Steve Tarani is a police officer for the Del Rey
Oaks Police Department (California) where he serves as a senior defensive tactics
and a firearms instructor. An internationally respected contact weapons and personal
safety expert, Steve Tarani is a defensive tactics instructor and author who provide high-profile operational skills consultation
and training for various law enforcement and military agencies worldwide. His training courses have been accepted as standard
curriculum for a number of federal and state-accredited programs within the criminal justice training community.
Steven Tarani is the Director of Training for Operational
Skills Group, LLC / Contact Defense Division), on staff at the US DOE Nonproliferation and National Security Institute, Security
Force Training Department at Kirtland Air Force Base and on staff at the Gunsite Academy.
Steve Tarani is the author of four books: Bringing
a Gun to a Knife Fight; Folding Knives: Carry and Deployment; The Naked Edge: The Complete Guide to Edged Weapons Defense;
and, Karambit: Exotic Weapon of the Indonesian Archipelago.
According to Lawrence Kane, the author of Surviving
Armed Assaults, “Karambits, curved fighting knives primarily from the Indonesia Archipelago, are becoming more and more
popular albeit controversially so. Folks either love 'em or hate 'em with not much in-between. On the pro-side, they are nearly
impossible to disarm and can perform multiple cuts in a single pass as practitioners can flip them mid cut. On the con side,
they require very close quarters and are nearly impossible to stab with. This book clearly advocates the benefits of this
unique weapon, providing an excellent historical overview along with practical tips and tricks for using one effectively.
I think it oversimplifies in some places (kinda like I just did) but not to a large enough extent to warn folks away from
I do feel obliged to mention that these weapons
are really, really expensive (at least for anything of quality anyway) and very challenging to master without competent instruction.
If you want to use one, I suggest picking up a non-edged trainer first. They can also be used as control devices in their
own right. While no martial art can be taught solely from a manual, this one covers all the basics in a fair amount of depth.
It is easy to read and understand.
The author, Steve Tarani, is a Filipino Escrima
and Indonesian Silat practitioner as well as a world renowned edged weapons combat instructor. In that capacity he has passed
his skills along to thousands of law enforcement professionals and civilian practitioners. He is certainly knows his stuff
and communicates it pretty effectively in this book.”