I started getting serious about training around 2015. That's when I found MDFI. Back then, I was a know-nothing 23yo delivery driver living in my dad's basement. Minimal responsibility, living by the seat of my pants. In the current year, I am a 31yo father, husband, and respected professional in my field. My responsibilities are many and my equipment has involved significantly.
However, after all of those years, there was a disconnect. I wandered off from the simple principles of fundamental handgun shooting. YSINTG brought me back to ground zero. Where my journey started, and where it continued. In hindsight, I should have taken this class at the beginning, but instead I jumped into Foundation Handgun simply because I didn't know any better.
There was a huge lightbulb moment yesterday and thanks to Trek and Brandon, I have seen my weaknesses and have homework to do. I know what I'm doing wrong and I have the knowledge to change those things, but I have to be consistent.
Firearms have been a life long passion of mine, but there is so much more to it than buying cool stuff and shooting holes in paper. Ammunition is not as cheap as it used to be, so every round counts. It isn't just about ME any more. It's about being my best because when I leave the house with a gun in my pants and the unfortunate circumstance ever rises that I would have no other option available to use it to protect my family or myself, I would be doing everyone a disservice if I'm not on my game.
It's more of a lifestyle than just a hobby. There's thought that goes into every action as an armed citizen, every encounter, clothing choices, but the most important is mindset and capability.
I know what my gun(s) are capable of, but there is a gap between that and my current skill level because I've honestly been slacking. I was humbled in class, and I'm on the path to improve myself.
Not only has this sphere of interest introduced me to some of the most respected and prevalent SMEs in the industry, but it's also allowed me to make some of the best friends I've ever had. People that stood in my wedding, people that I can watch my children grow up with. Family. I have people I can train with, improve, and assist along our shared journey.
To MDFI, I'd like to thank you for all you have taught me and will continue to teach me. Knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving.