View Full Version : Brit Police Getting Moves From The Matrix.....

May 20, 2002, 10:06 AM
Copyright 2002 Nationwide News Pty Limited
The Daily Telegraph(Sydney)

May 20, 2002, Monday


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HEADLINE: Bobbies in Keanu's moves


LONDON: British police officers are being trained in a form of self-defence employed by the star Keanu Reeves in hit action movie The Matrix. The Canadian developer of the Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response course will teach the skills to officers from 22 forces.

Tony Blauer's technique inspired some of the action in the 1999 science fiction movie filmed in Sydney.

Officers will be taught how to turn defensive reactions -- such as the urge to cover eyes or other organs -- into an "open-handed blow" to the assailant.

Constable Simon Rogers of Warwickshire police said: "We do The Matrix drill. You know the bit where Keanu Reeves stands still and just moves his body as the bullets fly past him."

LOAD-DATE: May 19, 2002

May 20, 2002, 01:45 PM
So their training will include drunken boxing?
(Watch the computer screen during the training scene)


May 20, 2002, 01:49 PM
But will they be able so say ...... 'Whoa....'

or ' I know Kung-Fu'....

May 20, 2002, 02:13 PM
So the British police will use Wu-Shu, the Beijing Opera training school version? I just had the mental image of the Bobby (in his full regalia) doing a swinging body kick.

Who needs guns and body armor when you can dodge bullets?


May 20, 2002, 07:46 PM
No, not Kung-Fu... Wang Fu...

May 24, 2002, 04:36 PM
"I know Kung-Fu!"
"Show me."

The idea of a British Bobby doing the whole rooftop-dodging-bullets move just seems somehow so Monty Python to me.

May 24, 2002, 05:46 PM
Well, you know they're not going to say "We need guns...lots of guns."

May 24, 2002, 06:53 PM
"We need white flags . . . lots of white flags."

Fred Hansen
May 24, 2002, 08:52 PM
"We need Vaseline, lots of Vaseline.":rolleyes: :eek: :barf:

May 25, 2002, 08:23 AM
Drizzt, could you please provide us with a link to that story? It's funny, but totally inaccurate. Tony Blauer is indeed going to London to train 17(not 22) different agencies in his SPEAR System Certification course, according to an email I got from his site this week. However, his SPEAR System has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Matrix bullet-dodging moves. It's actually a very practical system that a lot of Firing Line members would appreciate, since emphasizes what works in the real world, just like a lot of the best firearms training.

This whole article is tongue-in-cheek, and the constable must've been making a joke. If you want to ask Tony himself about his system, feel free to post a message on his forum, the Mental Edge forum on www.mma.tv.. You can read about his system at www.tonyblauer.com, or in a recent cover story in Black Belt magazine.

May 27, 2002, 02:20 PM
Lofland is dead-on. Tony Blauer's stuff is top-notch training. While I've not had the privledge of training with Tony, I have viewed many of his video tapes and have incorporated several of his training drills and ideas into my training. I've also used his tactical SPEAR in more force-on-force encounters than I can count and used it "for real" on the job several times.

Utterly un-Matrix-y, realworld, solid, well researched stuff.