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Blauer: Gang Officers Fight for Life

Feb 16, 2017 in Uncategorized
By: Tony Blauer

This video is one every first responder should watch. It's natural for anyone watching CCTV, body- or dashcam, or, in this case, television footage, to reverse engineer what "reality" we see. We look at it, not from the "unconscious bias" point of view, but from a place of analysis/research: What can we learn? What can we do better? How do we enhance survivability? Here are some of my thoughts. First off, what were the people recordi... Full Article »

Lucky or Good?

May 20, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By: Tony Blauer

This is horrifying. You know the expression "I'd rather be lucky than good."? Well, this officer was damn lucky. I don't know the officer or the training he received, but it sure looks like he hadn't fully mentally or physically prepared himself to meet the 3%er (defined by BTS in the Spear System Trainer's Manual as "a violent subject willing to injure or kill you to facilitate their escape"). [caption id="attachment_8489" align="alignrig... Full Article »

It Takes Two to Tango

Sep 16, 2015 in Defensive Tactics
By: Tony Blauer

I can't fight apathy.  I can't fight politics. I can't fight the hate on the street. What I can do is help you see the fight differently and prepare differently.  We are offering a free slot to any officer who signs up with a colleague! We are matching you or your department, one for one. I wish I could do more. If I could offer the training for FREE, I would. But this is our best effort to double the amount of officers able to get train... Full Article »

To the Armchair Quarterbacks …

Jul 02, 2015 in Defensive Tactics
By: Tony Blauer

In sport fights, most of the audience are arm-chair quarterbacks who criticize fighters for not fighting the way they think a fight should go down. It's funny being at a fight and listening to them yelling, "Hit him!" "Do a XYZ rolling-unicorn sweep into a ninja strike!" "Get up you f****n pansy!" It's amazing what you hear at the fights. Interestingly, those who've fought or do fight are pretty quiet at fights. They're intently taking it all ... Full Article »

Trained–or Untrained?

Jun 26, 2015 in Defensive Tactics
By: Tony Blauer

[caption id="attachment_6197" align="alignright" width="300"] CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.[/caption] This video has gone viral. I wish I were a fly on the wall in every department, squad car, bar and office listening to people criticize the city, the training department, armchair quarterback on what these officers should’ve done. I can only imagine the comments: “I would’ve done this move when that punch was throw …” Or: “Why di... Full Article »

Perils of Presumption

Apr 27, 2015 in Defensive Tactics & Video
By: Tony Blauer

We recently revisited my treatise on the mindset of a police officer that I wrote three decades ago called “Presumed Compliance.” [caption id="attachment_5510" align="alignright" width="411"] Watch the vicious attack.[/caption] Now out of Arizona we get a visual reminder of much of what we discussed. What did you see? Watch the video and compare it to the bullet points in “Presumed Compliance.” I know it’s never popular in thi... Full Article »

Presumed Compliance, Revisited

Apr 06, 2015 in Defensive Tactics
By: Tony Blauer

About two decades ago I realized that the only way I’d ever be able to defend myself is if I understood four things: What did I fear? How do I conquer those fears? How do ‘real’ attacks occur? And, how do I defend against those real attacks? The “truth” I discovered was never in bigger muscles or accumulating techniques. The truth—yours and mine—was in understanding behavior, psychology, biomechanics and violence. ... Full Article »


Feb 16, 2015 in Defensive Tactics
By: Tony Blauer

RESPONSE-ABILITY, adverb: One’s ability to respond. Police work has always been dangerous. But now, right now, is the most dangerous time to be a police officer. It’s not just bad-guys in the street. It’s far more insidious. Never before has there been so much disrespect for the thin blue line. From race-baiting politicians and the subsequent violent protests to the pathetic news media manipulating headlines the brazen behavior of the pun... Full Article »