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.
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.