Dr. Perry goes one on one with the awesome Tony Blauer. Creator of the SPEAR System Combative Philosophy: Applications and Implications for Personal & Professional Self Defense (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response. Discover how Tony’s system improves fitness, movement, health, self esteem and well being. Also his involvement with the Crossfit Community and training the military.
Tony Blauer’s philosophy and mission has remained constant since 1979. He has always searched for a better way. He has not tried to perpetuate a style; instead he has tried to educate an international community on the importance of psychology, fear management and behaviorally sound tactics. More importantly, he has passionately shared his research to the martial arts and combative community through his seminars, articles, videos and audio’s.
“The hands always move first”. There are certain ways to throw a strike on the street. One of the most common strikes in the martial arts community is the “Palm Strike”. In this short video, Coach Blauer discusses the subtleties of the palm strike and how to effectively use it on your opponent. Pay close attention to section 1:09 in the video, when PDR Coach and CrossFit Games athlete, Jeremy Kinnick helps Coach Blauer explain how the hand is always faster than the eye.
This past weekend, my certification partner and co-coach Tiffany Harrison (I call her than because we have been in the CF Level 1, CF Kids and now PDR Instructor Course together) attended the PDR 36 Certification Course ad CrossFit Rubicon.We have several of our CrossFit coaches currently certified and Tiff and I were excited to join them in helping advance our abilities to further change and effect lives.
If you’ve never heard of PDR or Personal Defense Readiness then you’ve likely not heard of Tony Blauer and the S.P.E.A.R System. Through the use of physiological tools EVERY human being is engrained with, 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.” For more information: Blauer Tactical Systems
I cannot overstate the importance and the simplicity of this course. There is no complicated fighting stance to memorize and learn. There are no new crazy ninja out of left field type crane voodoo series of movements you have to memorize. This is as simple and more importantly, AS EFFECTIVE as it gets folks. I enjoyed this course and I would recommend anyone who is interested or even curious, reach out to me or our experienced team at CrossFit Rubicon and see what it’s all about.
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 them.”
“Yeah,” I’d answer, “I totally would if I could first get my headgear, gloves and mouthpiece. They couldn’t hit below the belt or behind the ears.”
In other words, I have no idea how to defend myself.
Boxing is a sport. Other than the fact that I’m more comfortable than most women with the sensation of getting hit in the face, I knew even at the height of my boxing training I’d be fairly useless in a street fight. Boxing is not self-defense.
CrossFit is not self-defense, either. It certainly helps to be strong, fast and agile, but your 200 lb. snatch and flawless butterfly pull-ups are not necessarily going to help if you are taken by surprise in a dark alley.
That’s where the CrossFit Defense, taught by self-defense expert Tony Blauer, comes in. My boxing training had taught me how to throw a punch, and CrossFit had made me an athlete. It was time to learn how to defend myself.