Monday, July 11, 2011

Discussions With A Distinguished Master - Part 2

[Posting for Mik3 - Sorry, Gordon, for misspelling your name.]

An Interview with Gordon Carrell

I had a chance to spend some time with IDPA Distinguished Master Gordon Carrell and took the opportunity to get to know him and pick his brain for shooting tips. I want to thank him in advance for treating me like one of the boys after only knowing me for a couple of minutes and also for the genuine care and concern he showed for my learning experience.

One thing that he very graciously took the time to explain was how he breaks down the basic skills involved in shooting a IDPA stage. This is something that I've done in most aspects of my everyday life, but not something I'd applied to shooting a stage. See, If you want to be advanced in any endeavor, the secret is break complicated concepts down to the most basic and fundamental forms. I learned this from Shihan Akira Tohei in my many years of studying Aikido. Gordon applies it to IDPA as follows:

There are 5 basic things you have to do when you shoot most stages:

  1. Draw: Applies anytime you need to draw the gun from the holster.

  2. Transition: Anytime I have to change my point of aim. E.g. "Two to the body, one to the head", would count as a transition. The first target after a setup or a draw does NOT count as a transition.

  3. Reload: Slide Lock or Reload with Retention

  4. Setup: Anytime I have to take two or more steps to acquire the next target.

  5. Disappear: Number of targets that disappear on that stage.

Analyzing the stages from the Carolina Cup, we see something like:


Where Does the Time Go?

Gordon explained for example there were 13 draws from the holster over 16 stages - so if his draw to first shot would be .2 seconds faster than mine, he just gained 2.6 seconds over the duration of the match: .2x13=2.6. So, now that you you see how the sheet works, you must know your skill set times in order for it to give you an idea of what you should dedicate more training time to in order to get the most bang for you buck.

Lets do another example: if Gordon's transitions are .23 and mine are .33, over all the stages of the Carolina Cup he will have gained a total of 7.2 seconds!

I’ll be using this sheet to track the skills which will allow me to remove the most time by implementing a training and dry fire practice plan focusing on those areas of development.