Gross Motor Skill Trigger Squeeze



The argument has been raging for some time about using fine motor skills in defensive shooting. I am of the camp that relying on them is a bad idea and you should train to to use as many gross motor movements as possible. Think of your neurological system as a system of pipes and valves. The finer the movement, the smaller the pipe, and they are trailer park sewer pipes. Too much flow and you could burst one of those smaller pipes and you will be cleaning it off the floor. Likewise reduced the overall load on the system by using as much of the big pipe before turning on the small stuff. Same too with gross vs fine motor skills. In fast shooting, we just do not do the same thing as we do when we bulls-eye shoot. The quintessential element is time, and if its a defensive situation, you are probably going to have appreciable external stressors influencing you in ways you are not accustomed. Remember, you will not rise to the occasion; you will default to the highest level of training that you have mastered under stress. Which for most people is near zero (a timer is not stress)

(Gross motor skills are involved in movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements. They participate in actions such as running, crawling, swimming, etc. Fine motor skills are involved in smaller movements that occur in the wrists, hands, fingers, and the feet and toes.)

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