Tony Blauer and Blauer Tactical Systems (BTS)

Tony Blaur on Black Belt Magazine Cover

Tony Blauer started researching fear and its affects on human performance in 1979 and after 10 years of unique research, developed the first behaviourally based system of self defence, the CEREBRAL SELF-DEFENSE: Mental Edge™ program. Tony is an accomplished marital artist and has appeared on the cover of Black Belt magazine many times.

Showing his pioneering research, 11 years before the now world famous UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) burst onto our screens, Tony launched his PANIC ATTACK SYSTEM™, the first no-holds-barred scenario based contact simulation system incorporating scenario based role playing to accurately reflect the contextual reality of an attack on the street.

“If you knew that you had to fight to the death tomorrow, would it change the way that you train today?” – Tony Blauer

It was 1987 when the beginnings of we now know as the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ and Personal Defence Readiness programme began to take solid form, when Tony developed a training drill that proved that cognitive muscle memory is never as fast as instinctual, subconscious movement. Gone are the days of learning hundreds of techniques, special moves and katas that rely on thousands of repetitions to build muscle memory. Instead Tony developed a way to harness our completely natural and most importantly instinctual protection mechanisms that we all have built in. Tony’s company Blauer Tactical Systems turns over an 8 figure sum annually, providing military and law enforcement S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ around the world.

Tony Blauer in High GearIn the 90’s, Tony recognized the need for a new generation of safety equipment that would not only allow students to train more realistically, but to feel and react in an integral way whilst remaining safe from serious injury. After considerable prototyping and development the HIGH GEAR™ Impact Reduction Suit was born, which is now used by military and SWAT teams as well as result conscientious self defence instructors the world over.

In his Personal Defense Readiness programme, Tony now has a world wide network of coaches who are dedicated to making the general public safer.

See here for some of the testimonials Tony has received for his work, but here’s one from Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, author of the very famous book On Combat:

“Tony! I am a BIG fan of your work. I think that your contributions have taken the warrior community into an entirely new evolutionary step. And this new program of yours is a major step forward. In my science fiction series (The Two-Space War), set hundreds of years in the future, they refer to our current era as the “Warrior Renaissance.” We have learned more about the psychology and physiology of combat in the last 50 years than in the previous 5,000 years put together. And in the distant future Tony Blauer is referred to as “Saint Blauer.” This is an inside joke, half in jest between friends, but it is also half in truth. I believe that hundreds of years from now, when the history of this Warrior Renaissance, this Golden Age of Warriors, is written, that Tony Blauer will be remembered as one of the great pioneers who propelled us forward to the next evolutionary step in warriorhood. And you can quote me on that!” – Lt. Col. Dave Grossman