Combative Philosophy: Applications & Implications for Personal & Professional Self-Defense


Blauer Tactical Confrontation Management Systems® research of the startle/flinch phenomena and its link to the survival system’s withdrawal reflex has spawned one of the most important evolutions in close quarter training: the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™, which utilizes the speed and reliability of the startle/flinch mechanism to convert the sudden attack into a tactical counter. Most importantly, this system will not interfere with your current training and in fact, it is easily used as a bridge to any complex motor skill transition.

The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is a ‘behaviourally’ researched, close quarter personal defence method that utilizes the body’s natural flinches and reactions to fear or violence and then converts these reactions into efficient tactical choices. Because the system is “Genetically wired and behaviourally inspired™”, anybody can learn it and everybody can do it.

It is the result of over two decades of research. The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is so direct and efficient, it is currently being adopted by major law enforcement and military training units across the globe.

Remeber…In Your Fight, You Are Point
Irrespective of your training, if the opponent is in your face, it is now your fight. Moreover, while there may be legal or professional rules of engagement, it is now a very personal moment. If you cannot subdue this threat, it is likely that you will not accomplish your task within the professional mission and likely the confrontation will also impact on your personal situation.

The Answer: Totality In Training…
While ‘totality’ may appear to be grandiose, the reference is merely a philosophically based argument that suggests that ‘we’ must look carefully at the combative arena, the environment and specifically the opponent through a disciplined threat assessment filter. This will enable us to customize training to provide the greatest tactical advantage for the next engagement.

“The superior fighter has no emotional attachment to any particular range of combat.”-BTCMS Maxim

BTCMS methodology seeks to improve spontaneous effective modification or adaptability of the warrior’s arsenal. This includes personal tools (body/mind) as well as tactical tools (all other weapons). My message has always been to be diverse, skilled in all ranges. If push comes to shove you must have no physical preference, no emotional attachment to a range, only then you can make a calm, calculated, strategic choice and force the confrontation to the range that suits the situation.