Very shortly, I will be launching air pistol coaching webinars. For those of you, who do not know what webinars are, then here is a simple explanation;
Webinars are classroom lectures/seminars, hosted on the web by an expert/coach (myself), on a particular subject (air pistol coaching) to students all over the world, using video conferencing software. The key feature of webinars is that it allows real time live discussions enabling the coach to providing answers to questions on the spot.
Webinars therefore remove the final mental barrier for students who believe that coaching can only be done face to face. Webinars therefore transcend geographical boundaries and time zones, since webinars can now be accessed at the convenience of each student whenever it suits them (time wise).
This then brings me to the next point, which is, what and how will the content of each webinar be relevant to beginners, intermediate and advanced level students?
Roughly, my webinars will address three categories of shooters;
- The Basic Free Course, Module No. 1, which will address all beginners.
- The Intermediate course will be for Modules 2 to 5, which will address those students who are already working on these modules for a period of 6 to 12 months.
- The advanced course webinars, are meant only for those students who have matured and understood the concepts laid out in Modules 2 to 5 and who have attained a fair degree of proficiency. Specifically these webinars deal with Module No. 6 : The Mental Shot Program.
Presently, online coaching, interaction and discussions were held on our WhatsApp group: The Elite Member’s Group. Additionally, my students could video call me and or call me via the phone.
The limitations of this medium were, that the benefit of in-depth discussion of each point, benefited only ONE shooter at a time. Through webinars, ALL my students would benefit from my interaction with each student, plus, they can access this webinar anytime to review the discussion again and again. Also, those who could not attend a particular webinar, will now be able to do so by accessing the recorded webinars stored on my website.
Additionally, if a shooter wants me to view his shooting live, then this can also be achieved quite easily. This is particularly relevant to the present Corona Virus time.
Videos in English and Hindi have been uploaded on YouTube, which explains how you can access my webinars. The links are provided below;
You Tube Video Links
You are requested to go through and prepare yourself technically for participating in my webinars.
Today the entire world is going through a phase where it is safest to be at home. For the shooting fraternity, not going to the shooting range can really be irksome. However, this is an opportunity for shooters to look very closely at the following areas;
Recovery from injuries:
Many shooters continue training despite nagging pain in different parts of the body. Specifically, the neck, shoulders, elbow and knee joints being the most common. Now is the time to let your body rest and recover naturally before the niggling pain turns into something more serious, which can be very difficult to cope with in the later years.
Developing a physical fitness routine:
Those shooters who have been neglecting their physical fitness should develop a physical fitness routine which can be followed at home. This routine will not only strengthen your body but it will also keep you mentally fresh, fit and positive to face the prevailing worldwide situation.
Training at home:
Foresight Shooting is a website which has always emphasised the importance of training at home. Each module discusses different exercises which strengthen not only your basics but also provides advanced training which helps in mastering the aiming process at the subconscious level.
Stress on Yogic techniques:
Those practising different yoga techniques have greater resilience both physically and mentally to face the dangers presented by the Chinese Virus.
In Module No. 3, 4 & 5. Simple to very advanced yogic techniques related to pranayama (yogic breathing) are provided which strengthen your respiratory system to a very high level. This strengthening is vital to face the virus which affects the respiratory system.
Learning to relax:
In Module No. 5, Mental Skills, ‘Body Relaxation’ Techniques complete with downloadable audio instructions are provided for easy learning and implementation.
This is the time when you should devote more time towards learning and perfecting ‘Visualisation’ Techniques which is the next step after mastering body relaxation techniques.
Expanding your knowledge base:
With so much time on hand, this is an excellent period for gaining more knowledge about your sport. There is no other website in the world (apart from the ISSF website) which provides so much knowledge regarding air pistol shooting.
My sincerest advice to you is to use this time to expand your knowledge by subscribing to the modules on the website.
Meditation is focused attention on one thought and or feeling. Shooting like meditation is also focussed attention by the shooter for shooting a ‘10’.
When the sights come into the aiming area, the shooter must focus (to the exclusion of everything else) on achieving follow through of the positive continuous trigger feeling.
This he must do regardless of any distracting thoughts which include the arc of movement, aligned sights or focus.
Just as in meditation, one prepares himself for the process of meditation, by mentally, physically and technically going through the steps which lead to the desired state of mental peace.
The same holds true in shooting. Before we start shooting, we have to prepare ourselves ‘physically’ by doing adequate warming up exercises.
We warm up ‘mentally’, by going through the steps in our technique for shooting a ‘10’ in our mind.
We warm up ‘technically’, by doing dry firing exercises.
The state of bliss achieved in meditation is also achieved during shooting- the ‘ no mind’ stage, where shots are executed from the subconscious, while the conscious mind, stops its chattering thereby stops interfering in the smooth, automatic working of the subconscious mind.
But to reach the stage where the subconscious mind takes over, one has to train the conscious mind to ‘shut up’. This process is explained in great detail in Module No. 5 Mental Skills. Graded exercises in this module, help the student to learn, how to switch off the conscious mind and slide into shooting from the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind, also has to be trained to produce the performance required for shooting ‘10s’ continuously, one after the other in rows. This is also explained in Mod. No. 5 Mental Skills.
From the above, the reader will surmise that shooting like meditation, requires proper training and guidance. You can be anywhere on this planet. If you have an internet connection and a laptop or smartphone you can also avail of these guidelines and correct training methods.
Surprisingly, when most people want to take up some form of meditation, they automatically look for a ‘guru’ or training programmes online. When it comes to shooting however, 90 % of the people shrink away from online training.
Wake up! The world is moving onto online training, for almost all the skills required for getting ahead in life.
Then why are you shying away from online training available on this website?
The ONLY website in the world, offering online interactive one on one coaching in air pistol shooting.
Can you learn to get into the highest level of meditation without a guru? Yes or No? If your answer is No, then you should reflect upon online coaching for shooting very seriously.
It is a lot cheaper, convenient and your coach is available to you 24 hours X 365 days for you for your entire lifetime!
With a 1.25 billion population and more than 300,000 shooters in India (rifle & pistol)
India in the recent years has become a powerhouse in shooting, replacing China as the No.1 country in shooting sports.
Each year, we see new talent emerging and replacing the previous lot within a very short period of 2 to 3 years.
How has this come about?
One of the primary reason for this surge in shooting sports and high performance scores on the world stage is ‘Self-belief’.
Today in India, youngsters in the age group of 15 to 20 years, BELIEVE that they can shoot far better than their seniors and THEY ARE DOING IT.
This ‘self-belief’ can be developed within oneself at any age, however, it is easier to develop at an early age.
This is due to the fact that the minds of youngsters are still malleable, like fresh clay in the hands of a potter building pots. They are more OPEN to ideas and dreams!
As the years go by, the clay becomes less malleable due to hardening of self limiting beliefs. That is why we see many senior World No. 1 shooters, both ladies and gents being overtaken by the younger crowd.
It is not that the seniors are incapable of putting in hard work, they do and in some cases put in more effort than the junior lot.
What trips them up is that somewhere within themselves, the motivation level reduces.
And most importantly they are less open to new ideas for raising their motivation levels, less open to try out new techniques, Hence the motivation, and drive for winning more medals erodes over time hence they are bypassed.
In Module No. 6 – The Mental Shot Program, techniques for developing a strong self image and how to motivate oneself are discussed.
As a matter of fact, the techniques provided in the module can be used by anybody for excelling in any area of interest besides sports.
All that is required is an OPEN and POSITIVE mind.
In my Basic 10 meter air pistol shooting videos, I had discussed ‘Focus’ and how it is important to develop the ‘focus lock’.
What is ‘Focus Lock’?
When the sights come into the aiming area, you must develop a sharp, well aligned foresight with the focus remaining steady and sharp till follow through is completed.
A correct focus lock is achieved when your conscious mind which is in the habit of constant chattering (self-talk) shuts up. You are just focussed on the foresight while your conscious mind locks down, no chatter, no noise, no self-talk, no thoughts…
Just a blank silence in which the mind is concentrating completely on the foresight. Yet, you are aware of the smooth trigger operation without any background thoughts. This state is also called as the ‘stithi’ in yoga.
When you achieve this state, your subconscious and unconscious mind delivers an excellent and perfect follow through, resulting in an inner ‘10’.
To develop this mental focus lock, in my Modules No. 3 Basic Training and Module No. 4 Advanced Training, I have discussed some fantastic yogic techniques which will help you to achieve optical as well as mental focus lock, thereby improving your follow through which will deliver more number of ‘10’s.
The Yogic techniques are based on Pranayama, ( Yogic breathing technique), Then the use of ‘Tratak’ which is an advanced yogic technique are explained in great detail.
And finally, we use the CUE card which is a simple 10 M air pistol card with the sight alignment picture in the aiming area of the card.
How to develop the optical and mental focus lock is shown in Mod. 3 and 4.
I will give you an example of how it will help you. Presently I am not shooting for the last two to three months, however, I recently bought a pistol for my wife which has an extra small grip.
Testing out the pistol was difficult for me because I use a Medium grip while holding the extra small grip, my last two fingers were outside the palm rest. Thus I was holding the pistol grip with my middle two fingers only.
Even with this improper gripping, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my sights remained dead steady and perfectly aligned in the aiming area.
How did I achieve this?
Years of training on the CUE card and practising the Yogic technique of Tratak had imprinted on my subconscious and unconscious mind the mental program that whenever my sights come into the aiming area they will be aligned, dead steady and I will achieve a sharp focus lock both optical as well as mental. This is precisely what happened, even with an improper gripping.
Another very interesting example which I wish to share with you is as follows;
In the early 90’s, when I was just starting off in shooting, there was a Doctor who won all the club, and state level air pistol competitions. One day, while competing in an event, his pistol malfunctioned during the sighters.
He quickly borrowed another pistol. He found that the grip was too small for his hand. So what did the good doctor do?
He removed the wooden grips entirely and shot the match holding only the metal frame on which the wooden grips were screwed on. And yes he won that competition also, scoring almost the same score which he normally shot in matches.
When asked, the Doctor replied with a wry smile, “It’s all in the Mind”.
Shooting being a mental sport, the Doctor had programmed his mind to deliver his best scores whatever be the situation. That is why programming your subconscious and unconscious mind with the correct training delivers miraculous results.
Systematic training through the yogic techniques discussed above will help you to master both mental as well as optical focus lock which in turn will deliver excellent follow through leading to an increase in your scores.