How do I sign up for the Perfect Single Shot Development class?

If you have made the decision to take my Perfect Single Shot Development Class, there are a few things that are required to be accomplished:

1.  Prior to our class, you have to send me eight to ten of your average AP targets, five to ten shots in each target.

2. I need a written statement about your desired goal of this class and your expectations in terms and numbers. This statement should be dated and signed.

3. Send your targets and written statement to Midwest Academy Consulting Group

4. Send me an email (rdiatlov@hotmail.com) requesting my mailing address and for the amount payable to Midwest Academy Consulting Group.

After receiving your information, I will send instructions and a reference book before our class for you to start working toward achieving your desired goal.  

To whom are all the three levels of education designed for?

This education is designed for someone who understands that talent in Olympic style pistol shooting is not about how to shoot “x” from a 10 or 50 meter distance, but how to hit this “x” sixty times  under psychological pressure. If you need any knowledge and skills, please feel welcome to sign up for the class. I currently cannot find this concept in any written book about target shooting. These classes are about science, psychology, and philosophy and I offer 20 years of competitive experience with the most successful ISSF pistol shooting teams of Ukraine, Belarus, & Russia.

If I’m a hobby shooter, do I need to take any of those classes?

That would depend. If you think you will compete eventually, lack of knowledge will only push you down at the competitive score table. Eventually, you will lose interest to perform low scores compared to your practice scores.

Are there any guarantees of elevating my performance?

Yes. I can guarantee if you follow my instructions, your performance will rise. If you have medical or health conditions which can prevent you to follow my instructions, it may slow down the process, but eventually you will gain benefits. There is insurance for you. After the initial consultation and analysis of your current performance, I will explain what the logical plan will be to help you rise your score to your desired level. At this point there are no charges. So far, I have had no one who withdraw from my training after learning about my proven system.

What is a good fitness exercise for ISSF Olympic pistol athletes?

I believe the most beneficial exercise can be Bikram Yoga. We have two locations in our area: Farmington Hills & Troy. I have personal experience in Bikram Yoga and accomplished their 60 days yoga challenge. I was extremely satisfied with the results. Running and mountain biking is another important point of view for an exercise; you can train your cardiovascular system well. In addition, core exercises are beneficial. You can sign up for a private gym session with an instructor or read some books about this subject, but most importantly, start working with those exercises. Heart rate monitors are very handy devices which can help you record your data in your shooting diary. If you have a swimming pool around, it is a great place to do your work out. Lastly, kayaking is another beneficial and recreational activity that is a lot of fun and provides many benefits toward your healthy back!

How does one start shooting within one’s holding capabilities right off, or, at least within ~43 shots of sighters? I find myself using 15 shots to get my mindset, before I am confident that my shots will be within my normal hold.

What we do is getting ready for the competitive environment. During the competition, we have a limited amount of time. This is one of the obstacles we can concur. In most cases, ten to fifteen shots of sighters are most appropriate actions to take. Time which you afford to spend on those sighters is also ten to twelve minutes. During this preparation, you have to match a sense of your physical
ability to reach the same level of feeling (muscle control), which you developed during the practice time. The second part is your mental readiness to start the match. You have to match two elements together in those ten to twelve minutes. In rare occasions, I know situations when someone spent thirty minutes on sighters and they put themselves intentionally on a high stress level during
the rest of the match. If you are not a person who is capable to deal with a highly stressful environment constantly, you should avoid this strategy.

How does one get back into the mindset after interruptions? Other club members are somewhat inconsiderate of the few that are serious about their training times; they call time to change the targets, then they ding around and chit-chat for a long time before calling line hot again, regardless of whether the few who want to shoot. I thought it would be great if I were to learn some technique to counter the effects of long interruptions, rather than becoming uncomfortable, or hope they will change their behaviors…. talking to them does not help for long.

Here are the two sides of the coin: most of your buddies choose to practice because they are hobby shooters and they came for the single reason to socialize (having fun). If you will take this part away from their activities, you will not see them any longer in the shooting range. You need shooting partners very much in order to design the competitive environment. The second part is how to deal with distractions (long conversations). Here are some of the different strategies you can create: You can tell your buddies that today is a very important day of practice for you. You can ask them to give you an hour to practice until you will be able to talk to them. You can create different ideas in most of your practices, but sometimes; you have to give up your practices to communicate with your buddies to give them what they want.

Throughout a 60 shots training period, my scores would vary throughout between 85 and 92 in Free Pistol, with the higher strings occurring either at the beginning and then show up again towards the end, or just show up 2~3 times at the end. I hope to train myself to be consistent from string to string varying no more than 2 points rather than this 6~7 point swing. How should I train for that?

At this point, you have to see a pattern where you have a lower or higher string. When you will start looking for a pattern, you can analyze causes of this performance. Some on them can be a lack of conscious control of certain fundamentals. Some of them can be a lack of endurance and stamina. In most cases, you can see it after forty shots. After a good string, sometimes you can have a really bad one. This is why you lost concentration and missed one of the most important fundamental elements. This is why it is extremely important to have your shooting diary and to put everything in writing. You need data to analyze and so do I. When you will have patterns, we can come up with an idea to adjust them for a better model. This is why I offer to see me after three months to adjust existing
model with slight, advanced details.

The second part of this question is how to be more consistent in each string performance. Consistency will come from combining different subjects (sources) of your performance, such as physical strength and endurance, mentality, and psychological skills and knowledge to handle a stressful competitive environment, your knowledge of a perfect single shot development, and to have the ability to handle technical issues related to your pistol (tool), ammunition, and grip. The idea is to separate each of these subjects to find the weakest link, improve it, place it back, and to check how it affects your score improvement. There is no quick fix, but you have to be patient about your final goal and benefits associated from stepping up on each level of your highest development.

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