SPEAR System

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SPEAR System
Also known as Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response
Focus Hybrid
Country of origin United States USA
Creator Tony Blauer
Olympic sport No
Official website http://www.tonyblauer.com/


The SPEAR system (originally an acronym for Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) is a close quarter protection system which uses a persons reflex action in threatening situations as a basis for defence.[1] The primary founder, Tony Blauer, developed the SPEAR system in Canada during the 1980s.[2] It has since been adopted by several military and law enforcement agencies across the world.[citation needed]

Basic principles[edit]

The SPEAR system is not a sport, its only use is as a tool for self-defence,[3] therefore there are no rankings or competitions of any kind. The style adopts the natural reflex of a person when faced with a threatening situation, which is dubbed the startle-flinch response.

History[edit]

The SPEAR System was developed by Tony Blauer in the 1980s and was born from his "Panic Attack" subject of study that relates to the emotional and physiological aspects of sudden and unexpected violence.

The "Panic Attack" study developed into the "Be Your Own Bodyguard" program and the present day SPEAR and Personal Defense Readiness ("PDR") programs. Blauer's wardrobe also evolved from the single-piece wrestling singlet to the current Blauer Tactical T-shirt, BDU pants, and desert GI boots.[4]

Current usage[edit]

It has been recommended by the Association of Chief Police Officers in a Personal Safety Training Manual for the British Police, becoming the only generic system to become so adopted.[5][6] The SPEAR system is also open to civilians via the Personal Defence Readiness Program.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Blauer Talks With Black Belt About the SPEAR (Part 1)". Black Belt. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Tony Blauer Talks With Black Belt About the SPEAR (Part 1)". Black Belt. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  3. ^ "Tony Blauer Talks With Black Belt About the SPEAR (Part 1)". Black Belt. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Tony Blauer Talks With Black Belt About the SPEAR (Part 2)". Black Belt. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  5. ^ Jane's Police Review, issue 150307 2009
  6. ^ "'The United Kingdom Adopts the Blauer Tactical S.P.E.A.R. System'" policeone.com dated 20 August 2007. Recovered on 7 January 2009.