The very best teachers (and there are too few of these, in my experience) understand what they’re teaching, where it fits, and why it is (or isn’t) applicable in any given circumstance. There are a lot of law enforcement trainers out there, for instance, who can’t fathom that there’s a difference between being awakened in the middle of the night by someone breaking through a patio door and getting a dispatch for that guy who just broke through that door. There’s a huge difference in how each person needs to respond even if the catalyst for the event — the bad guy — is the same.
Nothing new here if you have been following this blog for a while. I think a lot of the infighting has to do with trying to capture clientage which is not a bad reason to come up with some new twist or cool move to set you apart from the others. But I also see it as a losing proposition: The bigger the Ninja stuff, the less Regular Joe is gonna be attracted and the instructors will not make that money.
Instead of Cool Ninja Moves, we need MANY instructors that teach the Basics on each of the guns: Pistol. Shotgun & Rifle. A two or three-day class covering from basic operation to basic defensive use. No rappelling down a building or shooting your rifle while doing 50 mph in the highway, just your basic instructional on how to safely operate and defend yourself and your family.
Take most rifle classes. They are touted to be tactical rifle/carbine or Defensive rifle/carbine but what 90% of them mean to say is tactical/defensive training with an M4. And not any M4 but one with about 4 car payments worth of crap attached to the rails and another year worth of mags, dump pouches, harnesses, chicken plates tactical 5.11 wardrobe and whatever sunshades are officially cool this week. No, if you are an instructor, you should be able to teach a line of students with rifles ranging from a lever-action to a SCAR up and including a Mosin Nagant sans pig sticker. You are hired to teach basic & defensive rifle and not show how much you know about the M4 with really cool keymod magnesium rails. Maybe that is the reason why Appleseed is kicking butt and generating more proficient rifle shooters than anybody else.
If you keep it simple, they will come.