Having a basic understanding of survival and knowing the techniques is not enough. While knowledge is a key aspect of survival, repetition is the underlying piece of the puzzle that ultimately makes the difference between success and failure.
Last week we posted an article on studying the basics of survival. In that article, I mentioned how important training in those basic skills was to your survival. While knowing those basic skills is extremely important, I probably should have placed more of an emphasis on repetitive training in those skills.
If you’ve ever trained with the Marines, you’ve probably noticed how differently they train. In my opinion, one thing separates their training style from any other type of tactical or survival training, and that is repetition. They spend countless number of hours training on specific skills that others might only spend a couple of hours on. Through fatigue, injury, and pain they run through their techniques over and over until they can’t fail.
They are masters at what they learn, because they run through these skills again and again in a number of different scenarios and environments. They become masters because of repetition.
Want to ensure your survival?
To really be able to count on your knowledge when the SHTF you need to run through your techniques in a number of scenarios and environments. Just like the Marines you need to repetitively use your skills until you can’t get do them wrong. The more you train in real world situations, the more likely you are to be able to perform these skills when it really matters.
Being able to start a fire in your back yard when it’s sunny and your well feed is one thing. Being able to start a fire when it’s raining, cold, windy and you’re about to fall over from a lack sleep is entirely different. The best thing you can do, is to use these skills as often as possible.
Often times people come on here complaining that they just don’t have the time to train. But in reality, even the busiest people can still find a way to fit training into their routine, it just takes a little bit of imagination.
Take the fire starting example that I talked about above. Maybe you don’t have the time to go off into the wilderness, but if you barbecue on the weekends why not use that as a time to hone up on your skills? Instead of using a lighter to start your grill, why not take a couple of minutes and start the fire with one of your fire making techniques?
If you want to be a master in the art of survival, training with repetition is essential to ensuring your survival.