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"I love working with Dan Schindler. Why? Because Dan is constantly polishing and refining his coaching methods. He’s already done the heavy lifting so you don’t have to in the shooting box. Dan’s incredibly fast in spotting my inconsistencies. His diagnoses and recommendations are always on the mark which means we’re not wasting time. Just like he has with me, I’ve watched him move other students very, very quickly. He has this unique ability to make the complicated simple and uncomplicated. I appreciate that he goes slowly, letting his teaching “sink in.” This helps me tremendously in the lesson and later, weeks after my lesson. Every time I work with Dan, I’m always learning. He sees what I don’t see and makes my shooting easier, not harder. If you haven’t worked with Dan, you are missing out on a great opportunity to improve your shooting!"
Linda Henson, Browns Point, WA
"There are 3 traits that make Dan Schindler the ideal Sporting Clays Coach. First, he is so intuitive that after a few minutes he knew exactly what I needed to work on. Second, he is so insightful I felt like he was reading my thoughts and putting them into words. Third, he has the uncanny ability to explain the mental game in such a way that it’s easily transferable into real-world shooting."
Tom Wilczek, Grayslake IL
“What struck me first about Dan was his sincerity. I’d taken lessons with other Sporting Clays Instructors previously and never got the same sense of attention I got from Dan. Not only can he diagnose and evaluate your shooting strengths and weaknesses at amazing speeds, he’ll speak to you in terms that make perfect sense (Like, why didn’t I think of that?). This makes his instruction very easy to understand. I can attest, his methods work exceptionally well. I was stunned at how fast I progressed and how consistent I was, once Dan showed me what I was really doing. It is rare to meet a man this passionate about his profession. In my opinion, his standard of customer service and teaching should be a model for all aspiring instructors. Money very well spent. I’ve already booked my next session.”
Robert McConey, Prescott AZ
Dan, Thank you for helping me understand why I am challenged by certain Sporting Clays target presentations. I really value your knowledge and Sporting Clays teaching skills. Myself and others here so appreciate you coming all the way out to WA to teach us. You have the utmost knowledge, dedication and all the sincerity one could ask for in a coach and you never let us down. I’ve always been impressed by how quickly you can see what we are doing in the shooting box and help us figure it out. No question, my shooting has improved after every lesson over the years.
I wish you a good week and safe travels home. I will continue to work on my set up and swing, following the practice plan you and I laid out.
Mark Engen, DVM, Seattle, WA
"WOW! What a wonderful experience to learn the art of Sporting Clays under your tutelage. We all had a wonderful time. I must say, many of the things I learned from you transferred over to my Skeet game beautifully. Your communication skills are outstanding. Looking forward to my gun fitting session and another Sporting Clays lesson appointment."
James L. Knorr, Greenville SC
"Congratulations on your article, “Trusting What Works.” It is the finest, most concise instructive statement I have read. Focusing on the trilogy of knowledge, purpose and goals efficiently and astutely captured the essence of performance-enhancing skills. I particularly appreciated your insight that interwove deceleration and “trust” into your analysis of “lead. Enclosed is my check for your Sporting Clays book, To The Target.”
Michael G. Sabbeth, Englewood CO
Just wanted to say thank you again for your patience and skilled services last week. As you could tell, neither of us is very experienced in the world of Sporting Clay shooting. You did awesome bringing us up to speed on the techniques and showing us the ropes on how to improve ourselves in each of the areas. We went to the gun club today. It was fun for me to watch some of the guys peeking at Julie as she was breaking target after target. Very cool……
We appreciate the gun advice. A heartfelt thanks again for your spending so much extra time with us. Several times already we’ve reviewed the little videos I made; what a chuckle. Many, many thanks to Cheryl for all her help in setting up all the travel arrangements. What an awesome vacation for us to spend in a beautiful region, with our pups, doing something so cool as shooting with a bonafide expert and all around nice guy.
Don Boxx, Kenosha, WI
Thank you so much for putting the fun back into my Sporting Clays shooting. I have taken all your advice. My shotgun has been replaced; all the specialty loads are gone and the LM & LM choke combination has remained unchanged. So now it’s all about my mechanics, basics, sight pictures and consistency. Of course, I still have a ways to go but shooting my first 90 on my home course after my return sure was fun. Thank you.
May God protect you and guide you in your good work.
David Arnold, D.O., Davenport IA
Reviews - Mental Training Workshop
After spending untold tens of thousands of dollars are you tired of that little voice inside your head still causing crucial misses? Tired of the self-doubt that creeps in when you look at a really tough true pair? Tired of the out-of-control "shoot and hope" level of performance that leaves you mired in the middle of your class - exactly where you started? Do you wish you had a way out and up to your true ability?
Dan has a direct, proven, planned, and highly focused program to understand and quiet those little gremlins. It allows you to directly reach for your full shooting potential. If you're going to call "pull", you might as well maximize your ability and predictably hear "dead a pair." Schindler's Workshop methods will get you there – no question.
Bob Lockett, Raytown, Missouri
While there is a tremendous amount of information now generated on the "mental game" most of what I have read is a repackaging of concepts that have existed for the last 10 years or longer. Your Workshop was very different. I came away with a clear understanding of how my mind works and how this can help me (or hurt me) in a shooting situation. I am now able to focus on the process of the shot, not the myriad of distractions present in any shooting situation. Not only have my scores improved significantly but a pleasant side effect has been that your concepts are directly applicable to my business. Bottom line is, the workshop works.
Roger A. Fehrman, President & CEO, NSCA Level II Instructor
Dan's "Workshop" will help you understand why shooters struggle in competition or any time peak performance is the goal. Dan breaks the problems down to the root cause and provides the answers and solutions to help you overcome the challenges that cause shooters and competitors to struggle "when it matters most". Since attending The Workshop, my scores are on the rise and my shooting is definitely more consistent. "The Workshop" is Dan Schindler's finest work to date and a must for all serious competitors.
Robert Roesch, Paragon Professional Associate, NSCA Level I
I've had the pleasure and privilege, over the past few years, of watching and participating in Dan's progress toward ever better understanding, ability, and higher standards in the pursuit of excellence in his teaching and coaching of students and mentoring of other teachers. Dan shared, during my Level I instructor class a number of years ago, that our task, our as instructors is to peel away the layers of unimportant thought and behaviors that prevent one from becoming better shooters, indeed, the very best shooters we can possibly be. What he means is that our "best" is not the equipment we buy or books we read, or videos we watch, or lessons we take, or the number of shells we burn to become "better". Our "best" is already inside each of us. We already own it. What we search for is how do we 1) define what that is and 2) how do we get to it.
Why are you here, at this moment, in this stand, with this shotgun in hand shooting at this target today? What is it you want? What are you trying to accomplish? Find the answers to those questions and throw away everything else and you will have taken the most important step toward peeling away the layers of what's keeping you from your best shooting.
Dan's WORKSHOP IS the single best step you can take to become the very best shooter\teacher\coach you can be. Don't think about it, don't analyze it, JUST DO IT! You will not be disappointed.
Bryan Brueck, NSCA Level II Instructor
I had the pleasure of attending Dan's "Workshop" and found it most stimulating. Dan combines Eastern Philosophy and Common Sense, which, in my experience, is pretty unusual. It's hard to imagine a serious shooter not improving after implementing his methodology.
The Workshop was life-changing for me. Once I was blind, but now I see! It has taught me to be concerned with what is important at the moment, taught me how to be "TASK" oriented. It gave me latitude, forgiveness, and discipline. Danny has put together a very important program here! I would recommend the Workshop to everyone who is serious about improving in their game. My first tournament, 2 weeks after my Workshop, resulted in winning my class, a class I hadn't placed in for 3 yrs.
Bonnie Kincaid, NSCA Level II
I'm glad to say, The Workshop has changed my approach to shooting. It has given me a set of tools that not only create more consistent shooting and higher scores... but The Workshop has taken me to a higher level of confidence in my mental approach to the sporting clay game!
Instructor Certification Reviews
A few words from Peter Harris
UK Guild of Shooting Instructors BASC Staff Tutor, Senior Coach & Assessor
As a Professional Shooting Coach with over forty years experience in all disciplines of shotgun shooting, I always have an open mind and am prepared to listen and learn if it can improve my teaching skills, thus benefitting my customers.
I consider myself very fortunate to have been invited by Dan Schindler to a Paragon Professional Associate Course at River Bend in SC. I know of no other course here in the United States or United Kingdom, Europe or Australia - where I have coached - that offers better value for the money than the Paragon Course. I will say that if you are a badge collector or diploma collector, the course may not be for you, simply because the syllabus is thorough and hard work. But at the end, if successful, the flush of pride that envelops you is well worth it. If you listen to Dan’s tutorials, apply his methods, work hard, you will improve beyond all expectations. Rest assured that at Paragon, you are in safe hands.
Michael Bane, Host of the Outdoor Channel’s
#1 show, Shooting Gallery, recommends Dan . . .
Michael Bane (Host & Producer, Shooting Gallery), John Carter (Producer), Ken Jorgenson (Ruger, Director) and crew traveled from Denver, CO to River Bend Sportsman’s Resort in Inman, SC to film Dan Schindler for his Shooting Gallery show that aired on February 1, 2011. This is the only show Michael has done on sporting clays in his 13 year history of producing and hosting the show. Every year for the past 12 years Michael has been searching, unsuccessfully, for a sporting clays instructor that met his criteria for the show. Michael selected Dan because, “Dan is a sporting clays instructor, unlike any other sporting clays instructor. He focuses in tightly, laser focused on the mental game of shooting. As soon as we hooked up with Dan, I thought ha, this is the sporting clays instructor that we’ve been looking for! I can’t recommend Daniel Schindler enough.”
If you genuinely want:
a rock solid foundation for successful teaching on the clay target disciplines and wing shooting - using planned, proven methods . . .
the self-confidence, knowing that virtually any difficulty a shooter is having, you absolutely can correctly assess that problem . . .
to learn the art and science of teaching - the ability to genuinely and capably help your shooter . . .
There simply is no better shotgun shooting instructor program - anywhere - at any price.
Bob Lockett, Paragon Senior Professional Associate
I had considered the NSCA course but, from my previous experiences as a shooter during these certification courses, I learned I wanted more. I had heard of Mr. Schindler’s school, the difficulty level, and how involved the course was. And, there was no guarantee of certification even with considerable time and money invested. Good classes usually have the best teachers. So I enrolled. When I met Mr. Schindler, he was focused and to the point. From the first moment on opening morning, I knew I had come to the right class. Once underway, you quickly realize his instructor certification is not for sale. It must be earned. I learned more in that school about shooting and working with people than I thought humanly possible. Those at the head table and the guest speaker were truly incredible resources for knowledge. You not only learned what and how to teach, you learned how to conduct yourself in a professional manner. The knowledge you received in this class will help you in all aspects of your life. It already has in mine.
Mike Fine, Paragon Professional Associate
Seriously, I went looking for the best instruction, the best information, and the best system for teaching Sporting Clay shooting. Paragon delivered. Was it easy? No. Did I accomplish my goals? Most definitely. Would I go again? I’m already working hard to get ready for the Senior Associate class.
Dan’s teaching brings common sense into shooting, clearing away all the clutter, myths, and mysteries. His methods are 100% dependable, to the point and easy to understand. They flat out work. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in the box with a student.
Dan is a man who is passionate about his sport, his teaching, and the “instructors” the Paragon school produces. You can see his pride in his instructors doing well. I have a great sense of pride in being a Paragon Instructor. If you want a program that works, makes you earn your certification, and at the finish line gives you a sense of “pride of completion” that is unmatched, Paragon is for you.
Tom Fiumarello, Paragon Senior Professional Associate
In 2003 I had the privilege of attending my NSCA Level I certification class with Dan Schindler as the Examiner. Here’s a small excerpt from a letter I wrote to Dan following my NSCA Certification . . .
“What I experienced while we worked together rivaled the best schooling I have ever undertaken. I want to sincerely thank you for guiding me, through patience when necessary, firmness when required, and compassion throughout. You took me from a humbled, unnerved individual, uncertain of how he could finish successfully, to an individual who has total confidence in his ability to teach others how to help themselves . . . ” Dan has again raised the bar with the advent of the Paragon Professional Associate program. Without question, he is providing the most reliable, comprehensive, and simplified instructor training program available today. For anyone who truly wants to gain the knowledge and learn the basics, indispensable process for teaching the Sporting Clays and Wing Shooting disciplines, this class accomplishes that and more. Thank you again, Dan for helping me understand what a simple game this really is, and how to release the “magic” we all have within us.
Robert Roesch, Professional Associate, NSCA Level I Instructor