The trainers at BRED FOR WAR aren’t interested only in improving your skill with a handgun. We are dedicated to spreading the warrior virtues and awakening men to the possibilities their lives possess when one accepts his role as a warrior. Conflict resolution, physical fitness and unarmed combat, warrior mindset and mental resiliency are all crucial aspects of any man’s decision to carry a firearm for his own personal safety and that of his family.
Learning to shoot holes in paper targets is an essential aspect of training with a handgun. The proper grip, stance, sight picture, sight alignment, trigger control, breathing, and follow through can be learned in a single day and, with a little practice, a certain proficiency can be developed. For many, that proficiency alone will create a sense of security that is never challenged by real events. But one need only look at the statistics concerning PTSD and suicide among veterans to realize that training for actually violent encounters has to be much more than a collection of physical skills. Fortunately there are very old, ancient models of warriorship that address the spiritual and psychological side of violent confrontation. Every student of Asian Martial Arts brushes up against these practices, but few are actually given reason to incorporate them fully into their training. At BRED FOR WAR, we address prowess and training for the fight using the same technology used by the Japanese Samurai, the Hindu Ksatriya, and even the Christian Templar Knights. The training forms a circle of sorts, the hand is trained to train the mind; the mind is trained to train the hand. As you cross that line between being just a man with a gun and a warrior, you will find that these skills, these outlooks, these virtues enrich every aspect of your life.
During my career behind a gun, I’ve been an infantryman, a field medic, a small town cop, a Border Patrol Agent and a Federal Air Marshal. While I have been extensively trained in field craft and patrolling, I’ve learned that our battlefield, as private citizens, is far more likely to be your own living room during a home invasion or a parking garage during an assault than the villa of a terrorist leader. With only so many hours in the day to train, it is important not to get distracted by the claims of “operators” that may have numerous classified missions to their credit, but aren’t prepared to concentrate on what you need to know to fight and win on the home front, where you will be operating with far less support and sanction.
Joseph Hall is also the author of AMERICAN RONIN available on Amazon as an ebook and in paperback.
He is currently at work on AMERICAN RONIN 2: ZEN AND THE WAY OF THE GUNFIGHTER.
Miyamoto Musashi, Japan’s Greatest Swordsman, wrote a list of 21 precepts for his favorite student shortly before his own death. In AMERICAN RONIN, veteran and philosopher Joseph Hall applies these same precepts to the modern experience of those warriors who today, like Musashi in his time, find themselves possessed of military skills and a warrior nature, but are now ronin…masterless samurai outside the military system.