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Edged Weapons Defense

Given the recent edged weapon attacks in Switzerland, Germany and New York can you answer the questions: What if I don’t have a gun or a knife – with nothing in my hands – how can I defend myself from one or more assailants attacking me with edged weapons? What is the best knife for me to carry? Where is the best place to carry a folding or fixed blade? How can I rapidly access and utilize my knife if needed under extreme duress?

Take advantage of this extremely rare opportunity to learn from a real-world protective agent from deep within the US Defense Intelligence community. Ex-CIA Protective Programs defensive tactics subject matter expert and foremost edged-weapons educator Steve Tarani steps outside “the Agency” to provide you with this vetted, unarmed, easy-to-follow training. Gain the opportunity to develop your instinctive reflexes to handle an overwhelming physical threat.

COURSE CONTENT:  Access (where and how to carry) and rapid deployment of a fixed, folding or improvised blade at Contact Range, Do’s and Don’ts of utilizing a blade in an actual threat engagement, protecting your exposure of lethal target areas, real-world scenarios (single/ multiple threats 360 approach), managing the fateful Injury/ Distance liability gap, unarmed defense and disarming, hostage Escape Scenarios, what are and how to protect the seven lethal strikes zones vulnerable to an edged weapon attack, unarmed defense versus a machete, mastering force vectors, protective blade handling skills (“indexing”, etc.), handling multiple assailants and a rare training block on rapid deployment and usage of curved blades for personal defense.

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 for more information.

WHAT TO BRING: At least one folding knife. Do NOT bring a training knife – these will be provided for your use during training. No sweatpants, wear any pants with pockets and a belt. Wear comfortable tennis shoes. If you are a CCW holder and you want to train with your training replica (blue/ red/ yellow inert plastic training handgun replica - SIRT pistols are also approved, bring it plus a matching holster.

COST OF THE PROGRAM: This class is offered Nationally and is priced from $275 to $350 for the two day class.  We have negotiated a special rate of $350.00.  This class is open to the public.  No prior training or prerequisites necessary. This is NOT martial arts. This is NOT “knife fighting.” This is a professional Protective Services approach to doing what it takes to protect yourself and those with you.


Artemis members... to take advantage of your discount, please call (949) 305-6586 or email to register.

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