In Combatives

February 01, 2007

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Tony Blauer is the founder of Blauer Tactical Systems, a consulting firm that has developed innovative personal defense and combative skills based on physiological responses to danger. Blauer Tactical Systems has consulted for many U.S. military and law enforcement groups and offers training for law enforcement, military, self-defense instructors, and civilians interested in research-based self- defense.

As one of the original advocates of reality-based self-defense, Mr. Blauer has pioneered research and training methodologies that have influenced and inspired martial art and combative systems around the world. He is the creator of the S.P.E.A.R. Systemâ„¢ (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response), a medically and scientifically reviewed system that utilizes the body's natural physiological response to surprise attacks in extreme close-quarter confrontations. Training scenarios are designed to effectively simulate real encounters. Students learn performance psychology and fear management as well as combatives and personal defense readiness.

An avid CrossFitter, Tony Blauer taught Combatives/ Personal Defense Readiness at CrossFit's Training Seminar this past July. I spoke with him in late December about self-defense and physical fitness.

Yael Grauer has been training in martial arts (the good, the bad, and the ugly) since she was twelve years old. A Tucson resident, she currently trains in MMA in the garage of CrossFitter James Forbes. Yael received her Bachelor's degree from Shimer College in Illinois, and she is completing her teaching certification so she can make high school kids read Shakespeare. Her articles and interviews have been featured in a wide variety of publications, and some can be found on her website. She can be contacted at

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