Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

Brain Hacks For Better Shooting

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Below is a description of a stripped down version of one of our military programs.  It focuses on the mental attributes to support the act of shooting, not the emotional hardening and management of aggressive fighting physiology involved in gunfighting.  Obviously there’s some overlap but this is aimed at the general shooting community like competitive shooters, firearms instructors, firearms enthusiasts and not just the professional gun-fighter.

After discussion with our legal counsel, we’re going to experiment with a few open enrollment classes along this line.

We won’t be taking this on the road right away as we want to run a few to refine and test curriculum.

If interested, please leave comments or questions in the reply below or if you prefer an email to marcus@accentusludus.com


Cheers, m

 Brain Hacks for Better shooting

 The performance of your BRAIN drives your BODY to excellence.  This course builds the mental platform talked about, but rarely trained, in traditional shooting courses.  The methods taught are proven in both competition and in combat.  The instructor is the leading authority in applying these methods to shooting.  After professionally training federal law enforcement and military special operations worldwide for the last 20 years, he is now opening up instruction to civilian shooters.

 Course Overview

  •  You will leave with a better ability to shoot under stress and a personalized practice program to reinforce your mental skills at home.
  • This is a one-day course.  We’ll do live fire, dry fire, experiential exercises, and a minimum of lecture.
  • This is NOT another shooting skills course like you are used to – it is a mental skills course that will ENABLE you to shoot better.
  • We put the latest in cognitive neuroscience research into easy to apply practical exercises proven to dramatically improve shooting skills.


Subjects Covered:

  • How your brain works when you shoot.
  • Brain hacks to make your brain work better.
  • How to manage stress before, during and after shooting.
  • Every high-level shooter talks about how valuable visualization is:  have you ever been taught how to manipulate your visual processing and improve it?  We do that.
  • How to refine your physical movement using your brain.
  • How to manipulate your brain’s processing so that “you have all the time you need…fast.”
  • Putting it all together with “Deliberate Practice,” a method of self-training used by master performers in every field and profession. NOTE:  one of my colleagues, a naval special warfare instructor, pointed out that what we do is combine Deliberate Practice AND Deliberate Play (ala Cote) so for all the training-neuroscience nerds out there, that’s a better description of what we do and how we are different. (Edited 17 Apr 2018)

Sample Day:

  • Safety briefing
  • Live fire baseline drills
  • Introduction to concepts and overview of the brain
  • Visualization skills
  •  Stress management skills to mitigate stress before, during and after shooting.
  • Kinesthetic skills to improve how your body uses real time information
  • Temporal processing or how to manage how fast you perceive time
  • Deliberate Practice techniques to build a practice program that will build on your progress after this one-day training.
  • Baseline check to measure shooting progress after one day’s training.
  • Techniques for retaining and integrating your new mental skills
o Sleep cycle
o Hydration
o Refresher/checks
o Deliberate Practice


Taught by Marcus Wynne:  Marcus is the CEO of Accentus Ludus LLC, a DOD research company focused on enhancing mental performance.  He has been a pioneer in the field of enhancing mental performance in combative applications for 30 years.  He’s taught at national law enforcement academies in over ten countries, including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and consults regularly with elite military counter-terror units in the US and abroad.  He served in the 82d Airborne and the United Nations Command Joint Security Force on active military duty during the 70s and 80s, and served again as a Federal Air Marshal, Air Marshal Team Leader, and Lead Firearms/Tactics Instructor during the First Gulf War in the early 90s.




Written by marcuswynne

April 16, 2018 at 7:15 pm

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  1. Where can I find a schedule of upcoming open enrollment classes?


    April 16, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    • Hey Mike. We don’t have one yet. We’ve never done open enrollment, so we’re going to test a few courses and then decide if it’s a road we want to take. I’ll post upcoming classes here on my blog, and cross post to the site at http://www.accentusludus.com — the first couple will be in the Minneapolis St. Paul area, be limited in size to probably 6-8 to maximize coaching benefit to enrolees, and probably be in the range of $200 or so for the day’s training. Send an e-mail to Marcus@accentusludus.com and I’ll add you to a list to be notified when we get one set up. We’re just gauging civilian interest at this point; may be too esoteric for people who just want to burn ammo for fun. Thx. Cheers, m


      April 16, 2018 at 11:31 pm

  2. Hello there — I sent you an email but it may have been blocked by your server’s spam filter:

    The response was:
    554 Spam Blocked. at ./proxyd-filter.pl line 420.

    Is there another way to indicate interest for this class, please? Thanks!


    April 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    • Hey dude — yeah Hushmail has some over rigorous spam filters. I’ll add your e-mail to the list. For anybody else having problems, just post here and I’ll add you to the list. To restate: these are prototype courses, and will be offered in the Minneapols St. Paul area for the first few iterations for us to refine curriculum and determine if there’s sufficient interest in taking it on the road. I’ll be teaching the prototypes and then be assisted by some experienced military personnel who’e worked with me before. Cheers, m


      April 17, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    • Hey SBS — if you have the full body of the message that got sent back/blocked, including all headers, would you forward that to me please? If it bounces from Marcus@accentusludus.com, please send to accentus.ludus.llc@gmail.com — thx.


      April 19, 2018 at 11:30 am

  3. Marcus, I have followed your work for several years and thoroughly enjoy the neuro-learning training methods. I do miss the podcasts too.

    Are you familiar with Dustin Salomon’s Building Shooters work? His training methodologies are based on how the brain learns. A lot of parallels with your work and maybe some differences. Would be interested in comparisons and divergent views based on the present science. I’m sure Dustin would enjoy discussions with you. Check out his articles at http://www.buildingshooters.com .

    I will be looking forward to hearing more about the course when it is ready for the road.

    Alan D Kerby

    April 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

    • Hey Alan. Yes, I’m familiar with Dustin’s work. He was associated with a local training company called SEALED MINDSET. At one point I’d trained, at one time or another, a significant percentage of their staff, so I’m not surprised there may be some overlap.

      I’ll add you to the list, and watch here for additional information.


      April 19, 2018 at 11:28 am

  4. Marcus,

    You probably don’t remember me but we have communicated a few times, once when I was in Afghanistan in ’06 and once again in ’13 just before I retired. I have followed and loved your work for years. As a former info ops guy, the mental side fascinates me. Like Alan above, I miss the podcast and this opportunity is gold. Please add me to the list. The moment I hear a date I will block it off and happily pass up paying work for the chance to train with you on the material I’ve looked at at one remove for so long.

    Eric Henderson
    Leavenworth, Kansas

    Eric Henderson

    May 2, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    • Hey Eric — yeah I do remember you, you were working as a deception officer if I recall correctly. Congratulations on retirement. Yeah the podcasts were easy and fun, though the platform turned out to be a bust. I got no prior notification and when I went to post a new one found out that the platform/app stopped hosting the podcasts and essentially trashed the content. They’d given 30 days notice but only on the platform with no e-mail or message to users. Ah well. I’m looking at resurrecting a podcast or video chat format because it’s easier for me to do and people seem to like podcasts for long form content better than reading my essays. I’ll add you to the list — I’m going to do a supplemental video Q+A about this course most likely in a day or two. Most of the interest is from higher end shooters and instructors, and I’m thinking it may be a better use of my time to do a Master Class for Instructors and just send them out to spread the word, you know? Anyway, I got you on this but send me an e-mail to marcus@accentusludus.com so I have your current e-mail address. I’m several computers removed from 2013 and lots of my contacts lists disappeared. Have a good one and thanks for keeping in touch. Cheers, m


      May 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm

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