Airsoft as an Integrative Practice

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Diet & Exercise, IJRS Courses

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So…as I sat down and wrote out my Personal Learning Plan for IJRS, I realized that there was not really all that much that I had done with my life (thus far) to turn into an Integrative Practice. I only needed 50 hours, and while I could count a ton of things that I had done during my childhood and/or during High School or College, I wanted to start over fresh.
I wanted to use things that I was doing CURRENTLY as a way to improve myself and add hours towards becoming a Novice.

Well, the more I sat down and thought about it, the more I looked over the part where it in the Introduction where anything could be used as integrative practice as long as there was evidence to back it up. That’s when I realized that I could already have ten hours worth of practice in if I applied all the things I had learned while getting involved/playing Airsoft (thus this blog entry now).
So give me a minute while I do my usual and take the long way around things so that I may demonstrate how Airsoft can be used as an Integrative Practice for Jedi.

But first, let me just refresh you on what Airsoft is:
—-Airsoft is a sport similar to Paintball, only, instead of big plastic beads full of paint, Airsoft players are using guns that shoot .6mm plastic BBs that weigh .20gramms 🙂
Guns look more realistic than paint ball guns, players generally dress in either SWAT uniforms or some sort of military BDU…guns can be metal or plastic and will be either powered by a battery or gas-powered through Red gas or Green gas.

 

  • Why did I pick up Airsoft?

—I have never been the real-physical type. The only time I was ever physically fit was when I lost over 80 pounds one summer so that I could start training to be a Marine. THAT was about the only time that I can ever remember being truly active other than when I was a really young child.

So why would someone like me pick up on something like Airsoft? Well, there were multiple reasons for that one.
The first reason was due to the fact that my co-workers were ALWAYS talking about it. There were 3 m3n in particular that I sit with every day, hear them talk every day, AND we occasionally hang out after work. It was these 3 people that really got me through my time alone after Taz left for Basic training. But, day-after-day I would sit there and hear them talk about what guns they had just bought, I would hear them talk about gas vs. electric guns, and/or what camo was better to wear on the field and etc.
Without knowing it, I was slowly becoming something of an Airsoft expert just by listening to them every single day as they blabbed about competitions, matches, and skirmishes that were coming up in the summer. Finally I had heard enough, I was tired of being left out, and it was time that I did something risky and something different with my life…so I told them to count me in. I wanted to play Airsoft.

Secondly…I began playing Airsoft because, after Taz got back from Basic and started AIT…ever since I saw her marching across the field…I knew that I was jealous of her. Why? I was jealous of her because she was a soldier and I was not. Back then, it was not a known fact that I had (at one point) been dreaming of being a Marine.
In fact, the only people who knew that I had been talking to a recruiter in High School were my Mother and my Best Friend, Kirsten. But, as I mentioned in previous assignment posts, there were bumps in the road, I let myself lose to a fight against depression, and I gave up that dream because I became fat, lazy, and really sad. I went to college instead, thinking I would do what my parents wanted and become a psychologist. But, that too came back to smack me in the face when I ended up being $15,000 in debt my very first year and realized that college was not for me. then i met Taz, she was going to be a soldier, and I buried my dream of being in the military even deeper because now I had a relationship to focus on.
I knew then (and still know now) that if I were to join the military it would only ruin this beautiful relationship that I now have. With her being in one branch and I the other…and even if I were to join the same branch as her, chances would be that we would not end up in the same place as each other, we would not have the same MOS, we would see even less of each other than we already do…and by now I’m sure you get the point.
Either way, I was (and still am) jealous of Taz because she achieved what I never could. So…when I heard my very good friend Byron (an Army Veteran) talking about Airsoft…I knew it was for me. Airsoft is not simple…it’s based around re-enactments of war…it’s based around military operations and objectives. you have to be fit, you have to know hand signals, code words, the pneumatic alphabet, and the chain of command. It’s one of the only sports that even gets close to what the military actually does as far as its exercises for training recruits, and thus, I jumped at the opportunity to play.

But now we can get into the evidence of why I want to use Airsoft as an integrative practice:

 

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  1. The Physical Benefits:

    —Airsoft in itself is a very physically-demanding sport. Since it’s based on military operations and military training, there are certain requirements to play (you can actually play without having these requirements down, but it’s not a good idea, just FYI). You have to be quick on your feet and able to run a distance of at least half a mile. This is necessary because when the enemy comes charging, you need to be able to draw back.
    Objectives do no wait on you, so taking your time to get somewhere is not an option. The place where I play my games at is 12-acres alone, so, you have to be able to get around, and quickly.
    The next thing is…you have to be able to do military movements. Nothing really complicated…but Buddy movements and crawling with a weapon in your hand is a must. You cannot get hit, and, when the enemy starts firing, you better hit the ground and/or find shelter. Also…if you have come up in hopes of flanking the enemy…hopefully you have a team, and then, you will have to wait for your team to signal you to move.

    Speaking of moving, terrains are never flat and even grounds. You will have trenches, you will be running around in building, up hills and down hills. You will be running through brush, you will be running on trails, you will trip, you will fall, you will get whipped in the face with branches, and by God you better get right back up and keep moving until you find cover.
    these are just the basic of Airsoft. It takes the arm power to hold onto heavy guns, it takes will power to keep moving when you get sore, you better have the leg power to push yourself across that field in full-tactical gear when the terrain and weather are against you. This is a tough sport and takes a tough person to take on that challenge and enjoy it!

    I trained for 2-weeks with my Army Veteran friend. I would work out 3-days a week with him right before work, running and learning military movements. It was so exhausting, and then I would have to go right to work and then walk for 8-hours. Pure…torture…but I endured and it made me a better person, a more confident person.

  2. The Mental Benefits:
    —Mentally, Airsoft can be really challenging. As said before, Airsoft is based off of Military movements, military operations, and military training. therefore, it’s good to know codes. The pneumatic alphabet is one of the first things you will want to learn, second is hand signals used in combat and/or when engaging the enemy.
    It takes a lot of mind power to listen to your objectives, figure out what you’re supposed to do, where you’re supposed to be, how you are going to fulfill your mission, and etc.
    It takes strategy, teamwork, skill…it takes mental preparedness so that you’re not the one standing in the middle of the field picking your nose 🙂
    you have to have the mindset that this is the real deal and that you are really going to battle with real battle tactics. There is do or do not, there is not try. To try is to admit to the possibility of failure, and failure is NOT an option, soldier!!!
  3. Patience is Key:
    —Airsoft is a sport enjoyed by all types of people of all ages.
    The youngest person I have ever had on my team was 8-years-old. Patience in key when playing with a younger audience because they will most likely not take the game seriously. They will run out in the middle of the field, they will cry when they get shot, they will yet at their friends and alert the enemy to your whereabouts because they weren’t thinking, and some of them show up without even knowing how to really play…and yeah…that basically explains it all. Things can obviously get really frustrating, REALLY quick if you are not patient.
  4. Leadership Opportunities:
    —In Airsoft, there are always Leadership opportunities. they pop up all of the time.
    You will notice that when you are playing with a younger crowd that they will follow the people that are best-equipped and/or that know what they are doing. That leaves that person with a bunch of people to coordinate and give orders to. THAT’S a leadership opportunity.
    Sometimes the Leader of a group gets hit and has to go to the Respawn point. That leaves the rest of the squad without direction. Someone always has to step up to finish out the mission at hand. THAT is a leadership opportunity.
    Sometimes you have been given a mission and you see that everyone else is doing the mission a single way. You believe differently and think it can be done better, so you set out to do it your own way. You have taken charge of yourself for the betterment and success of your team. THAT is a Leadership opportunity.

    Even now, I am currently Captain of an all-girls group that is starting this Winter because I stepped up to the plate and said: “YES! I am a  girl that is not afraid to get shot by a BB and I am willing to lead others into battle!”
    I might have over-exaggerated a bit…but I got the job anyways 🙂

  5. Putting your trust in others:
    —Say you’re not the leader-type or you happen to get stuck with a group that already has an established leader, and etc? You have to have faith in your squad and faith in your team. A lot of the time, the people you are playing with are complete strangers. New people come in every competition, and it’s very rare that you get stuck playing with the same people twice. You have to learn to have faith in those around you to do the right things and to try their hardest for the betterment of the entire group.

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That’s all I have for now.
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  1. butchjax says:

    This is excellent! Please post it in the health and fitness area on the forum. I’ll have to look into thus once I settle in to Denver and am strong enough not to hurt my ankle or shoulder more. 🙂

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