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, including Bullseyes Don’t ShootBack: The Complete Textbook of Point Shooting for Close Quarters Combat,
which he wrote with the late close-combat legend Col. Rex Applegate. 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. His
television appearances include Ripley’s Believe It or Not,
multiple appearances on the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery
and SPIKE TV’s Don’t be a Victim,
and a feature appearance on the Discovery Channel’s
Time Warp. 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.
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.
Janich personally established
Paladin Press’ Video Production Department in 1994 and ran all aspects of
Paladin’s video production for 10 years. An accomplished videographer and
editor, he produced more than 100 instructional videos during his tenure with Paladin
and personally recruited some of Paladin’s most popular authors, including
Kelly McCann, the late Jim Cirillo, Louis Awerbuck, James Keating, Joseph Simonet,
Mark Hatmaker, and Bill Kipp. Janich was also personally selected to work with the
late Col. Rex Applegate as the producer of his landmark instructional videos on
handgun point shooting.
Currently Janich serves as the
Special Projects Coordinator for the Spyderco knife company of Golden, Colorado.
With Spyderco's support, he continues to offer state-of-the-art tactical training
as co-host of The Best Defense on Outdoor Channel.