Friday, April 14, 2017


HATERS - Have Anger Toward Everyone Reaching Success. 

Nothing drives my haters crazier than seeing me accomplish something. I am the ONLY official, licensed and certified combatives instructor in my area and the surrounding cities. Of course this type of thing will bring its share of haters. Two of these guys made an appearance this week. I am expecting more. 

In all honesty their antics and plots are quite amusing. They go to great lengths to try and pull off some sort of crafty sneaky antic to make it appear  that they are better. Why? Its because I have something that they want. My credentials are something that they want but cant obtain. They wont take the time to try and obtain any credetials because its too difficult. So the jealous little internet hobbits ridicule and hate. The more I accomplish, the more I set myself self apart, the more increasingly apparent it becomes that they dont even compare, the more they ridicule and hate. 

These guys are so pathetic and dissatisfied with their own life that they have to create some sort drama and go out of their way to do it. They lie and make themselves out to be something that they're not just to be noticed. I don't "pretend" to be anyone. My haters are jealous because I am someone and they're no one. They NEED to talk  smack about me to get attention. Because when they only talk about themselves no one really gives a fuck.

On the heels of one of my latest combatives certifications, as sure as clock work out come the haters. I really can't help but smile. Most of these haters are not even professional instructors they don't have any schools or programs any where, hell they can't even produce any real credentials.

It isnt surprising that when my haters see me accomplish something like obtaining my latest combatives certification they lose their minds. They fume, they scheme they hate because I am a reflection of what they wish they could be. Haters hate the people they wish they could be but can't. Internet haters are like crickets they make alot of can hear them, but you can't see them.....but when you walk by them they suddenly get quiet.

My haters think that if they run their mouths about me that this will somehow effect me or hurt me or undermine me. They have been attempting this for years and years now. Truth is they havent and there isnt one of my haters that are doing better than I am. Take today for example I am booked with four private lessons and a two hour presentation as well as my regular Judo class and a combatives class. My haters hate me because I have the things that they want, the things they wish they had, but lack the will and the discipline to obtain.

My haters antics are so outrageous that if they saw me walking on water they would say that its because I cant swim. So to my haters, You have my permission to talk shit about me...I am fuck'n fascinating. you re jealousy and hate motivates me to accomplish more. So don't worry I have so much more coming up for you to be jealous of, so much more for you to be mad about.....just be patient. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

S.P.E.A.R. PDR WINTER HAVEN: Are Martial Arts Failing Us? The Big Lie

The martial arts world is full of impressive looking demos and practices. We see martial arts guys breaking boards, bricks, and blocks of ice. We see them stand there and take full force strikes to the throat and kicks to the nuts and it doesn’t seem to phase them.  The problem is in every case these people trained for a long time, rehearsed it and they had to take a few seconds“to get ready”. They take a deep breath exhale and then they go “okay I am ready” then they are able to take a full on kick to the nuts….Impressive right?  Well yeah  honestly it is impressive, but, what if I told you that if you have to take a second or two” to get ready” then that has no real combat application in a sudden violent encounter or an ambush type attack. 

What if I told you that the self-defense moves you learned and rehearsed in a martial arts class will more than likely fail in real street fight or violent encounter. This is a hard pill for some to swallow.  Recently I came across a "knife defense" video (below) doing self defense techniques in their system. The video served as an example of what NOT to do or even attempt. The simulated knife attacks were unrealistic. Trying to pull this off in a real encounter will quite simply get you killed. It's unfortunate that there are a plethora of these same kind of formulaic videos on the net and youtube.

What seems to pass as self defense nowadays appears to be a very choreographed, watered down rated G or Disney version of what actually happens in a confrontation. Boy, I could write volumes here.  Truth of the matter is most martial arts self defense demos FAIL to recreate what actually happens when someone is attacked.
This kind of shit, like I see in this video, infuriates me. If the instructor had ANY real knowledge they would KNOW that this IS NOT how it goes down when the shit hits the fan. This isn't how someone attacks you. A knife wielding attacker doesn't come at you like's totally unrealistic. Anyone can pull off whatever they want to on a compliant partner.....since when are attackers compliant? 

To me this vid, as bad as it is, serves as a classic example of where most martial arts are really at. Is it denial, ego, or ignorance or is it all three?  It is obvious the instructor in the vid is firmly convinced that these self defense techniques will work and against a knife wielding assailant. Nothing could be more dangerous or irresponsible. Which begs to ask, should those who have real world knowledge about real violence pull punches when it comes to critiquing others doing what we see as dangerous?

Part of the problem is, this is what is being packaged to the public as real self defense and this is what people believe is credible and is what they are looking for. Its what they see in the movies, it looks good, it's not scary and it isn't "too violent".  "Scary" and "violent" however, is what a victim of an attack experiences in the street. These are equations in a real life violent attack that just cant be ignored. 

“In real life, you don’t know when or where someone’s going to hit you.” – Tony Blauer

It's easy to be calm cool and collected during a "demo". Hence we have the first problem; there are so many emotional and psychological factors that erupt during real fights.  The demonstrations  in videos are really just that.... "demos" they are designed and choreographed to make everything look good, crisp and smooth, to be pleasing to the eye. But real fights dont look good they are not technical they are not smooth. 

None of the factors that would exist in an actual violent encounter even come into play in these vids. Everything in the vid, the why, the when, the how and even the level of violence from the attacker is unrealistic, it is choreographed. Unfortunately for a lot of martial art schools it is a reflection of how they actual perceive attacks to be and how they practice them.

This vid for me really took the cake.  Teaching this kind of crap is grossly irresponsible, immensely negligent and very, very dangerous. Someone attempting to try this will more than likely get killed. Weapons disarms is quite obviously an area that this instructor has no business in, much less teaching. There is clearly a gross lack of knowledge. 

The self-defense moves for the demo were practiced so everyone involved knows what is happening and what’s going to happen. You don’t know how you will be attacked in real life, you don’t know when you don’t know where etc...  but I have to ask, is this properly preparing anyone for that crucial moment when a attacker decides to make you his next victim? Truth is you really don’t see technical martial arts moves in a real street fight or violent encounters..Why? Predators look for victims they can surprise, ambush. The bad guy picks the time, the place and how he is going to attack you and there are emotional and psychological factors that erupt during such an attack. 

“Most people tend to fixate on what they will do to the opponent, not what their opponent will try to do to them,” - Tony Blauer

Surprise Attacks can instantly nullify rehearsed Self-Defense moves like we see in a lot of martial arts, in their schools and videos like the one above.  A real violent encounter causes an adrenaline dump that affects your breathing, your focus and your motor skills. There are so many who over look and fail to address the problem of how real attacks occur and what is behaviorally realistic about them.

If you  really want to protect yourself, if you really want to be a human weapon, If you really want a true self defense system, you need a system that will be congruent with what your emotional and psychological state will be at the time of the ambush/attack. #choosesafety #spearsystem #beyourwnbodyguard



Sunday, April 2, 2017


                                     GUYS WE ARE GETTING THE WORD OUT!!!!! 
Professional Edge Combatives/ Winter Haven Judo Club is offering a new class The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™  PDR course. The upcoming course will be starting in May and it is already garnering interest and attention. Why is it getting attention? 


 We all flinch when we get startled or scared and when you flinch your fingers splay and your hands automatically push away the danger. The beauty of the SPEAR System is that we harnesses that energy and then we teach participants how to redirect the kinetic energy using this instinctive movement. This makes the SPEAR System the easiest self-defense protocol to learn because the movement, this startle flinch response, is already genetically hard-wired within you.

The PERSONAL DEFENSE READINESS™ course was founded by Tony Blauer and it is not a martial art.  The PDR is based off of Tony’s S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ which is the only behaviorally based self-defense system in the world.  TheS.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ works by converting the body’s natural flinch into a tactical response to an ambush.  Unlike many other self-defense systems that only train the physical techniques, the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ stresses the emotional, psychological and the physical.

The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ deals with the psychological, emotional and physical side of the Predator and Prey. It is the first genetic and behavioral (behavior) inspired by the self-defense system, which uses the natural reaction of our body in vulnerable situations and the moment when we are exposed to in the face of fear and violence.  This is precisely the reason why this system is easily learnable and  why everyone can use it. The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is so useful and effective that it is taught to police and military forces worldwide.

For the already experienced martial artist The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is a supplement to your current workout and training.  It does not interfere with your current style or training, it is a bridge to the use of complex motor skills (techniques of fighting your system).

If you expect your self-defense system to work under the realities of violence, you had better start with what your body will want to do naturally. The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   is based on the facts of neurophysiology. Instead of relying on the cognitively based muscle memory techniques common in the vast majority of defensive tactics programs, The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   utilizes reflexive, instinctive movements to create a platform from which to first react to and then respond to an assault.

 Using these innate actions strategically, honing them thru the SPEAR learning drills one begins to understand the superiority and uniqueness of SPEAR training. Add in other learning essentials like fear management, survival mindset and defusing tactics and you have the basics of the PDR program.

For information on The PERSONAL DEFENSE READINESS™ course (PDR) in the Winter Haven area and learn from professional Certified PDR Fundamantals Instructor go to:

or contact Barron Shepherd directly at for class schedule

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Article by Barron Shepherd

Well its official, The  S.P.E.A.R. System™ PDR (Personal Defense Readiness) instructor certification course is over and it was absolutely  awesome. I Love to train and learn from the best people around and Tony Blauer and his team of instructors were absolutely fantastic. Highly motivated and highly dedicated and completely unselfish when comes to sharing thier knowledge. What more could you ask for. 

I am always looking for ways to improve upon what I teach, how I teach and what I offer. The Winter Haven Judo Club and Professional Edge Combatives was built upon the fact that I take what I do seriously and am always looking to professionals in the field for the best strategies, systems and tactics when it comes to really defending ourselves in real violent encounters. I am not only an instructor but I am also a student and quite honestly, I am always looking for better ways to keep people safer.

 Earlier this month I attended a  S.P.E.A.R. System™ PDR instructor certification in Orlando, Fl. and what I walked away with was in one word mind blowing. Attending The  S.P.E.A.R. System™ PDR instructor certification changed, enlightened and even solidified what I thought true self defense should be but in reality it isnt, no question.

The  S.P.E.A.R. System™ (an acronym for Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) is a close quarter protection system which uses a person s reflex action in threatening situations as a basis for defense. The primary founder, Tony Blauer, developed the SPEAR system in Canada during the 1980s. It has since been adopted by several military and law enforcement agencies across the world.

The  S.P.E.A.R. System™  is the first genetically and behaviorally inspired self defense system of it’s kind. It is the only self defense system that fully integrates the body’s automatic reflex responses and instinctive survival mechanisms making the S.P.E.A.R. System™ the easiest, most natural way to protect yourself.

In a nut shell The  S.P.E.A.R. System™  utilizes the speed and reliability of the startle-flinch response and  converts that into a tactical counter when we are ambushed or suddenly attacked. It is a bridge between the reactive brain and the cognitive brain. This improves reaction time during a confrontation. Tony Blauer is the founder and CEO of BLAUER TACTICAL SYSTEMS and the creator of the SPEAR System. Tony has pioneered research and training methodologies that have influenced and inspired martial art & combative systems around the world.

The coolest thing about the system, as I saw it from the eyes of a instructor and former military and law enforcement training and experience, is  that it is already hard wired with in us all. Gone were the endless kicks, punches, counters and blocks found in other martial arts. They are replaced by instinctive, natural and realistic ways to defend yourself. Whether you want to defend yourself and your family, or if you are a police officer who wants to stay safe, or even a martial artist who wants to improve their self defense skills no other system could be better to learn than this one. ( I have a daughter who aspires to be in Law enforcement and out of all my experience and knowledge with the martial arts and other forms of defense that I know The Spear system is what I would teach her No question about that or doubts. This system would keep her safest.)

It was an awesome first day of the course full of some very real and cerebral shit.  The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   is the real deal. Most in this course were from out of state and most were law enforcement types. It was a hard, mature and very experienced group. There were only a few  from Florida (kind of shocked by that) and not one is from my area at all (I think this is a good thing for me though as my area is saturated with various martial arts and MMA schools and programs.)

Tony Blauer is a personable guy he cares about teaching people how to protect themselves and their loved ones. He is really concerned about how his system is taught. He obviously cares about this knowledge and has a passion for what he does.

The  mission:  to continually research and develop best practices on how to detect, defuse and defend ourselves. The approach is moral, ethical and legal making it the most responsible self-defense system in the world. The trainer's course develops coaches to help teach this system around the world.

The instructor course ran us through a deep deconstruction how the Startle-flinch response can be weaponized to enhance our personal safety. There were specific isolation drills shown to us so that we could better  understand the muscle-recruitment principles and kinesiology behind the Spear system Understanding  the “why” ,”how”  and “when” were the objectives of this train-the-trainer course.

The final day of the course for me was bitter sweet. In the end we were all certified PDR instructors however during the course and the drills and exercises we had formed new friendships and bonds with one another. For me in the back of my mind I kept thinking it was rather sad to see the day come to an end the closer it drew the more reluctant I was for it to be over.   

We all returned home to different points of the globe Hawaii, Canada, Colorado, Pennsylvania and even the UK all our minds were racing to absorb everything that we had taken in.  I cannot say enough about this fantastic system developed by Tony Blauer. It was a honor to meet the man and to listen as he shared his knowledge. I began sharing what I had learned  almost immediately with my closest friends and soon I will be offering a Spear System PDR (Personal Defense Readiness) Class. 

If you expect your self-defense system to work under the realities of violence, you had better start with what your body will want to do naturally. The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   is based on the facts of neurophysiology. Instead of relying on the cognitively based muscle memory techniques common in the vast majority of defensive tactics programs, The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   utilizes reflexive, instinctive movements to create a platform from which to first react to and then respond to an assault.

Using these innate actions strategically, honing them thru the SPEAR learning drills one begins to understand the superiority and uniqueness of SPEAR training. Add in other learning essentials like fear management, survival mindset and defusing tactics and you have the basics of the PDR program.

For More information about The  S.P.E.A.R. System™  go to

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


The martial arts world is full of those who do not "keep it real" they live in their own little fantasy world, they practice in their own little schools, or dare I say their "safe place". In the safety of their own schools they set their own "rules" of attack and defense.

 The instructor tells the obedient student to throw a left or right punch and he counters with a ton of flashy complex skilled techniques on his willing and compliant student.

 Problem is that the large majority of these little training scenarios/exhibitions just don't work in actual situations. Your attacker doesnt follow rules or observe etiquette and they damn sure are not compliant and you almost never know when or how you will get attacked.

These "instructors" give themselves fancy titles and doctorates in martial arts. They claim to be enlightened warriors and spout flowery lines quoting Quai Chan Cain from the old Kung fu TV series. The esoteric mumbo jumbo they spout is so out of touch with reality it isn't even funny. They pose with certificate filled walls and strike fighting postures in fancy uniforms trying to look cool.....this however gets you dead.

The problem is titles, fancy moves on coperative students and all the certificates on the wall in the world doesn't mean anything. The Internet world has become a breeding ground for fantasy, self promoted, self taught martial arts instruction that will get you killed. Martial arts is supposed to be about fighting but with these types of people out there nothing could be further from the truth.

 From the beginning of its conception The Martialist didn't fall into the above category. It set itself apart by simply "keeping it real".  No elaborate claims, no fancy titles, no Qaui Chang Cain spouting nonsense, just down and dirty real life self defense for those who fight unfairly. In other words for those who wish to fight to survive, fight to win. No posturing, no bullshit, just reliable, practical and real methods of protecting yourself in the real world and not some "climate controlled" dojo.

 The Martialist as it turns out is an invaluable resource with its many reviews of knives, tactical weapons and tools. Phil Elmore has managed to keep it real and grounded unlike the flighty fabrications of "ner do wells" in the martial arts.

The aspects and commentary relayed by the Martialist has remained a refreshing escape from the droning diatribes of the keyboard self serving grandmasters". Knowledgeable, practical and realistic, the views and opinions of the martialist remain fresh, grounded and most importantly relevant in our world today.

Check out The Martialist here

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Professional Edge combatives has had great turnouts for our level one core combatives classes so much so that we are starting another one. I have had to free up some time so I can work another class into my schedule.

Also we have come up with a very cool looking logo. It will be up on the website soon.  We have even gone so far as to create Professional combative logo designs and slogans for Tee shirts and other merchandise. These will be posted on the website as well for purchase. I am happy that my students, friends colleages and others will have availability to our stuff.

Building a program like Professional Edge Combatives in all honesty came out of necessity. Some trolls out there quite frankly lie and claim to be something that that they are not. Empty insults and threats coming from fat gutless warriors on the internet who claim to be bad asses but arent should happily take credit for the formation of Professional Edge Combatives.

Almost on a daily basis I see news articles from so called martial arts instructors abusing and sexually assaulting students. What is even worse is that the sick bastards try to justify themselves. The Professional Edge Combatives motto is.......NO VICTIMS!

Unfortunately, I recently heard from a parent of a girl who almost found herself in a bad situation with a adult male who was trying to slip her alcohol and drugs a obvious attempt to get into the pants of a girl who at the time was 13 years old. It was heart wrenching reading the mother's email. The perpetrator was arrested and served time for his crime but upon being released continued to attempt to victimize the girl and the family.  

The purpose of PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES is to make every person whether they be military, law enforcement, first responder or just average citizens safer, to reduce the possibility of  becoming a victim, to reduce the possibility of a person lying on the ground, looking up into the barrel of a gun, and relying on a assailant’s mercy for survival.

This purpose in the future will extend to cyber crimes as well. A new member of the Professional Edge Combatives program is a detective who heads up cyber crimes in a local police dept. Why is this important? Well such as in the case of the mother mentioned above, part of their being victimized by a low life scum ball took place thru the internet. Our Motto will resonate self defense on all fronts and on new frontiers.... NO VICTIMS!!!

 So the scum bag like the one who victimized a poor 13 year old girl and her family may fully take credit for the formation of PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES. 


Sunday, January 22, 2017


Professional Edge Combatives Level One Tactical Gun disarm course teaches you simple, practical, no nonsense gun disarming skills that can be applied under the stress of real world combat situations. This course emphasizes the principles of gun disarming.

 There is no escaping the fact that America is a gun culture and gun disarming techniques are an extremely valuable skill. Simply knowing how to take a weapon away from an attacker may very well end the encounter. In some situations disarming an attacker is safer more efficient and quicker than pulling your own weapon.

 Professional Edge Combatives Level One Tactical Gun disarm course teaches gun disarming as a science by studying the principles that make a disarm work while under the stress of a real situation.  Gun disarm training can't impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical consideration.

 Even if you carry a gun or a knife for self protection you may need the skills of disarming techniques to allow you to draw your weapon. Hand to hand unarmed combat techniques are invaluable because you are not walking around with your weapon at the ready.

 In some extreme close quarter situations gun disarms are your quickest most direct response. Things happen so quickly and at such a close range that you're faster to put hands on an attacker to disarm him than to try to take the time to go for your own firearm.