If you have taken classes or trained even via youtube, chances are you have heard of Scott Jedlinski of Modern Samurai Project. If you want to learn the red dot, he’s the man to see. Everyone and their mother has a standard to run where you get a coin or a patch. A lot of them you can submit video proof and get your patch. The actual shooters know, that the hardest ones to earn are done in person, under the pressure of the instructor and the whole class watching you perform on demand. There are no 400 takes to get it right, you get one shot and if you do not pass, you have to wait till the next class.
Let’s take a look at Jedi’s standards :
To earn the MSP Black Belt Patch you must pass these four standards in one of his classes. They must be done in this order and consecutively.
1. 3&2 Drill. 3 yards. 3 shots to the COM Alpha then transition to 2 rounds on a 3×5 card in the head box. Par is 2.0 seconds.
2. 1 Shot Drill @ 7 yards. 1 shot to COM Alpha. Par is 1.0 second
3. Bill Drill. 7 yards. 6 shots to COM Alpha. Par is 2.0 seconds.
4. 1 Shot Drill @ 25 yards. 1 shot to COM Alpha. Par is 1.5 second
Black Belt STANDARDS
All standards are from concealment. If not concealed, then the following will be added to your time:
any holster no retention – Add .10 seconds.
(Time is 2.00 add .1 for total of 2.10)
ALS + SLS – Subtract .1
ALS Only – No extra time added
Nothing crazy, its all doable…but under pressure and back to back… you need to be on your game and dialed in to get even 2/4. I have seen really really good shooters come up short. I have seen insane shooters pass it. I have seen tons of people fail miserably. It is all part of the game.
That is where Peter Woolard comes in. We have a lot of really good shooters here, in fact, I would put our top 6 up against any shop in the country’s top 6. We all like you to train, and we all get out there and train fairly often. Peter takes it to a different level. I pride myself on being one of the hardest workers in the room, whether it’s working out or drilling something until it is automatic. I enjoy putting in the work and enjoy it more after someone I’m working with says alright I’m done. Pete takes it to a different level.
Pete is a Master class shooter in USPSA and should be Grand Master by next year at the latest. The crazy part is, he’s not some guy whos been doing this for years. In the last 2 years, he’s gotten very serious in his training. Dry fire daily, train Saturday, compete Monday. Repeat year round. He has mini USPSA targets in his living room, if you walk by his house you will probably see him dry firing.
This weekend Pete became number 19 of thousands of people, to earn the black belt patch. I guessed a couple thousand but Pete informed me Scott and he had done some math on it and it’s close to 9,000 people. Some of the best shooters in the world have not passed this test. Pete smoked them. On day 1 he was 3/4 and missed the patch by 1/2″ on the 25-yard shot. Day 2 he burned it down and earned patch #19.
We are super proud of Peter and his hard work.