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"Experience is something you get shortly after you need it."

~  Coach Tony Blauer




Optimizing Wellness and Personal Development

Professional Coaching, Mentorship & Consultation

Team Building, Synergy & Neuroliteracy for Impact

Our mental, emotional, and physical health need to work in tandem with the human spirit, and with consciousness towards the present moment in order to best impact our lives.

Learn how FEAR hijacks our brains, combatting imposter syndrome, and elevating team diversity and inclusion, while enlivening career engagement and overall mental health.

ICU is here for you. It's time.

Time to activate with science-backed, evidence-based truth that WILL EMPOWER & UPLEVEL 


Canadian Institute of 

Workplace Bullying Resources

The CIWBR was founded by Linda Crockett, a professional social worker for over 32 years and recognized for her leadership role in advocating for those affected by bullying. She is the founder of the Alberta Bullying Research, Resources & Recovery Centre, (now the Canadian Institute of Workplace Bullying Resources Centre). Both provide Education, Awareness, Advocacy, and Recovery Counselling Services for anyone affected by bullying, including rehabilitation for perpetrators.

Linda has facilitated workshops to social workers, teachers, youth justice volunteers, the Edmonton Support Network, First Nation Communities, and teens and domestic violence survivors preparing for the workplace. Linda also advocates on legislation changes, to add “psychological harassment” and “psychological violence” to provincial and federal labour legislation. 

Coach Tony Blauer

Founder Blauer Tactical Systems™

Coach Blauer has been in the martial art, self-defence, defensive tactics and combatives industry for literally four decades and is one of the only combatives experts who has successfully affected training across all the combat related communities: self-defence, combat sports and the military & law enforcement sector. His research on physiology, mind-set as it relates to confrontation management has influenced over three decades of 

reality-based martial artists.

Blauer Tactical Systems (BTS) specializes in the research and development of close quarter tactics & scenario-based training for law enforcement, military and professional self-defence 

About Tony Blauer's SPEAR System™

Founded by Tony Blauer in 1985, Blauer Tactical Systems (BTS) is one of the most respected self defence training companies in the world. Coach Blauer has tirelessly dissected the realities of violence from virtually every conceivable perspective: psychologically, emotionally and physically. 

Based on this empirical research, coach Blauer has created the SPEAR System™ : “the first behaviorally inspired method of self protection” ever developed, or as he prefers to say, “behaviorally-inspired, genetically-wired.” SPEAR is an acronym for

Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response,

which is the ultimate aim of the system, responding more readily and effectively to the threat of violence. We only teach realistic self-defence skills that are street applicable. Students are exposed to aggressive as well as defensive role-playing to simulate encounters and to prepare them to react ethically as well as decisively to real-life aggression. Our curriculum covers verbal defusing tactics, choice speech principles and a host of other behaviourally researched strategies. Training in Coach Blauer's system engenders personal evolution: His breakthrough research on fear management is the foundation of our program and understanding and directing fear is the key to overcoming any obstacle in life. We’ve had many individuals participate in the program and experience transcendent applications in their professional life and in intra-personal relationships.

The Science of Self Defence

“The SPEAR System™ combines the old brain’s most important function, to survive, with the new brain’s intelligence, to think and decide. We have reawakened a non-perishable personal defence counter-measure that can make every human being safer, sooner.”

1. The SPEAR System is based on an 80,000 year old genetic survival response that helped keep our   ancestors alive. 

2. Your reptilian brain wants you to survive.

3. Its initial response to danger is to protect your head and push you away from danger. 

4. 'Danger' is detected via the limbic system. This triggers an instinctive survival response called the 'startle-flinch' response.

5. This survival reflex is hard-wired in you.

6. When it is triggered, it bypasses cognition. This is neurophysiology.  

7. This explains why no one looks cool in a real fight and why you almost never see technical martial arts being used in real violent encounters. 

8. The SPEAR System harnesses this energy, then exploits the energy by converting it into a focused counter-measure. This is kinetics & physics. 

9. This movement is protective by nature and tactical by design and its all organic, your body-mind produces this.

10. The SPEAR System combines the fastest human response (the startle-flinch) with the strongest natural human kinetic movement (the cross-extensor reflex), making the SPEAR a simple to learn, extremely effective method of personal defense regardless of gender, age, or size.

Why Startle Flinch??

Coach Tony Blauer explains more about the 'Startle-Flinch' response and why physiology comes before cognition. 

Personal Defence Readiness

The SPEAR System™ is the only personal defence system based completely on our physiology.

Learn more about the SPEAR System™

Know Fear Podcast

Join coach Blauer for uncommon sense talks, rants and interviews that reframe how we can look at life, challenges, personal safety, training, confrontations and personal development all by embracing a counter-intuitive relationship with fear. 

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