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Improvised Weapons
with Steve Tarani

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Essential self-defense skills
for when your firearm is not an option.

Defend against close quarters attacks.

Learn to defend yourself against any firearms, edged weapons and impact weapons during an close quarters attack..

Identify & select effective weapons.

Demonstrate proficiency in the usage of non-ballistic weapons including edged , impact, and flexible weapons (t-shirt, belt, scarf, purse, etc).

Learn from an ex-CIA protection expert.

Steve Tarani has served the U.S. Defense, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence communities for over 25 years.


Course Details

April 1 - April 2, 2017
9AM - 4PM Daily


This two-day class arms you with techniques on identifying, selecting and deploying non-firearm related objects found in your immediate surroundings for the purpose of self-defense. You will learn critical skills in the use of edged, impact, and flexible (t-shirt, belt, scarf, etc) improvised weapons. Your training will raise your awareness of potential weapons in your surroundings and instill confidence when deploying them. Improvised Weapons with Steve Tarani delivers you a significant advantage over any assailant in any violent encounter.

Class size is limited.


Course Length

The class is held over 2-days.  Each session will run for approximately 7 hours.  Your training time will total 14 hours.


Students must be at least 18 years of age with a valid ID.  Wear comfortable clothing--this is a hands on class requiring your participation.  No gear is required.  No prior training is necessary.

What to Expect

A brief lecture, demonstration, practical familiarization excercises (mostly hands-on), information-based training and medium physical activity.   Want more details?  See below.


Your investment for this class is $299, which includes 2-days of improvised weapons training.


  • DAY 1

    DAY 1  : 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 1

    DAY 1: 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 2

    DAY 2: 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 2

    DAY 2: 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.



Call 602.266.2600

Instructor Bio

Non-ballistic weapons expert, professional educator, author and keynote speaker Steve Tarani has served the U.S. 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 US federal agencies. 

Mr. Tarani is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who served in protective programs and was formerly on staff at the US Dept. of Energy (DOE) National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) at Kirtland Air Force Base (NM) where he worked for the US State Department Anti-terrorist assistance program (ATAP).

Specializing in operational readiness, he is a federally certified force options instructor actively contracted by the US Department of Defense, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration, and throughout the private sector.

Holding numerous federal firearms instructor certifications: US Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Firearms Certified Instructor (FITP), US Department of Energy (DOE) Firearms Certified Instructor, US Department of Defense Security Center Firearms Instructor and others, Tarani currently works in executive protection, provides professional instruction and lectures internationally.

Steve is a master knife designer, federal contractor, published author of eight books, active protective agent and remains an advisor to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), US Department of Defense, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

Class size is limited.