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S.P.E.A.R. Certification - Is it worth the time and money?
#1
I've been researching Blauer's S.P.E.A.R System and flirting with the idea of pursuing it.  Does anyone here have any thoughts?  I believe Kong Soo Do Karate got the certification at one point.  Do you think it is worth it?
Martial Arts done well leads to a more virtuous life because everyone is fighting something.

"If your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is evil, even the light that is within you will be darkness.  If the light that is within you is darkness, how great is that darkness?"  (Jesus of Nazareth)
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#2
I took S.P.E.A.R. back around 2000 give-or-take.  I think that the methodology is sound, practical and effective.  His system is still taught in our in-service training classes and has been for around 20 years.  If you have an opportunity I think it would only enhance what you already teach.  I've incorporated it into what I teach.  What's the process these days?  How much does it cost?
Two thousand years ago wise men sought Christ, wise men still do.

Techniques are situational, principles are universal.

Fast as the wind, quiet as the forest, aggressive as fire, and immovable as a mountain.

He who gets there first with the most...wins!

Minimal force may not be minimum force!

We don't rise to the occasion...we sink to the level of our training.


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#3
Here is a link to the process: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/D...ID=1967954

An initial attendee now costs $2,000.00, which seems ridiculous to me. However, I have been able to get to where I am now while actually spending very little on martial arts training. Recently some self-defense, one-time class opportunities have started opening up for me. Would this training be worth it given those opportunities?
Martial Arts done well leads to a more virtuous life because everyone is fighting something.

"If your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is evil, even the light that is within you will be darkness.  If the light that is within you is darkness, how great is that darkness?"  (Jesus of Nazareth)
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#4
Would I spend 2K for the class?  No.  Not unless you're going to receive a lot more in return from teaching opportunities that come up for you.  

I will try to do a 'reader's digest' version for you that will give you the essence of what it's all about.  It isn't magic or complicated.  In fact, it's very simple, straight-forward and all gross motor skilled.  I will try to do something in the coming week.  I will let you know.
Two thousand years ago wise men sought Christ, wise men still do.

Techniques are situational, principles are universal.

Fast as the wind, quiet as the forest, aggressive as fire, and immovable as a mountain.

He who gets there first with the most...wins!

Minimal force may not be minimum force!

We don't rise to the occasion...we sink to the level of our training.


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#5
I already incorporate basic flinch response and gross motor movement into the front end of our training. The neurology and psychology of it is something that is fascinating to me even apart from martial applications. If you have time, I would certainly be interested in any summary you had to offer. But don't stress yourself over it!
Martial Arts done well leads to a more virtuous life because everyone is fighting something.

"If your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is evil, even the light that is within you will be darkness.  If the light that is within you is darkness, how great is that darkness?"  (Jesus of Nazareth)
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#6
Sorry for the late reply.  If you're still interested I'll put a video together next week after the holidays.   Smile
Two thousand years ago wise men sought Christ, wise men still do.

Techniques are situational, principles are universal.

Fast as the wind, quiet as the forest, aggressive as fire, and immovable as a mountain.

He who gets there first with the most...wins!

Minimal force may not be minimum force!

We don't rise to the occasion...we sink to the level of our training.


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