Edged Weapons and Disarms
Days Inn on Banskville Road
Saturday and Sunday
April 18 - 19, 2009
There is no defensive firearm technique that will effectively protect against a lunging or charging attack, at conversational distance, by one armed with an edged weapon (knife, razor, broken bottle, etc.). Even skilled gun handlers are unable to draw and fire in the split second it takes for an attacker to close from six or eight feet, let alone two feet. In any event, even a mortally wounded assailant will still be able to close with his victim and inflict serious injury before he falls. Therefore, to effectively cope with such an attack, one must have the ability to exert at least temporary control over the attacker, to provide the time to flee, subdue him or bring a firearm to bear. There are practical and effective means to achieve such control in the opening seconds of a sudden, contact weapon altercation.
The Firearms Instruction, Training and Research (F.I.R.E.) Institute is sponsoring a two-day course on edged weapons, disarms and retention, taught by a nationally known expert in the field, Steve Tarani. This course is intended as an adjunct to firearms training for both law enforcement and private citizens. The course will provide training in defense against sudden assaults by contact weapons when there is no time to deploy a firearm. This gives students a less-than-lethal option, as well as the ability to "buy time" to deploy a firearm when necessary.
This is a comprehensive program which combines familiar body movements with specialized principles. Five specific exercises are used to develop an understanding, and eventual proficiency, in the system. Those who successfully complete the course will be able to:
Recognize the most common types of edged weapon attack, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of common grips, stances and methods of contact weapon operation that are commonly used against an unsuspecting victim.
Demonstrate knowledge of how to gain advantageous body position in a contact weapon altercation.
Demonstrate immediate control of a suspect operating a contact weapon, in realistic contact weapon situations, at distances of less than eight feet.
Competently employ techniques of evasion, escape and control of an aggressor to defend themselves.
Confidently gain control of an aggressor via transition from one Contact Defense and Control technique to another, as the dynamic situation demands.
Reactively respond to high-speed, dynamic simulations of contact weapon attacks from a distance of less than six to eight feet in common, realistic scenarios.
Control distance in the event of a long range (6-8 feet), Close Range (contact distance) or Extreme Close Quarters contact weapon attack.
Quickly recognize whether a contact weapon attack is a lethal or less-than-lethal use-of-force situation.
Control the line of attack, and quickly and realistically protect center mass and other vital areas from fatal laceration, puncture or other impact damage.
Instructor: The course instructor is Steve Tarani. Steve Tarani is a full-time, professional trainer and highly respected use-of-force consultant. His training courses have been accepted as standard curriculum for a number of state-accredited programs and law enforcement agencies nationwide. Mr. Tarani is on staff at the U.S. D.O.E. Nonproliferation and National Security Institute (Central Training Academy), the Security Force Training Dept. at Kirtland Air Force Base (Albuquerque, New Mexico), and as an adjunct instructor for the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona. He is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET), Orange County Training Managers Association (OCTMA), and others law enforcement training organizations.
Mr. Tarani is also a writer for various firearms training, law enforcement and martial arts publications. He has produced several videos and books, is a member of the American Press Association (APA), Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts Instructor's Association, Bakbakan International, LAMECO Eskrima International, Mande Muday Pencak Silat International, Bahala Na Eskrima International and is a sworn deputy reserve officer in Pershing County, Nevada.
Mr. Tarani has an extensive martial arts background. He began his training in contact weapons in 1979, and trained extensively throughout the 1980's with the likes of Guro Ted Lucaylucay, and Grandmaster Leovigildo M. Giron. Mr. Tarani achieved his Graduate/ Instructor ranking directly under Grandmaster Giron in 1989. He is a long-term student of Guro Dan Inosanto, and received instructorship directly under Guro Dan Inosanto in 1996. As a long-term private student of Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite, Steve was also granted his instructorship in 1997. He is the only American to hold three simultaneous instructorships in the Filipino contact weapon arts respectively under Grandmaster Giron, Punong Guro Sulite and Guro Dan Inosanto. Additional contact weapon instructorships were issued to Mr. Tarani on location in Japan (Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo) and West Java (Bandung, Indonesia).
Equipment and Attire: Comfortable, loose-fitting, non-restrictive clothing that you can move around in. Loose-fitting street clothes or BDU's are fine; but wear a belt that will support your holster. Bring your duty holster or carry holster, as you will be doing presentations using inert "red guns." If you happen to own a "red gun," bring it.
Physical Demands: Mr. Tarani tailors his courses to the aggregate physical capacity of the specific group. The techniques employed are designed to be practical and useful, which necessarily means they must be useable by those in average physical condition who are without extensive martial arts background. All training exercises are designed so students can proceed at their own pace. (If you have a particular physical condition which makes an exercise or technique difficult for you, you are expected to advise Mr. Tarani and refrain from attempting that particular exercise.) Participants should bring their duty or carry gear, and an inert training gun ("red gun").
Prerequisites: None. One must be 18 years or older to enroll. Proof of no criminal history is required at the time of enrollment, instructions for which are included in the enrollment materials.
Time Commitment: The course is two full days: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 9:30 A.M. TO 6:30 P.M., with a lunch and periodic breaks. Total instruction time is a minimum of 16 hours. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the training.
Class size: The course will have not less than 15 nor more than 24 participants.
Location: The course will be indoors, at the Days Inn on Banksville Road, just South of the Fort Pitt Tunnels in Pittsburgh, PA. Directions and hotel information will be provided to those who enroll. There are restaurants and fast food within walking distance.
Cost: $350.00. Payment in full is required at the time of enrollment. Tuition is non-refundable within 30 days of the start date of the course. However, if the course is canceled tuition will be refunded in full.