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.


February 11-12, 2017: Martial Blade Concepts Progressive Skills Seminar

In this intensive two-day seminar, Michael Janich will present comprehensive instruction in his proven systems of Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) and Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) and the progressive training methods necessary to make MBC and CBC skills into reliable defensive reflexes.

This course will provide step-by-step instruction in the fundamental skills of using a knife as a defensive weapon, including knife carry, high-speed deployment, recognition and identification of common street attacks, defensive responses, anatomical targeting, and the realities of knife stopping power. Building on this foundation, it will introduce progressive training methods and reflex training drills to accelerate skill development and combat reflexes. Instruction will address both standard and reverse-grip tactics, as well as the skills of Janich’s Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) system of empty-hand defenses against edged-weapon attacks.

For more information visit the NEShooters web site.

For registration information, please contact:

NEShooters, LLC
P.O. Box 243
Hollis, NH 03049-0243
Telephone: 603-673-6105
Email: team@neshooters.com

Class size is limited.

April 1-2, 2017: “Pacific Blades” Martial Blade Concepts 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. Michael Janich will refine your understanding of the fundamental defensive applications of MBC and show you how to hone your reflexes through the use of high-speed partner training drills. He will also introduce advanced MBC applications, and back-up tactics, as well as 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.

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

April 21-23 2017: Martial Blade Concepts/Counter-Blade Concepts Skills Integration Course, Canal Winchester, Ohio

This intensive seminar will focus on integrating the skills and tactics of MBC, CBC, Damithurt Silat, and Sobadiwan Eskrima. Participants will learn how to flow seamlessly from unarmed tactics to weapon deployment to weapon application based on the changing dynamics of the threat and their own individual strengths and abilities. This seminar will focus heavily on the “common ground” of all MBC-related systems and methods of integrating body mechanics, tactics, and different types of weapons (to include improvised weapons, knife, stick, and handgun) into a comprehensive fighting system. Michael Janich’s instruction will be tailored to advance the capabilities of all participants and will include the latest technical refinements to the MBC and CBC systems. For advanced MBC practitioners pursuing instructor certification, it will also address specific skill-building and test preparation methods, including the balance of intensity and safety in high-speed CBC applications.

This seminar will be conducted at:

CrossFit IFM 5209 Ebright Rd. Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110

For more information or to register, please contact Eric Kaltenborn at ekaltenborn@gmail.com or 614-595-8837.

July 1-3, 2017: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Martial Blade Concepts/Counter-Blade Concepts “Street Skills” Seminar

In this intensive three-day seminar, Michael Janich will present comprehensive instruction in his proven systems of Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) and Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC), with a specific focus on their application to the needs of law enforcement, corrections, and security personnel. This seminar will present step-by-step instruction in the critical skills of using a knife as a defensive weapon, including both standard and reverse-grip tactics. Based on that knowledge and in-depth analysis of actual knife attacks, it will also focus heavily on CBC skills—practical empty-hand defenses against edged-weapon attacks. Students will also learn how to expand the scope of these skills to defend against other weapon threats, including attacks with impact weapons and firearms, and how to use CBC skills as a foundation of a powerful system of restraint-and-control tactics.

In addition to these core skills, this seminar will also focus on situation-specific tactics relevant to the needs of the participants, including vest releases, handgun retention, close-quarters shooting, groundfighting, joint locking, and prisoner control and extraction methods.

For registration information and pricing, contact Sean Carter at smcarter@shaw.ca, or by phone at 780-554-9420.

July 29-30, 2017: Practical Self-Defense with Knives – Martial Blade Concepts Core Skills Course, Jupiter, Florida

Hosted by Florida Firearms Training, this two-day course will present comprehensive instruction in the critical skills of using a folding knife in personal defense. Appropriate for all skill levels, it begins with a detailed explanation of the logic of the Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system and the key differences between martial arts skills and realistic self-defense. It then presents step-by-step instruction in the fundamental skills and tactics of defending yourself with a knife, including:

– Understanding the destructive capability of the knife
– The critical difference between lethality and stopping power
– Effective anatomical targeting
– Dispelling the myths of traditional knife tactics
– Knife selection, carry, and high-speed deployment
– Knife grips and cutting mechanics
– MBC’s Zone Defense system
– The four Defensive Responses
– Footwork and body mechanics
– Proper use of the non-weapon (“live”) hand
– Knife defenses against the most common street attacks
– Reflex training drills
– Pre-fight and in-fight weapon deployment tactics
– Selected elements of Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC-unarmed defenses against edged-weapon)

For registration details, please visit Florida Firearms Training.

August 25-28, 2017: Martial Blade Camp 2017, Keystone, Colorado

The 15th annual Martial Blade Camp will present 36 hours of instruction in all aspects of the MBC and CBC curricula. Providing a comprehensive “crash course” in the MBC/CBC system, this training event is designed to enhance the skills of both advanced practitioners and first-time participants. The 2017 event will focus on hard-core skill development, practical street applications, and advanced training methodologies.

The price for Martial Blade Camp 2017 is $700 per person and includes all of the following:

  • Full participation in all training (approximately 36 hours of training spread over four calendar days)
  • Deluxe Continental breakfast on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings
  • A Martial Blade Camp souvenir package including a commemorative knife, an embroidered shirt, challenge coin, and other collector’s items (to be determined)
  • Discounted lodging rate at any Keystone property

This approach allows campers to have access to the full range of lodging options available at Keystone Resorts. It also allows participants to customize their lodging options to share rooms or condominiums with other campers and/or family members if desired. In this way, you can personalize your lodging and potentially achieve a significant cost savings by sharing lodging with other campers.

The deadline for registration is 1 June 2017. For more information, please visit the Martial Blade Camp 2017 page of this web site.