There aren’t a lot of people I want to train with. I do, however, have a “short list” of self defense teachers whose classes I’d like to attend, and that list has an interesting mixture of both the old and the new.
The problem with the “old”, of course, is that the people who were around in the beginning of the defensive shooting movement are all getting on in years. Some will retire soon, others will pass away. When either of those things happens, knowledge and perspective are lost.
That happened yesterday with the death of Louis Awerbuck.
I won’t go into detail about his biography — you can find that information anywhere on the ‘net — but it was his singular perspective on self defense that intrigued me.
To say that Awerbuck was unique seems somehow inadequate; he was well known for his insistence on more realistic training, in the sense that the targets he wanted his students to use were more representative of the shape of the people from whom they’d be defending themselves. He was adamant that a flat paper target didn’t prepare anyone to face a three-dimensional enemy. He also invented a stand that allowed his targets to bob and weave, and often combined moving “bad guys” with moving “good guys” to increase the difficulty of the shots he asked his students to make.
Those things, though, can be duplicated. What can’t is his attitude, his approach to the idea and practice of armed self defense. He put that attitude on display in his book “Tactical Reality”, which is a collection of his thoughts on the subject of defensive conflicts. It’s a very interesting read, one which intrigued me enough to put his classes on my short list.
I thought I had time to take those classes. I was, sadly, mistaken.
Goodbye, Mr. Awerbuck. I regret that we never met.
-=[ Grant ]=-