Knife Defense Instructor


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Knife Defense Instructor Training Course

Self Defense Knife Instructor Training Course for law enforcement security and military personnel designed for surviving a knife attack. The threat of a knife attack is a serious encounter for any member of law enforcement with potentially deadly consequences for the officer. There are many knife defense courses available that don’t focus on the reality of an attack. The attack is normally unexpected and within a short distance of the officer which doesn’t always allow for immediate access to a firearm. The importance of knowing how to defend yourself from an edged weapon attack is of utmost importance. The techniques in this course are practical and realistic for attacks that officers have experienced in the field. This course is not one of those courses where we tell you won’t get cut or stabbed during a spontaneous attack, but we will give you the most practical defense to be able to survive an attack, and we as police officers go into homes each day where a knife will be present. The knife is easily concealable and easily deployed by an attacker with little effort. We’ve developed a course we know will increase the chances of an officer surviving one of these attacks, and we look forward to sharing that knowledge with you as an instructor. We also share our award-winning teaching methods within this course that will improve you as an instructor. The students attending this course will also receive an illustrated instruction manual along with a free instructor shirt. This is one of our most popular courses!

Movement to avoid attack
Body language of an attack
Overhead attack defense
Straight stab defense
Slice attack defense
Underhand attack defense
Ground attack defense
Weapon transition drills
2-year instructor certification
Teaching methods
Free instructor phone & email support
Instructor t-shirt included

Cancellation Policy

The course cancellation policy requires a minimum of a 15-day prior notice from the course start date when a student will not be attending the course. The notification to not attend will be made by email through our website, and if they identify no replacement student, cancellations with less than a 15-day notice will cause a department credit that can be used towards another future training event within one year from the original course date. We will charge no-shows without email notification the full course fee, even if the payment has not already been made. We offer a one-year future course credit as well for any no show that is charged a full course fee. This policy is in effect as of June 23, 2021, and you as a representative of your agency agree to abide by this policy by registering for any course. Please contact us by email or phone if you have questions about this cancellation policy. This policy is in place because of students that register for courses and take training slots without attending training, which removes the opportunity for another officer to attend. We pay the instructors teaching these programs based on the number of officers scheduled to attend the event, and we base our travel cost including instructor pay on registration fees. This policy is considered a binding contract between BSTS LLC and the student or student agency or company.

38 reviews for Knife Defense Instructor

  1. Chris Hand

    I had the honor of going through the Knife Defense instructor course with Ray of Blueshield Tactical Systems. As a Marine, Deputy Sheriff and a fellow Martial Artist, I highly recommend and endorse Blueshield Tactical for all of your training needs. Ray and his staff are the ultimate professionals.

  2. Nikki Burgett

    I just completed a Knife Defense Instructor Course. Thank you, Ray Beshirs of Blue Shield Tactical. The course focused on a balance of defensive tactics, instructor development, legal, and use of force. Ray is very knowledgeable and his method of instruction is exceptional. Blue Shield Tactical offers several courses and I highly recommend them for training.

  3. P. Turner

    I’ve been to a lot of “high speed” training that looked cool and didn’t work outside of the training environment. This course is the opposite of that. It teaches simple, effective concepts that an officer on the street can quickly learn, and use. Knife attacks against officers and civilians are becoming more commonplace, and this is a much needed training topic for first responders.
    If you’re a DT instructor, this is the class you’re looking for.

  4. Julian Longoria

    No nonsense, down to the basics, functional, and effective training curriculum for Law Enforcement and students of the general public. This Knife Defense Instructor course gives you the knowledge to teach the fundamental skills to not only increase survivability of a knife attack but to turn the tables on your attacker. Thank you Ray.

  5. J. Potter

    Great no nonsense, basic life saving skills taught in the class. I highly recommend attending this class even if you have to pay for it yourself, like I did, it’s very much worth it. Ray brings the knowledge from being a 20 year police veteran and his extensive martial arts background to this class and teaches in very positive learning environment. Thank you Ray and Blue Shield Tactical for an outstanding Instructor course.

  6. Justin Porter

    Great course. I would suggest it for any LEO.

  7. Nick Silva

    Excellent class with a motivated instructor! I walked in with little experience in knife defense and walked out feeling confident that I could stay in the fight, end the fight in my favor, and share my knowledge easily wiith officer I work beside.

  8. Randy lumley (verified owner)

    Great training, very versatile and applicable to other methods of fighting or self defense. Strongly recommend this class if your deptartment is looking to add to their programs.

  9. Jeremy Alverson

    Excellent training, very motivated instructor. Who really cares about the instruction and learning the concept.

  10. Matt wilmott

    Fantastic course, I’m looking forward to taking this material and sharing it with others. I would happily take a class with blue shield again.

  11. Jake Wilmott

    Great class with useful street applicable information. I have had some knife related martial arts classes in the past but the information in this class is more effective in a violent confrontation than most the techniques I’ve seen in the past. The most important part of this class is watching the instructors teaching style and trying to bring that back to my agency.

  12. Kelly Birch

    Great course, lots of hand on time for the techniques and drilling. Highly recommend

  13. Steven Robertson

    Awesome course! Great material that sets up the Instructors for success. This company really cares about Officer safety and it shows during this course.

  14. Brian Mann

    Good course. Everything was broken down to simple, easy to perform movements.

  15. Caleb Cooper

    This is an extremely useful course for developing a program that uses simple techniques for minimizing risk to officers in a knife attack. The techniques are kept simple and easy to learn and train. It makes the program very easy to incorporated into shift training or short training sessions.

  16. Chris Clewis (verified owner)

    This is a great class for police officers. The techniques are extremely simple to learn and apply in knife situations. The class teaches movements that are simple solutions to use of force issues. I highly recommend this class.

  17. BJ Brumit

    Have had a great time in this training. As the first knife defense course of any kind it was a lot of information but needed. Even for someone with no experience in martial arts or anything other than DT’s it was easy and simple to understand.

  18. Toby Leal

    Great class. Being that I have no martial arts experience I appreciate the step by step instruction. I feel that I am ready to go and teach my co-workers what I’ve learned here.

  19. Harlan L. Thompson

    Excellent course. The instructor was very knowledgeable and personable. Techniques are very effective.

  20. Mike Locher

    Loved the course. Great skills that rely on gross motor skills. Easy to learn and apply. Instructor was very knowledgeable.

  21. Brady Hartmann

    Great course. A lot of simple effective techniques. Easy to remember and regurgitate.

  22. Willie swanson

    This class was terrific. We were provided not only with teqniques that will help to keep us safe but training tips for future success in our courses.

  23. Clinton Peetz

    Great course. Learned. Not only new techniques, but new teaching styles as well. ENCOURAGEMENT!

  24. Jason Koski

    Practical, easily understood techniques that can be taught to an audience of all kinds of people. This will easily be worked into our self defense and response team training. Thank you, Ray!

  25. Dan Lipa

    Great course that we can easily implement with our current training program. Ray was friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely recommend to other LE professionals.

  26. Gary Atkins

    One of the best hands on class I have ever taken. The skills i can take and add to my current skill set is awesome. Ray was a very informative instructor. Thank you.

  27. Anthony Perry

    Great course with very realistic application for any edged weapon defense. Ray keeps the class positive and upbeat and presents the material in a very fluid manner with each technique transitioning into the next application. Very much enjoyed the class and would recommend it.

  28. Heather Hansen

    I found this course to be extremely helpful! The concepts work naturally with one another so we aren’t required to learn tons of different things, just a few simple techniques. Any staff should be able to take at least one morsel of goodness, no matter their skill or confidence level! Thank you Blue Shield Tactical Systems!

  29. Ryan Pankratz

    Very good course for knife defense, practical for law enforcement and corrections officers.

  30. Conrad Mauer (verified owner)

    Recently attend this course. This was my 2nd Blue Shield Tactical course, and as always it was great. I’ve taken knife defense instructor courses before, but that were more martial arts applicable. Ray bridges the gap, between martial arts and law enforcement being both a cop and martial artist himself. I liked the concept based approach with very easy to grasp techniques that will work for the basic officer. The “shock knife” allowed us to pressure test what we had learned. Highly, highly recommend.

  31. Gazelka, Daniel, E

    As a former Army Infantry soldier with combat tours and an 11 year police veteran I have been exposed to a lot of training and many real world application. Hands down this is one of the best “short” courses I have ever attended. In addition to some new techniques/tools to bring back to my department, this is one of the ONLY courses I have attended in law enforcement that interjects HOW to be a teacher and HOW to teach a course. As others have mentioned, the “shock knife” application SHOWS you the instructor and your officers that these techniques will work in a real world spontaneous knife attack.

  32. Joel Quattlebaum

    We need more training like this, superior quality instruction.

  33. Robert M Johnson

    Very sound and comprehensive training. One of the top instructors I have had the honor to learn from. I recommend this course to all of my fellow law enforcement officers.

  34. Sgt. James E. Terry – Maui Police Dept. (verified owner)

    I recently attended the Knife Defense Instructor course in Bartlesville, Oklahoma taught by Master Instructor Ray Beshirs. In my 19 years of law enforcement, I have not attended a training where I left wishing it was longer. The curriculum, teaching methodology was by far the best tactics course I’ve taken. Every technique is very applicable to law enforcement and civilians alike. The instructor made it a point to make everyone feel inclusive and moved at their learning ability and pace. It was worth the 16 hour flight!

  35. Andy Marvin

    This was one of the best courses that I have been through in my law enforcement career. Not only were we taught a valuable, yet simple, skill set, we also were given great tips on how to actually instruct the techniques successfully. Blue Shield Tactical does a great job teaching us the skills that are needed for our jobs, instead of the check mark on old outdated defense programs. I look forward to taking more courses in the future.

  36. James Loving

    I attended this class, in Oklahoma with Ray, and as a 30 year plus Master Peace Officer, and instructor, I found Ray’s teaching methods refreshing and easily learned. The program is spot on, and provides the user with the right blend of real world application, and provides for growth as an instructor. Highly Recommend for first time or long time instructors.

  37. Patrick

    Ray is great. He has a ton of knowledge and patience. I have been through several classes with him, and I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for great training.

  38. Matt McLane

    Great course, Ray has great personality and is wealth of knowledge. The course was designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to teach to their department. The course has small blocks of instruction with practical application. As the class progressed each movement was built off of each other which provided several more repetitions. Students also had the opportunity to teach a portion of the class to fellow students with critiques. All training material provided and its great to have an instructor that can be reached if questions arise in the future. I would recommend this course to any Law Enforcement or Corrections Department.

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