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Be Your Own Bodyguard Part One: VIP by Tony Blauer - CrossFit Journal

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December 11, 2011

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In this new series, get an inside peak into Tony Blauer’s Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar hosted by San Francisco CrossFit. Tony Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems, has been providing these seminars to CrossFitters to teach the basics of self-defense and how you can implement them through CrossFit.

In the first segment, Blauer tells the story about how his seminar first began. Upon addressing a group of women about whether or not they could survive an attack, only one took the initiative and hesitantly told him she would fight to defend herself. He said she would have been the only to live if the rest wouldn’t do anything.

“If you cooperate with a mugger, you get mugged. If you cooperate with a rapist, you get raped. If you cooperate with a murderer, you get murdered,” he says.

When the same women were given a different scenario of their children in danger, they reacted much more aggressively and wouldn’t hesitate to fight.

“What did you see yourself doing to protect your kid that you didn’t see yourself doing to protect yourself?” Blauer asks. “Everyone here is a VIP,” he says.

According to Blauer, you already have the skills to defend yourself; you just need to manage your fear, don’t get discouraged and find your courage.

“I’m not telling you what to do,” Blauer says. “I’m just an options facilitator.”

11min 31sec

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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 174 by Justin Judkins, published June 1, 2011.

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6 Comments on “Be Your Own Bodyguard Part One: VIP”


Great resource tool and reminder of how important the mental and emotional components of personal defense are...

Thanks Coach, for arming me with the tools to coach my students, family and friends to Be their Own Bodyguards!


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Awesome! Great information.


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Awesome Video, great resource of information. Thanks for reminding me to define my courage! BYOB


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Please post more of this...


Paul Southern wrote …

This was a transformational event for all the people in my gym that attended. I will encourage all of my friend and family to attend this.


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I gotta tell you... the use of the F-word really makes him sound cool and knowledgable...

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