People ask me how an old fart like me can handle traveling to teach and testify all the time. It’s simple, really.
My generation grew up with the mantra “Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse.”
It’s already too late for me to live up to the last two of those imperatives, so living fast is all I have left.
This month we’ll be teaching our signature 40-hour MAG-40 course for law-abiding armed citizens (http://massadayoobgroup.com) in both Idaho and Washington state. We do these as a rule as a four-day immersion course, ten hours per day, encompassing a weekend. Why? Because we found that for most candidates, the tough part was getting a whole week off work that didn’t involve a vacation for the whole family, but anyone serious could get two days and a weekend. The Washington class is full, but there are still a very few openings in the Idaho class for anyone interested.
While in the Pacific Northwest, we’ll be taking a class in Active Mass Murder Interdiction at Firearms Academy of Seattle (still a few openings, www.firearmsacademy.com) , and staying for the regional Rangemaster Tactical Conference there. Hosted by Tom Givens, it brings together a conclave of top self-defense instructors (shooting, hand to hand, courtroom, etc) from all over the country. I’ll be teaching for a few hours of it, and soaking up knowledge the rest of the time. There’s nothing like teaching to make you appreciate learning. Info at www.rangemaster.com, still a very few openings there too.
If July is PNW month, August is our Northeast month. We have MAG-40s in Connecticut (short drive north from NYC area), southern New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania (Harrisburg). Our massadayoobgroup.com website will get you to any of them.
September will see us teaching in Wichita, Kansas and Brooklyn, Michigan (MAG-40s also), and rounding out the month delivering (and absorbing) continuing legal education training for attorneys “out west.”
Yes, there’s learning as well as teaching in there. Actually, the teaching itself is learning: it’s rare that I teach a class and don’t learn something from one or more of the students. I had the privilege of serving for nineteen years as chair of the firearms/deadly force training committee for ASLET, the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. ASLET’s motto was, Qui doscet, disket. “He who teaches, learns.”
I figured out real early in my life that someone who didn’t read wouldn’t be able to write well, and that someone who didn’t keep learning probably wouldn’t be able to teach well.
We finished June with an awesome MAG-180 class, so called because it completes 180 hours of training with me and my team. Hosted by master instructor David Maglio (far right, front row) it encompassed 60 hours, police qualifications shot at four times required speed, and instructor certification in handgun retention and disarming, and the Persuader mini-baton. It is an honor for us to teach committed students like these.