S.P.E.A.R. System Applications for Personal Defense

Tony Blauer discusses the physical and psychological applications of the S.P.E.A.R. System in Personal Defense Readiness.

26 thoughts on “S.P.E.A.R. System Applications for Personal Defense

  1. abdelhak auxiliary says:

    simply bullshit, we understand that training in a technique fashion would require much practice until you can be effective, but seriousely, training with no notion of balance, grappling, sparring, pressure points, improvised weapons………its like kids fighting……. yes they manage stress and fear, but they don't manage at all the actual fighting

  2. Kieran Sinclair says:

    This is f'n stupid.

    If you want to fight effectively you train with people who actually fight for a living. Eg: boxers, kickboxers, wrestlers, judokas, BJJ practitioners.

    What you don't do is train with weird personality cult people who inaccurately use terms like 'neural circuitry'.

    It's not effective. It's stupid. It's a cult.

    Come on people.

  3. Survivalsquid says:

    That assault that they show happened in my home town. Ive walked at night in cities all over the world with nothing happening till I returned to my home town. 3 guys jumped me for my wallet, 2 grabbed me from behind and the 3rd broke my nose. I struggled free, landed a few and chased them off with a garbage can lid. Moral of the story, don't mess with drunk sailors, navy hand to hand training involved a fifth of whiskey.

  4. Werpthup says:

    Krav Maga, as far as I have known, uses the CNS and PNS. Maybe not everywhere but it's definitely been around for almost a century now. NO MORE LIES… BTS is truly useful and effective, nonetheless.

  5. Petarosus says:

    Well, SCARS has same claims about usage of nervous system and being scientific system, unfortunatelly both SPEARS and SCARS also claim that, they are the only ones, which to me is a sad part, instead of cooperation its all about business:-(.

  6. borntosurf2 says:

    I was writing because in another video, an instructor talked about situational awareness and that random strangers need to be kept about 2 arms lengths away and that one needs to maintain the person in visual contact so they cannot get behind you?
    Do you have any comments on that advice?
    The video of the woman being attacked was very powerful and you handled it in a very respectful manner….thank you so much for all of your posts and information.
    best regards,

  7. borntosurf2 says:

    Hi Tony
    First of all i think your Hicks law video and explanation of why conventional blocks do not work is brilliant and I have emailed that link to many ppl and told many ppl about it.
    I actually realized I had accidentally used the flinch response in a real life situation in a panic and the person ran into my hands or rather fingers and one thumb went into their eye and they stopped immediately which kept me safe.


    @joannesmakeup I'm sorry that you were in a compromising situation but I'm thrilled that you showed the warrior mentality and technique that allowed you to escape largely unscathed from the assault and you thwarted the intentions of whoever attacked you.As a martial arts instructor and denizen of the mean streets of Long Beach CA,I congratulate and salute you,my sister martial artist.

  9. Jo Buckley says:

    This is a great system. Im a 5ft 1' female and Ive been able to use these techniques to my advantage, as I have been in a compromising situation recently. I highly recommend this system. Looking forward to my next P.D.R./ S.P.E.A.R. course.

  10. Neil Wilson says:

    @JBruckner20001 I am a little confused with your last statement. Surely violence is violence no matter what part of the world you live in? If your stuff doesn't work regardless of where you are you might die. Only just this week a female was beheaded in a chinese supermarket in a well know holiday destination, which was not South Africa.

  11. Neil Wilson says:

    @LTGhostRiley I'm not sure what technique you are talking about as being basic and not sufficient to defend yourself. I see people replicating real life scenarios and learning to defend them selves from any and every position, using primal gross motor skills during a very out of control moment, were the reactive brain overrides the cognitive brain.

  12. Neil Wilson says:

    @ogukuo72 There have been many people attend BTS courses that have done Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga (Not sure about Silat) but they would argue differently. Some of BTS top trainers have backgrounds in a vast array of systems and all still practice these in some form and incorporate the S.P.E.A.R. System in to their teaching and training.

  13. Neil Wilson says:

    @brozac1011 S.P.E.A.R. is an acronym which stand for Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response. Regardless of your skill or training when a stimulus is introduced to quickly, the reactive brain will override the cognitive brain and your body will flinch and try and protect the command centre (the Head). The S.P.E.A.R. System will help you to get back in the fight quicker and get to what ever system, style or technique you favour.

  14. Philip Sim says:

    @JBruckner20001 Or Jiu Jitsu. Or Krav Maga. Or Silat. Or even Defendu. When I watch the video, I get a certain "been there, done that" feel to it. Don't get me wrong. It looks like a good system. Practical. Pragmatic. Effective. Useful. Just not "only system" anything.

  15. gesivi says:

    Excellent systeme
    Notre association se sert de ce matériel dans ses formations en gestion des situations des violences
    Vous pouve nous contacter
    notre site:

  16. Steve Neal says:

    I class my self as a traditional marital artist and a realistic teacher of self defense and EVERYONE can take something from the system and in-fact Blauers teaching! This is because you cant argue with fact! well you could, but you'd be wrong!

    After many fights on a night club door, i now understand a bit more about street fights….Tony, you're the man

  17. IronMongoose1 says:

    I was so glad when they finally started posting BTS vids on youtube so I could refer people to them. This is definitely one of my favourite BTS vids. Five stars and favourited.

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