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Violence Doesn’t Care What Martial Art You Study

Jul 24, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Tony Blauer

When Brian Dalton was attacked his body's instinctive survival system by-passed his thinking brain and deployed human nature's airbag: the Startle-flinch response. IMO it helped save his life.  The startle-flinch response deploys like a biological airbag, expanding in a sudden incident to create space between you and the danger. In Brian's fight, the flinch-response expanded as nature designed it. It bought him time, created space between him... Full Article »

The Why? vs. The What?

Jan 21, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By: Tony Blauer

This post, unfortunately will likely produce two reactions. It all depends how you look at training. Therefore, my observations might appear judgmental and divisive to some of you.Most training is based on the technique model, where a complex motor skill is drilled over and over. Practice is sequential. A does this. B does that.In all our courses, instructor or end-user, we focus on the “Why?” vs. the “What?” More time is spen... Full Article »

VIDEO: Lessons from Reaching into a Car

Jan 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Tony Blauer

There’s a reason he couldn’t let go and it has to do with fear and physiology. He’s not the first cop to grab the car of a fleeing suspect. It never ends with the cop slowing the car to halt like some superhero. The grab is an unconscious reaction to the suspect’s sudden non-compliance.Trust me, he wasn’t hanging on because he thought it was a good idea. At a physiological level, the crossed-extensor reflex (CER) contracts durin... Full Article »

BLAUER: Lessons from a Vicious Ambush

Aug 15, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By: Tony Blauer

Every one of you should be drilling this video. Studying it. What did you learn?It happens so fast. What would you do?Times up.Here's what I think. Let's ignore the background of the suspect, ignore how many times the officer repeated himself, let's just focus on the physicality: the attack, the ambush. Bottom line: Bad guys understand strategy and tactics too. Here’s what I see. Suspect has left hand exposed, right hand c... Full Article »

Cultivating the Kill Switch

Mar 07, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Tony Blauer

What needs to happen for you to flip the switch? With all the memes floating around social media these days, you'd think its as simple as 'mantra, mindset or motto.’ It's not. Everyone seeks the Holy Grail move. We all want to believe in the magic move or the secret technique. And every system develops an unconscious bias. Every. Single. One. (Mine too.) But there must be a congruent connection between multiple factors for there to be a co... Full Article »

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 »