"The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental." -- John Steinbeck
As I drive headlong into my twentieth year teaching “gunfighting” topics, I find that we have reached the pinnacle of development in the technical realms of firearms, as well as in their tactical deployment.We have broken ground on edgy methods that increase the likelihood of winning the fight, and those outlandish and out of the box (not even on the page) things have become accepted and (gasp) mainstream.
But I find there has been an area we have focused comparatively little on. As the Steinbeck quote mentions, the brain…really the mind. It truly is the final weapon without whose training, all else is moot. The mind is the ultimate weapon. And it is on this topic that I will focus my energies.
In this book we will discuss the mental and even the emotional training of the fighter. Other than passingly, I won’t get into techniques. We expect the reader already has a grasp on running his weapons. And the discussion is solely focused on that.Everything will be dealt with conceptually and theoretically. I leave the legalities and the issues of societal acceptance to the reader as well. Needless to say, a great deal of this would be shocking to the casual shooter, sportsman, or weekend CCW person. It is what it is.
And one more thing we will discuss – the heart.
In the end, as Steinbeck’s quote also reflects, the purpose of starting the fight is quite simple - to win. And everything I share with you is to, as much as humanly possible, guarantee that outcome.
Gabe Suarez - Suarez International