Tony! I am a BIG fan of your work. I think that your contributions have taken the warrior community into an entirely new evolutionary step. And this new program of yours is a major step forward. In my science fiction series (The Two-Space War), set hundreds of years in the future, they refer to our current era as the "Warrior Renaissance." We have learned more about the psychology and physiology of combat in the last 50 years than in the previous 5,000 years put together. And in the distant future Tony Blauer is referred to as "Saint Blauer." This is an inside joke, half in jest between friends, but it is also half in truth. I believe that hundreds of years from now, when the history of this Warrior Renaissance, this Golden Age of Warriors, is written, that Tony Blauer will be remembered as one of the great pioneers who propelled us forward to the next evolutionary step in warriorhood. And you can quote me on that!
- LT. COL. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.) Director, Killology Research Group
"...This was probably the best training I've ever taken. That includes a boatload of schools and certifications from FBI, State and local schools in PT/DT/Officer Survival and Firearms Instructor courses, as well as 20 years of martial arts training. You've created a monster for me. I am charged with re-writing our DT Instructor manual. Now this changes everything."
- Beth Haag Senior PT / DT Instructor, NYS DEC Police
We've been using the High Gear (4 sets) for the last two years in our Force Scenario Training here at the Academy. We've had great results and couldn't do the training and testing we have in place without it.
- Officer Joe Engman Control and Defensive Tactics Instructor
"In keeping with the "train to realism" philosophy, the High Gear suit is second to none; using the suit allows the operator real-time speed and agility without bulky equipment to interfere. Every time my students saw me in a High Gear suit, they knew it was "Game On!" The level of reality just moved up several notches. After CQB runs with the High Gear Suits, introducing Blauer's No Time to Shoot/No Room to Shoot scenarios, students would thank me for the "Real" training, saying that was the first time they were allowed to "go that far"... Did the suit stop me from feeling all the punches and kicks? I wouldn't want it to, I want to know what punch is working and when a kick didn't hurt. I want to be able to give true feedback to students without getting injured. High Gear allows me to do that. I know incorporating the High Gear suits into my training has helped save lives in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts unknown."
- FC (Ret) Phil Crowley CQB/Combative instructor
Tony's work is the definition of inclusiveness, and can't be captured under a single word. For those of you have an interest in understanding more about Tony's system (and I genuinely hope this includes all of you), he has put together a text that maps out his practices in great detail. The volume is entitled PERSONAL DEFENSE READINESS (When Push Comes to Shove... BE YOUR OWN BODYGUARD.) The book provides a wealth of detail...it maps out an entire approach, providing you with the knowledge for further study. Be Your Own Bodyguard goes far, far beyond technique. In all seriousness, A BJJ player and a Thai Boxer will both find the material equally useful in increasing their ability to defend themselves on the street. That statement may seem unbelievable. All I can say is, get a copy of Be Your Own Bodyguard, and discover it for yourself. You have only a few bucks to lose, and a whole new world to gain access to!
- Kirik Jenness President, New England Submission Fighting, MMA.tv
I began my martial arts training in 1967, and have seen a lot of junk get passed off as effective self-defense since that time. On the advice of my first Sensei, Van Canna, I have sought out the best, toughest, and most effective instructors I could find no matter where I lived. Years later, I learned about Tony Blauer. He was the first person I ever heard referred to as a martial scientist, and upon investigating his S.P.E.A.R. system I found his research to be very thorough. His knowledge of the psychological side of survival in the streets, coupled with economy of movement and devastating follow-ups sets Tony Blauer in a class by himself. You can learn from him or learn it the hard way, if you live long enough.
- Frank DiMeo Crossfit GulfCoast
We have been using Tony's research in the training of our fighters at The Armory fight team for a year now. I have been a student of Tony's material for a few years and find it invaluable in developing training sessions and picking apart specifics of the MMA world. Most recently we used some of Tony's system in dissecting elbow striking from the top and bottom with one of our UFC fighters. The material, if properly studied, is very transferrable to the MMA world and should be considered in any persons training program. The HIGH GEAR equipment is also a great training tool. All equipment that is strapped on a fighter has some limitations to it. We have found however that the HIGH GEAR allows the highest level of movement, with a minimum level of restriction and just the right amount of protection. We have 6 full suits and a few partial suits at our training academy and they are a great training tool.
- Joe Mullings The Armory
When it comes to reality-based training there are few people that have really pioneered training or forced advancements in the field of combative sciences. Tony Blauer is one of those individuals. His approach to breaking down confrontations and development of the Ballistic Micro-Fight allows trainers and warriors to understand close quarter tactics at the deepest level. His HIGH GEAR suit is also an invaluable addition to the world of scenario-based training. Tony's ideas on what 'protective' suit should do for training is a complete paradigm shift from the conventional model. In the classes I teach I have had the opportunity to work with many types of protective gear. While each of the protective suits available on the market serve various purposes during training, when speed, intensity and realistic movement are required in the scenario, I prefer the HIGH GEAR suit.
- Kenneth Murray Armiger Police Training Institute