PFC Training April 2014 Newsletter

Top 5 Tips for Instructors
Drill Video: “Threelay”
PFC Loadout Special: PMAGS!
Coach Karl Atkinson & Lifting Classes
Progressive Handgun Series
PSOC Training in Arizona

PFC Training Schedule

Top 5 Tips for Instructors
By Michael Barnhart, PFC Director of Training
  1.     CONFIDENT COMPETENCE:  Over-confidence in one’s abilities may manifest to such a degree wherein “confidence” is viewed as “arrogance.”  The concern here is that an impenetrable wall may be built between the instructor and his students, thereby creating an absolute unwillingness by the students to absorb and digest the information the instructor is attempting to impart.  Develop and display confidence in your ability to disseminate information in a palatable and digestible manner; and in your ability to perform, via demonstration, those techniques you are teaching to the level of competence (at a minimum) you want your students to achieve.  You must earn your student’s “buy-in” to your competence as an instructor; and the product you are delivering, as well.


2.     SEE FROM THE STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE:  Imagine, for a moment, that you are one of your students.  Would what you are hearing and seeing foster a desire within yourself to want to receive instruction from a person such as you?  If not, you need to “fix yourself.”  Conduct research on the characteristics, traits, and behaviors possessed by competent and qualified instructors.  Rehearse properly and frequently, applying lessons learned to the point where you become “the authority” in the eyes of your students – no one else will do but YOU!


3.     KNOW YOUR SUBJECT MATTER:  There is an adage, “You can”t BS the BS’er.”  It doesn’t matter your level of knowledge, experience, and/or competence.  There are people out there, perhaps even younger than you, who are more knowledgeable, experienced, and competent; people that would make you look like a neophyte in comparison.  Studies show that it takes the average person 3 years to learn 90% of what they need to know to be competent in their field of endeavor.  It takes the rest of their lives to learn the additional 10% that will place them at the top of their game.  You should pursue excellence, and run the race knowing that it is a life-long endeavor.


4.     LET YOUR PRAISES BE FROM THE LIPS OF OTHERS:  Don’t let your ego become a snare or a tripping hazard.  A great instructor strives to identify and fill the needs of his students.  Yours is a service-oriented endeavor.  It’s all about them (your students) and nothing about yourself.  There is no place for self-aggrandizing.


5.     WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE:  Strive to perfect your imperfections whilst capitalizing on your strengths.   Know your capabilities and limitations.  There are things I cannot do now that I could do very well a few short years ago.  There are things I can do even better now that I could even when I was in my prime.  Never sell yourself short, but be realistic.  Seek and employ methodologies that allow you to maximize your service to your students.  Find the balance that capitalizes on your life’s gains while minimizing the effects of your losses.

PFC Training & Drill Video
Newest drill video that involves three shooters, running, kettlebell work, increasing round counts, bilateral operation, and an increasing heart rate.  Sounds confusing, but if you crack the code it’s well worth it. & -

PFC Loadout Special: 25% OFF PMAGS!



The PMAG 30 GEN M2 MOE magazine is a 30-round capacity 5.56X45mm NATO (.223 Remington) AR15/M4/M16 compatible magazine that offers a cost competitive upgrade from the aluminum USGI magazine.  It features an impact resistant polymer construction, easy to disassemble design with a flared floor plate for positive magazine extraction, resilient stainless steel spring for corrosion resistance, and an anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability.


The GEN M2 MOE is identical in form and function to the older model PMAG except that the optional IMPACT/DUST Cover is now sold separately.  Magpul Original Equipment (MOE) is a line of firearm accessories designed to provide a high-quality, economical alternative to standard weapon parts.  The MOE line distinguishes itself with a simplified feature set, but maintains Magpul engineering and material quality.  Available in Black or Flat Dark Earth



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 Enter 2525 in the coupon code area to receive this 25% discount. - Product Review – “PMags”




PFC CrossFit is happy to welcome Karl Atkinson to the coaching staff.  Karl started at PFC CrossFit as a member and with his extensive strength and conditioning coaching background, it made sense to bring him onboard!  Karl has a combined total of 37 years (…and counting) of competing in and coaching hammer and throws.  In 2002, he helped coach the Dobson Lifting Club to its first Arizona State Championship in Olympic Lifting.  He holds the Men’s Open Record in the Hammer for the Western States Police and Fire Games set in August of 2008 in Boise, Idaho.  He currently coaches high school track and field athletes strength and conditioning specific to the throws event specializing in the Hammer.  Karl is a law enforcement officer and father of three.


Join Karl on Tuesdays at 7:00-8:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:30-11:30 a.m. for PFC’s new Olympic Lifting Class.


Featured Firearms Training:
Progressive Handgun Series 1-5
May 5-9, Las Vegas, NV


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Featured Professional Training:


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Apr 26-27 – NV Armed Security Officer Course Expanded (ASOC-X)
Las Vegas, NV

May 5 – Progressive Handgun 1; Fighting Foundation

Las Vegas, NV
May 6 – Progressive Handgun 2; Fighting Positions
Las Vegas, NV
May 7 – Progressive Handgun 3; Movement Under Fire
May 8 – Progressive Handgun 4; Low-Light Engagements
Las Vegas, NV
May 9 – Progressive Handgun 5; Extreme Engagements
Las Vegas, NV
May 5-9 – Progressive Handgun Series 1-5 Package
Las Vegas, NV
May 31-June 3 – Combative Pistol Instructor Certification (CPIC)
Las Vegas, NV
May 31-June 4 – Tactical Firearms Instructor Certification (TFIC)
Las Vegas, NV
June 21 – Progressive Carbine 2; Fighting Positions
Las Vegas, NV
June 22 – Progressive Carbine 3; Movement Under Fire
Las Vegas, NV
June 26-30 – Protective Security Operations Certification (PSOC)
Phoenix, AZ
July 7-11 – Full Spectrum Operator Course (FSOC)
Las Vegas, NV
July 14-18 – Protective Security Operations Certification (PSOC)
San Jose, CA
July 18 – Code 4 Concepts; Enforcement Tactics
San Jose, CA
July 19 – Code 4 Concepts; Practical Defense
San Jose, CA
July 26 – Progressive Carbine 4; Low-Light Engagements
Las Vegas, NV
July 27 – Progressive Carbine 5; Extreme Engagements
Las Vegas, NV
Aug 24 – Progressive Handgun 1; Fighting Foundation
Las Vegas, NV
See the complete PFC Training Schedule Page for more!
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Stay safe,
The PFC Team

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