Posts Tagged ‘Tony Blauer’

Be Your Own Bodyguard

Monday, May 27th, 2013

One of the things you learn from Tony Blauer is to “Be Your Own Bodyguard“. I won’t go into the entire concept of the program but I do want to harp on the importance of being responsible for your own protection. Take this story out of Oregon:

An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

Now imagine if you were the caller, someone is breaking into your house and the 911 dispatcher pretty much tells you that you are own your own. I am not saying that you shouldn’t call 911, do so if it is safe for you to do that but remember that until help arrives you are responsible for your safety and that of your loved ones..

What does this mean? Make sure you follow good practices for securing your home. For some good tips check out Alex Haddox’s book “Practical Home Security: A Guide to Safer Urban Living“. Make sure people in the household know what to do in an emergency. This goes beyond someone breaking into your house but should also cover fires and medical emergencies. Have a plan! I won’t tell you tell have a firearm in your home, that is your choice. But if you do make sure you train with it, everyone in the house knows proper firearm safety, and you keep it secured until you need to use it.

Remember, when push comes to shove Be Your Own Bodyguard


PDR Certification

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

For those interested in getting their Personal Defense Readiness (PDR) certification with Blauer Tactical Systems in 2013 the first set of courses have been announced for February 8-10, 2013. And for what must be a first there will be two certification courses running at the same time, east coast and west coast.

PDR 36 in Vienna, VA

PDR 37 in Carlsbad, CA

Don’t miss this chance if interested in becoming part of the PDR Team


SPEARTips on Vimeo

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Tony Blauer has made some great interviews available on Vimeo. Be sure to check them out.

Tony Blauer’s Summer Combatives Camp

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Want to learn more about the SPEAR system and train with some great people? Well here is your chance. Tony is holding is Annual Summer Combatives Camp this August 4-5, 2012, at CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, VA. Go enroll now.

Podcast Interview with Tony Blauer

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Something to check on the The Human Path podcast, Tony talking about How To Survive a Violent Encounter.


PDR 32 in Cambridge, MA

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Interested in becoming a Personal Defense Readiness Coach? If so then you might want to check out PDR 32 in Cambridge, MA. The course is scheduled for March 23-25, 2012. There are requirements for being a PDR coach so be sure to check them out.

This is a great way to learn more about Tony Blauer’s system.

Finding a PDR Coach

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Some of you might have stumbled across this website via a web search and would like to find someone in your area to learn more about the program.  The first place to look is the Personal Defense Readiness website. You can also find out more information about the program there as well as links to many other resources. In addition below are some links to the direct sites of some PDR coaches:

Those in the Manchester, England area can check out PDR Manchester

In Denmark we have Terje Søgaard Theiss and PDR-Denmark

In Rochester, NY area Ryan Fredericks has Close Quarters Combat New York

Also in the New England area we have Active Defense Personal Training ran by Jake Steinmann

And one last one is NOVA Self Defense located in Arlington, VA.

And of course there is me and Combating Violence, located in Moses Lake, WA

These are just a few of the PDR coaches out there. As mentioned, check the PDR Team web site for a complete list


DVD Review: Be a Good Bad Guy

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

One issue I often see in self-defense training is the lack of realism, especially on the part of the attacker. More then once I’ve seen a demonstration where the attacker (aka the bad guy) tosses a punch and then holds the punch out there while the defender does his thing. Think about this: Does this really help the defender?

If your answer is “no” then Tony Blauer has a video that can help you out. Actually Tony has a lot of good videos but the one on this subject is “Be a Good Bad Guy, Secrets to Great Role-Playing“. Now this isn’t your D&D type of role-playing, but rather tips on how an attacker should behave in order to help people learn self-defense tactics.

This is a short DVD at only 35 minutes, but Tony gives enough information to get you started. He points out the importance of how good role-playing helps the defender learn to spot pre-contact cues, learn to spot openings, and know how an attacker will respond to your tactics, just to name a few things. Tony and his instructor show both good and bad role-playing to give you an idea of not only what you should do, but what you shouldn’t do. The DVD moves along at a pretty good pace and as such it is one you should watch a couple of times to absorb.

Is the DVD for everyone? I would suggest it if you teach self-defense courses, and to those that are just interested in the subject on role-playing a bad guy. If you often help out in teaching self-defense and serve as an attacker then it is something you might want to check out too.

Tony Blauer’s High Gear and the Knock Off

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

If you are involved in self-defense, I mean really involved in understanding self-defense and violence, then at some point you should have come across the name Tony Blauer. Tony has been involved in training and educating people about violence and self-defense for many years and developed a product to help in training called High Gear.  Just to give a very brief overview High Gear allows for scenario-based training in a relatively safe manner.

Tony put in time, effort, and money to develop High Gear, and it gets great reviews from those that have used the gear. As often happens once something become successful, imitators will move into the market. One such imitator is Spartan. Before going into the history behind Spartan, lets look  at some pictures. First one is from Close Quarters Combat New York:

gh Gear vs. Spartan From Close Quarters Combat NY

Yes you should notice some similar things. Some minor cosmetic differences in the helmet but other then that it is very easy to think they are from the same person.

Tony Blauer also offered a picture showing what the other side of the two look like side by side:

Tony Blauer Showing High Gear next to Spartan's product

Again, some minor cosmetics changes but that is it.

The Spartan product was developed by Marc Joseph. Marc worked for Tony for several years and is his brother-in-law. Marc contracted with a company in Canada the was the original manufacturer of High Gear for Tony before he switched to a company in Virginia, and had them manufacture the Spartan Gear. No wonder the two look so much like each other.

Tony wrote a blog post on the Police One website that is worth reading. There are two threads on Facebook with lots of comments worth reading which can be found here and here.


PDR 28 Experience

Monday, April 4th, 2011

This last weekend was spent down at Crossfit Rubicon attending the Personal Defense Readiness (PDR) 28 Instructor Certification Course, and it was quite the weekend. It would be near impossible for me to attempt to describe everything that was covered during the 2 and a half days spent in the course, but I’ll share some of my thoughts.

First was the wide variety of people attending the course. You had people from a civilian background through law enforcement and the military present. You had some like myself where this was their first time attending the course to some that attended the very first PDR course. This in itself says something about the program. How many courses are there that you have people returning multiple times? I should add that part of the reason is that  this isn’t a static program, it is a continuously evolving program. You also had people from various backgrounds in the martial arts; Karate, Muay Thai, and many other martial arts.

Tony Blauer, founder of the PDR program, was the main speaker during the course. Listening to Tony speak it is easy to tell that he is passionate about the program. Tony covered the history of the program and the tenets of the PDR program. To sum this up briefly all I can is my brain is still processing all of the information covered. Even the day after the program I woke up with thoughts of materials and drills covered going through my head.  Not to leave people out, but I’m probably am, Tony was assisted by Jason Dury and Eric Walker during the course.

Besides lectures we also had some drills we we taught, and later on had to teach to the rest of the class. These weren’t secret ninja techniques designed to stop a mob of angry attackers with one move, but rather drills used to teach the principles of the SPEAR system. The SPEAR System is the building block for the PDR program, and the easiest way for me to cover this subject is to point people towards Tony’s website on the SPEAR System. What was nice during the drills is we were able to work with returning instructors that offered us tips and constructive criticism on how to improve ourselves. This was helpful during the teaching mode where first we worked one-on-one with a experienced instructor and then teach one of the concepts to the entire group. Mistakes were made by all of us new to the system, but the environment was a friendly and helpful one in helping us out.

At the end of the last day we were treated to a speech from Kyle Maynard. This was the second time I’ve heard Kyle speak and if you ever get a chance to hear him speak I would highly suggest you take advantage of the opportunity. Kyle has an incredible story to tell and a great inspirational speaker too. I enjoyed how Kyle was able to tie in his life experiences to those we had this weekend at the PDR course.

Overall it was a great experience. Had a chance to meet people I’ve seen before, meet people I’ve only talked to online before, as well as meet totally new people. It was interesting talking to some of the other new people and hearing why they were at the course. Even in this area there was a wide variety of reasons. I know I didn’t absorb everything covered this weekend, hopefully my notes will fill in some of the gaps. I look forward to attending another PDR course.