is the pretend scenario in my head the same as the pretend scenario in my students’ heads?” Probably THE BIGGEST problem I have personally seen in force-on-force training. “Why did you shoot him, he was/wasn’t a threat!!!” and a student doesn’t get to respond fully with the mental picture they had built in their head like… I don’t know “In my head we were going after a known axe murderer and we were cornered and it was dark out and ninjas were attacking from all angles!” That’s exaggerated I know but in REAL LIFE there are tons and tons and tons of stimuli that you have to process to make your life or death decisions and they don’t all happen in the 10 seconds of your training gun fight. Let the students talk. And also be aware that you are not the judge and jury, an actual judge and jury will weigh their actions in court.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Can’t wait to start introducing force on force to the site and to my students for you to learn from!


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