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Martial Blade Concepts with Founder Michael Janich

June 23rd and 24th. Saturday noon – 6 pm. Sunday 11 – 5. 

This is the fantastic opportunity to train with the Head Instructor and founder of Martial Blade Concepts, Michael Janich. He will be doing a two day seminar on his MBC edged-weapon system. Including Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC—unarmed defenses against knives). Damithurts Silat empty-hand and gun work and tactics. Mr. Janich will give you the ability to immediately and decisively stop any assailant!

This seminar is for everyone! Beginners to higher level people.

Saturday: This will be all the best techniques from his modern self-defense system. Tactical awareness, avoidance, and de-escalation. Going over and reviewing “stopping power” of the knife and bio-mechanical targeting. All this within the confines of the law, and legal concerns.
I will be asking Mike for deeper level techniques that is only taught from his inner circle class, for the more advanced MBC practitioners.

Sunday: This will be broken up into two parts. First we will be looking at CBC (Counter Blade Concepts, unarmed vs knife or other weapon). Mike will teaching an easy-to-learn system to deal with any knife or improvised weapon such as Take downs, disarms to getting away safe. The CBC system is extremely important to know.
The second part of the day is gun/ pistol work. Gun tactics for close range encounters to drawing the weapon to engage. Disarms and transitions. And whatever else Mike has in store! Bring any blue guns or gun trainers.

This will be held at:
Forteza Fitness and Martial Arts, 4437 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640. For any questions (773) 271-3988 or email or

Cost: Pre-pay cost $200 until before May 15th. $250 after.
Single day cost $125

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About the Instructor

Michael Janich has been studying and teaching self-defense and the martial arts for more than 35 years. He has earned instructor’s credentials in American Self-Protection (ASP – an eclectic art that includes elements of judo, aikido, boxing, fencing and French Savate), the Filipino art of Serrada Eskrima, and Joseph Simonet’s Silat Concepts and is a member of the elite International Close-Combat Instructors’ Association. He has also trained extensively in wing chun gung fu, tae kwon do, wu ying tao, Thai boxing, arnis de mano and military combatives. Janich is also one of the foremost modern authorities on handgun point shooting and is one of the few contemporary instructors to have been personally trained by the late close-combat legend Colonel Rex Applegate.

Janich served nine years in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, including a three-year tour at the National Security Agency. He is a two-time graduate with honors of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California (Vietnamese and Chinese-Mandarin) and a recipient of the Commandant’s Award for outstanding linguistic achievement. After completing his military service, Janich was recruited by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and served as an Intelligence Officer for that agency’s Stony Beach Program in Hong Kong and the Philippines. He also served as an Investigation Team Leader for the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC) and Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA) and has led numerous investigations into remote areas of Vietnam and Laos in search of information regarding American prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA).

Janich is the sole author of six books and co-author of seven. He has also been featured in more than 20 instructional videos on defensive edged-weapon use, use of the Filipino balisong knife, the use of throwing weapons and exotic weapons, stick fighting, and combat shooting. In addition to books and videos, Janich has been published in more than a dozen magazines and newsletters and is a columnist and contributing editor to Tactical Knives magazine. He is also the co-host of the Outdoor Channel’s The Best Defense and The Best Defense: Survival.

A popular seminar instructor, Janich has presented instructional programs for the world-famous Gunsite Training Center, James Keating’s Riddle of Steel, and Joseph Simonet’s Wind and Rock training camp. He is the developer of Martial Blade Concepts (MBC, formerly known as Martial Blade Craft) — a comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of employing knives as personal defense tools — and Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) — a highly effective system of defending against edged-weapons with empty-hand and improvised-weapon tactics. Janich’s MBC/CBC curriculum also forms a foundation of skill that is easily transferred to improvised weapons and empty-hand fighting skills, including his personal systems of Damithurt Silat (unarmed combatives) and Sobadiwan Eskrima (the use of sticks, canes, and other impact weapons). Collectively Janich’s teaching constitutes one of the most comprehensive and practical personal defense programs available today.

Janich’s accomplishments were formally recognized by the martial arts world when he was featured on the cover of Black Belt magazine in September of 2009 and later inducted into the prestigious Black Belt Hall of Fame as the 2010 Weapons Instructor of the Year.

Janich is widely recognized as an authority on edged-weapon design and has designed knives for Spyderco, the Masters of Defense knife company,BLACKHAWK!, noted custom knifemakers Mike Snody, Wally Hayes, Brent Beshara, and Mickey Yurco, and Combat Elite. His designs, including the “Tempest,” “Yojimbo,” and “Yojimbo2” tactical folders and the “Ronin” and “Kalista” fixed blades, have developed a tremendous following among dedicated knife users.