Tony Blauer: Collaborative Training with Advanced Tools & Technique
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Coach Tony Blauer has been in the martial art, self-defense, defensive tactics, and combatives industry for almost four decades. Through Blauer Training Systems, he has influenced over three decades of reality-based martial artists and successfully affected training across all the combat-related communities: self-defense, combat sports, and the military & law enforcement sector. Coach Blauer is also the host of the Know Fear Podcast, where he interviews SME’s from around the world to help make good humans safer. 

At SHOT SHOW 2022, Adam and Tony offer some information about a next-level training collaboration with Blauer Tactical, VirTra, and ILET Network - stay tuned for more on this! They dive into the science behind training, situational awareness, and the importance of managing fear to fight effectively. Tony discusses the interleaved training model, replicating stress in simulator training, training limitations and solutions such as High Gear and Designated Hitter Drills to ‘train the brain’ for a real-life violent encounter. Tony makes fantastic points for collaboration between different training units and instructors. Finally, they touch on utilizing past events in teaching and reviewing BWC footage - Tony suggests changing your perspective and asking yourself “What would I do as this officer's bodyguard?” 


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Blauer Tactical Systems is one of the most respected self-defense training companies in the world. Coach Tony Blauer operates on a single important mission - to make the world safer. To accomplish this, Blauer Tactical Systems specializes in the research and development of performance psychology, personal safety, close quarter tactics & scenario-based training for law enforcement, military, responsible civilians and professional self-defense instructors.  Blauer Tactical Systems also offers free training options for public safety professionals. 

In addition to providing top-quality training through the legendary SPEAR System, Blauer created High Gear, the world's first impact-reduction scenario-based training equipment. High Gear has revolutionized force-on-force training for police, SWAT, and military organizations. Training in High Gear allows role-players to move naturally, speak clearly, learn to manage fear, and better understand violence and the chaos of close-quarter combatives. 

The SPEAR System is a modern personal defense system based on physiology, physics, and psychology. Coach Tony Blauer and his team teach how to avoid, de-escalate and (when all else fails) protect yourself using easy-to-learn primal and gross-motor movements. The SPEAR System weaponizes the startle-flinch mechanism and redirects that kinetic energy into a tactical counter.

The ability to recognize and manage fear directly impacts the quality of your life. The Know Fear program was created after decades of interviewing victims of violent encounters and studying danger, violence and the neuroscience of fear. KNOW FEAR focuses on managing fear through self-awareness, resiliency, and a movement mindset. There is no such thing as “no fear”, but there is a way to get to “know fear”

Click here to read about the street fight that inspired Coach Tony Blauer

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