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
CrossFit subject-matter experts George Ryan and Tony Blauer explain how fear-management and positive action are the keys to any crisis situation.
A feeling of helplessness tormented most Americans in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. In the face of so much horror and injustice, some argued for more gun control, while others called for a heavier gun presence in our schools. Many brought… Continue Reading
January 08, 2013
CrossFit Defense fuses fitness with effective self-defense, teaching physical and psychological strategies for surviving an attack or a tough workout. Hilary Achauer reports.
Many years ago, before kids and CrossFit, I was an amateur boxer. I competed from about 2001 to 2004, and during that time one of the most frequent comments I got was, “Wow, I bet if someone tried to attack you on the street, you’d destroy… Continue Reading
Air squats, sprinting and knees-to-elbows are all movements that have created a relationship between your hip and hip flexor, says Tony Blauer of Blauer Tactical Systems.
When you find yourself in a fight, you’re merely mimicking movements performed in workouts. First, you’ll likely get into the hollow-body position and then grab hold of the assailant.
“It’s like if I did slam ball and knees-to-elbow at the same time,” Blauer… Continue Reading
The first drill in Tony Blauer’s CrossFit Defense Course is called Outside 90. It involves using your forearm to create distance between you and your attacker.
“Without my glutes, without my abs, without my lats, without my back, without a stance, without momentum, this is pretty fuckin’ strong,” Blauer says, referencing his forearm. “And how many reps did you have to do to understand and experience that? One.”
One of the biggest mistakes in… Continue Reading