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    10 M Air Pistol Match Centric Training

    10 M Air Pistol Match Centric Training

    Most 10 M air pistol shooters train with the next match in mind. Training with the next match in mind does provide the motivation and intensity during training but the downside is when you shoot badly in your training session, you will get tremendously frustrated.

    Some of the questions which pop up in your mind when shooting badly are as follows;

    Oh My God! Is this how I am going to shoot in my match?
    I just have to improve my shooting before the day of the match!

    The above questions give rise to a lot of negative emotions which BLIND you from making true progress.
    You also lose the joy in the shooting which leads to a depressive state after most training sessions. Which in turn spoils not just one day but many days to come in your valuable life!

    True learning and improvement in your performance will only begin if you have the courage and the patience to take the following steps;

    Correct 10 M Air Pistol Training.

    First and foremost be realistic. You cannot become an international class shooter in six months or for that matter even 1 or 2 years!

    A realistic timespan would be 3 to 5 years, that too if you train correctly.

    So please stop dreaming and get real!

    Next, you must train under a good coach (somebody who has shot at least 570+ in a match) who can actually demonstrate how to shoot a 10 regularly in front of you.

    If such a coach is not available then you can subscribe to Module 1 to 6 on this website.

    Next, work on your Basic Techniques Module No. 1 Basic Techniques gradually move on to Module No. 2 Technique for shooting a 10 and Module No. 3 Training Methodology.

    When you subscribe to Module 2 onwards, you begin training under my daily guidance as follows;

    1. You can post training related questions on our WhatsApp group. All questions posted on this group are answered by me within 2 to 3 hours!

    2. You may also call me directly.

    3. You may also speak to me one on one via video conferencing.

    4. You can post pictures of your gripping method, position etc on WhatsApp or use video conferencing.

    5. You may if you wish can also obtain personalised training in the academy’s shooting range.

    The final step that you need to take is to develop the correct attitude towards your training.
    Attitude matters a lot!

    Once you have mentally accepted that your training time frame is 3 to 5 years, then you are on your way to developing the correct attitude towards your training.

    Your training is a journey, where each and every shot you fire (live or dry) is a step along this journey. For each and every shot you shoot, stop and check where you need to improve and above all rejoice on the points where you have made good progress.

    For example, if you are mastering sight alignment congratulate yourself if you can keep the sights steady and aligned for 3 seconds initially.

    Keep your daily training goals small and realistic.

    An unrealistic goal would be to keep your sights steady and aligned for 6 seconds (if you are a beginner).

    Maintain a goal for each training session.

    For a beginner, to keep the sights steady and aligned for 3 seconds against a blank wall is not only realistic but also easier to achieve within a few training sessions (10 to 15 sessions of 1 hour each).

    Key to rapid progress in the 10 M Air Pistol training:

    The key to making rapid progress is to keep your goals easy to achieve and to rejoice on successfully achieving your goal for each and every shot you shoot.

    This way, after each training session you will be happy and charged up positively to take on your next training session.

    10 Meter Air Pistol Coaching

    10 Meter Air Pistol Coaching

    When a student asks a question (related to the technical, physical or mental aspects of 10 Meter Air Pistol Shooting) to a coach, the coach should provide a correct answer, based on the skill level of the student asking the question.

    For example, “Sir, when I am about to shoot, I find that my pistol moves to the left of the target. Why does this happen and what should I do to correct this?

    In case the student is a complete stranger, then the coach must first and foremost find out, how many months or years the student has been shooting.

    If the answer is less than a year then the coach, based on his experience should address the following points;

    1. The shooters position and stance.
    2. Whether the student knows what the natural Point of Aim (NPA) is.
    3. Whether the shooter has warmed up correctly before the training session.

    The above points – Stance & Position, NPA and Warming up Drills are aspects related to 10 Meter Air Pistol Basic Techniques.

    However, if the shooter has been shooting for say two to three years and is say shooting above 560/600 then the inferences drawn by the coach may be as follows;

    1. Mental Focus on Trigger Follow through is missing.

    If the coach, without finding out the skill level of the student, tells the shooter who has been training for less than a year – “You must mentally focus on trigger follow through”.

    The reply will leave the student more bewildered and confused.

    Therefore, a good 10 Meter Air Pistol coach must first and foremost, assess the skill level and maturity of the shooter before replying.

    And it goes without saying that the coach himself should know the following;

    1. How to take a correct stance and position.
    2. How to get the correct NPA
    3. What warming up drills are.
    4. What mental focus on trigger follow through is.

    10 Meter Air Pistol Coaching Knowledge Timeline.

    A good coach must have a mental timeline in his mind. On this timeline, from the left to right, he must have all the knowledge necessary to take the student from a fresher, novice category to the end of the timeline (to the right) which is an Olympic Medallist or World Record holder.

    For a club level coach, the extreme right end of the timeline may be the knowledge for taking the student up to the National level.

    Next, he must have the ability to communicate this knowledge to the student in such a way (Training methodology) which enables the student to correct the faults.

    Patience is the next most important quality a good coach must possess because no two students are the same; each student has a different learning curve. Some learn quicker than others, so the coach has to be patient with the slower learners and not make the mistake of comparing the two.

    Since no two students are alike, the coach must be flexible and creative in providing the correct training methodology so that the interest of the students is brimming to the full.

    A system for daily monitoring the progress of the student is absolutely essential so also is a system of measurement of the students’ inputs. Therefore, the coach must not only monitor each and every session of his students but he must also develop a system for measuring the progress or lack of it.

    At Foresight Shooting 10 Meter Air Pistol Academy, the entire spectrum of knowledge which takes a member from the ‘beginner’ level to the Olympian heights is provided through graded 10 Meter Air Pistol Training Modules.

    The progress of our members is measured and monitored on a daily basis via our Elite Members Group on whatsapp. Students post their daily session by session inputs. Corrections, encouragements and clarification of doubts are dealt with on a daily basis.

    Further, face to face communication through video calling provides closer ties between coach and students.

    Additionally, shooters from all over, train under my personal supervision through One to One training sessions in the academy’s shooting range.

    Module 1: Basic Skills (Free)

    Module 2: Technique for shooting a ’10’

    Module 3: Training Methodology

    Module 4: Advanced Training Methodology

    Module 5: Mental Skill

    Module 6: Mental Shot Program

    EXERCISES IN STUPIDITY- I

    EXERCISES IN STUPIDITY- I

    In This blog article, I am listing out some of the incredibly stupid things some coaches and senior shooters tell their students to follows. I will also provide you the reasons why I call these exercises as ‘stupid’.

    1. Holding with Bricks, Water Bottles for hours

      This is a very popular practice followed by most shooters, specifically in India, propagated by half-baked coaches.  

    Shooting is a mental sport, requiring very fine neuromuscular control of the arm, wrist, and muscles of the hand. It also requires tremendous eye/hand/ spatial balance co-ordination and concentration. It is just like threading a needle.  

    It is the difference between a neurosurgeon wielding a scalpel and a blacksmith hefting the hammer in the forge.  

    ‘Holding’ for hours with bricks and water bottles is akin to the blacksmith hefting the hammer.  

    Secondly, shooting is a mental sport which requires tremendous mental discipline. When the sights come into the aiming area, the top-level shooters mentally discipline themselves to focus on a single thought process – which is to execute shot follow through.  

    Precisely like the neurosurgeon who focuses his mind to make that fine small cut with his scalpel. At the moment of making the cut, what do you think will happen if the surgeon starts thinking about his electricity bill.  

    While ‘holding’, what does the student think?  

    After getting bored doing a few holdings, the mind of the shooter will drift to other entertaining thoughts, like the latest movie, time out with his girlfriend, etc. As a result, his mind will get into the habit of flitting from one thought to another instead maintaining the mental discipline to focus on one single thought for a long period of time.  

    When the same shooter picks up his pistol, undoubtedly, he will be able to hold the pistol steady but will he be able to maintain the same steadiness of mind?  

    Finally, hours and hours of holding leads to serious injuries which may lead the shooter to give up the sport altogether. The most common injuries due to excessive holding are related to the cervical column, specifically the neck region. The other common injury is the tennis elbow and frozen shoulder.    

    Mental Skills Part – III

    Mental Skills Part – III

    The Unconscious Mind.

    The Subconscious Mind is like the RAM (Random Access Memory) in a computer. Whereas the Unconscious Mind is the hard disk of the computer.

    The unconscious mind, like the subconscious mind also has millions of programs recorded in its memory. However, these are like ‘read only’ files which cannot be edited easily. This is because these program files are burned very firmly in the memory disk.

    Each program file in the unconscious mind (hard disk) has firewalls surrounding it. Precisely like your antivirus programs which protect your computer from harmful viruses.

    These firewalls are made up of very strong emotions and core beliefs. For example, most citizens have a very low opinion of politicians. They hold the strong belief that most of them are corrupt individuals, that is why, their circle of friends usually does not include them.

    But are all politicians corrupt and or greedy! Obviously not. But we tend to tar them all with the same brush of distrust.

    In the very same way, some of our core beliefs and emotions may not always be based on hard facts. Nevertheless, we still hold them to be true.

    Some of these core beliefs and emotions which are not based on hard facts, prevent us from making real progress in our lives. Mostly these core beliefs and emotions are related to what we think or how we react in a particular situation.

    For example, speaking in public is a highly desirable skill. Possessing this skill enables you to take on the leadership mantle in your society or workplace. Once you take on a leadership position in the workplace or society, you automatically tend to climb on the ladder of success both in monetary terms as well as a position of prestige in society.

    But how many of us can speak extempore in public? Ninety nine percent of us shy away from such a situation, preferring the comfort of the audience rather than facing them.

    This fear of speaking in public is one of the programs burned into the memory disk of your unconscious mind. Because you are afraid of speaking in public, this strong emotion of fear is written in your self- image program of your unconscious mind.

    Every time you shy away from standing up and communicate your knowledge in public, that many times you hard wire the program in your unconscious mind that ‘you cannot speak in Public’.

    10 M Air Pistol Match Pressure.

    During the match, a shooter faces a fear quite similar to being invited to speak in public. Both fears arise out of the fight or flight response which has been discussed in Mental Skills – II.

    Inability to handle this match pressure prevents an otherwise talented and promising shooter to realise his high practice score in a match situation.

    Over a period of time, this fear gets more and more deeply ingrained in the program which runs the shooters performance during a match. In order to overcome match pressure or to speak in public requires the development of mental skills which are as follows;

    1. Goal Setting,
    2. Choosing the correct Self-image.
    3. Powering up the chosen self-image through feelings.
    4. Visualisation techniques.

    The abovementioned techniques and skills are explained through 57 videos and text lessons in Module No.5 – Mental Skills.

    Once you have mastered the above skills (which can be done quite easily and quickly) you will have the tools to not only overcome match pressure, but you can also translate these skills in becoming successful in each and every sphere of your life!

    Mental Skills Part – II

    Mental Skills Part – II

    The Subconscious Mind.

    The Subconscious Mind is like the RAM (Random Access Memory) in a computer. For example, when you are brushing your teeth, you are consciously planning out your day or the next activity.

    You do not consciously focus your attention on physically brushing your teeth. You brush your teeth automatically while you are thinking of something else. This automatic brushing of your teeth is a program which is being run by your subconscious mind.

    There are millions of programs which the subconscious mind is running automatically throughout the day. When you are changing your clothes or driving to your office, you continue thinking on the serious tasks of the day while you change your clothes or drive on your way to office.

    Once a skill is learned (driving a car, brushing your teeth etc), this skill which is a set of movements is recorded in your subconscious mind and is played out or used automatically. This frees your conscious mind to mentally focus on important tasks or activities in your day to day life.

    Thus there are millions of such programmes written in your subconscious mind.

    The Subconscious Mind therefore has a memory bank where all the above programs are stored.

    Fight or Flight Response:

    Match pressure is a response of the body when the conscious mind recognises a ‘threat’ situation. For example, if you are opening the door of the car in a parking lot, and you see a mugger (s) approaching you with the intention of robbing you, the conscious mind relays this threat to the Subconscious which responds by preparing your body to handle the situation by either fighting or running away from the muggers.

    This response by your body is called as the ‘fight or flight’ response which is a programme stored in the subconscious mind and the body reacts in the following manner;

    On detecting a threat by the conscious mind, the adrenaline glands based on the top of your kidneys secrete adrenaline into the blood thereby causing the following;

    1. The heart rate increases.

    2. The increase in heart rate enables blood to be pumped faster.

    3. This blood is pumped from the abdominal region towards the arms, shoulder and neck muscles. It is also diverted to the thighs and leg muscles.

    4. Thus the specific muscles for fighting and or running are adequately supplied with oxygen through the blood.

    5. The temperature of the body rises and to cool it down, the body sweats to lower the increased temperature.

    These are some of the bodily reactions to the fight or flight response which is a program run by the subconscious mind. The purpose of this fight or flight response is to protect you by preparing your body to take survival actions – running or fighting.

    Match Pressure in a 10 M air pistol event.

    The fight or flight response kicks in when you face the first record shot in a match (some times it kicks in during the sighters itself).

    Due to the physical reaction of your body stated above, the shooter experiences the following;

    1. Sight alignment is unsteady.

    2. Arc of movement becomes wider.

    3. The focus is blurred.

    4. The above three points lead to the trigger freezing.

    When the shooter is experiencing the above, we say that he is under ‘match pressure’.

    In the next blog article we will see how Match pressure is handled. Module No. 5 Mental Skills help the shooter to understand the working of the Subconscious Mind and how to reprogram match pressure.