Mike Mohr "puts the salve on the sore"
I recently attended the Level 1 Instructor course held March 26-28 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort with Mike Mohr and was very pleased with every aspect of the class. Ultimately, the measure of success for a class comes down to the person instructing the class and Mike Mohr did an outstanding job. Working with a diverse group of shooters with varying degrees of skill level is no easy task. Mike showed great patience and ability in communicating with the class and helping us to focus on the key aspects of the program with an emphasis on safety and a supporting/encouraging shooting instruction approach.
Aside from a great number of tidbits, tools and information that was covered in the course (with safety being the undisputed number 1 priority), I personally had two “eureka” take away points that really stand out for me that will reshape my approach to passing on any shooting instruction and guidance: L4TTM (Look for the teaching moment) and a complete reversal in my approach. I suspect that L4TTM will get better over time and as my confidence as a shooter and/or instructor improves with experience. This certainly sets in place a real need to watch for “over informing” and possibly “over correcting” someone in shooting. It draws to mind how I might feel when shooting for the first time – what will I remember? How much information was thrown at me or how much fun was the shooting? Which will draw me back as a shooter?
As for the reversal in my approach, telling people where or why they missed the target compared to guiding them to see how they can shoot it can be a subtle but very powerful difference – one that can just as easily turn someone on to the sport as well is at can turn them off. I for one plan to lead as many people to the sport as I can. I would highly recommend the Level 1 Course for anyone interested in improving their shooting performance as well as their ability to pass along helping advice for the beginner shooter. Thanks to the NSCA and Mike Mohr for making this course a great experience. I am already looking forward to the Level II program.
Level 1 Instructor