While it is often said that practice makes perfect, we know that only “perfect practice” makes perfect. The primary reason to train for anything is to train the mind and hands to automatically do things efficiently and effectively. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17: "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another"
Simply put, I train to sharpen my mind and body so that I understand how to identify a threat, escape that threat when possible, respond if needed, survive through the incident, and navigate through the trauma after the incident; so that I can protect those lives the Lord has entrusted to me.
I train with many instructors to gain insight and knowledge, as no one has all the answers. Different instructors have different perspectives and experiences that they teach. After learning a few, it becomes easier to determine what works best for me. As an instructor, I also learn these various techniques so that I can assist my students in improving their skills and techniques.
Some of the critical perspectives I have learned through this training include:
There are many courses available that cover various aspects of the above. Additionally, different instructors provide different insights, techniques, and scenarios to cover the aspects above. By taking a number of courses from a variety of instructors, I have found that the student gains knowledge and perspective that they can apply should a bad situation ever occur.
In CPR, the American Red Cross recommends recurrent training every 2 years. State agencies recommend family fire drills at least semi-annually. Golfers and musicians practice regularly so they can perform at their peak.
So it is with defensive firearms training and self-defense skills. They deteriorate over time. Taking self-defense firearms courses and regularly practicing ensures that the person is best equipped to appropriately respond to a threat should one occur.