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SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists Convene for Unique Combative Course

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. —
Your transport aircraft has just crashed in a remote and hostile environment. You and only a handful of other troops have survived the crash. As you survey the surroundings, you notice a crowd of local inhabitants running toward the wreckage screaming wildly, with brows furrowed and fists clenched. The level of fear inside you begins to skyrocket. You’re now scanning the crowd for its weakest links, trying to formulate a progressive strategy with the little time you have before they make contact. Which combative system are you most confident to employ in order to save your own life?

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(USAF photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators.

Late last month, SERE specialists across the 23d Wing, along with Pararescuemen from the 68th Formal Training Unit convened at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., to attend a one-week personal defense course led by a special guest.

“The intent of this week’s instruction was to give these Air Force SERE specialists the qualifications required to teach the SPEAR System as subject matter experts,” said Tony Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc., and SPEAR coach. “We augmented the system and customized it with specific capture avoidance and SERE-type nuances — specific scenarios you wouldn’t see in a regular fight.”

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Tony Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc., and SPEAR coach, instructed SERE specialists and other Guardian Angel counterparts in order to qualify them to teach the SPEAR System to personnel across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski)

The Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response System takes advantage of the human body’s startle/flinch mechanism to convert an aggressor’s attack into a tactical counter measure, according to Blauer.

“We weaponize the flinch,” Blauer said. “By combing the old brain’s most important function, to survive, with the new brain’s intelligence, to think and decide, we have reawakened a non-perishable personal defense system that can make every human being safer.”

To implement a strong foundation of Blauer’s system into future SERE training, a collaborative effort was necessary among the SERE specialists to maintain and distribute a uniform understanding of SPEAR.

“In the 23d Wing, we’ve got Nellis, D-M and Moody,” said Tech. Sgt. Nick, SERE specialist. “All the C-130 and HH-60 guys, and all the PJs within the 23d Wing — we all see the same people, so we’re all getting together to share the same information across the wing.”

Currently, Modern Army and Special Operations Combatives Programs are administered by SERE specialists.

“There are so many different combative programs in the military already,” Sergeant Nick said. “I did a lot of research and looked at what we were already teaching. In order to make this continuation training, I needed a system out there that builds upon what we already have. I saw his system and it directly translated into what we teach.”

The practical application and versatility of the SPEAR System has gained much popularity among police, first-responders, and the military. Blauer has spent three decades researching real violence and has reverse-engineered a system of close quarters entirely based on how fear and danger can afflict tactical performance.

“We teach them how people move,” Blauer said. “Everything from the extreme close quarter is built on a premise determining that the bad guy controls the fight, the location, the level of violence and the duration of the fight, so I need to figure out how to beat him. This is a new paradigm in strategic thinking. It’s brain-based and allows the defender to be much more responsive.”

When the specialists weren’t executing drills on the mats, they were engaged in analytical classroom discussions.

“Those real fights are completely different challenges, emotionally and psychologically, the duress is different, and then the movement patterns of the attacks are different,” Blauer said. “What we do is we use body cam, helmet cam, dashboard video and closed circuit TV to study how real violence looks and moves. As valuable as martial arts are, the real fight is different. Our approach is to study the enemy and move from there.”

Upon the training’s conclusion, SERE specialists and other Guardian Angel counterparts are now able to tailor a specific program for their customers across the Air Force.

“The most important lesson from this week is the realization that we’re all human weapon systems,” Blauer said. “Everybody knows how to fight, they just don’t know they know how to fight. Realize you don’t need a martial art belt, you don’t need a level, you don’t need to win tournaments, you need to have the ‘I don’t want to die, I’m gonna fight’ mentality.”

Just before Blauer departed Davis-Monthan AFB, the course attendees presented him with a gift signifying their gratitude for a week of exclusive and in-depth instruction.

“I really appreciated Tony Blauer coming out here himself,” Sergeant Nick said. “He’s the CEO of his company and he could have sent another trainer to come out here and train us — but the level of instruction, professionalism and customer service he provided was phenomenal — I consider Tony a friend now.”

Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski, 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Mean Gene Leather – “HotTamale” Ver 2.0 Less-Lethal Coin Purse 

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

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I ran into Mean Gene at Fort Bragg yesterday and he showed me his latest creation, the “HotTamale” Ver 2.0 Less-Lethal Coin Purse. People don’t carry Coin Purses anymore, but MGL’s versions are made from high quality leather and offer a personal defensive measure when filled with your spare change.

www.meangeneleather.com

(Updated) Discontinued BSA Merit Badges : Master-at-Arms

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

This photo is said to be of Boy Scouts participating in the short-lived Master-at-Arms badge. It was one of the original 14 merit badges which debuted in the 1910 version of the Boy Scout Handbook and unfortunately, this one lasted just a year. The badge was missing from the 1911 version of the manual when it was released.


To earn the badge, a Scout had to master three of the following combat skills (the surviving manual says two):
-Single Stick
-Boxing
-Ju Jitsu
-Wrestling
-Gymnastics
-Quarterstaff Fencing

Update – Kirk Lawson has introduced a reproduction of the original merit badge pamphlet. The drawings come from this manual and you can download it here.

Interestingly, the pamphlet is adted 1925 but it would not be unheard of for a merit badge pamphlet to continue to be published even after it was no longer a merit badge because they were printed by private publishers at the time, and not by BSA.


Can you imagine such a merit badge today?

Tony Blauer Joins Panteao Instructors

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Columbia, SC, August 11, 2016 – Panteao Productions is happy to announce an addition to the Panteao instructor lineup. Panteao will be introducing new videos with instructor Tony Blauer, founder and CEO of Blauer Tactical Systems.


Tony has pioneered research and training methodologies that have influenced and inspired martial art & combative systems around the world. His company, BLAUER TACTICAL SYSTEMS (BTS) is one of the world’s leading consulting firms specializing in research & development of combative training & equipment for the military, law enforcement and self-defense communities. BTS has taught key performance enhancement, fear management, and combatives based on S.P.E.A.R. System research to military, law enforcement and civilian personnel since 1988.

With over 30 years professional consulting experience, BLAUER TACTICAL SYSTEMS is highly sought out by progressive trainers interested in advanced scenario work, close quarter tactics, mind-set and confrontation management psychology. The Blauer team has had the privilege and honor of consulting for elite elements within the federal government like U.S. ARMY Special Forces & SPECIAL OPERATIONS, U.S. AIR FORCE, U.S. NAVY SEALs, FEDERAL AIR MARSHAL SERVICE, the U.S. COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, SECRET SERVICE, FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER, U.S. MARSHALS.

“I was very happy to be introduced to Tony by one of our other instructors, Pat McNamara. Mac told me Tony would be a bad ass addition to our instructor cadre. That got my attention. After speaking with Tony, I agreed,” said Fernando Coelho, President of Panteao Productions.

“When I saw my good friend Mad Mac’s videos online I was really impressed with the production and started looking at the Panteao website. Panteao has so many great instructors and training tracks, I’m excited to be part of their effort to help make you safer,” said Tony Blauer.

Tony added, “In a real close quarter confrontation, you need to weather the ambush first, the SPEAR System breaks down the physiology, physics and psychology of the extreme close quarter confrontation. Because our system is based entirely on organic human movement, anyone can learn it and get safe within hours, and SPEAR, seamlessly transitions to any counter you’re skilled at from firearm, edged weapon or empty hands.”

The first title with Panteao from Tony Blauer is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to be filmed in October. For more info on Tony and his company, Blauer Tactical Systems, you can visit his website at: blauerspear.com

You can find his page on the Panteao website here: panteao.com/instructors/tony-blauer

High Gear Evolution ADAPTIV

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

During last week’s Warrior East, former SEAL and his assistants conducted a couple of combatives demonstrations while wearing Adaptiv suits from LBX Tactical.

This video featuring Dom and Tony Blauer will give you some background on the High Gear suits which are available through LBX Tactical. While High Gear suits protect the user, they are built in such a way to allow the wearer to feel hits unlike other suits on the market which cocoon the wearer and result in unrealistic training.

Match-ups and Bout Order Made Official for GLORY 32 Virginia and GLORY 32 SuperFight Series on Friday, July 22

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

GLORY 32 Virginia is being held here in Norfolk. Kickboxing is huge internationally, but it hasn’t seemed to catch in here in the US. To me, what’s really cool about this event is that there will be military bouts so come on out if you’re local and tune in if you’re not and check it out. It may be a sport you enjoy watching.

GLORY 32 Virginia: Live on ESPN3 at 10 p.m. ET, Replay on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET
GLORY 32 SuperFight Series: Live on UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET

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New York, NY – GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the full fight cards for GLORY 32 Virginia – including the one-night, four-man Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament participants – and GLORY 32 SuperFight Series. Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. hosts both fight cards on Friday, July 22.

GLORY 32 Virginia, streaming live on ESPN 3 at 10 p.m. ET and replaying on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET, is headlined by reigning GLORY featherweight champion Serhiy Adamchuk (33-5, 14 KO) of Ukraine, defending his belt against Canadian challenger Gabriel Varga (27-3, 8 KO).

In the first of two semi-final bouts comprising the one-night, four-man Light Heavyweight Contender Tournament, GLORY newcomer Pavel “Caiman” Zhuravlev (69-10, 25 KO), representing Ukraine and fighting out of Sevastopol draws Brazilian debutant Ariel Machado (48-6, 33 KO). On the other side of the tournament bracket, No. 7 ranked Manny Mancha (5-2, 4 KO) of California takes on Algerian-French muay thai practitioner Zinedine Hameur-Lain (54-13, 33 KO), currently ranked No. 8.

Hard-hitting light heavyweight and Virginia native Brian “The Lion” Collette (22-3, 18 KO) returns to the GLORY ring in the co-headline bout against an opponent to be named later. Collette was originally slated to face Karl Roberson as part of GLORY 32 SuperFight Series but was moved to GLORY 32 Virginia after Roberson was forced to withdraw.

The five-fight card for GLORY 32 Virginia can be found below:

GLORY 32 Virginia
Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Serhiy Adamchuk (c) vs. Gabriel Varga
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B
Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Brian Collette vs. TBA
Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout B: Manny Mancha vs. Zinedine Hameur-Lain
Light Heavyweight Tournament Bout A: Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Ariel Machado

Heavyweights headline GLORY 32 SuperFight Series, streaming live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET, as 6’9″ British bruiser “Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry (6-1, 2 KO) stands toe-to-toe with 6’7″ American kickboxer Maurice “The Pirate” Greene (4-2, 2 KO).

In the co-headline bout, GLORY stalwart Anderson “Braddock” Silva (39-14-1, 24 KO) of Brazil welcomes 25-year-old heavyweight Gordon “German Barbarian” Haupt (20-6-1, 6 KO) for his promotional debut.

Representing the tournament reserve bout of GLORY’s Super Bantamweight Grand Prix, Funda Alkayis (28-2, 12 KO) of Turkey battles Belgium’s Vanessa De Waele.

Veteran Francois “Bang Bang” Ambang (15-6, 6 KO) and Georgian kickboxing and mixed martial arts star Giga Chikadze (34-4, 20 KO) each have new opponents for July 22. Ambang, coming off an impressive one-night tournament performance at GLORY 30 Los Angeles in May, now faces fellow-welterweight, muay thai practitioner Michael Stevens (8-5, 3 KO). Chikadze, fighting out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif. and currently ranked No. 9, squares off against rising featherweight prospect Chris Mauceri (7-2, 2 KO).

The five-fight card for GLORY 32 SuperFight Series can be found below:

GLORY 32 SuperFight Series
Heavyweight Headline Bout: Chi Lewis-Parry vs. Maurice Greene
Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Anderson Silva vs. Gordon Haupt
Super Bantamweight Bout: Funda Alkayis vs. Vanessa De Waele
Welterweight Bout: Francois Ambang vs. Michael Stevens
Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze vs. Chris Mauceri

Tickets for GLORY 32 Virginia and GLORY 32 SuperFight Series are on sale now, priced at $100, $75, $45, and $25. Tickets are available for purchase via ynottix.com or by visiting the Ted Constant Convocation Center’s Box Office.

For more information, visit glorykickboxing.com.

Sneak Peek – Benchmade SOCP Rescue Tool

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

 

Greg Thompson designed the 179 variant of the SOCP dagger for rescue performance and less-than-lethal self-defense. The tool includes the Benchmade rescue hook design, a carbide glass breaker, O² wrench and the same finger loop and integral sheath design as the rest of the SOCP family.

www.benchmade.com

Dynamis Alliance – Situational Combatives Course Coming to Redondo Beach

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

  

www.dynamisalliance.com