Despite my activity in sports and karate, I was frequently attacked by bigger kids and even adults. I felt as though I had a target on my back. I had not given myself permission to be assertive.
Look at this little guy! This was where my journey toward personal defense began.
In high school I started wrestling and boxing which did great things for my confidence but I knew there still was a vital piece missing from my ability to actually defend myself in a violent encounter. This became apparent in 1998 when my father and I were robbed at gunpoint. We both got home safely, but I got a lesson in fear and survivability that was unlike anything I experienced in a dojo or gym.
When I first saw Tony Blauer's ATM video in 2009 I realized THIS WAS THE MISSING LINK. I was hooked. At this point I was training and competing in Mixed Martial Arts in Okinawa, Japan but could not attend a live S.P.E.A.R. course. I read every article and watched every DVD I could get my hands on. In 2012 I finally made it to my first PDR Instructor Course in Dachau, Germany. This is when I began the Incirlik Air Base self defense program in Adana, Turkey. Since moving to California I have created imPULSE PDR and I am providing training to the Northern California Community. I hope to continue training and coaching the SPEAR System™ as long as I live.
The ATM Video:
If you knew you had to fight to the death tomorrow, would it change the way you trained today?
- Tony Blauer, Founder, S.P.E.A.R. System
Technical Sergeant, United States Air Force
5 years as a Military Victim Advocate
2007-2011 Mixed Martial Arts coach and competitor (Okinawa, Japan)
2012 PDR 35.5 Instructor Course Certified (Dachau, Germany)
2012-2013 Incirlik Airbase Personal Defense Readiness Instructor and program coordinator (Adana, Turkey)
2014 SPEAR Combatives Camp Graduate
2016 PDR 61 Instructor Course Graduate/ MTT Intern
2011-current Military CPR and Self-Aid Buddy Care Instructor
2013-current Military Bystander Intervention Trainer (Green Dot)
2016-current Owner and Coach of Impulse PDR (Vacaville, California)
2019 PDR 75 Instructor Re-Certification
2019 SPEAR 5.0 Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor (Henderson, NV)