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Sunday, July 16, 2017


In all honesty what would ninjerkiller be without a post about the infamous Ashida Kim. Radford Davis aka Ashida Kim is THE WORST ninja we have ever seen but damn it we have ALL heard of him. Since Ron Collins has gone online in a forum and made claims that Ashida Kim told Ron that I am a former student of his in Shotokan. I feel I should enlighten everyone about how Ashida got started.

 Unlike Collins and Kim I can back up my experience with a little something called DOCUMENTATION. I have my Shotokan Black belt certificates and Ashida is nowhere to be found on any of them. Lil' mentally dwarfed Ronnie Collins wouldnt know the truth or speak it if it landed on his face and wiggled.

 To this day, Ashida Kim/Radford Davis/Christopher Hunter has never owned or operated a school in my area and both Kim and I have resided in Winter Haven for years. I myself since 1969. Ashida Kim did get rather popular in the 80's and sold plenty of ninja books, I believe the count to be around 50. There is an old saying, that those that can't teach, write books.....Radford Davis aka Ashida got his start by publishing a small book under the name Christopher Hunter.

 I was training at a Shotokan Dojo back in 1980 the school was located on 6th Street in Winter haven. (Kim has told people it was his dojo) Actually the owner and Instructor of the school was a man named Steve Duncan and the other instructor was Butch Maieur. I would train under Duncan for several years until i got my 3rd degree black in shotokan. Later, as it turned out, Duncan, was a shady character himself in and out of trouble with the law and even turned informant on occassion to escape serious prison time and serious charges.

 Not long before the end of the summer of 1980 Ashida Kim came into the dojo, at the time he was calling himself "Chris Hunter". He claimed to be a brown belt in judo.

That September a week long television miniseries called Shōgun aired on television. We all watched it on a tv that was set up in the back of the dojo. I really would not have remembered him except for the fact that he had such a boner for the Tv miniseries that he would show up with James Clavell's book in hand and would read the book during the day just staying ahead of each episode. One night the miniseries featured a night time attack on Osaka Castle by the secretive Ninja assassins called the Amida Tong.  Radford/Chris/Ashida basically didnt stick around after that.

 Not long after this he published his first book the Book of the ninja with paladin press. About a year or so later I came across "The Book of the Ninja" by Chris Hunter and when I opened the book I recognized the information in it and Chris Hunter as well from his pictures that were in the book.

 The majority of the book was actually the 6th st. Shotokan school's student handbook. In the hand book were the basics of Shotokan Karate. Basic punches, blocking techniques, kicks, throws and 5 shotokan kata were in it, you know stuff like that.

Ashida had added some shit to it like pictures that replaced some of the drawings, omitted the sections with the 5 Kata, added some count dante stuff and other information and changed the cover. He had obviously got the idea to do the book from the TV series Shogun and the shotokan manual.

 So the Shotokan school was NOT Ashida Kim's or should I say Chris Hunter's, who Radford Davis was calling himself at the time, nor was I a student of his. Needless to say the Shotokan schools owner and instructor Steve Duncan expressed nothing but contempt and anger about Ashida's little stunt using the schools  handbook along with pictures of Duncan himself without Duncan's permission to get his foot in the door at Paladin Press.

 The school has been long gone, it sat empty for years and is now a paint and body shop. Duncan the actual owner of the school disappeared in the late 90s after turning informant. As for Radford Davis/Christopher Hunter/Ashida Kim....well let's just say that the internet has not been very kind.

Monday, July 10, 2017


You know every dog has fleas and like wise does the martial arts world has its share of wierdos. I honestly wish it was’nt so but unfortunately it is. Fake and frauds in the martial arts are for the most part complete nut jobs.... guys who are completely disconnected from reality. Serious mental issues.  Then there are those who are really cultists and exhibit a predatory type behavior.

A particular situation involving a couple of friends in the martial arts spurned this article. Online predatory type behavior from ANY martial artists or those claiming to be a martial artist  should really be frowned upon,  and not tolerated.

A Person going by the name of Richard Hinz recently sent a friend request under false pretenses to a friend in the martial arts. Mandi designs and sells Tabi for practicing martial artists. Mandi is good people and  takes pride in her product and is a dedicated practitioner of the martial arts.

Richard Hinz sends her a friend request under the guise of  being a potential customer . On Mandi’s birthday Hinz wishes her a happy birthday, however, from there things got creepy in just a few sentences. Read the screen caps for yourself.

Richard was told his online behavior and sexual remarks were not appreciated and he was asked to stop. We can all read his response to Mandi. To make matters worse after calling her a bitch a couple of times and trying to demean and degrade her. He does the very next thing that most online troll Cyber stalkers do and sends a friend request to one of Mandi’s girlfriends and so he attempts at harrassment continue. 

Very forwardly Hinz asks Betsy is she is single and then the harrassment starts again on her face Book page now. Betsy can take care of herself and Mandi as well. Hinz is obviously playing a sick little game. Hinz obviously relishes in the fact that he can harass women on line like this. He basically spends time making countless comments on Mandi’s girlfriend’s Face book defending his actions and even at times claiming it is Freedom of Speech all the while spouting incoherent esoteric cultist bullshit and claiming to be bedding 36 witches in a single week end….no I am not making this shit up…. This is how he condones his sick behavior.

I think most will agree that online sexual harassment isn't freedom of speech  of ANY kind, no matter how you try to bullshit it and really on the woman's birthday? How shitty of Hinz was that? Then when she asked Him to stop and refused Hinz’s online advances he called her a bitch. All these just a few sentences after wishing her a happy birthday....very troll like harassing predatory type behavior, of which Hinz seems to relish in. People should be warned about individuals like this.

Even when pointed out by several of the ladies’ friends how unacceptable his behavior is Hinz wallows in the attention unapologetic-ally. Proclaiming that WE should ask the almighty god for forgiveness in attacking him. Yet this guy has nt once apologized or expressed remorse for his crass sexually harassing behavior.  He seems to believe he can treat women however he wants to and expresses a utter disdain for women.

It is people like this who give martial arts a bad name, a dark stigma. Most in the martial arts are dedicated, polite, confident and supportive people. It is obvious that Hinz uses his appearance of being a martial artist as a means to deceive and make unwanted inappropriate online advances toward women.

I would encourage all to really look and read  the screen caps and decide for yourself if you really want someone like this on your facebook or would want to be associated with someone like this. There is what's acceptable and what isnt. there is what appropriate and what isnt. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


21st century keyboard warrior Ron Collins has spent the better part of the 2000's lying on the internet. Claiming everything from Marine force recon serving in Iraq, martial arts supremacy to exposing elaborate conspiracies and police set ups in attempts to silence him.....Ronnie is a trip…..The only thing Collins has really exposed is how big a liar and a coward he really is. Collins has not told the truth about a single thing. His online tales of what happened when he showed up down here are no exception.  The truth is the diminutive, glaringly fat out of shape, Collins, by his own doing, is a petty criminal and a liar and nothing more.

For those of you reading  Ron Collins bullshit online about fighting anyone, you should understand that he is a scared little bitch when he and I were able to get face to face he shook badly from being so scared. Just the mere sight of me, "The Ninjer Killer"(key the music), was too much for Ronnie the punk bitch to handle......and the kicker is I am a man in my fifties and I was run over by a semi truck a year and a half ago.. 

A year or so ago, Ron started taunting me, talking all kinds of shit, saying that I was too scared to fight him he was going to kick my ass etc etc. Ron even claimed he was going to come to my judo school and kick my ass in front of all my students. I am a man in my fifties, so Ron thought I was too old, and that I was also ran over by a semi truck, so he  figured he could talk shit  and get away with it.

Last April, for whatever reason, he made a big show out of coming to Florida posting on his fb page that he was going to “straighten me out”, to kick my ass. He took pictures at the state line, and all that happy horseshit. When he showed up to  Edson Berto's place an MMA gym, Berto called me. Berto and I spoke briefly then he put Ron on the phone. Well in no time Ronnie started running his mouth talking tough, cussing me etc. I basically told him to keep talking shit I will be there in 5 minutes.

Ron had been accompanied by Ashida Kim who high tailed it out of there upon hearing that "The Ninjer Killer"(key the music) was on the way.  I got there and got out of the truck and right away Ron turned into a scared little bitch. Blinded by the shear awesomeness of "The Ninjer Killer" (key the motherfucking music mother fucker!!!!!) Ashida ran and his punk bitch Ron shit in his fucking pants. 

My first words to Ron were….” you have got to be kidding me you are 4 foot 2 and fat as a fucking hog”. There was no talking back from Ron, no smart mouth, no  tough talk at all from Ron, who has done nothing for the past year but run his mouth about how easily he was going to kick my ass. Ron was a deer in the headlights to scared to say a word. Obviously I wasn't what he had expected and Ronnie was visibly shaking…. Ron couldn't even look me in the eye, too scared to utter a sound.

I told him I would do to him what that 13 year old girl's father should have done. He was very silent and wouldn't even look me in the eye. I told him several times that I was ready to go right then and right there.  Ron was to scared to say a word.  Constantly looking down and fidgeting afraid to look up at all in my direction.  He kept looking at Berto for help. He tells Berto that he was just here to prove he would fight at a later date. Yeah so much for all his tough talk online. When it got down to us being face to face he was a scared fat little bitch.

Edson and Van both saw this and said then that Ron wasn’t going to do anything and has no intention of doing anything......As a matter of fact Ron has told quite a few lies online about our face to face and obviously forgets that there were others like Edson there.... screen caps of what Edson thought of Ron's out and out lies are pictured below in chronological order started with Ronnie's very first online blog post. Edson contradicts and exposes Collins attempt to rewrite what actually happened.

It's all a weird little game Ron plays. Because that is what pussy ass bitches do is play games.  But to an idiot like Ron, it makes him feel important.   A full blown drama queen, Ron couldn’t wait to start posting lies on the internet.  Lying is the only way a scum bag  pusssy ass low life like Ron can get attention.  You see Ron Collins isn’t a martial artist, he isn’t a fighter he isn’t a bad ass he isn’t trained. It is overwhelmingly apparent he has never trained at all a day in his life.  

To say the dwarf has poor martial arts skills is paying him a compliment. In actuality he has no martial arts or combative skills. It is been made up, it’s a lie, it’s all Ron’s little martial art fantasy world. In this fantasy world of his he thinks he is a badass, a tough guy, a fighter. In reality Collins is a schlub, a dead beat, a pussy and a petty criminal. Collins has absolutely nothing in life, he has no home, no job, no money, nothing at all…his little martial art fantasy is all he has….. His life is that meaningless, its that irrelevant.

Ron fantasizes about taking on guys like me and beating me up but has no ability to do it. The reality is that he is too scared to even attempt it.  When Ron was safely back home he went into full retard mode and started lying about our encounter in Florida. He claimed he was there to "spar" but I threatened him. Then turns around and says I was  scared and hiding behind Edson and Van???? Well which is it? I was either too scared or did I threaten him? Go figure. Ron claimed Ashida Kim wasn't there at first, but then later admitted he was. After we came face to face Ron later when on his fb page and tried to tell people I had not shown up, all this in attempt to avoid the truth about what actually happened.  

Last October in Kentucky, Ron, despite his online bullshit excuses that he posted recently, showed up with 4 BDFS guys to beat Don Roley. Ron probably wanted the BDFS guys do his fighting for him..but to Ronnie's surprise they stepped aside and asked Ron if he wanted to fight Don instead. Ron couldn't get out of there fast enough.. Now Ron wants to advert the blame to everyone else involved instead of accepting that he had a chance to fight, but was too afraid to fight his own battles....Ron is just too much of a pussy to fight anyone.

Ronnie is more kind of like a toddler suckling it's thumb. Ronnie's martial art fantasy is his "safe place" it's where he gets comfort, its where he retreats to.

Collins cowardly little dick tucking manuevers have gotten old. Personally, I can't take him or any of his BULLSHIT seriously after meeting him and watching him quite literally being too afraid to run his mouth after all his tough talk online or look me in the eye.  At the end of the day, Collins is a fucking joke. A little fat weasel of a guy who talked tough online and talked shit on the phone a few minutes before I got there but shit his pants the second we were face to face.

Recently, Ron posted online that he is coming back down to Florida accompanied by more posing and more online tough talk about facing people and wanting a fight.  Well below we see Edson's reactions to Ronnie's bullshit antics.

Edson has my complete Judo itinerary so Collins has complete availability to me if he ever wants to man up. No one especially me is ducking this maggot ridden vile piece of chicken shit. Collins is a fake, a fraud, a pussy and a joke, too afraid of me to do anything.  It is overwhelmingly apparent that despite all of Ron’s tough talk online, and all his little games, when finally having the opportunity to face me Ron dick tucked, he stuck his tail between his legs and ran.…… No matter how he tries to rewrite it or how he tries to spin it…..He ran. Like a gutless scared litte bitch he backed down..... Collins is a pussy he has always been one. He has never had what it takes to be a man. He comes up short....get it...he comes up short. hehehe.

Ron like the punk bitch he is runs his mouth on the internet, talks about how he is going to show up somewhere and kick someone’s ass but never really follows thru. Ron is too much of a pussy to fight anyone.  He claims people duck him and are afraid of him that he would fight them anywhere but at the end of the day however, Collins WAS face to face with Don Roley in Kentucky, who offered to fight Ron then and there... and Ron like a fat little punk bitch turned tail and ran. 

Ron WAS face to face with me, here in Florida, he didnt want any part of me, I told him 4 times that I was ready to go right then and there... and like a scared little bitch he ran. Everything else Ron Collins has to say about facing me is a lie.  Ron is nothing but a scared,  diminutive,  4’ 2” fat as a fucking hog, little bitch who was too afraid to even look me, a man in his fifties in the eyes for fear that he was going to get the shit beat out of him.

So be sure to tune in next week for the blindingly awesome adventures of "Ninjer Killer" ( would somebody please key the mother fucking music) the mention of his very name strikes terror in the hearts of Ninjers everywhere.....no I cant make this shit up.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


In the world of martial arts almost anyone can reproduce or simply make a bogus rank certificate showing supposed knowledge in any martial art out there. Numerous examples of fake black belt  rank certificates are displayed online and on school walls.

 It's a sordid practice but a lot of Martial arts rank certificates aren't  worth the paper they are printed on. practically everyone has a "Black belt" whether it's real or fake, in something nowadays. In this day and time even potential new students and clients know this and therefore look for more than just a paper with some oriental writing and symbols on it. They want to see a record of an instructor's expertise. Simply saying that you are this or that just isn't enough. 

It took me several years to discover that simply being a legitimate black belt wasn't enough. It wasn't enough to run ads or have a website. Regardless of my black belts in judo or Kenpo or karate it never seemed to be enough to make those hard sells. Then one day I decided that if I wanted to be a professional at what I do I needed more. So I decided to get coaching certifications in Judo thru recognized Judo organizations and later obtaining certifications as a Personal Defense and Combatives instructor. 

Presently I am the ONLY official, licensed and certified Personal Defense and combatives in my area. This seemed to help it definitely set me apart from those instructors in my area who had no certifications. My clients not only increased but client retention improved as well and more and more people visit and check out my classes.

When was the last time you heard from someone who “self-taught” themselves as a paramedic, doctor, nurse, pilot or scientist? I’ve sat down with instructors, educators, and subject matter experts and they all say the same thing. No matter how much they know, they’re continually studying, reading, attending courses, seminars and conferences, interacting with peers, and looking for more information in their area of expertise.  

With every certification, I realized there is always something I can learn to improve my skills and abilities. Through self-study, attending courses and sitting exams, I continue to grow my skills, knowledge, and proficiency. Achieving a legitimately recognized certification is valuable in every profession so why should martial arts or self defense be any different? People, who have acquired a certain number of certifications in a desired field are perceived to be better, more competent and knowledgeable.

Professional certifications Strengthen you professionally, they reinforce your skills and expertise, they can highlight your skill set or highlight a specific area of expertise.  Certifications  can help you to compete in a competitive job market, you need every tool and resource in your toolkit. It means that you see yourself as an investment and completing a certification program helps to increase your face value. You’ll carry yourself well, and have professional poise and presence.

Potential clients are looking at certification as a way to assess whether an instructor does indeed possess the skills and knowledge that they are looking for. Certifications show others that you master your time and value yourself more highly.The process demonstrates to those around you that you can set goals and achieve objectives and is an indicator that you can be trusted to go the distance.

Professional certifications are a way to become...and remain...competitive. They are a way to reinvent yourself. Reinventing yourself means you remain current and viable and that you transcend age. This is critical because no matter how old you are or how old your system is you need to be adaptable. Certifications can broaden your perspective. When you grow as an instructor, you gain new in­­sights that allow you to approach your work in a new, fresh way. You think more creatively and strategically.

Studying for, training for and completing a certification helps build a reputational prowess. Professional certifications communicate that you care, that you “get it” and are serious about what you do. That you have a motivation to study, and deeply understand your subject matter. That you stretch yourself, go the Extra Mile and do what people without certifications would not do … spending your free time for something. It indicates that your continuing education is a lifelong process. This is generally motivated by a number of factors, including curiosity, self identified gaps in knowledge, and the desire to provide the very best to your potential clients and students.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


When I was a kid and wanting to take martial arts training my harshest critic was my dad. My dad thought the martial arts was stupid. That I was wasting my time and most of all, it was a waste of money. And of course dad would always say a good street fighter would take a good martial arts guy out any day of the week. Bottom line dad had zero good to say about the martial arts it was total bullshit in his mind…….Good ole dad wasn’t entirely wrong. 

It’s no secret that I love martial arts.  I hold Black belts in Judo (2nd degree), American Kenpo (7th degree) and Shotokan (3rd degree). Believe it or not, my love for the martial arts actually makes me a harsher critic than my dad ever was. I know black belts and MA instructors who gotten their asses kicked in a real fight. I’ve trained with black belts and MA instructors who don’t understand the moves they practice at all. I’ve watched black belts and MA instructors pass down unrealistic nonsense.

The martial arts world is full of impressive looking demos and practices. We see martial arts guys breaking boards, bricks, and blocks of ice. We see them stand there and take full force strikes to the throat and kicks to the nuts and it doesn’t seem to phase them.  The problem is in every case these people trained for a long time, rehearsed it and they had to take a few seconds“to get ready”. They take a deep breath exhale and then they go “okay I am ready” then they are able to take a full on kick to the nuts….Impressive right?  Well yeah  honestly it is impressive, but, what if I told you that if you have to take a second or two” to get ready” then that has no real combat application in a sudden violent encounter or an ambush type attack. 

What if I told you that the self-defense moves you learned and rehearsed in a martial arts class will more than likely fail in real street fight or violent encounter. This is a hard pill for some to swallow. Being active in law enforcement gave me perspective on actual self defense and how violent encounters actually go down. The truth is most of the stuff I learned in MA never really applied tactically, a little judo here and there but very little and only at certain moments within the conflict.

Recently I came across a "knife defense" video (below) from self proclaimed Ninja master Christa Jacobson doing self defense techniques in their system (BUDO RYU NINJUTSU). JACOBSON'S video serves as a classic example of what NOT to do or even attempt. The simulated knife attacks were unrealistic. Trying to pull this off in a real encounter will quite simply get you killed. It's unfortunate that there are a plethora of these same kind of formulaic videos on the net and youtube.

What seems to pass as self defense nowadays appears to be a very choreographed, watered down rated G or Disney version of what actually happens in a confrontation. Boy, I could write volumes here.  Truth of the matter is most martial arts self defense demos FAIL to recreate what actually happens when someone is attacked.
This kind of shit, like I see in this video, is so egregious it infuriates me. If Christa Jacobson had ANY real knowledge she would KNOW this wouldnt work, that this IS NOT how any type of knife attack goes down when the shit hits the fan. This isn't how someone attacks you. A knife wielding attacker doesn't come at you like that...it's totally unrealistic. Anyone can pull off whatever they want to on a OVERLY compliant partner like presented in Jacobson's Video.....since when are attackers compliant? 

Teaching self-defense is serious business. Most martial arts instructors don't know what they don't know. I think a big part of the problem, certainly in the civilian sector, is a lot of these instructors who are teaching have very limited experience of, or have never actually experienced a violent assault.

There is the fantasy of violence. There is the reality of violence. They could not be more different in outcome. Most people, including Martial artists do not want to think about the reality of human violence. Most provide no education in or understanding of real violence or how to prevent it. It is obvious in her many videos Jacobson has never been in a real violent encounter nor has she a real understanding of violent encounters much less qualified to teach weapons disarms. 

To me this vid, as bad as it is, serves as a classic example of where most martial arts are really at. Is it denial, ego, or ignorance or is it all three?  It is obvious Jacobson is firmly convinced that these self defense techniques will work and against a knife wielding assailant. Truth is this will only work on a overly compliant training partner. Nothing could be more dangerous or irresponsible to show or demonstrate ANYWHERE. Which begs to ask, should those who have real world knowledge about real violence pull punches when it comes to critiquing others doing what we see as dangerous?

Part of the problem is, this is what is being packaged to the public as real self defense and this is what people believe is credible and is what they are looking for. Its what they see in the movies, it looks good, it's not scary and it isn't "too violent".  "Scary" and "violent" however, is what a victim of an attack experiences in the street. These are equations in a real life violent attack that just cant be ignored. 

In real life, you don’t know when or where or how someone’s going to hit you.

It's easy to be calm cool and collected during a "demo". Hence we have the first problem; there are so many emotional and psychological factors that erupt during real fights.  The demonstrations  in videos are really just that.... "demos" they are designed and choreographed to make everything look good, crisp and smooth, to be pleasing to the eye. But real fights dont look good they are not technical they are not smooth. 

None of the factors that would exist in an actual violent encounter even come into play in these vids. Everything in the vid, the why, the when, the how and even the level of violence from the attacker is unrealistic, it is choreographed. Unfortunately for a lot of martial art schools it is a reflection of how they actual perceive attacks to be and how they practice them.

Due to unrealistic training methods, these martial arts use techniques simply will not work against a fully resisting, uncooperative opponent. In addition to poor techniques, training methods, and strategies, many martial arts go far beyond this in regards to what I call “guru madness”.

Christa Jacobson's video really takes the cake.  Teaching this kind of crap is grossly irresponsible, immensely negligent and very, very dangerous. Someone attempting to try this will more than likely get killed. Weapons disarms is quite obviously an area that Jacobson has no business in, much less teaching. There is clearly a gross lack of knowledge. 

“Most Black Belts and MA instructors tend to fixate on what THEY will do to the opponent, not what their opponent will try to do to them,” 

The self-defense moves for the demo were practiced so everyone involved knows what is happening and what’s going to happen. You don’t know how you will be attacked in real life, you don’t know when you don’t know where etc...  but I have to ask, is this properly preparing anyone for that crucial moment when a attacker decides to make you his next victim? Truth is you really don’t see technical martial arts moves in a real street fight or violent encounters..Why? Predators look for victims they can surprise, ambush. 

The bad guy picks the time, the place and how he is going to attack you as well as the level of violence and there are emotional and psychological factors that erupt during such an attack. Surprise Attacks can instantly nullify rehearsed Self-Defense moves like we see in a lot of martial arts, in their schools and videos like the one above. 

A real violent encounter causes an adrenaline dump that affects your breathing, your focus and your motor skills. There are so many who over look and fail to address the problem of how real attacks occur and what is behaviorally realistic about them. If Martial Arts instructors routinely experienced real violent encounters things would change….drastically. You wouldnt see shit videos like the ones being peddled by Christa Jacobson.

Weapons disarms is a very specialized field. Where is Jacobson's real world experience in violent attacks? Where is Jacobson's law enforcement experience or military experience any special weapons and tactics training or fire arms training, or close quarter combatives training? Jacobson has absolutely zero knowledge in these fields. 

If you are ever targeted by a violent predator, whether you and your family are injured or killed will depend on what you do in the first moments of a sudden violent encounter. This is a subject that isn’t even touched upon in most training. Our physiology, the neuro science here is that the limbic system, the amygdala gets bypassed by stimulus being introduced too quickly. The cognitive brain is by passed so our complex motor skill movements (martial arts techniques) will not work  which is why in real violent encounters you dont see technical martial arts moves like in Jacobsons video being pulled off.

If you really want to protect yourself, if you really want to be a human weapon, If you really want a true self defense system, you need a system that will be congruent with what the behavioral, emotional and psychological state will be at the time of the ambush/attack. 

Christa Jacobson for the safety of her own students needs to leave the weapons disarms to the professionals. The people who understand all the ins and outs of weapons disarms from every angle physically, emotionally and psychologically. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017


                                             GUYS WE ARE GETTING THE WORD OUT!!!!! 
Professional Edge Combatives/ Winter Haven Judo Club is offering a new class The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™  PDR course. The upcoming course will be starting in May and it is already garnering interest and attention. Why is it getting attention? 


 We all flinch when we get startled or scared and when you flinch your fingers splay and your hands automatically push away the danger. The beauty of the SPEAR System is that we harnesses that energy and then we teach participants how to redirect the kinetic energy using this instinctive movement. This makes the SPEAR System the easiest self-defense protocol to learn because the movement, this startle flinch response, is already genetically hard-wired within you.

The PERSONAL DEFENSE READINESS™ course was founded by Tony Blauer and it is not a martial art.  The PDR is based off of Tony’s S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ which is the only behaviorally based self-defense system in the world.  TheS.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ works by converting the body’s natural flinch into a tactical response to an ambush.  Unlike many other self-defense systems that only train the physical techniques, the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ stresses the emotional, psychological and the physical.

The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ deals with the psychological, emotional and physical side of the Predator and Prey. It is the first genetic and behavioral (behavior) inspired by the self-defense system, which uses the natural reaction of our body in vulnerable situations and the moment when we are exposed to in the face of fear and violence.  This is precisely the reason why this system is easily learnable and  why everyone can use it. The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is so useful and effective that it is taught to police and military forces worldwide.

For the already experienced martial artist The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is a supplement to your current workout and training.  It does not interfere with your current style or training, it is a bridge to the use of complex motor skills (techniques of fighting your system).

If you expect your self-defense system to work under the realities of violence, you had better start with what your body will want to do naturally. The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   is based on the facts of neurophysiology. Instead of relying on the cognitively based muscle memory techniques common in the vast majority of defensive tactics programs, The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   utilizes reflexive, instinctive movements to create a platform from which to first react to and then respond to an assault.

 Using these innate actions strategically, honing them thru the SPEAR learning drills one begins to understand the superiority and uniqueness of SPEAR training. Add in other learning essentials like fear management, survival mindset and defusing tactics and you have the basics of the PDR program.

For information on The PERSONAL DEFENSE READINESS™ course (PDR) in the Winter Haven area and learn from professional Certified PDR Fundamantals Instructor go to:

or contact Barron Shepherd  directly at spearpdr.winterhaven@gmail.com for class schedule


Article by Barron Shepherd

Well its official, The  S.P.E.A.R. System™ PDR (Personal Defense Readiness) instructor certification course is over and it was absolutely  awesome. I Love to train and learn from the best people around and Tony Blauer and his team of instructors were absolutely fantastic. Highly motivated and highly dedicated and completely unselfish when comes to sharing thier knowledge. What more could you ask for. 

I am always looking for ways to improve upon what I teach, how I teach and what I offer. The Winter Haven Judo Club and Professional Edge Combatives was built upon the fact that I take what I do seriously and am always looking to professionals in the field for the best strategies, systems and tactics when it comes to really defending ourselves in real violent encounters. I am not only an instructor but I am also a student and quite honestly, I am always looking for better ways to keep people safer.

 Earlier this month I attended a  S.P.E.A.R. System™ PDR instructor certification in Orlando, Fl. and what I walked away with was in one word mind blowing. Attending The  S.P.E.A.R. System™ PDR instructor certification changed, enlightened and even solidified what I thought true self defense should be but in reality it isnt, no question.

The  S.P.E.A.R. System™ (an acronym for Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) is a close quarter protection system which uses a person s reflex action in threatening situations as a basis for defense. The primary founder, Tony Blauer, developed the SPEAR system in Canada during the 1980s. It has since been adopted by several military and law enforcement agencies across the world.

The  S.P.E.A.R. System™  is the first genetically and behaviorally inspired self defense system of it’s kind. It is the only self defense system that fully integrates the body’s automatic reflex responses and instinctive survival mechanisms making the S.P.E.A.R. System™ the easiest, most natural way to protect yourself.

In a nut shell The  S.P.E.A.R. System™  utilizes the speed and reliability of the startle-flinch response and  converts that into a tactical counter when we are ambushed or suddenly attacked. It is a bridge between the reactive brain and the cognitive brain. This improves reaction time during a confrontation. Tony Blauer is the founder and CEO of BLAUER TACTICAL SYSTEMS and the creator of the SPEAR System. Tony has pioneered research and training methodologies that have influenced and inspired martial art & combative systems around the world.

The coolest thing about the system, as I saw it from the eyes of a instructor and former military and law enforcement training and experience, is  that it is already hard wired with in us all. Gone were the endless kicks, punches, counters and blocks found in other martial arts. They are replaced by instinctive, natural and realistic ways to defend yourself. Whether you want to defend yourself and your family, or if you are a police officer who wants to stay safe, or even a martial artist who wants to improve their self defense skills no other system could be better to learn than this one. ( I have a daughter who aspires to be in Law enforcement and out of all my experience and knowledge with the martial arts and other forms of defense that I know The Spear system is what I would teach her No question about that or doubts. This system would keep her safest.)

It was an awesome first day of the course full of some very real and cerebral shit.  The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   is the real deal. Most in this course were from out of state and most were law enforcement types. It was a hard, mature and very experienced group. There were only a few  from Florida (kind of shocked by that) and not one is from my area at all (I think this is a good thing for me though as my area is saturated with various martial arts and MMA schools and programs.)

Tony Blauer is a personable guy he cares about teaching people how to protect themselves and their loved ones. He is really concerned about how his system is taught. He obviously cares about this knowledge and has a passion for what he does.

The  mission:  to continually research and develop best practices on how to detect, defuse and defend ourselves. The approach is moral, ethical and legal making it the most responsible self-defense system in the world. The trainer's course develops coaches to help teach this system around the world.

The instructor course ran us through a deep deconstruction how the Startle-flinch response can be weaponized to enhance our personal safety. There were specific isolation drills shown to us so that we could better  understand the muscle-recruitment principles and kinesiology behind the Spear system Understanding  the “why” ,”how”  and “when” were the objectives of this train-the-trainer course.

The final day of the course for me was bitter sweet. In the end we were all certified PDR instructors however during the course and the drills and exercises we had formed new friendships and bonds with one another. For me in the back of my mind I kept thinking it was rather sad to see the day come to an end the closer it drew the more reluctant I was for it to be over.   

We all returned home to different points of the globe Hawaii, Canada, Colorado, Pennsylvania and even the UK all our minds were racing to absorb everything that we had taken in.  I cannot say enough about this fantastic system developed by Tony Blauer. It was a honor to meet the man and to listen as he shared his knowledge. I began sharing what I had learned  almost immediately with my closest friends and soon I will be offering a Spear System PDR (Personal Defense Readiness) Class. 

If you expect your self-defense system to work under the realities of violence, you had better start with what your body will want to do naturally. The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   is based on the facts of neurophysiology. Instead of relying on the cognitively based muscle memory techniques common in the vast majority of defensive tactics programs, The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   utilizes reflexive, instinctive movements to create a platform from which to first react to and then respond to an assault.

Using these innate actions strategically, honing them thru the SPEAR learning drills one begins to understand the superiority and uniqueness of SPEAR training. Add in other learning essentials like fear management, survival mindset and defusing tactics and you have the basics of the PDR program.

For More information about The  S.P.E.A.R. System™  email  Barron Shepherd at spearpdr.winterhaven@gmail.com

Monday, January 23, 2017


Professional Edge Combatives Level One Tactical Gun disarm course teaches you simple, practical, no nonsense gun disarming skills that can be applied under the stress of real world combat situations. This course emphasizes the principles of gun disarming.

 There is no escaping the fact that America is a gun culture and gun disarming techniques are an extremely valuable skill. Simply knowing how to take a weapon away from an attacker may very well end the encounter. In some situations disarming an attacker is safer more efficient and quicker than pulling your own weapon.

 Professional Edge Combatives Level One Tactical Gun disarm course teaches gun disarming as a science by studying the principles that make a disarm work while under the stress of a real situation.  Gun disarm training can't impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical consideration.

 Even if you carry a gun or a knife for self protection you may need the skills of disarming techniques to allow you to draw your weapon. Hand to hand unarmed combat techniques are invaluable because you are not walking around with your weapon at the ready.

 In some extreme close quarter situations gun disarms are your quickest most direct response. Things happen so quickly and at such a close range that you're faster to put hands on an attacker to disarm him than to try to take the time to go for your own firearm.

Friday, January 20, 2017


2017 is starting off well. Classes are going great and now my schedule has become fuller with private and semi private classes as well.  The classes are getting great responses and alot of great students.

We kicked off the year with promotions in the judo program so congratulations to all who passed.

The combatives classes have grown and continue to grow. Everyone has taken quite well to the program. It is quite pleasing to see hard work and dedication pay off. 

Below is information and our website address for more info about Professional Edge Combatives and the judo programs. 

Violence is something that hits hard and fast. It nails you from out of nowhere like being broad sided by a car. Most street assaults and violent one on one robberies are won, lost, or over, one way or the other in less time than it took you to read this paragraph......Which means 3 to 10 seconds. The harsh reality is that violence has to be dealt with in real terms.

                                 THERE ARE NO EASY METHODS OR SHORT CUTS.

No book no matter how well illustrated or explained can, alone, teach someone to fight or defend themselves. Closely supervised intensive training is the ONLY path to practical knowledge. Practice must be intensive enough to render the mechanics of each technique automatic. There is normally no time to think when the pressure of combat is on. Being able to throw a man is much different from knowing how.

Combatives arent supposed to be fancy martial arts moves that take a long period of time to get proficient at.

                                                  KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SAVAGE

Ruthlessness is what one has to seek to achieve. This is best defined in two words: speed and brutality.Combatives are not pretty, it's quick, brutal, effective and violent...COVER, CLOSE THE DISTANCE, ATTACK

Our Level One CORE COMBATIVES program teaches the most practical and effective self defense techniques.

The CHIN JAB is utilized to the chin, with the heel of the palm. It's a quick thrust with whatever power you have up and in at the chin. The strike comes from underneath in a close quarters range driving up and thru an assailant’s centerline.

 The chin jab is most devastating when the chin is protruding ahead, and when the strike is utilized extra instantly beneath the chin.

 To execute the chin jab bend the right wrist back at about a 90-degree angle with the palm facing the opponent and the fingers pointing up. Keep the right arm bent and close to the body.

Extend the hand into a concave position with the fingers slightly spread apart.  Step forward with the left foot toward the opponent, keeping the feet approximately shoulder-width apart and the knees bent. This is done to close with the opponent.

 Keep the right arm bent and close to the side. Thrust the palm of the hand directly up under the opponent’s chin striking with the heel of your palm.

At the same time, rotate the right hip forward to drive the body weight into the attack to increase the power of the strike. The attack should travel up the centerline of the opponent’s chest to his chin.

 To me the chin jab is one close quarter stirke out of many. Use it at the right time and place. I personally teach the chin jab with a arm trap or wrap and follow it with Osoto-Gari or major outside reap.
The old "C" CLAMP or web hand to the throat is another basic and the one technique that makes ALL my training partners cringe. It obviously is not well received and is extremely uncomfortable when getting hit in and grabbed by the throat.

It has a great psychological effect on my training partners even though I am being quite gentle with it. The pic illustrate very well how I really disrupt my attacker's centerline.


2017 Class Schedule

Judo and CORE COMBATIVES LEVEL ONE class are open to anyone. LEVEL TWO CORE COMBATIVES are for those who have taken the LEVEL ONE course.

Our CORE COMBATIVES course is based upon explosive high percentage gross motor skill techniques to strike the vital targets seeking primarily to disable an attacker as quickly as possible.

PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES is a joint collaboration of professionals in the field comprised of former and current law enforcement who also have military experience.

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