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    Steve Tarani Programs

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:  Professional educator, author and keynote speaker Steve Tarani has served the U.S. Defense, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence communities for over 25 years as a respected Protective Programs subject matter expert and service provider to numerous high/ low-profile US federal agencies.

Mr. Tarani, is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, Protective Programs Educator and formerly on staff at the US Dept. of Energy (DOE) National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) at Kirtland Air Force Base (NM). Specializing in operational readiness, he is a federally certified force options instructor actively contracted by the US Department of Defense, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration, and throughout the private sector.

At the time of this writing, Steve is a published author of eight books and remains an advisor to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), US Department of Defense, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). See https://stevetarani.com for more information.

Weapon Retention & Disarming

What if someone attacked you with a firearm, an edged weapon or an impact weapon? How would you disarm them?

Using a weapon is a poor choice for most assailants and simply knowing how to take it away may well end the encounter. This course is not intended to make you proficient with a weapon but simply to provide you with the skills necessary to disarm a determined opponent armed with a gun, edged weapon or impact weapon. 

You’ll learn very simple concepts and very easy-to-execute techniques to disarm an opponent armed with a variety of weapons. 

There is no prerequisite for this course. Instruction includes:

  • Threat Management involving Weapons, Handgun, Rifle / Shotgun 
  • Disarm techniques, Impact Weapons Disarm techniques, Edged Weapons Disarm techniques, 
  • Control Points and Influencing the Body, 
  • Distance/ Injury Risk Metrics and disarming while under duress.

In the last line of defense, where you have exhausted every attempt at getting off the “X”, using defensive tactics or de-escalating the situation, there is one last ditch effort – one final option – attempt to disarm the weapon being used against you. 

Scope of study includes disarming impact and edged weapons and firearms utilized by an aggressive adversary where you are placed in danger of severe bodily injury or death. 

Material includes personal defense against life-threatening and violent attacks on your person as well as escapes from the most common hostage scenarios involving firearms, edged and impact weapons.


  • Committed and Uncommitted Attacks – How to identify and engage a determined attacker versus a non-committal opportunist who is just trying to scare you.
  • Optimal Unarmed Response – Know the “Rules of Engagement” and how to use them to your advantage in staying low on the personal Injury Scale and how to minimize contact.
  • The Best-kept Secrets of Disarming – Learn what the professionals know about how very easy it is to control an opponent wielding a weapon.
  • Handling Edged Weapon Attacks – Knowing how and when to disarm an attacker wielding an Edged Weapon of any size or type.
  • Handling Firearm Attacks – How to disarm an active shooter wielding a pistol, shotgun rifle and even a submachine gun!
  • Handling Impact Weapons – What to do should someone assault you with a baseball bat, tire-iron or some other type of bludgeoning weapon intent on severe bodily injury.
  • The Anatomy of Disarming – What are the key principals and exactly what to look for in disarming any weapon literally at a glance.
  • The three “R’s” of Disarming – Learn the difference in “Returning, Retaining and Releasing” a weapon and when and how to do each at will.

This is fun and easy to learn! You walk away with a tremendous amount of EXTREMELY valuable and useful information with minimal physical effort.

 What to Bring: Comfortable attire but not sweatpants. Wear what you normally wear. Notebooks (or notepads) are very welcome. Still photos and limited video OK.

 No weapons required for this program of instruction. All materials supplied.

*This class is currently not Scheduled. Please subscribe to our Newsletter to get updates on the next class.

Karambit:The Curved Blade

The Curved Blade or Karambit utility and personal safety tool is a remarkable combination of ancient marvel and modern technology. In this outstanding course you have an opportunity to learn about the curved blade as reliable utilitarian and self-defense tool. Weapons retention is a matter of position and control.

Why a curved blade? What is a Karambit? Why is it considered one of the most respected personal defense weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago? 

Extracted from the jungles of West Java, deep in the heart of Indonesia, appropriate and effective usage of the Karambit is revealed in this unique edged weapons training program. In this “how to” course you will delve into the rich history and practical operation of this incredible personal safety tool. Uncover the secrets of the Indonesian and Filipino training methods, combative strategies, and defensive tactics such as disarms, takedowns, throws, immobilizations, escapes, locks and other self-defense skills in operating the curved blade.

Although quite a remarkable utility tool,  it can also be used self-defense. As fierce as it may look, its small tip and blade length are not conducive to delivery of lethal blows and the Karambit cannot be used for thrusting and thus cannot be considered a dagger. However, when skillfully deployed it can deliver a nasty and intention-changing payload to a determined attacker.

Scope of study includes: Orientation, lecture on history of the Karambit and its contemporary application, modern carry and deployment, how to grip and manipulate the Karambit, how to effectively employ both the cutting edge and point, safety and operation in utility usage and techniques to ensure your personal safety in a close quarters altercation against an overpowering assailant, how to disarm an attacker  wielding a contact weapon (such as a knife, baseball bat, broken beer bottle, etc.,), or a firearm and defending against multiple attackers. Additionally, the course provides solutions to the toughest personal defense situations you may encounter.

With the endless styles, and designs, selecting a curved blade can be a daunting task. Know what to look for and how to exactly fit your hand. Once you’ve made your selection, then where should it be carried? What about position and rapid access? If you needed to get to your curved blade and deploy it (snap it out) in a hurry, then what’s the most effective method? How should you hold it in your hand if you need it in self-defense? Once the blade is in your hand and ready to use, then how exactly do you use it? What should you do in a threatening situation? What can you do to defend yourself and others in that situation? If you’ve ever had the desire to know the answers to any or all of these questions then this course is specifically designed for you! 

Starting with the answers to these question this course moves at a rapid pace presenting the very basics of carry, access and rapid deployment of the curved blade. Following a detailed study in grips, stances and operation, training then progresses to how to keep a single and even multiple attackers at bay (a safe distance away from you and your loved ones) affording you the time and opportunity to move out of harm’s way and toward safety.

What are the seven lethal strike zones subjected to an edged weapon attack on the human body? Learn what these are and how to defend against them with your bare hands and your curved blade. At the end of this course you will walk away everything you need to know about how it works and how to use the curved blade in self-defense.


  • Orientation and Safety – Know how to identify and safely handle all components of the curved blade.
  • Defensive Application – History of the curved blade (Karambit) and its equivalent modern defensive application.
  • Carry and Deployment – Where and how to carry, access and rapidly deploy the curved blade.
  • Grips and Manipulation–How to appropriately handle, control and effective use of the curved edge and the point.
  • Close Quarters Application – Know what it takes to take and keep control of your “position of dominance” when using the curved blade.
  • Disarming and Takedowns – How to disarm and take down an attacker in self-defense.
  • Real-world Threat Scenarios – Real-world problem solving and demonstration of your new skills!

Saturday, March 2-Sunday March 3rd. 9am-4pm

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