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Setting High Expectations

In the two disciplines that I teach, martial arts and firearms, I’ve encountered both good and bad teachers over the years. When I myself became a young teacher many years ago, I tried to emulate those teachers that I had met who consistently produced skilled practitioners under their tutelage. Early on, one thing I noticed …

Qualified Outliers

Qualified: fitted (as by training or experience) for a given purpose: COMPETENT. Outlier: a value or point that differs substantially from the rest of the data. In the context of the martial arts a Qualified Outlier is a practitioner whose level of skill is substantially higher than the statistical norm, or more specifically, the majority of …


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