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Sunday, April 2, 2017

SPEAR PDR IN WINTER HAVEN FLORIDA


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
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