Birthday wishes from Tony Blauer

Tony Blauer is personal defense & combatives consultant who travels internationally sharing his research with conscientious self-defense experts & military & law enforcement training units. He is CEO & Founder of S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM & HIGH GEAR. Visit his website at

I’m pretty sure I’ve known Erin for almost as long she’s been on her mission.

Born out of a tragedy that could’ve easily had the reverse effect on anyone, Erin had the insight, integrity and courage to look deeply at what happened to her close friend Shannon McNamara and turn that event into a powerful message that continues to inspire countless people the world-over.  Erin’s vision and passion is the Girls Fight Back legacy.

I’m continually amazed by the growth of the program and look forward to writing another anniversary message for Girls Fight Back in 2021. To Erin and her team, happy birthday, you girls kick butt.

Note from Erin: Thanks for the well-wishes Tony. Means a lot coming from such a bad-ass like you! Thanks for being a friend, a confidant and a mentor in this wild industry. I look forward to cookin’ up some big things together, so you can write about them in your 20th happy birthday post in 2021…

S.P.E.A.R System

This past weekend, I took a Level 1 training course offered by The Realistic Female Self Defense Company in Chapel Hill, NC.  The instructors at RFSDC are certified by Blauer Tactical Systems, Inc. and teach what is commonly called the S.P.E.A.R. System.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.A group flinches from a baseball bat

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.

Pros –

Cons –

  • 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.