Blauer Tactical Confrontation Management Systems® research the startle/flinch phenomena and its link to the survival system’s withdrawal reflex has spawned one of the most important evolutions in close quarter training: the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™, which utilizes the speed and reliability of the startle/flinch mechanism to convert the sudden attack into a tactical counter. Most importantly, this system will not interfere with your current training and in fact it is most easily used as a bridge to any complex motor skill transition.
The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is a 'behaviorally' researched, close quarter personal defense method that utilizes the body's natural flinches and reactions to fear or violence and then converts these reactions into efficient tactical choices. Because the system is "Genetically wired and behaviorally inspired™", anybody can learn it and everybody can do it.
It is the result of over two decades of scientific research. The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is so direct and efficient, it is currently being adopted by major law enforcement and military training units across the globe.
What makes Tony Blauer’s P.D.R. System different?
The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ Combative Philosophy:
Applications & Implications for Personal & Professional Self-Defense
BLAUER TACTICAL CONFRONTATIONS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS® research of the startle/flinch phenomena and its link to the survival system’s withdrawal reflex has spawned one of the most important evolutions in close quarter training: the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™, which utilizes the speed and reliability of the startle/flinch mechanism to convert the sudden attack into a tactical counter. Most importantly, this system will not interfere with your current training and in fact, it is easily used as a bridge to any complex motor skill transition.
The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™is a 'behaviorally' researched, close quarter personal defense method that utilizes the body's natural flinches and reactions to fear or violence and then converts these reactions into efficient tactical choices. Because the system is "Genetically wired and behaviorally inspired™", anybody can learn it and everybody can do it.
It is the result of over two decades of research. The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is so direct and efficient, it is currently being adopted by major law enforcement and military training units across the globe.
REMEMBER...IN YOUR FIGHT, YOU ARE POINT. Irrespective of your training, if the opponent is in your face, it is now your fight. Moreover, while there may be legal or professional rules of engagement, it is now a very personal moment. If you cannot subdue this threat, it is likely that you will not accomplish your task within the professional mission and likely the confrontation will also impact on your personal situation.
THE ANSWER: TOTALITY IN TRAINING... While 'totality' may appear to be grandiose, the reference is merely a philosophically based argument that suggests that 'we' must look carefully at the combative arena, the environment and specifically the opponent through a disciplined threat assessment filter. This will enable us to customize training to provide the greatest tactical advantage for the next engagement.
"The superior fighter has no emotional attachment to any particular range of combat." -BTCMS Maxim
BTCMS methodology seeks to improve spontaneous effective modification or adaptability of the warrior's arsenal. This includes personal tools (body/mind) as well as tactical tools (all other weapons). My message has always been to be diverse, skilled in all ranges. If push comes to shove you must have no physical preference, no emotional attachment to a range, only then you can make a calm, calculated, strategic choice and force the confrontation to the range that suits the situation.
We invite you to explore this important and innovative training program and feel free to contact uswith any questions you may have.
Train Hard & Stay Safe,
Tony Blauer President & CEO Blauer Tactical Systems, Inc.
The foundation and nucleus of the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is based upon what the body will do prior to any training, making it the fastest, most natural way to move the human body.
process cuts muscle-memory training by about 80%, allowing anyone to
improve more quickly and with greater confidence. Retention of the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ mechanics is vastly superior as the tactics taught are based on natural movements.
The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™,developed
by Tony Blauer, is based on his pioneering research on the
psychological, emotional and bio-mechanic realities of close quarter
combat. His program, is referred to as "3-DIMENSIONAL BEHAVIORAL TACTICS",
because it is the first 'genetically' inspired close quarter combat
system; remember, most systems rely on muscle-memory drills to create
and develop their arsenal, but the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ toolbox is inspired by how the body actually wants to move.
From a 'tactics' perspective, the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™
is not based on a 'sport-model' where balance, distance and tools are
agreed upon. The system is based on a 'street model' that takes into
account fear, reflexive flinches and emotions as mitigating influences
during high stress confrontations. The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™
methodology then capitalizes on this instinctual process and converts
the energy and movement of these behaviorally based reactions into
tactical options. In short, our system incorporates psychological,
emotional and bio-mechanic truths to form a synergistic, realistic,
Blauer Tactical Confrontation Management Systems®
strives to enhance the survivability of every person regardless of size
or gender by creating tactics that are developed to take advantage of
the body’s natural response mechanisms. The objective of these tactics
is to be gross motor oriented, innate/instinctual so they will function
during high stress and adrenaline overloaded incidents and also respect
the body's survival system, signals and responses.
into the extreme close quarter fight has lead to important evolutions
in the understanding of the psycho-physiological response that governs
the human body in confrontational situations.
The foundation of our curriculum is the SPONTANEOUS PROTECTION ENABLING ACCELERATED RESPONSE™ system or the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™,a
scientifically researched close quarter measure that uniquely aids in
converting instinctive survival flinches & reactions into effective
The natural human response mechanism to a physical
threat revolves around the fight or flight principle. The working
hypotheses for Blauer’s clients is that 'flight' is not an option.
Therefore our R&D team MUST develop performance technology to fight
the threat. This requires breaking down the physical, psychological and
emotional elements that interact to define the response to that threat.
individual who is confronted by a physical threat will have an
autonomic response, startle-flinch that is part of the unconscious
self-defense mechanism. This occurs long before the cognitive
identification process which allows a victim to process the available
information and make a conscious decision that results in the fight or
It is medical fact that the neo-cortex, limbic
system and reptilian brain can run conflicting messages during real
combat stress, especially when the SOP's and tactics taught are based on
purely theoretical attacks and counters.
The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™
is based on natural flinches, therefore it is not really a perishable
skill once learned correctly. While this may sound incredible, remember,
on a psychomotor level, there is no longer any 'muscle-memory'
interference with the body's instinctive response.
Since 1988, Tony Blauer has continued to refine and polish the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ and has created a recipe so that anyone can experience the benefits of the simplicity and effectiveness of his method. The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™
is the first genetically inspired self-defense system. It is the only
self-defense method that fully integrates the body's reflexive responses
and instinctive survival mechanisms making the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ the easiest, most natural way to protect yourself.
Here's how the system evolved: Pain, Fear of Pain & the Flinch
1988 while working on an isolation drill, something unique occurred.
Fear. Impact. Pain. Swelling. The drill was called the 'sucker punch
drill' and it blended verbal aggression, natural stances and any sucker
punch. The defender had a mouth guard and no offensive choices
other than maintain a non-combative natural stance and he could evade,
block or jam, but not strike.
The aggressor (wearing 16 ozs. gloves) was
allowed to taunt, gesture, point and launch a solo shot anywhere on the
body at any time. That's it. The aggressor was allowed to encroach (in
other words, there was no 'sparring' distance established) and the
threats could be anything from any situation (money, mugging, bar room,
etc.). This forced the defender to engage the aggressor cognitively and
verbally without establishing any sparring-type rhythm. It also served
to distract the defender from concentrating on the physical tools
The drill was fantastic because true sucker punches
are surprises even when your "spider-sense" is picking up danger.
Furthermore, the learned muscle-memory blocks and interceptions were
mostly ineffective at extreme close quarters and especially with the
verbal distractions (just like in real-life). With the verbal and
the threat of impact, resulted in a natural 'startle-flinch' reaction to
the suddenness and proximity of the attacks.
conclusion was that sport trained skills, no matter how theoretically
vicious or effective (against a consenting opponent, or ice or bricks
and boards) did not readily appear when the opponent controlled the
distance and time of attack. This drill and the research that ensued was
a huge springboard moment in the evolution of training for real fights
vs. sport fights. What resulted from this innovative drill back in 1988
spawned the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ and inspired an entire martial movement towards more realistic training and tactical choices.
Tony Blauer President & CEO Blauer Tactical Systems, Inc.