PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM TONY BLAUER
It’s only February and we’re already off to an incredible 2009. Since January, we’ve already been to Fort Bliss; Fort Benning; Orlando for the Shot Show; Fort Stewart; Austin, Texas for the CrossFit Gathering; and we’ve held three courses at our facility! Our MTT is currently in Minnesota running a course and at the end of this month, we will be holding a ‘private’ S.P.E.A.R. 3.0 course for a DoD unit.
Currently we have 20 additional courses on the calendar, with several hosting requests in the works. Coach Glassman will be at our annual summer camp in August and we’re off to Europe and Japan next month. We’ve had a record-breaking year in HIGH GEAR™ sales, we’ve opened CROSSFIT COMBATIVES™ and started an R&D division to create new training products. Interest in HIGH GEAR™ and the S.P.E.A.R. System™ continues to grow in Europe, so much so, we are opening BTS EUROPE. We’ve also teamed up with some top-notch firearms trainers who have embraced our scenario system and will be offering integrated firearms & fighting courses in 2009. All these updates and more can be found in our newsletter and blog.
We are expecting our best year ever! But we want to get better. We need to dial into YOU. What topics would you like to see in the newsletter? Would you like to learn more about certifications or specialty courses? Do you have suggestions for new DVDs? We want to hear from you.
Currently our newsletter reaches over 10,000 people around the world, but we want to share information and training opportunities faster. To that end, we’re creating a separate TRAINING EVENTS mailing list that will allow us to update you directly by region. If you would like to receive course details and be part of the special database, click here and fill out a short survey.
I look forward to hearing from you or meeting you at a course in the near future. You can also send me questions about training by emailing [email protected].
COACH GLASSMAN TO KEYNOTE AT BTS SUMMER CAMP
Just announced… CrossFit Founder Coach Greg Glassman will once again deliver the keynote address at Blauer Tactical’s 2009 Annual S.P.E.A.R. & PDR Summer Training Camp, August 14-16 in Virginia Beach, VA. Coach Glassman addressed over 125 participants last year in our kickoff event at the facility. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Coach speak. As always, the weekend will be action-packed with Personal Defense Readiness™, CrossFit and S.P.E.A.R. System skills and drills. Register now!
S.P.E.A.R. INTEGRATED INTO SWAT TRAINING
For the past six years, Coach JT Goodman, a LT with a police department in central NC, has watched his SWAT team train on scenarios a patrol officer is likely to encounter, including ambush or use of force to effect an arrest.
CROSSFIT THRIVES IN BTS TRAINING FACILITY
Day in and day out, CrossFit Coach Brendan Gilliam offers CrossFit training to a growing audience of employees at ADS, Inc., one of the world’s largest providers of special operations equipment solutions. The popularity and excitement for the classes is continuing to explode as Coach Gilliam focuses on giving them the very best fitness in the world. So far the results have been profound.
“We have been successfully teaching everyone the fundamentals of human movement and real-life fitness, enabling them with the skills to not only become capable to do things physically they once were not, but to dominate at them.
Read more in Coach Gilliam’s own words.
Over 40 trainers from the military and police community converged on the Blauer Tactical Systems (BTS) world headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA, for certification in the popular close quarter/counter ambush program, S.P.E.A.R. System™.
During the same week, the BTS training cadre conducted another custom program for a private military unit. Check out upcoming trainings.
UPDATE: UK WEAPON PROTECTION COURSE
The S.P.E.A.R. System: Weapon Protection Instructor Course, March 2-6, in Sheffield, UK is a must for Personal Safety Trainers, Firearms Instructors, AFO, members of the Armed Forces and Police Officers. Innovative, the course integrates our world-renowned startle-flinch research from the S.P.E.A.R. System into a variety of close quarter confrontations where your opponent is armed. This includes gun takeaways, grappling with an armed assailant, grappling while you’re armed, engaging an armed suspect while you’re unarmed and much more.
For BTS, there are some very exciting things happening in Europe in 2009, and this course is one of them, as we are in the midst of expanding our training division officially into Europe and rolling out a police ‘End-User’ program. For the first time ever, those suitably qualified will be endorsed to provide one-day ‘end-user’ programs in S.P.E.A.R. Fundamentals and HIGH GEAR scenario programs.
If you would like to participate in the BTS Regional Rep Program, and you reside in the UK, Europe or North America, click here.
CROSSFIT KETTLEBELL CERTIFICATION
Jeff Martone, a leading kettlebell instuctor, will be in our Virginia Beach facility, March 28-29 for a CrossFit Kettlebell Certification course, offering training to take your fitness to another level. Check out Coach Martone’s expertise at TacticalAthlete.com and register now for our course. You’re certain to learn new ways to test yourself.
THE “OVERKILL” MENTALITY
The ‘overkill’ mindset is probably the most critical concept we embrace in our training. Coach Blauer has written a provocative article on his ‘overkill’ theory. Click here to read the entire article.
MUST SEE DVD: PDR FIREARM VIDEO
The Personal Firearm Defense: Personal Defense Readiness video is one in new series of PDR videos featuring Coach Blauer and Rob Pincus, along with other instructors. Coach B was selected because of the universality of the PDR system. In the video he explains the basis of the program and teaches the fundamentals for defense and close quarters counter-attack while demonstrating the effectiveness of the principles in real-world attack simulations. With more than an hour of instruction, the DVD is perfect for anyone who is interested in efficient, unarmed defensive techniques and capabilities.
THE S.P.E.A.R. TACTIC
PDR Coach Trevor Wilcox explains the S.P.E.A.R. Tactic of Tony Blauer’s S.P.E.A.R. System in Australia’s Blitz Magazine.
Why Should I Use It
The thesis statement for the S.P.E.A.R. System™ is “what does the body want to do prior to any training?” – it is based on instinctive responses making it the easiest, most natural way to learn to protect yourself. Utilising the in-built mechanisms already present in your body, the S.P.E.A.R. System™ converts the unconscious kinetic energy created by flinching into a combative tactic. Training in the S.P.E.A.R. System™ refines the flinch and evolves it into a tactic. This process cuts muscle-memory training by about 80%, allowing anyone to improve more quickly and with greater confidence.