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What is SPIKE?

SPIKE is an acronym for Specially Prepared Individuals for Key Events. This program is all about training, learning and teaching. SPIKE is the brainchild of Retired Army Special Forces Col. James “Bo” Gritz, the highest decorated Commander of Special Force with five tours of duty in the Viet Nam War and the first Operations and Intelligence officer of Delta Force. Please visit our About page to learn more.

After a long Military career and seeing a shift in the political and the American cultural landscape in the early 1990’s, Col. Gritz decided to share his years of knowledge and experience with any law abiding citizen that would use this knowledge for the good of themselves and others. SPIKE training is all about improving every aspect of your life. Knowledge and confidence will better your existence at home and work, in your community and among your peers.

Having the skills to survive in the wilderness or the concrete jungle and the ability to teach and share those skills with others will change your life. In good times and in bad these skills are invaluable to everyone. Preparing for life should be a required class, but these skills are often taught by life, and not at school. Unexpected events in weather, financial difficulties, health, government interruption or shortages in fuel or food can happen at any time. SPIKE training will help you, your family and your community to prepare for all of these and many more.

While we roll out this website you will notice that we intend to cover many subjects and continually grow. A few areas of skills we will cover are; urban and wilderness survival, Map and Compass land navigation, communications, self-defense, on and off road Driving, First Aid and advanced life saving skills, food storage, fitness and nutrition, field craft, mountaineering, Alternative energy and many, many more. Our motto is “We Stand Ready” now it’s time you prepare….for anything and everything!

While this website has a section that focuses on “Manliness”, SPIKE is for everyone. Every person regardless of race, religion, sex or age is welcomed and encouraged to gain knowledge. Additionally we do expect everyone that participates with SPIKE to be polite and respectful of others, yet, “Political Correctness” is not a part of our creed. DO NOT however, bring your Prejudices’ here, they will not be warmly received. If you are a law-abiding citizen or resident of earth and respect the constitution of our great nation, I hope you will join us here at SPIKE TEAM and have some serious fun while improving your life and learning life skills.



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  1. Chris Byrne on April 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Please register at the top right and leave us your thoughts and suggestions for the SPIKE Team Website.
    SPIKE Team Leader

  2. Lisa Mezzio on April 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I will have some after this weekend…

  3. SgtUSMC8541 on May 8, 2013 at 2:23 am

    As per instruction… comment…. Great group with some outstanding training.

  4. DirtyHarryNH on May 8, 2013 at 7:10 am


  5. Mike263 on May 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This is a great group of people from so many walks of like who have come together. It is truly an honor to part of this and to have met so many great personalities.

  6. lb on May 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Nice to have a page to keep up when I can’t make the trips…looks good!!!

  7. TurboFX4 on May 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Followed instructions… here we are… what’s next?!

  8. cputechpr on May 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Mission complete

  9. DevilDog on May 17, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Hey ladies…. for some odd reason when I Reg-ed last week this comment box was not seen… anyway, the page looks great…. The Vanilla Gorilla approves!

  10. Chris Byrne on May 20, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Thanks for your comments and keep them coming. I hope you will enjoy what’s coming.
    Spike Team Leader

  11. Jonnytumbles on May 20, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Site looks great! Now will someone carry me up the stairs?

  12. Michael DeNovellis on October 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Got Light?

    When it comes to tactical weapons lights, what do people prefer and why? I am currently looking to add a rail mounted light + laser to my Sig 229.



  13. 2APatriot on March 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    great website. lots to learn and experiences to share!

  14. WildBill on September 22, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I’m new. looking to meet and train with cool people. How do I, or can I get involved with this group?

  15. Spike Team Leader on September 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Hi WIldBill, you can sign up for our news letter in the upper right hand corner of this page where it says “subscribe to recieve updates”. Most of the group is located in the Northeast and we moslty meet in Connecticut. We do have some training coming up soon in PA and ME. you can email me directly at spiketeamleader@gmail.com for more info. Chris Byrne

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