I just got back from the two-day Sayoc Tactical Group (STG) “WARRIOR Pistol 1.0” course in Southern California this past weekend.
Tuhon Tom Kier and J. Wolfe are excellent instructors. While this was a “1.0” pistol course, don’t let the title fool you, this was a serious pistol safety and marksman course with tough qualification standards and “incentives.” If you assume, like I did, that flogging would be a training component to a Pistol 1.0 hostage evolution, then you assumed correctly 🙂
As always in Sayoc, Mindset was constantly emphasized throughout the course. The concept of Readiness and its three components (Awareness, Preparedness, and Willingness) were discussed in great detail during breaks from physical activity. The concept of Readiness that we discuss in our public Family Safety Protocol courses are exactly the same.
Training Material Covered:
Safety habits – Thoughts become Words, Words become Deeds
Gun handling / Safety rules
Firing Line rules and commands
Gun manipulation – Load / Unload drills
Dry Fire rules
The “200” – Student Qualification = 150
My score: First attempt = 120 FAIL / Second attempt = 163 PASS
“Farnam” – Student Qualification = 12 seconds
My score: First attempt = round out – DQ / Second attempt: = 14 seconds FAIL
The “700,” AKA “The Humbler” – Student Qualification = 500
My score (we only ran this drill once): First attempt = 497 FAIL
(Explanation of The 700 from STG friend, Kyle Defoor)
I would have considered myself an intermediate pistol marksman prior to attending this course (I have pistol certificates from other schools). Clearly, that is not the case according to STG standards, as I did not pass.
These standards must be met in order to continue on to more advanced courses in training and tactics. While STG places a high importance on accuracy, after the 1.0 course the STG curriculum focuses on combat application and tactics. This change in curriculum happens quickly because STG uses the “swim-lane” theory of training and skill development. If you are really good at shooting targets, that may mean you are spending too much time training at bullseye shooting and are not spending enough time training in other areas, such as tactics and combat application. This is why the accuracy standards for the 1.0 course are so high before you can move to 2.0.
If you have a group in the Northwest and are interested in bringing Tuhon Tom Kier out for a firearms, blade, or combatives course, please contact me directly.