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The bad guy always wants one of three things: property, body or life.
“Bad guys don’t want to get caught, they don’t want to get hurt, they don’t want shit to take too long,” says Tony Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses.
In a carjacking scenario, it’s no different.
“The simplest thing to do is make that car inoperable,” Blauer explains. “I want to devalue myself as a target… Continue Reading
If you’ve got a gun to your back, it might seem like you have few choices that don’t involve prayer and luck.
But Tony Blauer explains it’s all about cooperating with your assailant—at first.
To demonstrate, Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses, plays the victim while CrossFit Media’s Tyson Oldroyd is directly behind him with a fake gun aimed at Blauer’s back. At that point, if you… Continue Reading
If a bad guy sticks a gun in your face, makes the mistake of not killing you and then further makes the mistake of talking, it’s your lucky day.
“If a guy stuck a gun in your face, would he expect you to put your hands up in fear? Yeah,” explains Tony Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses.
Luckily, that nonviolent posture also is ideal for grabbing the gun. At that point… Continue Reading
Tony Blauer had him picked out: he was the guy with the tank top and lots of tattoos.
At the seminar in Australia, Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses, chose him as a volunteer to demonstrate how speech choices can defuse a potentially violent situation.
He told the guy, “I’m gonna stare at you, and when it gets uncomfortable, just say, ‘Hey, what are you lookin’ at?’” Blauer… Continue Reading
As a child, Tony Blauer was afraid of getting beat up. He was also inordinately attracted to fight scenes in movies.
So at the age of 12, he signed up for Taekwondo. He trained seven days a week, and he was “obsessive,” says Blauer, now 53. From the ages of 20 to 25, he did 30 to 40 private lessons a week. Eventually he opened his own school. But it wasn’t until one of his students lost a fight that Blauer realized he was incorrectly… Continue Reading
With MLB playoff battles raging, Mike Warkentin looks at the anatomy of the bench-clearing baseball fight.
A precisely manicured ball field is a thing of beauty, and the best are gorgeous temples built in honor of the sport of baseball.
There’s a geometric elegance to the ball field, which is home to skilled specialists who run the spectrum from amazing physical specimens to freakishly talented trolls who… Continue Reading
The concept of awareness is to be able to enjoy your family and friends without worrying about “some nut comin’ in and bad shit happening,” says Tony Blauer of CrossFit Defense.
The goal is to improve perception speed and decrease reaction time.
In any restaurant, for example, Blauer says he chooses a spot where he can see the exits and most of the room.
If a confrontation were to occur, he notes that such items… Continue Reading
In a fight, one of the worst positions you can be in is a headlock. With the assailant in control, the head and face are exposed for punches, palm strikes or gouging.
Tony Blauer of CrossFit Defense makes that clear as he demonstrates with CrossFit Games competitor Dan Bailey and two-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning Jr.
With Bailey putting Blauer in a headlock, the expert highlights “pre-contact cues” that telegraph the… Continue Reading