I have been so excited to see so many posts on training. You might have suspected that I am a big fan of it.
Yesterday I read a post by Duke over at Down Range Report. There is so much good information contained in that one post, I had to read it a couple of times to fully digest it. In the comments Stephen from Standing Outside Looking In made reference to how vital training in a real world type environment is. I agree, of course, but I mentioned that even without intense training people can sometimes beat the bad guy. I did very little right and I am proof that sometime luck is on your side.
Their point is that, yes, one can beat the odds from time to time and for whatever reason make it out of a hairy situation, but the more training one has the more likely they will be in control of the situation and can rely on skill over luck. That could not be more true.
I only mentioned the fact that there are times when people who have no skill or relatively little experience with a gun, have been able to thwart an attack, because I wanted those just starting out on this journey to know mindset is an important part of training. Mindset has become an obsession of mine. No matter where anyone is on this journey, I want them to know, without a doubt, they can survive. Gun fight, knife fight, fist fight, zombie invasion, no matter what the odds, you will survive. Incidentally, Nancy R has a brilliant post on being on this journey.
For the record, I know Duke and Stephen both are aware of the importance of mindset. In fact, I learned everything I know from people like them.
This morning I read an post by JD that lays out all of these points pretty well. Train, train, train and train some more because you never know what might happen, but regardless, you still might need a little luck.