Tarani: Advanced Edge Weapons


What if someone attacked you with an edged weapon? In this course, you’ll learn the critical skills for self-defense against an edged weapon attack under the instruction of our guest instructor, Steven Tarani.  This will be a TWO (2) DAY WEEKEND COURSE.    This class is taught in a progressive manner, thus you must attend Saturday in order to attend Sunday.  No discounts will be extended if you can only attend the Saturday class.

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    In this course, you’ll learn the critical skills for self-defense against an edged weapon attack with your bare hands as well as with your own knife. What type of knife should I carry? Where should I wear my knife? Learn the importance and “how to” of “rapid access and deployment” as your fixed, folding or curved blade is useless to you in a self-defense situation if you can’t access it, get it out from its carry position, opened and ready for use. You will also be introduced to the curve blade (Karambit) – how it is used, the advantages over a straight edge and what makes the curved blade such a unique defensive tool employed at conversational ranges.

    • Course Length: 2 Days (16hours)
    • Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid ID (driver’s license)
    • What to expect: Brief lecture, demonstration, practical familiarization exercises (mostly hands-on), information-based training and medium physical activity.

    Instruction includes: the advantages & disadvantages of fixed/ folding and straight/ curved blades, safe handling procedures, unarmed defense against edged weapons, disarming techniques, distance/ injury risk metrics, leverage & blade mechanics, wound analysis & effects, target & defensive anatomy. Day one focuses on the fundamentals of fixed and folding straight edge. Day two of training focuses more on advanced defensive tactics and an introductory on the usage of the curved blade (Karambit).



    • Blade Identification – What is the difference between a fixed blade and a folding blade? What’s the difference in usage of a serrated edge versus a non-serrated edge? What are the characteristics that differentiate specific usage of a straight edge from a curved blade?
    • Knife Selection – What should I look for when purchasing a folding knife? How exactly do you measure your hand and know that it is a perfect fit? What’s the right knife for me? How much should I spend? What are the best types of materials, blade length, type, steel, handle materials, for me?
    • Grips, Stances and Operation – Learn the most effective method of gripping and optimal defensive positioning with any edged weapon.
    • Edged Weapon Defense – Learn the six easiest and most effective ways to utilize an edged weapon in self-defense while under duress.
    • Empty Hand Defense – Learn the seven lethal strike zones on the human body and how can you defend against them even if you don’t have a knife in your hand.
    • Disarming – Competently demonstrate knowledge of disarming an attacker wielding an edged weapon at extreme close quarters and under duress.
    • Curved Blade (Karambit) – Introduction to safety and defensive use of this uniquely designed knife.
    This is NOT martial arts –this IS a professional hands-on practical approach to doing what it takes to get yourself and your loved ones out of trouble and immediately to safety. Applicable at home, work and when traveling this is an opportunity for you to take home field-tested “bread and butter” techniques, sustainment drills and proven tactics gleaned from the professionals.

    Mr. Tarani is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who served in protective programs and was formerly on staff at the US Dept. of Energy (DOE) National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) at Kirtland Air Force Base (NM) where he worked for the US State Department Anti-terrorist assistance program (ATAP).