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Michael Janich, John Riddle, Kelly McCann, Mike Gillette and Tom Gresham — each an expert in one or more aspects of self-defense — answer questions about guns, knives and terrorism.

Question 7: Do you recommend that people who are concerned about defending themselves in situations like the ones we're discussing consider lawfully carrying a firearm — assuming they have an interest and have had the proper training? Mike Gillette: They should consider it, but there are many layers to this issue, everything from what the prevailing laws are that govern the use of force when protecting yourself to how to store the weapon safely in your home. The responsibilities of owning and carrying a firearm are considerable. And once you’ve sorted out the logistical aspects of carrying a firearm, you still have to be able to competently handle that firearm. And that takes the right training — to develop the physical skills and decision-making ability. Although it may sound counterintuitive, self-defense, whether armed or unarmed, is very much a thinking person’s game.

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Find out what five experts — Kelly McCann, Michael Janich, John Riddle, Tom Gresham and Mike Gillette — have to say about improving your awareness and safety on the street.

No matter how connected the Internet makes us think our planet is, human beings are still very much a tribal species. In part, that’s why we can watch a news report about a suicide bomber in the Middle East and think, “Yes, that’s terrible, but it’s happening on the other side of the world to people I don’t know.” When a terrorist attack happens close to home, however, everyone pays attention. At that point, some people take action. The ones who haven’t been preparing often start, and the ones who regard themselves as always ready often turn up the intensity of their training. As a martial artist, you no doubt fit into that second category, and it is to assist you that Black Belt presents this article. Before we begin, it’s worth noting that not every terrorist attack involves an improvised explosive device or an AK-47. As the events that unfolded on September 26, 2014, and October 24, 2014, prove, “lone wolf” terrorists are now using weapons that martial arts training enables us to defend against. On the first date, one woman was beheaded and another repeatedly stabbed by a man in Oklahoma. Afterward, Rep. Frank Wolf (Virginia) urged the Department of Justice to investigate the incident as an act of terrorism. On the second date, a man whom Reuters described as “self-radicalized” used a hatchet to critically wound two New York City police officers. And lest you think only Americans face these threats, think back to March 1, 2014. On that day, eight terrorists armed with knives murdered 29 people and injured more than 140 at a train station in Kunming, China.

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"One of the toughest things you're going to run into is going empty-hand against a knife," knife-fighting and H2HC expert Michael Janich says in this exclusive video showing you how to handle such a high-risk situation.

With more than 30 years of martial arts and H2HC experience, Michael Janich is widely recognized as one of America's top knife-fighting experts, authorities on edged-weapon design and instructors of self-defense moves. Michael Janich was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as the 2010 Weapons Instructor of the Year. "One of the toughest things you're going to run into is going empty-hand against a knife," knife-fighting and H2HC expert Michael Janich says. "It's one of the scariest situations you can possibly imagine. And of the different situations you could be in, one of the most committed attacks and one of the most common attacks is [an attacker] thrusting straight at [you].

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Edged-weapons expert Michael Janich delineates what he considers the ideal way to grip your knife so as not to lose your weapon -- or your fingers -- in the event of an altercation requiring you to draw your blade!

In this exclusive video, edged-weapons expert Michael Janich discusses the three main criteria constituting a good knife grip and explains his favorite, which he calls "the Filipino grip." With more than 35 years of martial arts and edged-weapons experience, Michael Janich is one of America's best-known knife-fighting experts. Michael Janich was featured on the cover of Black Belt magazine in September 2009 and later inducted into the prestigious Black Belt Hall of Fame as the 2010 Weapons Instructor of the Year. Widely recognized as an authority on edged-weapon design who's designed knives for Spyderco, the Masters of Defense knife company, and BLACKHAWK!, Michael Janich has served as the special projects coordinator for Spyderco and has offered state-of-the-art tactical training as co-host of The Best Defense on the Outdoor Channel.

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