Problems in technique and tempo
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By Brian C. Hartman
One of the greatest benefits of teaching tactics is, how many students from varied backgrounds we come in contact with. Like all of us, students bring to class, a willingness to learn, and a host of both good and bad habits.
A problem I often observe is a lack of situational discretion as it applies to tempo. Another is an operational misunderstanding of the occupation of space versus the clearing of space.
While clearing a structure or space, a shooter will encounter walls, doors, steps and all the other defining attributes of a building. Obviously negotiating these will necessitate the use of movement. By proxy, this means that as our shooter ‘moves’, their body will physically occupy “new / conquered” space, while surrendering “old / relinquished” territory. Meanwhile as the shooters eyes and muzzle pass through areas, they are indeed “searching” for the common indicators of human presence: form, shape, shift, noise, weapons, light, flash, color/contrast, etc. And it is here where the problems begin...