Practical Self-Defense with Knives: The Martial Blade Concepts Skills Course featuring Michael Janich, Founder and Lead Instructor of Martial Blade Concepts
Friday-Sunday March 23-25, 2018

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 AGAIN to “Host” world famous instructor, author and TV personality Michael Janich, Founder and Lead Instructor of Martial Blade Concepts, for a Folding Knife Fighting and Defense Class and Progressive Training Seminar here in Florida!

Course Brief: This training event will have two different components.  
Friday and Saturday 2-Day Practical Self Defensive with Knives: The Martial Blade Concepts Skills Course - 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.
Sunday 1-Day Progressive Training Seminar - Focus will be on progressive skill development and pushing the performance of all students to the next level. This builds upon the fundamentals introduced during days one and two (or through preivous MBC training), introducing more advanced MBC skills and tactics and teaching you how to hone your reflexes through high-intensity partner training drills. These dynamic drills involve high repetitions of critical skills while experiencing controlled stress and are an incredibly powerful method of skill and reflex development. Designed to be fully scalable to the students' abilities and pace of learning, day three will focus on the finer points of knife carry and deployment and the integration of unarmed skills, weapon deployment, and knife application.

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 commitments within the industry, he now only teaches about 12 classes a year worldwide. We are fortunate to have been selected to host a class for the second year in a row! For more information about Michael Janich and Martial Blade Concepts, please visit

Course Level: Introductory to Intermediate
3-Day 3/23-25/18 with Trainer Blade: $525 *Sold Out - Wait List Available*
2-Day 3/23-24/18 with Trainer Blade: $425 *Sold Out - Wait List Available*
1-Day 3/25/18 Progressive Training Seminar - Only open to past MBC students (Those who attended our July 2017 class or have trained with Mr. Janich before) - no Trainer Blade included: $200 *9 Spots Available*
Students will have the option at time of booking to select their preferred Spyderco® Training Knife (a $119.95 value). The Spyderco® Endura®4 has a 5" handle while the Delica®4 has a 4.25" handle and may be a better fit for those with small and medium-sized hands.
Length: 1-3 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 to attend the 2-day course. 
- 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.

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 for Friday/Saturday, 30 for Progressive Training Sunday
Minimum Class Size: 16
Course Date: Fri/Sat/Sun March 23-25, 2018
Location: Okeechobee, Florida. Address for class location included in course confirmation email. A discounted hotel room block is available for $84-94/night at the Hampton Inn Okeechobee. Call the hotel directly at 863-824-0003 and request a room in the "FFT Knife Class" room block.
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 February 23rd will forfeit the entire prepayment. 

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