Defending Yourself Without a Gun

The Defender Outdoors Shooting Center in Fort Worth is offering an exciting opportunity for North Texans or those willing to make the trip. The Defender Training Academy is offering a two-day course in defending yourself with non-ballistic weapons taught by federally certified force options instructor Steve Tarani. The two-day class will take place on July 29th and 30th and will cover avoidance technique, weapon improvisation, disarming techniques, and strategies for keeping yourself and others safe from an attacker.


Steve Tarani

Steve Tarani has served the United States Defense, Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities for over 25 years as a respected Protective Programs subject matter expert and service provider to numerous high/ low-profile federal agencies. Tarani is an operational readiness expert who has been contracted by numerous government entities such as the US Department of Defense (DoD), National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as multiple private sector companies and groups.

Tarani is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and served as the protective programs educator of the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) at Kirtland Air Force Base. He has authored eight books ranging from threat prevention and threat disarmament to firearm usage, as well as multiple books concerning knife fighting techniques.

Mr. Tarani has studied many martial arts including Jiujitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Eskrimo, Silat, Aikido, and Muay Thai boxing. He has received extensive training under multiple masters of their fields, and has continued to improve his skills reaching black belt and instructor levels in multiple schools of martial arts. His specialization is edged and impact weapons, and he has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, and the Phillipines to hone his craft.

Today, Tarani manages Global Resource Services, LLC, providing threat-based training and protective services. Besides federal agencies, Tarani and his company offer services to the World Trade Center and the Trump Organization, among others. Mr. Tarani is a certified Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Instructor, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Level One Instructor, and US Dept. of Energy (DOE) Instructor.


What the Class Can Offer You

According to the Defender Training Academy, this training gives attendees the tactical skills and personal confidence needed for a defensive solution where firearms are not an option. Employing non-ballistic weapons from three separate categories: edged weapons, impact weapons, and flexible weapons, students will be trained in the very same life-saving skills used by protection professionals. Course content Includes: How to identify improvised weapons, run a resource assessment listing, access and effectively use improvised edged weapons (kitchen knives, broken glass, etc.), flexible weapons (such as your jacket, belt, purse-strap, a trash can liner, or even your shirt), impact weapons such as flashlights, rolled-up magazines, a broom handle and the like.

The course will take place in four separate workshops over two days. The syllabus for the Non-Ballistic Weapons class is as follows:

Day One Morning – You will be introduced to the Fundamentals of Personal Protection. Learn what is and how to use your Situational Awareness to control your immediate environment, How to Recognize a Threat, and How to Defeat an Attack. Gain the 90% Tactical Advantage in Protective Measures against physical threats, how to manage a threat and make immediate life-saving decisions. Learn how to lower your threat profile, handle real-world physical threat scenarios and how to take and keep positive control of your environment at home, at work, at school and while traveling.

Day One Afternoon – Failing avoidance, that is if you didn’t hear it, see it, smell it coming, then you’re only remaining options are to mitigate or physically defend against that threat. Without the use of a firearm you are relegated to the next best defensive option: Non-ballistic Weapons of Opportunity. You will be introduced to identification and selection of these weapons from three separate categories – edged weapons, impact weapons, and flexible weapons. Beginning with improvised Edged Weapons (knife, broken glass, sharp metal, etc.,) this block of training covers the fundamentals of improvised weapon identification, selection and usage in personal defense.

Day Two Morning – Now that you have a solid foundation of the fundamentals of protection, know how to use The 90% Advantage and have gained the necessary skills in edged weapons, you will be introduced to Impact Weapons. In this block of training you will be taught skills in how to defend against any physical attack, protect yourself (and those with you) against a violent physical attack by single or multiple assailants and place yourself in an advantageous position, in control of the fight using improvised impact weapons such as a pen, flashlight, rolled-up magazine, broom handle, umbrella, cane or walking stick.

Day Two Afternoon – You’ve seen it used in the movies by Jason Bourne and James Bond, now you’ll be trained to turn your t-shirt, jacket, belt, purse strap, a towel and even a plastic kitchen trash can liner into a flexible weapon capable of disarming a gun, a knife and immobilizing an assailant long enough for you and those with you to get to safety. A complete course review is also provided at the end of this block of training to include sustainment drills you can take home to keep your newly-learned skills.

Defender Training Academy will provide personal protection equipment for the hands-on demonstrations and training segments. We ask that all attendees are at least 18 years of age with valid identification. Enrollment in the class is open now and will close on July 26th. Cost for the class is $350. If you’d like to learn more about the class, you can read more here, or sign up for the class here.

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