Thursday Night Thunder

The local chapter of the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) holds a weekly practice shoot in Jefferson City, MO, called “Thursday Night Thunder.” Last night I attended my first one in almost a year, and my third ever. I did not do well–I placed 10th out of 12 shooters–but given my inexperience with this sort of shooting, I wasn’t entirely disappointed.
What hurt me was that I was actually trying to shoot to fast; the stage I thought I did best on was actually my worst, and the stage I thought I did worst (because I slowed down to aim) on was my best. There are shooters there who can get more and better hits than I can and finish the courses in less than half the time it takes me–but I have to face the fact that that’s because they have been doing this every week, for years. I’m not only rusty, my skill is in a very different type of shooting. Just as when starting in a new dojo, I’m going to have to “empty my cup” and start all over again.
I’m experiencing some technical difficulties with my ISP, but when the video becomes available to me, I will post it on Personal Chrysalis. I’ll be the guy in the red polo shirt who misses the plates so often on one stage that people in the background take the opportunity to start yelling “Barack Obama sucks” for the benefit of YouTube. 🙂

Oh, and “Welcome!” to any of the TNT shooters returning to my blog after seeing the re-enlistment ceremony video. Feel free to make yourself at home; comments are welcome, too.

Video added.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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