Michael Janich Seminar Schedule

 

The locations of Michael Janich’s seminars are based on the support of motivated sponsors and hosts. Seminar locations have also been chosen to provide training opportunities in all regions of the U.S. to make MBC training as accessible as possible. This schedule will be updated regularly as new events are confirmed.

Please note that the hosts of each individual seminar are responsible for student registration, so please contact them directly.

For those interested in sponsoring a seminar in your area, I encourage you to contact my Certified, Associate, and Affiliate Instructors to organize training events with them. Contact information for all authorized MBC instructors is included on the Authorized MBC Instructor section of this web site.

2019 SEMINAR SCHEDULE

March 2-3, 2019: Martial Blade Concepts Progressive Skills Seminar, Paris, France

Hosted by acclaimed French combatives instructor Fred Perrin, this invitation-only event is restricted to Perrin’s private students, select MBC practitioners, and invited guests.

April 6-7, 2019: “Pacific Blades” Martial Blade Concepts Intermediate/Advanced Skills Course, Costa Mesa, California

This intensive two-day course is designed to build on a foundation of core skills to take your practice of MBC to the next level.

The April 6th session is open to all skill levels and will focus on refining  your understanding of the fundamental defensive applications of MBC and honing your reflexes through the use of high-speed partner training drills. Michael Janich will also introduce advanced MBC applications, back-up tactics, and the skills of high-speed knife deployment. In addition to standard-grip skills, this course will also include aspects of MBC’s reverse-grip system and its application with less-lethal weapons like tactical pens, Kubotans, and flashlights. Participation in this session can be used to qualify for the invitation-only event on day two.

The April 7th  invitation-only session will focus on advanced MBC and CBC skill development, including instruction in high-speed reflex training drills, the integration of drills using MBC’s “Chess Game’ strategy, and extracting combative applications from the drills. It will also address advanced CBC skills, back-up tactics, defenses from disadvantaged positions, and total skill integration.

For more information or to register, please visit: Gebhard Solutions or contact Uli Gebhard at 714-726-6105 or .

April 27-28, 2019: Martial Blade Concepts/Counter-Blade Concepts Critical Skills Course, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Hosted by Defend ME, this course will present comprehensive instruction in the critical skills of using a folding knife as a personal-defense tool and practical unarmed defenses against edged-weapon attacks.

In day one of this course, Michael Janich will present detailed instruction in the logic and core skills of the Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system, including:

  • Recognizing common street attacks and programming effective defensive responses
  • Defensive knife selection
  • Knife carry options
  • High-speed knife deployment
  • Efficient cutting dynamics
  • Quantifying the destructive capacity of the knife
  • Vulnerabilities of human anatomy
  • The myths and realities of knife stopping power
  • MBC’s “go-to” tactics and critical skills

Day 1 will also include a bonus evening session in the defensive use of improvised weapons, tactical pens, and flashlights.

Day 2 will focus on Janich’s Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) system of empty-hand defenses against attacks with knives and other common street weapons. It will include detailed, hands-on instruction in the following topics:

  • The characteristics of typical knife attacks
  • Dispelling the myths of the “21-foot rule”
  • Realistic unarmed defenses against common knife and impact-weapon attacks
  • Fundamentals of in-fight weapons access and “earning your draw”
  • Transitioning from unarmed skills to other weapons
  • Total skill integration and contextual applications

This information-packed two-day course will be held at the Holiday Inn, 300 Woodbury Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801. To register, contact Defend ME at Defendme@comcast.net.

May 18-19, 2019: Practical Self-Defense with Knives – Martial Blade Concepts Core Skills Course, Okeechobee, Florida

Hosted by Florida Firearms Training, this course will present comprehensive instruction in the critical skills of using a folding knife in personal defense. It is also designed to allow experienced MBC students to build on their foundation of skill to develop advanced tactics and reflex training drills.

This course will focus on the logic and core skills of the Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system, including:

  • Recognizing common street attacks and programming effective defensive responses
  • Defensive knife selection
  • Knife carry options
  • High-speed knife deployment
  • Efficient cutting dynamics
  • Quantifying the destructive capacity of the knife
  • Vulnerabilities of human anatomy
  • The myths and realities of knife stopping power
  • MBC’s “go-to” tactics and critical skills
  • Training drills to develop spontaneous defensive reflexes

Training will also include selected skills from Janich’s Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) system of empty-hand defenses against edged-weapon attacks, how to use these skills to survive long enough to “earn” your weapon draw, and how to use CBC skills as a foundation of close-quarters knife tactics.

Designed to be fully scalable to the students’ abilities and pace of learning, this course will also introduce MBC’s reflex training drills, as well as the finer points of knife carry and deployment and the integration of unarmed skills, weapon deployment, and knife application.

For more information, visit Florida Firearms Training’s web page.

June 29, 30, and July 1, 2019: Counter-Blade Concepts Progressive Skills Course, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Celebrating our 11th annual Canadian Training Camp, this special event will focus on the Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) curriculum and the critical skills of defending against an edged-weapon attack. Designed specifically to meet the needs of law enforcement, peace officers, and corrections personnel, this in-depth, hands-on course also provides potentially lifesaving skills for civilians. The course includes detailed, step-by-step instruction in all aspects of the CBC curriculum, including:

  • The common traits of edged-weapons attacks
  • Recognizing pre-incident indicators
  • Proven defenses against all common edged-weapon attacks
  • Back-up and alternative tactics
  • Integration of purpose-designed and improvised weapons
  • Use of CBC skills for restraint, control, and escort
  • Use of batons against edged weapons
  • Defenses against contact-distance threats and mugging attacks
  • Third-party intervention skills and tactics
  • CBC defenses on the ground
  • CBC as a basis for knife tactics (“CBC as MBC”)

In addition to first-person skill development, this course will also include emphasis on CBC’s teaching methodology and the methods that participants can use to share their CBC skills and knowledge with others. This course is not an instructor certification course.

This seminar will be held at:

Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre
11113 113 St NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada

For more information or to register, contact Sean Carter at (780) 554-9420 or Jka.sean@telus.net.

July 27-28, 2019: Practical Self-Defense–Counter-Blade Concepts, Practical Unarmed Combatives, and Counter-Gun Concepts, Jupiter, Florida

Developed specifically for Florida Firearms Training, this customized curriculum is designed to provide a simple, integrated skill set that enables you to defend yourself effectively without weapons, with improvised weapons like tactical pens and flashlights, and with environmental weapons of opportunity. It will also teach you how to combine these skills with your shooting tactics to “earn your draw” and seamlessly transition from contact-distance striking to use of a firearm. Finally, it will present selected elements of his Counter-Gun Concepts system of disarming attackers armed with firearms.

Drawing from his proven systems of Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) and Practical Unarmed Combatives, Michael Janich’s instruction will include:

  • Unarmed defenses against common unarmed attacks
  • Dispelling the myths of the “21-foot rule”
  • Realistic unarmed defenses against common knife and impact-weapon attacks
  • Recognizing, assessing, and using environmental weapons of opportunity
  • Carry, draw, and application of everyday carry (EDC) improvised weapons like tactical pens and flashlights
  • Proactive and preemptive defensive use of tactical flashlights
  • Fundamentals of in-fight weapons access and “earning your draw”
  • Transitioning from unarmed skills to the handgun
  • Transitioning from improvised weapon skills to the handgun
  • Principles of Counter-Gun Concepts
  • Basic first-person handgun disarms
  • Basic third-person (active shooter) handgun disarms
  • Total skill integration and contextual application

Developed to meet the specific interests of Florida Firearms Training and its students, this curriculum is designed to empower people of all sizes and fitness levels. Please note that this is a physical class and will involve striking padded targets.

For more information or to register, please visit Florida Firearms Training’s web site.

August 3-4, 2019: Martial Blade Concepts Progressive Skills Seminar, Buckeye Combatives, Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio has one of the strongest concentrations of high-level MBC practitioners in the country. Taking full advantage of that resource, this special 2-1/2-day event will focus on advanced skill development in all aspects of MBC, CBC, and their related disciplines. As the last Michael Janich seminar before the 2019 Martial Blade Camp, it will also serve as a “pre-test” evaluation and tune-up for MBCers aspiring to test for proficiency and instructor certification.

The topics we will address during this special event will include:

  • The latest evolutions of MBC and CBC tactics, techniques, and training methods
  • MBC drill integration and the strategies of the “Chess Game”
  • Skill integration and in-fight weapon deployment
  • Teaching and coaching methodologies
  • MBC’s triangular footwork, off-balancing, and throwing
  • Foot trapping, kicking, sweeping, and low-line destruction
  • Integration of low-line skills into unarmed skills, CBC, MBC, and stick tactics

Although the goals of this seminar are optimized for advanced skill development, it is open to participants of all skill levels. Students new to MBC will work in skill-appropriate study groups with designated MBC instructors as part of their instructor development process.

The seminar will be conducted at:

Buckeye Combatives
3881 S. High Street
Columbus, Oh 43207

For more information, contact Eric Kaltenborn at eric@buckeyecombatives.com or 614-595-8837.

September 6-8, 2019: Martial Blade Camp 2019, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

The 17th annual Martial Blade Camp will present 36 hours of instruction in all aspects of the MBC and CBC curricula. This event is specifically designed to enhance the skills of both advanced practitioners and novice participants. To maximize the benefits of the training, all participants are required to become at least somewhat familiar with the basic logic and fundamental concepts of MBC before attending.

The 2019 event will focus on hard-core skill development, practical street applications, and advanced training methodologies. It will also include instruction in specialized topics outside the scope of the MBC/CBC systems, including unarmed and improvised weapon tactics and other topics of student interest.

Tuition for Martial Blade Camp is $700.00 and includes full participation in all training, a generous camp souvenir package, and eligibility for all prize giveaways during the event. Lodging is not included in the price of tuition. Once officially registered for camp, participants will be allowed to book rooms from a block of rooms specifically reserved for our group. This lodging includes all meals during the event.

Registration for the camp requires the completion of a liability waiver and a deposit of $300.00. For more detailed information, please consult the MBC Camp page on this web site.  The deadline for standard registration is 1 June 2019.