SPEAR System

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SPEAR System
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Also known asSpontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response
Country of originCanada Canada
CreatorTony Blauer
Olympic sportNo
Official websitehttp://blauerspear.com

The SPEAR System (an acronym for Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) is a close-quarter protection system that uses a person's reflex action in threatening situations as a basis for defence.[1] The founder, Tony Blauer, developed the SPEAR System in Canada during the 1980s.[2]


The SPEAR System's origin began in 1982 with the developed "Panic Attack" drill that attempts to mirror the physiological response of a sudden ambush.

The "Panic Attack" study developed into the "Be Your Own Bodyguard" program and the present day SPEAR and Personal Defense Readiness ("PDR") programs.[3]

In 2007 UK's Association of Chief Police Officers approved Spear for inclusion in the Personal Safety Training Manual for the British police.[4][5]

The Scottish Prison Service uses a modified version of SPEAR in its Personal Protective Techniques.[6] [7]

In 2010 an English Mental Health NHS Trust piloted the first ever SPEAR training programme for staff working with mentally disordered offenders.[8]

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  1. ^ "Tony Blauer Talks With Black Belt About the SPEAR (Part 1)". Black Belt Magazine. Active Interest Media. Archived from the original on June 9, 2009. 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 2)". Black Belt. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  4. ^ Jane's Police Review, issue 150307 2009
  5. ^ "'The United Kingdom Adopts the Blauer Tactical S.P.E.A.R. System'" policeone.com dated 20 August 2007. Recovered on 7 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Control and Restraint Manual Volume 1". www.sps.gov.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  7. ^ "10. Annex" (PDF). webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  8. ^ Mott, Andy; Walton, James; Harries, Lee; Highfield, Penny; Bleetman, Anthony; Dobson, Paul (2012-01-01). Bailey, Di; Carson, Jerome (eds.). "Personal defence training in a medium secure unit – a pilot study". The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 7 (4): 200–213. doi:10.1108/17556221211287217. ISSN 1755-6228.