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August 10, 2010

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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.

Speaking in front of a group at CrossFit Santa Cruz, Blauer shows just how easy and familiar proper self-defense movements are. His cues to “get small” and “be aggressive” are natural and ultimately very functional in defending oneself from danger.

12min 42sec

Additional reading: Fight Training Fitness: An Interview With Tony Blauer by Yael Grauer, published Feb. 1, 2007.



8 Comments on “A Natural Self-Defense Tool Box ”


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Loved this! I want MORE!! Though I would have had the same self-conscious reaction to being up in front of people and doing something so out of the norm, I would very much love to have the chance to try out those moves and reactions. The simple image/idea of "get/find your seat belt" is awesome.


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awesome tony!


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what?? that shirt is awesome!


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Blauer is the man!


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You're not going to find better martial arts instruction anywhere.

Blauer is building upon a tremendous foundation, that the whole-bodied movement necessary in self defense is the exact same thing as the core-to-extremity technique advocated by CrossFit. It's true in all sports, as a matter fact; whether youre talking about a golf swing, a tennis stroke, a kettlebell swing, an elbow strike or punch, or a clean, the motion emanates from the region of one's center of gravity.

More importantly, Blauer is taking the mystery out of combative movements. (That's one of the more comic aspects of the dojo masters of this world, the belief that they have a monopoly on movements common to all sports and everyday life.) That 'reaching for your seatbelt' analogy early in the discussion is genius and reminiscent of the Crosscut Swing and Hack described by James Hipkiss in a pamphlet distributed in England during World War Two. I'm sure that Blauer went on to show the class that that elbow is at once decapitatingly effective and something that anyone can do. That was Hipkiss' point, as his intent was to prepare a population of all ages against a Nazi invasion.

It's rare to find someone teaching in this manner, technically speaking, as well as his assuring people that all they have to do to be effective is master some fundamentals. It's like teachng someone how to do cleans: once you show someone the basics, they're well on their way toward a career of sorting it out themselves. That's what martial arts should be: liberating, empowering.


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I have been through numerous Law Enforcement self defence courses and this video was simple and to the point. It will get the job done. By putting it in simple everyday terms, it not only will be easy to remember, it will build confidence in the average citizen who has learned this. It makes it even more important to stay fit, because it could save your life one day.


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RE: the psychological aspect... I know the subject in this demonstration wasn't reacting 100% accurately because she knew it was a demonstration, she giggled, etc. And she wasn't looking. Tony says that with your eyes open, you'll react way faster.

What about the opposite psychological reaction? Some people have the instincts, may have even gone through self-defense training like this, but STILL don't react quickly simply because, psychologically, they can't believe it's really happening to them.

How do you develop an appropriate response to stimuli? Nobody wants to swing to either extreme--either you flinch at everything or you don't react at all. But there's gotta be a way to find that happy medium.

Any ideas? Tony?


replied to comment from Michael Park


The people who don't react are generally those who 1) Haven't given themselves permission to defend themselves (this is far more common than you'd think) and/or 2) Don't attach enough importance to the consequences of not reacting.

Everyone flinches. Regardless of how big a tough you are, when an external stimulus is introduced too fast, you flinch. It's then about how quickly you convert that flinch into a response. What that response is depends upon the situation and YOUR training, YOUR experience and more importantly, YOUR mindest and what YOU attach to not responding.

This isn't to say everyone has to be trained in martial arts. Many people have defended themselves successfully with NO training and many with extensive martial arts training get their arses handed to them. Although I believe everyone should have some basic personal defence training. This along with fitness (CrossFit) and water survival skills form Coach Glassman's trilogy of survival. ( think that's what he calls it)

Anyway, what people need is a personal directive that gives them permission to respond. I can't recall Coach Blauer's personal directive off the top of my head, but he does have one. Mine is pretty simple, recently developed and still evolving; "I retain the right to defend myself and others."

You'd be amazed at what having a personal directive does for someone.

I've got to mention also, that intergral to defending yourself is situational awareness. Coach Blauer's 3 D's, Detect, Defuse and Defend starts with Detect. I believe this is the most important too. It's vital that you are aware of your surroundings, you think about your routines and where you may find yourself targeted. This alone may prevent an attack in the first place.


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