Books and Videos

The following titles include all Michael Janich’s published books and videos. Click on any title or cover image to go directly to that item for more information or to purchase from the preferred seller of that item. Video titles–including the videos Janich produced with Paladin Press–are linked directly to, where they can be purchased as digital downloads.

The videos Janich produced with Stay Safe Media are available as digital downloads or DVDs. If you prefer the DVD format, please click on the “Purchase DVD” link after each title or visit

Since the closing of Paladin Press in late 2017, the rights to Michael Janich’s Paladin-published book titles have reverted to him. These titles are currently unavailable, but will be republished as time and resources allow.


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A Complete Guide to Personal and Home Defense

Today’s world is more dangerous than ever before. In addition to “conventional” crimes like robbery, assault, rape, kidnapping, and murder, you must now cope with threats of home invasion, sexual predators, active shooters, and even acts of terrorism. With 911 response times averaging 10 minutes or more, you are left with one clear and inescapable truth: when it comes to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe, you are on your own.

The Best Defense teaches you how to meet that daunting challenge by taking a hard look at the realities of modern crime and providing detailed instruction in skills, tactics, and habits you need to keep yourself safe. In it, Michael Janich, world-renowned self-defense authority and co-host of the popular The Best Defense television series, takes you step by step through his proven home and personal-protection methods. In the process, he provides specific tips on hardening your home security, developing a family defense plan, practical unarmed self-defense skills, improvised weapons, pepper sprays, edged weapons, firearms tactics, and self-defense for the physically challenged. More importantly, he teaches you how to recognize and avoid violent crime before it happens.

Being on your own can be terrifying. The Best Defense teaches you how to take control of that fear and turn it into positive, tangible actions that will keep you safer.

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A Crash Course in Defensive Knife Tactics

What do you really need to know to defend yourself effectively with a knife? World-renowned edged-weapons expert Michael Janich hears that question a lot. And this video is his answer.

Completely revised and updated, this step-by-step instructional DVD features all the information that made the original Martial Blade Concepts title one of the best selling videos of its kind. Janich explains the irrefutable logic of his Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system and clearly demonstrates how concealable, legally carried knives and an intimate knowledge of the vulnerabilities of human anatomy can be used to quickly and reliably stop any armed attacker. He then leads you step by step through the simple, easily learned critical skills of the MBC curriculum and teaches you how to perfect them through progressive reflex training drills.

Nearly 50% longer that the original version, this enhanced video also features never-before-seen bonus material in which Janich explains the latest advances of MBC tactics and reveals the secrets of MBC solo training methods, both with and without apparatus.

If you’re serious about developing real defensive knife skills, this is the training resource you’ve been waiting for.

For academic study only. Color, 1 hour 23 minutes.
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In Martial Blade Concepts: The Enhanced Version, MBC founder Michael Janich provided detailed instruction in the critical skills personal defense with a knife. Martial Blade Concepts – Volume 2 continues that education, reinforcing and refining those fundamentals and introducing the next block of instruction in the MBC system.

Volume 2 reveals the secrets of MBC’s body mechanics, footwork, and live-hand checking and leads you step by step through the process of integrating them into a powerful combative synergy. Janich provides detailed instruction in MBC’s scientific approach to checking, maximizing the body’s structural strength and energy transfer while maintaining fluidity that keeps you one step ahead of your attacker. He also teaches you the process of “deconstructing” techniques—eliminating or modifying the movements to instantly adapt to the dynamic nature of real attacks. And, building on the foundation of the first video in this series, Janich teaches you the remaining Defensive Responses of MBC’s standard grip system and the skills necessary to use a knife against attacks with sticks and other long-range weapons.

Throughout this process, Janich explains and reinforces MBC’s extraordinary learning methodology, which combines clear logic with a natural progression of skill and understanding. That approach, combined with dedicated instruction in solo training methods, make this series an incredibly effective learning tool for anyone serious about self-defense.

For academic study only. Color, 1 hour 19 minutes.
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Reflex Training Drills – A Dynamic, Scalable Approach to Reflex Development

To defend yourself effectively against a sudden street attack, you have to have well honed reflexes; just “knowing a technique” is not enough. For centuries, practitioners of the Filipino martial arts have used reflex training or “flow” drills to achieve this goal. Through fluid repetitions of key patterns of motion, they literally program proper combative responses into your nervous system. They can also be scaled in intensity to create an extremely dynamic form of adrenal stress training that closely replicates real combat. In this extraordinary video, Michael Janich provides step-by-step instruction in MBC’s flow drills, contrasting them with the traditional Filipino versions and defining the specific skills they develop. He also introduces the “chess game”—the process of spontaneously combining drills to create a dynamic training method that will take your reflexes to extreme levels. This video also includes never-before-seen instruction in the devastatingly simple De Cuerdas tactic and the secrets of dealing with “mismatched leads” (left vs. right).

For academic study only. Color, 1 hour 36 minutes.
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Speed Stops – A Comprehensive Review of Fight-Stopping Defensive Applications

The most distinctive aspect of the Martial Blade Concepts system is its focus on using small, legal-to-carry knives to quickly and reliably stop virtually any close-range attack. By combining an exceptional understanding of human anatomy with natural, easily learned patterns of motion refined through reflex training drills, MBC creates a system of tactics that literally disable an attacker in seconds. Known as “Speed Stops,” these techniques are the core of MBC and make it one of the most brutally efficient yet responsible systems of knife tactics ever developed. For the first time ever, this video takes you step by step through a comprehensive review of all the standard-grip applications of the MBC system. During the process, Michael Janich also teaches you both the core elements and the finer points of each technique and shows you how they are derived from and supported by the reflex training drills of the MBC system. The information in this video is the heart of the MBC method and no personal-defense library is complete without it.

For academic study only. Color, 55 minutes.
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Reverse Grip Knife Fighting – The MBC Approach

The reverse or “ice pick” grip forces you to get up close and impersonal. It also capitalizes on the powerful gross motor skills of the body to yield a devastatingly effective system of body mechanics. In their traditional form, however, reverse-grip tactics focus heavily on lethal-force applications that, while extremely deadly, do not provide immediate stopping power. In this extraordinary video, Michael Janich reveals the secrets of the MBC approach to reverse-grip tactics and shows you how he’s adapted the battle-proven methods of the Filipino martial arts to the realities of modern self-defense. Janich provides detailed instruction in all the skills of MBC’s reverse-grip system and shows you how to apply them to instantly disable an armed attacker. He also teaches you MBC’s distinctive high-speed reflex training drills that support and develop these skills and contrasts them with the classical Filipino methods. Bringing it all together, he teaches you how to instantly counter an attacker’s attempts to grab or trap your weapon hand and fluidly integrates these tactics into the MBC system. No study of reverse-grip tactics is complete without this dynamic video.

For academic study only. Color, 106 minutes.
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A Complete Guide to Carrying and Drawing Tactical Folding Knives

The first rule of knife fighting is “have a knife.” And while carrying a knife helps, you don’t really have a knife until you have the skills to get it into action when you really need it. In Volume 6 of Michael Janich’s acclaimed Martial Blade Concepts video series, you get those skills.

In the most comprehensive video of its kind, Janich leads you step by step through every aspect of the carry and high-speed deployment of defensive folding knives. First, he lays the foundation of your knife-opening skill by explaining the mechanics of one-handed openings and the advantages and disadvantages of thumb studs, disks, flippers, blade holes, assisted opening mechanisms, and the Emerson “Wave” opening feature. He then teaches you the most effective methods of manually opening your knife, including thumb openings, handle-swing openings, ring-finger openings, ultra-high-speed inertial openings, and the best tactics for use of the Emerson opener.

With that foundation set, Janich guides you through the various methods of carrying a tactical folding knife, providing little-known tips and tricks on tip-up and tip-down clip carry, pocket carry, inside-the-waistband carry, and belt-pouch carry. For those who operate in non-permissive environments, he also reveals numerous deep-concealment methods that enable you to keep your knife completely hidden, yet get it into action instantly.

Finally, Janich puts all the pieces together and presents detailed instruction in the mechanics of drawing your folder from various carry positions and instantly flowing into a high-speed opening—even during the chaos of a life-or-death street encounter. In the process, he reveals his personal secrets that enable him to draw and open a folding knife in one second or less.

No matter what system of knife tactics you practice, the ability to carry, draw, and deploy your blade quickly is critically important. The knowledge and skills presented in this video—along with sufficient practice—will ensure that you have that ability when you need it most.

For academic study only. Color, 1 hour 32 minutes.
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Street-Proven Tactics to Survive a Knife Attack

Real knife attacks are sudden, incredibly violent, close-range encounters. To survive that type of threat, you need a practical, proven system of tactics you can trust. You need Counter-Blade Concepts.

Developed by renowned edged-weapon expert and Black Belt Hall of Fame member Michael Janich, Counter-Blade Concepts, or CBC, begins with a critical analysis of actual edged-weapon attacks. Based on a clear understanding of how those attacks happen, CBC then provides a simple, easily learned system of defenses that enable you to minimize injury to you, decisively control the attacking limb, and rapidly disable an assailant so you can escape safely. In his logical, step-by-step teaching style, Janich also shows you how to customize the system to fit your personal needs and physical attributes, including transitioning from lifesaving unarmed tactics to high-speed weapon deployment skills. Best of all, Counter-Blade Concepts teaches you how to seamlessly integrate all the skills of CBC into an unstoppable, layered system of tactics that allows you to rapidly adapt your defenses to any attack.

CBC has literally saved lives and has become the counter-knife system of choice of many armed professionals. Your defensive skill set isn’t complete without it.

For academic study only. Color, 2 hours 35 minutes.
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Integrating Knife, Counter-Knife, and Ground-Fighting Tactics

How do you survive a ruthless, all-out knife attack when there’s nowhere to run? What tactics really work when your back is against the wall or, even worse, when you’re on the ground getting stabbed and cut? The answers to those questions can be found in CBC Advanced Concepts, a no-nonsense video course that teaches you how to survive edged-weapon attacks at extreme close quarters and on the ground. A powerful extension of Michael Janich’s proven Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) system, this video first teaches you how to supercharge the unarmed tactics of CBC by adding your own knife to the fight. The result is a brutally effective mini-system of knife fighting that enables you to stand your ground, immediately shut down a committed knife attack, and efficiently disable your attacker in a matter of seconds. This “CBC as MBC” approach integrates the fight-proven blocks and traps of CBC with devastating pressure cuts that allow an ordinary, legal-to-carry folding knife to cut with the power of a sword. It also provides a simple, easy-to-learn solution for dealing with “mismatched leads,” giving left handers a practical system of knife self-defense for a predominantly right-handed world. Taking CBC even further, Michael Janich finally shows you how to use the core principles of the system to survive and defeat a knife attack on the ground. The simple, direct, and ruthless logic of these techniques could make them the most valuable self-defense skills you ever learn.

CBC Advanced Concepts builds directly on the knowledge and skills presented in Janich’s highly regarded Counter-Blade Concepts video. That information should be considered a prerequisite for the material presented in this video course.

For academic study only. Color, 40 minutes.
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A Practical Course in Self-Defense with Tactical Pens

A tactical pen is nothing more than a high-quality pen that provides all the same attributes as a purpose-designed “fist load” weapon like a Kubotan or yawara stick, but in the form of an ordinary-looking pen that can be carried virtually anywhere. But what really makes a tactical pen “tactical” is your ability to power it with a sound set of physical skills.

In this groundbreaking video, acclaimed self-defense instructor Michael Janich gives you those skills and dispels the many myths that surround the use of pens in self-defense. His step-by-step program includes everything you need to know to actually use a pen as an effective personal-defense weapon, including: equipment selection, proper grip, carry options and draws, striking methods, and pressure-point tactics. More importantly, it teaches you how to integrate the pen into a complete set of combative mechanics, making it a force multiplier that works in concert with empty-hand parries and strikes, elbows, knees, kicks, and foot traps.

To isolate and develop the critical skills of the system, Janich teaches you a simple series of reflex training drills-partner drills that quickly instill the structure, timing, accuracy, and power necessary to fight effectively with a pen. Along the way, he puts every skill into context, demonstrating simple, practical, yet devastatingly effective counters to a wide variety of street attacks. Once you’ve built a sound foundation, this video teaches you how to apply the concepts of the system beyond rote technique, dynamically combining its combative elements and scaling their intensity to fit the nature of the threats you face.

Without the skills and confidence to power it, a tactical pen is just a pen. This video will help you realize its true potential and teach you what you need to know to make it a viable defensive weapon.

For academic study only. Color, 1 hour 37 minutes.
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A Practical Course in Self-Defense with Tactical Pens

The tactical pen can be an incredibly potent carry-anywhere defensive weapon, but only if you power it with a sound skill set. The Focused Impact video series gives you that skill set. Volume 2 of this series builds on the foundation established in the first video with detailed instruction in Michael Janich’s enhanced version of Filipino hubud-lubud. Meaning “to tie and untie,” hubud is a powerful tactic that, when performed properly, provides an incredibly effective defense against even the most vicious close-quarters attacks. It also leaves the defender perfectly positioned for fight-stopping counterstrikes, traps, and throws. In Focused Impact Volume 2, Janich walks you step by step through his version of hubud and explains its advantages over traditional methods. He then teaches you how to apply it to multiple angles of attack and scale your response to different levels of threat. Along the way, he provides detailed instruction in high-speed partner training drills that will enable you to develop lifesaving defensive reflexes with only minimal training time.

Taking advantage of the tactical pen’s low-profile appearance, Janich also teaches you how to use it as the perfect “bridging” weapon—an immediate-response tool that paves the way to draw a gun or other overt weapon.

Finally, this extraordinary video teaches you how to easily adapt your skills of stand-up self-defense to disadvantaged positions, including devastating applications of a tactical pen as a game-changing groundfighting tool.

Tools are nothing without the knowledge to power them. Focused Impact gives you that knowledge.

For academic study only. Color, 54 minutes.
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A Practical Guide To Joint Locks, Breaks, And Manipulations

Joint locking is one of the most complex, frustrating, and difficult-to-learn skill sets in the martial arts. Its practical application in self-defense is also widely misunderstood and sometimes highly overrated. When properly understood and applied, however, it can be an incredibly quick and efficient fight stopper.

Junkyard Aikido cuts through the myth and misinformation to make joint locking skills accessible to any martial artist or self-defense practitioner. Using the proven analytical style that defines his popular instructional method, Michael Janich leads you step by step through both the techniques and the concepts of combative joint locks. Starting with the fingers and progressing methodically through the wrists, elbows, shoulders and neck, Janich shows you how to use the same motions of your body against both the right and left sides of your attacker to produce different, yet highly effective locks. Many of these simple mechanics also reveal the “hidden” applications of classical martial arts technique.

Instead of throws and submissions, the applications of Junkyard Aikido focus on breaking joints and creating opportunities for disabling strikes that will decisively end a fight. It also teaches you locks as the basis for weapon strips and disarms, giving you a decisive advantage over an armed attacker.

To complete the package, Janich analyzes the weaknesses of many traditional locking methods, teaches you simple but effective counters to them, and shows you how to modify your lock technique to prevent counters.

Junkyard Aikido is a slightly irreverent, non-denominational approach to learning and applying joint locks. If you want the function without the dogma, this video is for you.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 2 Hour 16 Minutes
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Critical Skills Of Damithurt Silat

Damithurt Silat is not an esoteric Asian martial art. Literally pronounced “Damn, it hurts a lot!” it is Michael Janich’s brutally practical and unapologetically irreverent system of modern self-defense. The result of more than 30 years of training, research, and analysis of the world’s most effective fighting arts, Janich’s curriculum does the homework for you—boiling empty-hand tactics down to the critical skills that you really need to survive a violent encounter.

Practical Unarmed Combatives Volume 1 lays the groundwork for your self-protection skills by teaching you a single combative sequence that can be used both preemptively and defensively to counter dozens of the most common street attacks. It also reveals the secret of “physiological potential,” a concept that allows you to harness the full power of every body motion and apply it as a spontaneous combative technique. You’ll also learn the dynamic power of “cycling,” devastating low-line knees and kicks, and sure-fire defensive tactics like the “shoulder stop” that take advantage of your body’s natural mechanics and intuitive responses to enable you to fight the way you were meant to fight.

If you’re looking for a truly practical guide to developing logical, functional unarmed fighting skill, this is it.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 1 Hour 11 Minutes
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Critical Skills Of Damithurt Silat

Practical Unarmed Combatives Volume 2 continues your education in the combative logic of Damithurt Silat. Building on the knowledge of Volume 1, this video teaches you the secrets of the most effective defensive tactic you could ever learn. Common to all functional fighting arts, this movement, known as hubud in the Filipino systems, can be the key to defeating dozens of common street attacks, if you understand and master its full potential. Janich’s detailed explanation of the science behind this tactic and the secrets of integrating it into your hardwired reflexes will give you that understanding.

Janich also reveals his simple but highly effective methods of limb control and head control that will enable you to instantly shut down your attacker and remain safe while you finish the fight on your terms. These unique methods include passes, slap-downs, and wraps, as well as the incredible “Bela Lugosi” a sure-fire defense against the hardest punches that you can learn in a matter of minutes.

Finally, this video shows you how to round out your skills with the tactics of high-speed joint locks, wrenches, and breaks. These savage tactics literally demolish your attackers limbs on contact and will give you a life-saving edge in any street encounter.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 1 Hour 36 Minutes
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Low-line Destructions And Secrets Of The Silat Triangle

Learn how to quickly put an attacker on the ground and keep him there with the brutal low-line skills of Damithurt Silat. Instructor Michael Janich first explains the mechanics of combative kicking and reveals surefire methods of generating extreme power while maintaining balance on real-world terrain. He then leads you step by step through a simple but devastatingly effective arsenal of low-line weapons, including knees, kicks, grinds, stomps, and foot traps. Putting these weapons into perspective, you then learn how to integrate them into your defensive response patterns, taking advantage of the physiological potential of every movement to create crippling combinations that literally destroy your opponent’s legs—and his ability to deliver violence to you.

This extraordinary video also reveals the never-before-seen secrets of Pentjak Silat’s triangular footwork and throwing techniques. Drawing from his in-depth analysis of Indonesian Silat, Janich dispels the myths of conventional throwing techniques and shows you how to quickly and efficiently destroy your attacker’s balance by “putting him on the triangle.” He also explains the four methods of using your triangle pattern as a power base and the most efficient methods of performing traditional silat throws like the biset and kinjit. Finally, you’ll discover how to integrate your knowledge of triangular footwork, off-balancing, and low-line kicking with the skills from Volumes 1 and 2 of the series to quickly dominate and destroy any attacker.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 1 Hour 54 Minutes
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A Combative Guide To The Practical Use Of Improvised Weapons

Most self-defense programs recognize the tremendous potential of improvised weapons as viable defensive tools. Unfortunately, much of what is taught concerning their use is either incomplete or misguided, untested theory. To really employ improvised weapons in personal defense, you need more than James Bond-style tricks; you need sound tactics, planning and preparation, environmental awareness, and a solid training methodology. Renowned personal-protection instructor Michael Janich presents just such a plan in Forever Armed.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 1 hour 50 minutes
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The Definitive Guide to Personal Defense with Tactical Folding Knives

Produced by Paladin Press, this video provides comprehensive instruction in the basic skills of defensive knife use, including knife selection, carry methods, proper grip and split-second one-handed openings. It then presents a comprehensive hands-on course in folding knife tactics, including cutting and thrusting methods, defensive responses, reflex training drills, secrets of high-speed combination cutting and the realities of knife stopping power. Although the material in this video is still valid, it has been superseded by the Martial Blade Concepts video series, which reflects the current evolution of Janich’s defensive knife system.

Color, approx. 75 min. total.


State-of-the -Art Training and Tactics for the Defensive Use of Tactical Folding Knives

Michael Janich takes his no-nonsense, get-home-alive folding knife tactics to the next level in this in-depth video production from Paladin Press. Building on the foundation of technique established with his best-selling Fighting Folders video, Janich continues your education through step-by-step instruction in knife fighting footwork, live-hand tactics, high-speed disarms and advanced reflex training drills. Janich teaches you how to turn theory into application, revealing the secrets of combat knife draws, tactical folder defenses from disadvantaged positions and the tactics of “Speed Stops” – lightning-fast defenses that immediately disable an attacker upon contact. Again, the information in this video is still perfectly valid, but has been superseded by the Martial Blade Concepts series of videos from Stay Safe Media.

Color, approx. 150 min. total

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Secrets of Reverse-Grip Knife Fighting and Advanced Folding Knife Tactics

Building upon the foundation of the first two volumes in this Paladin Press-produced series, this video teaches you the dynamics of using the knife in the reverse, or “icepick” grip. Janich presents step-by-step instruction in his combat-oriented variations of the classic Filipino reverse-grip training drills, including “Trap and Roll,” “Cover and Slash,” palisut and hubud. More importantly, he teaches you how to extract the appropriate skills from each of these drills so you can instantly and reflexively respond with the most effective technique in a defensive situation. Finally, he reveals the secrets of getting “up close and impersonal” with your knife work, integrating never-before-seen instruction in pentjak silat footwork and throwing technique with all the skills of the Fighting Folders series to create an unstoppable edged-weapon fighting system. The information in this video, while still sound, has been superseded by Martial Blade Concepts: Volume 5, which represents the current evolution of Janich’s curriculum.

Color, approx. 150 min.

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Realistic Empty-Hand Tactics Against Edged-Weapon Attacks

Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) is a true system of defensive tactics designed to maximize your chances of survival against real edged-weapon attacks. It is based on more than 30 years of research and training in the world’s best knife and counter-knife arts, as well as a critical analysis of actual edged-weapon attacks.

Renowned edged-weapon expert Michael Janich begins by teaching you how to minimize injury to yourself while quickly disabling your attacker to make your escape or draw your own weapon. If immediate escape isn’t possible, Janich shows you how to control and destroy the attacking limb while you bring a swift and decisive end to the fight, including methods of turning the blade back against your attacker. Finally, he shows you how to integrate these tactics into a comprehensive system designed to defeat knives, screwdrivers, box cutters and other edged weapons and the thugs who wield them.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 150 minutes.

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A Realistic System of Walking Stick Self-Defense

Using a “keep it practical” approach, veteran instructor Michael Janich has developed Martial Cane Concepts, a self-defense system specifically geared toward people with physical limitations. In other words, Martial Cane Concepts, is not for the expert stick fighter or martial artist; it’s for the 65-year-old man or woman who may actually need to fight for his or her life against a punk prowling for an easy target.

After observing that traditional stick-fighting methods require physical training and abilities beyond the grasp of most people who carry a cane out of need, Janich came up with two uncomplicated sequences of techniques that can be applied to many different situations. This approach also makes the system perfect for the non-martial artist who’s interested in protecting him- or herself.

Martial Cane Concepts teaches a self-defense system that is:

· Simple
· Easily learned
· Easily applied by those with limited physical strength, reflexes and speed

To round out this instruction, Janich also includes material for personal protection minded people with solid physical attributes who choose to carry a cane as the ultimate PC weapon.

There is no fancy stuff in Martial Cane Concepts no throws, flips or locks. Just solid information on choosing the best cane for your needs and then using it to strike, thrust and block to protect yourself from harm.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 70 min.

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The Blowgun Video

The blowgun is the ultimate weapon of stealth, delivering a wide variety of projectiles with deadly accuracy and in total silence. Michael Janich is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on this amazing weapon and has demonstrated his blowgun skills on the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” television show. In this video he presents a comprehensive guide to this amazing weapon and includes little-known information on buying, constructing, modifying and shooting blowguns.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 75 min.

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Modern Science vs. W.E. Fairbairn’s Timetable of Death

by Christopher Grosz and Michael D. Janich

William E. Fairbairn’s “Timetable of Death”—a section in Fairbairn’s book All-In Fighting that identifies the major arteries of the human body and lists the amount of time it would take to bleed to unconsciousness or death when any of these blood vessels are severed—has been used for years as a standard reference tool by students of edged-weapon tactics. But when Colorado police officer Christopher Grosz began studying the timetable to validate its use as a reference for law-enforcement responses to edged-weapon attacks, he made a surprising discovery: the information in it was flawed.

Grosz began a thorough analysis of Fairbairn’s work, human anatomy, and the realities of effective knife targeting and later teamed up with knife expert Michael Janich to document it all in Contemporary Knife Targeting. The research in this book was conducted with the help of recognized experts in both the medical and tactical fields. It takes full advantage of state-of-the-art medical studies directly related to the effects of edged weapons on the human body. It also reveals the real purpose behind Fairbairn’s original Timetable and expands its scope to include the full spectrum of targets on the human body that are vulnerable to knife attacks. The result is a modern, medically accurate version of Fairbairn’s original timetable—plus contemporary self-defense applications of the updated data—that will become the new definitive resource for all students of edged-weapon tactics.

For academic study only. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, photos, 152 pp.

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The Breath of Death

The blowgun is a mysterious tool of silent death. In this book, blowgun expert Michael Janich reveals the many secrets of its capabilities and uses: how to buy or make your own blowgun and darts (including “special” projectiles), shoot the weapon, devise custom targets and customize, maintain and store your gun. This is the best book on this fascinating and deadly device.

For academic study only. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, photos, illus., 88 pp.

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The Complete Textbook of Point Shooting by Col. Rex Applegate & Michael D. Janich

Learn why point shooting is the most practical technique for aiming and shooting a handgun in a real gunfight. This instructional guide teaches you how and when to use point shooting, compares it to two-handed sighted fire and tells how a major police training facility is teaching point shooting with stunning results.

For academic study only. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, photos, 120 pp.

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A Practical Course

This book provides detailed instruction in the core elements of Michael Janich’s MBC curriculum, focusing on the combative applications of the movements. It does not, however, include the evolved targeting system of the current MBC system. For the most up-to-date information on Janich’s knife curriculum, the Martial Blade Concepts video series is the best reference.

For academic study only. 8 1/2 x 11, softcover, photos, 108 pp.


How to Throw Edged and Improvised Weapons for Sport and Self-Defense

With the help of ultra-slow-motion photography and computer animation, knife expert Michael Janich teaches you the secrets of weapon balance, spin and throwing distance and shows you how to apply them to accurately throw and consistently stick knives, tomahawks, axes and a variety of other purpose-designed throwing weapons. Janich demonstrates both blade and handle throwing methods and shows you the intricacies of half-spin, full-spin, one-and-a-half and double-spin throws. He then teaches you how to apply these same principles to common, everyday objects to turn scissors, screwdrivers, chisels, tire irons and even ballpoint pens into potent improvised throwing weapons. This is the most complete instructional video on weapon throwing ever produced and the only video to realistically address the use of throwing weapons in self-defense situations.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 60 min.

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Revised and Updated

Now you can master the lightning-fast techniques of the balisong knife. Completely revised and updated using state-of-the-art digital equipment, multiple camera angles and crystal-clear slow-motion, this groundbreaking video production featuring balisong master Michael Janich will teach you an impressive array of balisong techniques ranging from the simplest of openings to the actual deployment of the butterfly knife in combat.

Janich begins with a set of basic, reverse-grip and intermediate openings and closings that will increase your dexterity and familiarity with the balisong. From there, he progresses to the more visually impressive techniques, such as the helicopter spin, the finger roll, and grip and hand changes. Then, building on the foundation of skill imparted in the previous movements, he teaches the aerial techniques: tossing your knife into the air and catching it in the open, ready position.

Whether you’re a simple hobbyist or an experienced knife fighter, this video will open your eyes as to what the balisong knife can really do.

For academic study only. Color, approx. 140 min.

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Building Modern and Traditional Wooden Dummies on a Budget

The mook jong, or wooden dummy, is one of the most versatile and effective martial arts training devices ever developed. Unfortunately, commercially made wooden dummies usually cost anywhere from $500 to more than $1,000 – well beyond the reach of the average martial artist. Now, thanks to this new book anyone with some simple hand tools and a few hours to spare can make his own wooden dummy for well under $100. In this book, veteran martial artist Michael Janich takes you step by step through the process of building a traditional dummy that is proportionate to your height and reach as well as a variety of in-ground, wall-mounted and freestanding support platforms. Janich also teaches you how to build his innovative Human Response dummy, a modern spring-loaded variant of the traditional dummy that provides almost human movement and allows the realistic practice of virtually any martial arts technique. Want the perfect training partner? Build him yourself.

8 1/2 x 11, softcover, photos, illus., 72 pp.

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A Do-It-Yourself Guide

Learn how to fashion functional, durable martial arts training equipment at a fraction of the price of the commercial versions. This book takes you step-by-step through the construction of heavy bags, air shields, focus pads, training dummies, padded sparring weapons and even stretching machines.

8 1/2 x 11, softcover, photos, 112 pp.

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A Fighter’s Guide to Close-Quarters Handgunning

The controversy concerning point shooting versus sighted fire is over, and the winner is you. After years of meticulous research, sighted-fire expert Andy Stanford and point-shooting authority Michael Janich have combined their talents to show you not only how point shooting and sighted fire can coexist, but how they can be synthesized to yield a superior, state-of-the-art shooting technique. The authors first identify the basic skill set that enables shooters to get shots on target using skeletal and centerline alignment rather than muscular coordination. They then build upon this foundation, introducing the concepts of a coarse visual index and finally practical, combat-effective sighted fire. Throughout the process, they highlight the effects and dangers of the real-world threats you may face and teach you the difference between being a shooter, a gunfighter and a true fighter with a gun. This video includes rare archival footage and little-known insights into the history of modern combat shooting and is must viewing for all serious students of combative pistolcraft. Videos are non returnable. For information purposes only. Color, approx. 75 min.

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Professional Secrets for Mastering Foreign Languages

This distillation of successful rules, tips and strategies used by the author and other professional linguists from the U.S. State Department, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and other U.S. and foreign government agencies is one of the most complete and logically structured guidebooks for language study ever assembled. In it you will get:

· The 10 rules of learning a foreign language, which will allow you to begin your study with a proper mind-set and a series of realistic goals and expectations

· The author’s 12-step process for learning a foreign language, a series of activities designed to help you understand the nature of your target language, establish your own definition of fluency, assemble the right materials, organize your study and structure ongoing study programs to achieve your long-term linguistic goals

· Plus 50 proven tips and strategies that professional linguists, interpreters and translators have used to accelerate and enhance their study and application of foreign languages

No matter what language you wish to learn or the level of fluency you need to attain, this book can help you learn to speak like a native.

5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, photos, 136 pp.

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