CrossFit Specialty Course: SPEAR™ Science of Self-Defense

"The ability to protect yourself or a loved one is inarguably the single most important skill you hope you'll never need." –Tony Blauer

A key theme to the CrossFit methodology is that it prepares us physically for the "unknown and unknowable." The SPEAR™: Science of Self-Defense course bridges the gap between attaining a physical "ready state" and personal safety.

Utilizing key elements of Coach Tony Blauer's revolutionary SPEAR™ (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) system, participants are taught how to recognize danger and negotiate fear, as well as how to defuse or defend against dangerous encounters.

This two-day immersive experience builds upon the universal motor-recruitment patterns found in everyday CrossFit workouts and harnesses the drive and determination unique to CrossFit participants from all walks of life.

Through a mixture of case-study presentation and dynamic drills presented in a safe, supportive environment, graduates of the course leave empowered that they can protect themselves. These graduates also leave armed with mindset strategies that can help set new PRs in the gym and in life.

Course Note: This is not a martial-arts course, nor is a background in martial arts required to attend. Participants leave with a firm understanding of the differences between martial arts and self-defense.

Learning objectives

The SPEAR™ Science of Self-Defense Course teaches participants to:

  1. Improve awareness – learn how to detect and avoid danger.
  2. Defuse and de-escalate – learn simple strategies to resolve common conflicts and position oneself in a morally and legally tactical position.
  3. Manage fear and aggression – learn to identify and manage fear using Coach Blauer's Cycle of Behavior. 
  4. “Flip the switch” to generate aggression and intensity to protect oneself or a loved one.
  5. Identify CrossFit's "hidden arsenal" – how to use CrossFit movements to mirror simple and effective personal-defense movements.
  6. Use common equipment found in the gym – such as medicine balls, PVC pipes and bands – to develop dynamic speed and accuracy for personal-defense skills.
  7. Perform the fundamental defense skills via drills, teach-backs and demonstrations.
  8. Employ multiple defensive drills for single- or multiple-opponent scenarios.
  9. Design self-defense-themed workout sessions for individuals or groups.




Sent electronically 1-2 weeks after course completion to the email address used for registration.


The default language for this course is English. Any course with a translator are specified in the "Language" section from the event registration link.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon successful completion of this course, a Certified CrossFit Trainer may claim 15 CEUs towards their continuing education.


​US​ $595​

CrossFit does not accommodate refunds or transfers.

Email for discounts for active duty or retired military personnel and first responders.


Reading Materials

  • Links to the Seminar Guide provided in confirmation emails upon course registration.
  • In preparation, review the recommended videos linked in the confirmation email.

What to Bring

  • Printed version of the registration receipt.
  • Government-issued photo ID.
  • Notebook and pen/pencil.
  • Suitable clothes for working out.
  • Snacks and fluids, as well as a meal if you do not plan on going off site during the lunch break.



Twitter: @tonyblauer

Instagram: @crossfit.defense


To receive a SPEAR: Science of Self-Defense Trainer Certificate, one must:

  • Hold a valid and current CrossFit Level 1 Training Certificate (or higher)
  • Attend and participate in all parts of the SPEAR: Science of Self-Defense Specialty Course
  • Pass the oral and practical test

If you do not meet these requirements, you are issued a Certificate of Attendance.

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Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Day 1 to check in.

    (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

    Introduction and goals
    Getting off the "X"
    Fear management, cycle of behavior, mental preparation
    The Hidden Arsenal in CrossFit and DWOD 1
    Introduction to SPEAR
    Knee strike
    SPEAR flow
    DWOD 2
    The "Be Your Own Bodyguard" mind-set

    (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

    Introduction to PVC drills
    SPEAR close quarter form and DWOD 3
    Advanced fear management
    Coach teach-backs
    Team DWOD 4
    Practical review and test
    Oral test and closing remarks

Check back soon for course offerings.