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Martial Blade Concepts

Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) is an edged-weapon system specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s concerned citizen and armed professional. Based on Michael Janich’s extensive analysis of the Filipino martial arts and many other systems, MBC takes combat-proven tactics and adapts them to modern tools, threats, and legal concerns. The result is a practical, easy-to-learn system that is ideally suited to modern self-defense.

Like all real self-defense, MBC tactics focus on “stopping power”—the ability to immediately and decisively stop an assailant from continuing his attack. To this end, MBC emphasizes an in-depth understanding of human physiology and the most effective methods of targeting key structures with small, legal-to-carry knives. Sometimes called “biomechanical targeting,” this approach has been thoroughly reviewed and validated by leadingexperts in the field of tactical medicine.

Although Michael Janich is best known for the MBC system, his teaching curriculum includes a broad range of other skills, including Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC—unarmed defenses against knives), Counter-Gun Concepts (CGC—firearm disarming), empty-hand tactics, the use of sticks, canes, and improvised weapons, and the defensive use of handguns. These skills are integrated with each other and with principles of tactical awareness, avoidance, and de-escalation to provide a comprehensive, extremely adaptable approach to personal protection.