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The Best Defense Paperback – November 3, 2014
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About the Author
Michael Janich is the founder and lead instructor of the Martial Blade Concepts and Counter-Blade Concepts systems of personal defense. He is also one of the foremost modern authorities on handgun point shooting and one of the few contemporary instructors to have been personally trained by the late close-combat legend Colonel Rex Applegate. Janich began training in the combative arts around the age of 12. After boxing for a year under a former Golden Gloves champ, he trained in American Self-Protection, or ASP, an eclectic blend of judo, aikido, Savate, and Western Boxing. He quickly earned his black belt and began teaching the art, as well as expanding his knowledge of traditional karate, tae kwon do, jujitsu, judo, and aikido through personal training with other ASP instructors. Janich is a veteran of service in the U.S. Army, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC), and the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA). In 1994, he founded the video production department for Paladin Press—one of the leading publishers of materials on personal defense, martial arts, combat shooting, and other topics. Janich worked closely with some of the best instructors in the business, including Col. Rex Applegate, Jim Cirillo, Kelly McCann, and James Keating. Janich has authored and co-authored more than a dozen books and been featured in more than 20 best-selling instructional videos. A regular contributor to all the leading tactical magazines, he has also designed knives for the Masters of Defense, BlackHawk Blades, Spyderco, Combat Elite, and several custom knifemakers. He has appeared on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Discovery Channel’s Time Warp, and SPIKE TV’s Don’t Be a Victim. In recognition of his accomplishments as an instructor, Janich was inducted into the Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame in 2010 as their Weapons Instructor of the Year. In addition to his full-time position as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Spyderco knife company, Janich regularly teaches training courses across the U.S. and overseas. He also shares his knowledge as the co-host of the Outdoor Channel’s top-rated television series The Best Defense.
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I have found it to be practical and skills oriented. He is trying to give you a mindset for avoiding trouble if possible, but being prepared for it with a minimal but effective skill set. This book tries to take the best stuff from the TV show the best defense and get it down in writing so that you can review it over and over again. This repetition will make it stick.
There is something almost everyone can learn from reading this book.