CrossFitting combative expert Tony Blauer of Blauer Tactical Systems is an avid CrossFitter who developed the SPEAR self-defense system—spontaneous protection enabling accelerated response. Blauer’s innovative approach to self-defense uses the startle/flinch response to give combatants a better chance to survive an encounter unharmed.
In this video, Blauer teaches athletes how to behave when a gun is being pointed at them by paying special attention to how people move when they’re startled. The first step is to clear away from the gun—“stay away from the hole”—then control the armed limb. The next step is to counter aggressively, either disarming or disabling your opponent.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Fight Training Fitness: An Interview With Tony Blauer by Yael Grauer, published Feb. 1, 2007.