Local trainer introduces SPEAR system

It's a self-defense system most people are not familiar with, the SPEAR system.

Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response or SPEAR is the defense system which uses a reflex action in threatening situations, and one certified CrossFit trainer in Amarillo is using it to train his clients.

"Studies have shown that in situations of extreme duress and fear, complex motor skills don't work in real life situations," Owner of FROGFIT Cody Allred said.

One of his clients Ashley Nivens said the training has allowed her to defend herself using nothing but her own body. Something she said she never thought she would be able to do or enjoy.

"This made the most sense because I'm not a fighter," Nivens said. "I've never had to deal with confrontation before, so it was something geared more toward your reaction time and fear."

Nivens owns her own business, and said most of the time she's by herself, making her the perfect target of an assault.

"That's the main thing," Nivens said. "Use whatever you have at your disposal, and most of the time that's just you."

Allred said the system is not designed as a sport, it's designed for the real world altercations, whether that's a face-to-face interaction, or a home invasion. When it comes to using the SPEAR system in the midst of an assault Allred said the mind is trained to react to fear.

"If someone tells you they're not scared of anything or that they don't have fear, they're lying," Allred said. "So we train with fear scenarios."

Allred said his classes are open to men and women of all ages.