Last week we graduated another DFI class of more than thirty Deadly Force Instructors from all over the country, spanning Hawaii to the East Coast. We were hosted by the Trigger Pressers Union in Pittsburgh.
I always enjoy teaching a “train the trainers” program. Each candidate makes a presentation – you can’t deem people competent to instruct if you haven’t seen them instruct – and they all finished the forty-plus-hour program well. Co-instructor Art Joslin, JD and I were pleased with the outcome.
The satisfying thing with a class like this is what some trainers call “the oil-stain effect.” A drop of oil lands on a piece of linen. It spreads and spreads. Information is passed from the instructor-trainer to the new instructor, who passes it on to each trainee, and somewhere in that third generation of the transmission the knowledge prevents a tragedy and saves lives and careers. Much like the old example of the ripples of a stone landing in the water.
Our survey of the graduates, most of whom were teaching already, indicated that in the next year the information we shared over that week will reach almost thirteen thousand of their students.
I find that particularly satisfying.
We’ll be doing at least one more of those in 2023: our schedule for the coming year should be posted soon at https://massadayoobgroup.com.