Practical Self-Defense with Knives: The Martial Blade Concepts Skills Course featuring Michael Janich, Founder and Lead Instructor of Martial Blade Concepts
Sat/Sun July 29-30, 2017

In Florida we can carry pocket knives into many places where firearms are NOT permitted. As such, many concealed weapons license holders carry a folding knife of some sort. Most of us use it as a tool and consider it as a potential last resort weapon in a lethal threat scenario, but how many of you have actually trained in the realities of how to fight with it?  

Florida Firearms Training is excited and very proud to announce that we have been selected to “Host” world famous instructor, author and TV personality Michael Janich, Founder and Lead Instructor of Martial Blade Concepts, for a Two-Day Folding Knife Fighting and Defense Class here in Florida!

Course Brief: This two-day course will present comprehensive instruction in the critical skills of using a folding knife in personal defense. Appropriate for all skill levels, it begins with a detailed explanation of the logic of the Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system and the key differences between martial arts skills and realistic self-defense. It then presents step-by-step instruction in the fundamental skills and tactics of defending yourself with a knife.

Course Philosophy: Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) is an edged-weapon system specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s concerned citizen and armed professional. Based on Michael Janich’s extensive analysis of the Filipino martial arts and many other systems, MBC takes combat-proven tactics and adapts them to modern tools, threats, and legal concerns. The result is a practical, easy-to-learn system that is ideally suited to modern self-defense.

Like all real self-defense, MBC tactics focus on “stopping power” - the ability to immediately and decisively stop an assailant from continuing his attack. To this end, MBC emphasizes an in-depth understanding of human physiology and the most effective methods of targeting key structures with small, legal-to-carry knives. Sometimes called “biomechanical targeting,” this approach has been thoroughly reviewed and validated by leading experts in the field of tactical medicine.

Instructor Bio: 
Michael Janich is the preeminent expert in using a folding pocket knife to fight with; and he also teaches how to DEFEND against an aggressor with a knife. These are lifesaving skills taught by an industry expert. Apart from being a member of the elite International Close-Combat Instructors Association, he is one of the host instructors of the award winning weekly “The Best Defense” TV Show on The Outdoor Channel. He is the sole author of six fighting books and co-author of seven, including “Bullseyes Don’t Shoot Back” which he wrote with the late close-combat legend Col. Rex Applegate. Janich has also been featured in more than 20 instructional videos on defensive edged-weapon use. Currently, he is serving as the Special Projects Coordinator for The Spyderco Knife Company. 
Due to Mr. Janich's other commitment within the industry, he now only teaches about 12 classes a year. We are lucky enough to be selected to host one such class this year! For more information about Michael Janich and Martial Blade Concepts, please visit

Course Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Cost: $425 (Includes Instruction by Guest Instructor, Catered Lunch Both Days and a Spyderco® Endura® Training Knife (a $119.95 value)
Length: 2 Days
Skills that will be Worked On and Topics Discussed in this Class:
Understanding the destructive capability of the knife
The critical difference between lethality and stopping power
Effective anatomical targeting
- Dispelling the myths of traditional knife tactics
- Knife selection, carry, and high-speed deployment
- Knife grips and cutting mechanics
- MBC’s Zone Defense system
- The four Defensive Responses
- Footwork and body mechanics
- Proper use of the non-weapon (“live”) hand
- Knife defenses against the most common street attacks
- Reflex training drills
- Pre-fight and in-fight weapon deployment tactics
- Selected elements of Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC-unarmed defenses against edged-weapon) 
Skills and Requirements Needed coming into this Class: 
- No prior knife fighting or self-defense training is necessary. 
- Due to the nature of the course, all students must be physically able and willing to participate in two  days of physical activity. Most of the class time will be spent standing or moving on your feet. 
- Students must make instructor aware of any medical issues or previous injuries.
- Minimum age 18 years.
Courses which are Not Required but will help you prepare for this Class: 
Open Hand Defense Session One - Personal Defense Concepts

Equipment List:

Clear or light-colored protective eyewear
Armguard (McDavid Model 478 Compression Thigh Wrap or similar)
Must wear closed-toe athletic shoes and clothing that allows them to move freely 
- No v-neck or tank top shirts. 

- Pants with pockets. 
- Must remove all jewelry prior to the beginning of class.
Concealed carry license holders are welcome to wear their holsters with blue guns or other inert training handguns. 
Participants are also welcome to bring their live-blade carry knives for critique and discussion. 
NO live weapons will be allowed on the training floor.
Maximum Class Size: 24
Minimum Class Size: 16
Course Date: Sat/Sun July 29-30, 2017 **FULL - Contact Us to be added to the Wait List**
Location: Wyndham Grand in Jupiter, Florida (yep, 4* indoor air-conditioned luxury!) A discounted hotel room block is available for $99/night.
Booking and Cancellation Policy: Full Prepayment is required at the time of booking. If you need to cancel your reservation, this amount is fully refundable MINUS a $25 administrative fee until One Month prior to the Course Date. Cancellations received after June 29th will forfeit the entire prepayment. 

Click Here to Prepay and Reserve Your Spot!

How much time do you spend travelling in your car? Statistically most gun fights occur moving from or to a vehicle. So, we thought it made sense to create a Two Day Course that really teaches the REALITY of fighting with a pistol IN, FROM, and THROUGH vehicles. Join us for one of the only LIVE FIRE Vehicle Courses publicly available in the country.  Yes, you really will get to shoot cars!

This class is specifically created for Concealed Carry Permit Holders, Law Enforcement and 
Security Personnel who carry firearms in and around their vehicle.

Students will have the opportunity to Shoot From Inside a Vehicle, Through Windshield Glass, and Through Body Panels. They will also be taught How Best to Use a Vehicle in a tactical environment, Working With and Around It and also for Defensive Cover. 

This course is only offered twice each year. Don't miss your chance! Several Hollywood myths will be dispelled as we examine the Ballistic Effects of Various Rounds on Vehicle Glass, Body Panels, and Engine Blocks.

Price: $500 ($465 for Range Members) includes Instruction, Targets, and Vehicles
Limited to 12 Shooters
Pre-Registration is Required. Book Now!
Booking and Cancellation Policy: A $250 Deposit is required at the time of booking and will be charged to the card entered at registration. This deposit is refundable until 7 days prior to the course. Cancellations within 7 days of the class will forfeit the deposit. The balance of the course fees will be due to the instructor the day of the class, cash or credit.
2017 Course Dates / Locations:
Due to the Facility Needs, this class is only offered at Okeechobee Shooting Sports
Sat/Sun, May 27-28 **Only 2 Spots Left!**
Sat/Sun, November 11-12
Prerequisites: Due to the nature of this course, all students must be Florida Firearms Training Alumni and have completed ONE of the following courses: Advanced Defensive Handgun Level One, Pistol Immersion Level One, or a Handgun Course of Comparable Level. Decisions on student qualification will be at the sole discretion of Florida Firearms Training. All students must be able to demonstrate safe gun handling, weapon system familiarity, and basic marksmanship skills. 
If you would like to attend this course, but do not meet the above requirements, please call us at 561-450-9586 to discuss your eligibility.

 Equipment List:
-Carry Gun - Pistol or Revolver
-400 Rounds Pistol Ammunition including 50 rounds of your chosen carry ammo
-3 Magazines, minimum
-Belt Mounted, Strong Side Concealment Holster or Duty Rig
-Magazine / Ammunition Pouches
-Sturdy Gun Belt
-Casual, Comfortable Clothing suitable for any weather. We will be using old vehicles - wear something you don't mind getting dirty or torn! Bring a change of clothes for the ride home.
-Footwear suitable for rapid movement and turning
-Cooler with Drinks or Hydration System
-Hat, Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Rain Jacket
-Wraparound eye-wear with polycarbonate lenses or impact resistant prescription glasses. 
-Ear Protection, preferably plugs + muffs. We will be shooting from inside vehicles!