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The S.P.E.A.R System is based off a ton of scientific research conducted by Tony Blauer into the physiological stress responses of human beings. It focuses primarily on the universal way that humans flinch.
I can’t begin to describe the physiological background of the system because it is very detailed and well researched. And it is hard to compare the system to others I have been exposed to, so I decided the best way to evaluate the training I received on the S.P.E.A.R. System was with a list of pros and cons. Please know that these are simply my thoughts and you can form your own opinions by checking out the links above and signing up for a class if you are interesting in learning more. You can also read this interesting interview I found with Tony Blauer in Black Belt Magazine and look for videos on YouTube.
- Tons of excellent scientific research behind the technique
- Movements are easy to execute and fairly natural to the body
- Highly realistic gear for instructors to wear during simulated fights
- Seems to require more upper body strength and focus more on upper body techniques
- Not much focus on verbal de-escalation techniques (how to get out of a fight without fighting)
- Level 1 and 2 courses are difficult to locate through the primary website
If you are interested in finding a S.P.E.A.R System class near you, my advice would be to search S.P.E.A.R System Self Defense and your homestate on google or a similar search engine. You can also contact the Realistic Female Self-Defense Company via their website as they travel and may be offering a class near you at some point.
All-in-all I met some great, passionate people and added another tool to my self-defense toolbelt. Keep checking the Fight Back Productions blog for info about various self-defense systems that we train in.