Blauer – Flinch & 1st two secs of a fight





Coach Blauer explains about the Startle-Flinch Response and why it’s important to weather the 1st two seconds of an close quarter attack. Courtesy of …

20 thoughts on “Blauer – Flinch & 1st two secs of a fight

  1. Alex N says:

    you can retrain your flinch response – and you should. Throwing up hands blindly is better than nothing but much worse than a boxer's "flinch" which is a duck'n'slip, or MT's which is a turtle-up. Or even than full contact karate's, which may be to eat the punch and kill him. There's been lots of attempts to train "normal" people to fight without requiring extensive training, and they have all failed so far. I don't see that this is any different.

  2. assoverteakettle says:

    To all the naysayers here, hey you're entitled to your opinion and your approach to things and criticize and to believe in what works for you and dismiss things that don't.

    As Bruce Lee believed, keep what's useful and reject what's useless.

    But to do that you also have to have an open mind and experience things so you know what to keep and what to reject. No?

    And before you totally reject Tony Blauer's theories of SPEAR, innate human neuromuscular response, and his theories of mental framing, keep in mind that he has a lot of law enforcement, military, AND professional mixed martial artists as clients.

  3. MDAC1012 says:

    I like Blauer and a lot of his material but the flinch is not faster than a speeding bullet. He is right people flinch, but they flinch in response to the gun coming up or bring their hands up in anticipation of the shot. Once the trigger is pulled, if your hands are down, you are not getting them up prior to the bullet hitting you.

  4. Infinite Ronin says:

    This is the first time I've seen this video and I think this is pretty cool! I think its pretty cool because I wrote a blog several months back about the… shall we call it an infantile version of what you're talking about here. Basically, I was talking about the problem I felt in training only in ready combat stances and not in relaxed stances just like you described here. Pretty cool 🙂

  5. IMTT says:

    I just completed the LE / Military course. Excellent class and very informative and useful in the practical application. This is one of the best courses of its type I have ever attended!

  6. ARCSSelfDefense says:

    As a military combatives/street self defense instructor (ARCS Self Defense & Combatives) and as a law enforcement officer, I have to say that this is some good stuff and I'm not easily impressed by vary many of my "competitors". Good stuff here guys!

  7. Batman Knows Better says:

    reaction is natural but if u havent been in many situations like fights ur insticts get rusty.u can get prety fast reactions but not always(like every single fight),personally i dont think a human can achieve that perfection,and as we talk in theory i think that if some1 has fast reactions some1 in the world will have deadliest actions its a matter of balance in the nature

  8. rbt4rbt says:

    "So if I have perfect timing, it looks like this." NO IT WON'T! Well, yes, since it is rehearsed, but no it won't in real life reaction times. I agree with you completely about the brain can not think of a variety of responses in such a short time, but you make it look like a flinch is so fast, it can stop a punch, not knowing when and where the punch will truly go. No way. Sure, telegraph a punch to me and I'll likely stop it, still, most won't. It is very hard to stop a punch with no tel'.

  9. atsubill2 says:

    Wow, this breaks with a lot of MA tradition! And yet it seems so basic. In your experience, have many MA instructors incorporated this regained knowledge into their teachings? It just seems so intuitive. I only heard of SPEAR yesterday in a book I was flipping through at a bookstore (forgot the title).

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