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  • Ian T. Mena-Wieland

Maintenance Plan

Where do I go now?

Developing a maintenance plan is one of the most important things you can do as a person dedicated to self defense. It is not enough to go to a class, have skills imparted and then never practice or maintain them. If you took drivers education as a 16 year old, how confident would you be if you didn't drive until you were 19?

Your plan, not mine:

When looking at your maintenance plan, think of it like working out. We need to lift weights to get stronger, but we also need to do cardio to keep our endurance. Stretching is critical to flexibility and rest allows the body a moment to grow.

This is no different when you think about building skills. After a class, rest for a moment. Let all the information you acquired ruminate and sink in. Go back through your notes. Make sure you fully understand everything that was taught. Then go to the range and practice those skills. Assess your level of expertise with your new skills, and work toward mastery. Use metrics, like time and accuracy without sacrificing technique. Then move on to your other skills. Keep your skills well rounded. Practice applying a tourniquet. Practice your hand to hand and your verbal skills. Work on your awareness. Challenge yourself to become better. Make a plan, and keep a log or journal. Use known drills to track your progress on specific skills. The better you become at planning out your training sessions, the better your skills will be if you ever need them.

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