THIS LETTER WAS SENT TO US FROM DR. SMITH POST SESSION:
Thanks for the opportunity to spend the week studying combatives
with you in North Carolina. It was one of the most stimulating and
thought provoking weeks of study that I have had in a long time.
The SPEAR system is effective because it focuses the instinctive
response into a useful combative weapon. Knowledge without purpose
is little more than "bubblegum" for the mind.
The SPEAR system invites the operator to use his mind as a weapon,
first in control of his body and then to overcome the threat. The use of
strikes, that are anatomically and physiologically instinctive, allow this
system to be effective even when executed in less than a 100%,
balanced, textbook fashion. Thus with minimal experience the system
can be used to gain the tactical advantage over the adversary even
when suboptimally executed. By integrating real world scenarios with
progressive drills, we were able to see how this system can bridge to
other weapon systems in a seamless and lightning fast integration. It
was intellectually stimulating to watch how this whole system
integrates pragmatic anatomical and physiological attributes to
enhance survivability. There is no better model to amplify than that
which has helped humans survive for centuries. The SPEAR system
does just that.
By amplifying what we do naturally, it accelerates the operator into a
more functional weapon system himself, thereby increasing not only
his survivability but also his lethality as a combatant.
As a physician who takes care of operators on a daily basis, I was
especially impressed with the lack of training injuries during this week
of training. I have been in other groups that trained with a supposedly
less "aggressive" style, and the related injuries were significantly
higher. The potential for injury was present, but the instructions and
techniques were such that maneuvers, which could produce injury to
the "bad guy", did not. I find that this is a reflection of the instructors'
communicative ability more than the capability of the operators to
Additionally, I was impressed with the sophistication and validity of the
arguments for the system. The SPEAR system is not based on the
precise execution of an esoteric theory. Its foundation is the
physiology that has provided for the survival of the human species
which is its greatest strength. It hones fighting instinct, and operators
who sharpen this instinctive skill, increase their likelihood of survival
when effective reaction is critical to life.
From the cerebral discussions of emotional influence on the startle
flinch response, to the descriptions of the schaphoid bone of the wrist,
I came away from this week a better fighter both intellectually and
physically. The SPEAR system of combatives is quick to learn, logical in
progression and lethal in application. For those of us that fight for the
life of others and self, nothing will replace its tempered and intellectual
integration of combative anatomical physiology. It just makes sense.
Thanks for a great week.
Robert C Smith, MD
Direct Action Medical Network