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In my book, I have “One Bad Day” visualizations. Every once and a while, when you are driving around, visualize what would happen if you got shot or got cut and visualize fighting through it successfully, utilizing the other hand to shoot or what ever, so if it ever does happen, you don’t panic or freeze. Instead, it is “I know how to do this. I can do this.”

eJournal: Where can our readers get your books and more information about your classes? Do students come to your location or do you teach nationwide?

Seeklander: Nationwide, though I am out of Tulsa. I do teach nationwide and I am all over this year. My website is and folks can go on there and find the page that is about how to host a class, all the requirements, all the equipment requirements, all the class descriptions, the locations and calendars. As classes are within a month or two, I post them on Facebook, too. (;fref=ts)

eJournal: I encourage readers to visit those websites.

It is so important that people train and build up their skills, whether through the excitement and energy of competitive shooting or by participating in one of your defense shooting classes to fill in gaps in critical skills. Either one is sure to be beneficial in its own way.

Seeklander: Because I’ve been a professional trainer for so many years, my classes are probably a little different than some classes out there. I want the students to leave knowing how to continue to train.

I want them to know what they need to do when they are at the range, how to correct a problem, how to visualize a technique, and that’s why I wrote the competition book and the defensive trainer. So they can leave the class, and I can say, “Here you go.”

eJournal: How do you think a book would work for someone who does not have the opportunity to train with you in person?

Seeklander: If you’re a visual learner, you need the supporting DVDs that are available for either book. But the best thing is the interaction that happens at a class. A lot of people start with my books and DVDs, and then they come to me at a class so I can tweak their skill. If they’ve been doing my program, they may have an epiphany moment during one of the drills where they say, “Oh! That is what I was supposed to be doing!”

eJournal: Any closing advice on how to improve our shooting skills?

Seeklander: If you’re strictly interested in self defense, consider shooting some matches and integrating yourself into the competition environment. If nothing else, you’ll meet people who are better shooters and that might turn into having people to practice with. You can shoot a match for no scoring, but still have to get up there in front of your peers and shoot and that is good for you.

eJournal: Thank you for all of your useful advice and all the great discussion points. We’ll be reading your book, and I know it would be rewarding to get range instruction from you, too.

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