DSI TRAINING PHILOSOPHY The Industry Standard Vs. The DSI Standard
Using military, law enforcement, and common private industry training standards as a gauge we want to give you a sense of how the DSI standard compares to the "industry" standard.
The industry standard focuses on range safety and artificiality by using tightly controlled, on-line, square range drills or movement under tightly controlled drills (such as "box" drills), in order to focus on draw speed and hits in a given area under a certain time limit. This type of training is often accompanied by hours in the classroom presenting declarative knowledge, which eats into the available live-fire training time. When critical topics like the use of force are taught in a classroom, rather than on your feet in the sudden, uncertain, violent and chaotic setting of combat (real or simulated) students are more likely to either overreact or to hesitate and be afraid to apply the appropriate level of force.
DSI begins by looking at reality: the actual conditions of a gunfight. We believe that firearms skills must be integrated at the earliest possible moment with maneuver (movement with purpose). We believe that most of the declarative knowledge can be absorbed by the student through readings, narrated videos, and dry practice drills on his schedule and on his own premises before he ever sets foot on a range - especially if he has access to instructors to answer questions that may arise. We believe that your paid, on-range, supervised training time is a precious resource that should be maximized.
To be able to defend yourself, DSI believes you need to be killing enabled. Regardless of your technical skills, if you have not processed the issues surrounding deadly force well before the moment of crisis, if you cannot kill another when it is necessary to save yourself or other innocents, then you will fail. Furthermore, one can only make proper decisions in lethal force engagements by way of orientation in the context of Colonel John Boyd’s OODA Loop (the decision-making process), and orientation only comes via experience under conditions as close as possible to those that will exist in a real fight for life. Orientation relies on experiential knowledge, which cannot be attained only by reading or talking about scenarios. Nor can you survive a lethal encounter if your conscious mind is distracted from vital decisions to engage in every choice of action or technique.
DSI’s training techniques develop sound, reality-based semi-conditioned responses to maintain your situational awareness, maneuver safely, and react aggressively to contact. Your trained gun handling skills will take care of themselves, and the higher-level conscious decisions – whether to shoot, how and whom to shoot – are fast, focused, and uncluttered. You will train this way from the start in both dry and live-fire drills, and then reinforce that learning through challenging RBT (Reality Based Training) scenarios in our Individual Tactics training programs.
Solid curricula that pre-loads the declarative knowledge, and then teaches integrated firearms and tactical skills in a reality-based environment will produce individuals and teams more capable than most military and police units. We base this statement on our personal experience of having trained thousands of military and law-enforcement personnel over 25 years.
Operational police and military units (those units actively "kicking in" doors day in and day out) may be able to outperform our clients in certain aspects, based on that all-important factor of experiential learning (basing actions and decisions under stress on a fund of prior, applicable experience). But DSI can develop and implement effective training faster, applying the best and latest techniques and lessons-learned; and present it in a more compressed, highly effective format because we have neither bureaucratic hoops to jump through, nor institutional inertia to overcome.
With DSI training isn't a "1 and your done" event. While you can and do learn a lot in your pre-course and range training, a key element missing from most training programs is post-course training and support. DSI supports your continued training by giving you access to post-course resources, individualized training advice after your course, and ties you into your community with other like-minded individuals (law enforcement, defense lawyers, etc).
In your post-course training, you will learn how to continually sharpen and refine the skills you learned on the range by using two key resources: The DSI Training Notebook and the tool of dry practice.
The DSI Training Notebook provides you the mechanism to utilize a proven method of embodying Boyds Decision Making Process (Observation, Orientation, Decision, and ACTION or the “OODA Loop”) into achieving your training goals (whatever they may be) quickly, through a proven dry practice system that you can use daily to sharpen those skills you are learning on the range. The Training Notebook is John Boyd’s ‘White Box’ in that it allows you to directly interface with and use Boyd’s Decision Making Process in guiding your own path forward using proven curricula and performance-enhancing training system on a continual basis.
Furthermore, this Training Notebook will not only form the basis of your personal training plan and become one of the most important training tools in your "tactical toolbox", but it will also form the basis of your team's training plan as well.
While achieving your goals is of primary importance, there is a second very important role this Training Notebook plays as well.
By using it, it will provide you with a system of documenting your efforts and training in case you ever need to defend yourself in court after you have defended yourself or others.
Tying all of this together are some of the finest, amiable, and well-trained firearms and tactics instructors on the planet - DSI certified Combative Firearms Instructors (CFIs) who have a vested interest in helping you achieve your personal training goals and ensuring you have the skills, knowledge, abilities, and the confidence you need in order to win the fight of your life. Your DSI CFI will answer all of your questions before you ever step on the range, they will ensure you have a safe, productive, challenging, and enjoyable range training experience, and they will guide you through each step in your post-course training with sound advice and guidance so you can continue to sharpen your skills after your training course.