Defensive Knife Streetsmarts

Course Description: This street-smart class will provide a strong foundation in the defensive use of the folding knife.  Deployment, effectiveness, targeting, uses against a wide variety of attacks.   We will focus on small folding knives that most of us can carry day-to-day.  This class is also a great update or refresher class for returning students.


This system enables a practitioner to effectively defend himself against hundreds of different attacks by mastering a few basic defensive movements.  Knife targeting that provides a good probability of target incapacitation.  “Speed Stops” – high-speed, fight-stopping tactics that will enable you to quickly, humanely and legally end a fight with an edged weapon.

Length: five hours

For prices and upcoming course dates, check the schedule page.

Required Equipment: Clothing suitable for training and physical contact (athletic shoes and some form of eye protection is recommended.).

Optional Equipment: A quality trainer knife such as those made by Spyderco or Keen Edge Knives.  A forearm guard (A forearm guard is mandatory for longer training sessions but optional for short training sessions like this one..   A forearm guard is nothing more than a McDavid model 478 athletic thigh wrap available from sporting goods stores.)  See the general policies page for suggestions on food, drink, clothing, etc.

Taught by: Chuck Rives, Affiliate Instructor Martial Blade Concepts
Chuck Rives is an Affiliate Instructor, for Mike Janich’s Martial Blade Concepts  Chuck lives in Amarillo, Texas and is an Emergency Manager for a Federal Government Agency.  Chuck teaches knife, and defensive tactics regularly to peace officers and corrections officers.

Facility :A-Zone Range

Additional information: Martial Blade Concepts(MBC) is an edged-weapon training program specifically designed to meet the needs of today's concerned citizen and armed professional. MBC emphasizes the development of “all-purpose” defensive skills. Rather than learning a large number of specific techniques to defend against specific attacks, MBC focuses on perfecting a few proven techniques and learning how to apply them to literally hundreds of different defensive situations. Through this easy-to-learn method, students develop defensive proficiency very quickly and have both the ability and the confidence to employ their skills after only a brief period of training.
Martial Blade Concepts is founded and lead by Michael Janich.  You may have seen bits of the Martial Blade Concepts system on the THE BEST DEFENSE with Michael Bane - On the Outdoor Channel.
You can see a good intro to the Martial Blade Concepts in this YouTube video.