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The Offensive Mindset

As a paintball sniper, your ghillie suit will only get you so far. Here's what you need to make the shot.Several years ago I had the honor of hosting and attending a two-week tactical intensive with two high profile instructors. Our training covered everything from individual stealth and camouflage, team movement, mental discipline and endurance, to name just a few. Through it all our instructor, a highly accomplished special forces operator, drilled into us a single key concept which I have successfully applied to paintball sniper training, along with many other areas of my life.

He chose one of the students to come up for a demonstration. He said, “In combat, everyone has a move. You’ve got a move. And I’ve got a move. Combat is a series of moves.” He threw a light and slow punch at the student and said “What do you do?”. Reflexively, the student raised his arm to block the punch. “My move was to punch. Your move was to block. Now who’s move is it?” Reflexively, the student said “Yours.”.

Now, think this through. How does that feel to say “It’s your move.” It’s virtually a surrender. It becomes a futile chess game with your move at the whim of your opponent. Our instructor took it a step further. He requested that the student throw a light and slow punch. Now follow me here. As the punch came, the instructor rapidly stung the student’s forearm with a quick little backfist. The student recoiled his hand. “Your move was the punch. My move was the stinger to your forearm. Even though you’d like to think you’ve got another move, you used your move to recoil your arm. It’s now my move again. That is the ‘Offensive Mindset’.”

The offensive mindset is one of awareness and action. It is NOT charging in guns blazing. That is an offensive tactic but not necessarily an offensive mindset. This mindset is one that keeps us one step ahead of the game. It is a level of clarity and decisiveness that moves us to the most appropriate and effective action. That action ranges from instantaneous and unstoppable force to the discipline to lay low, stay hidden and let the threat pass for a more opportune engagement. But the key is the awareness and the choice to engage in a time and manner that ensures victory. The key is being fully present to the moment, ready to interrupt, engage, withdraw or move. When practiced, not only do you stay one step ahead of your opponents but you will look at your situation and begin to read three, four and five moves ahead.

The offensive mindset will turn your world around, from paintball sniper training to loving and protecting your family to doing what you love in your career or business.

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  1. Posted September 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Hey man i just wanna say thank you for all your posts its really amazing! You are a hero, I’ve been looking for a tactical paintball site everywhere and not one of them comes close to what you have here! Thank you very much!

  2. Posted September 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Hero? Wow. hehe…thanks for the kudos. Glad you’re finding it valuable!

  3. Andrew
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Great info, but im not sure where i should buy my ghillie suit, do you have any reccomendations?

  4. Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I’m a firm believer in thinking ahead. Applying this tip has helped me and those I’ve lead come out ahead on more than one occasion. Keep up the good work and again thanks for sharing these great tips.

  5. Arnold
    Posted October 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    To Andrew

    Make your own gillie suit. there are lots of Youtube sites out there. I am making my own (slowly) and you can adjust it to suit the landscape in which you are working.

  6. edgar garramone
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    me gustaria recibir sus aportes,gracias

  7. Daniel
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I’m new relatively new to paintball, and I wanted to get some of the mindset down in order to execute what I needed to do in a small forested area. Do you know what would work best for these types of areas, strategy wise?

  8. Unknown
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Hey guys,
    I recently bought a gillie poncho. However, I grabbed the wrong one and it’s is dark green, black and brown when I play in an area with light greens and tans, as it is an old farm, trees and bushes, but fields of tan grass. Any ideas? It’s the off season here in New York s. have time before I need it again.

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