PDR and the SPEAR System – What’s the difference?
Since the 1980’s Tony Blauer, the owner and CEO of Blauer Tactical Systems (BTS), has dissected the realities of violence from virtually every conceivable psychological, emotional and physical perspective.
Based on this empirical research, Blauer has created the S.P.E.A.R. System™: the first behaviourally inspired method of self protection” ever developed, or as he prefers to say, “behaviourally inspired— genetically wired.” S.P.E.A.R. is an acronym for Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response, which is the ultimate aim of the system: responding more readily and effectively to the threat of violence.
“The S.P.E.A.R. System™ Is the Study of Human Movement As It Relates to Violence, Fear & Aggression.” – Tony Blauer
Through Blauer Tactical Systems, the S.P.E.A.R. System™ is taught to military and law enforcement officers (LEO) around the world, but Tony believes that the ordinary man and woman on the street are desperately in need of the simple, yet effective self defence methods that the S.P.E.A.R. System™ teaches, but without all the military and LEO paraphernalia (guns, hand cuffs, capture spray etc) and so developed a streamlined system focused on the needs of the general public: that is Personal Defence Readiness (PDR)™.
“The best thing about the SPEAR system is its simplicity, you can go from a total novice to learning some worthwhile & practical techniques in the space of an hour.” – Paul Ramage
Modern research has demonstrated that 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.
It’s particularly interesting to note for those in the UK that the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has adopted the S.P.E.A.R. System™ as the only generic self defence system named specifically in its Manual of Guidance for Personal Safety Training for the Police Officer. As such every police man and women in England gets exposure to the S.P.E.A.R. System’s principles. If it’s good enough for the police, I’d say it was good enough for me!