Course Information

Our Everyday Carry Knife course focuses on a lot more than the little box opener most people carry around. We challenge students to access their knives while under stress and under attack. We discuss and demonstrate to students what everyday carry knives work best and worst depending on different scenarios. We then utilize different techniques for weapon access and open hand defensive and offensive techniques. The beginning of a narrower but deeper curriculum of knife tactics designed around unobtrusive carry. Specifically working from a concealed draw EDC knife explores the basics.





Please bring whatever knife you carry, however we will provide training knives. This course is physically demanding but accommodations will be made for students with physical disabilities.

What this course covers

  • Fixed versus folder knives
  • Knife selection
  • Blade length optimization
  • Best carry placement
  • Discreet knife access
  • Dynamic knife access
  • Grip “theory” versus grip reality
  • Primary attack principles
  • Primary target pyramid
  • Defensive versus counter ambush mindset
  • Slashing versus thrusting
  • 4 Ward template

Required Gear:

Note-taking material, mouth piece, groin protection
Everyday clothing as well as gym clothing and footwear
Water or sports drinks

Our Instructors

A US Army 1st Infantry Division medic, JD served in Operation New Dawn in Iraq (2010-2011) a Medic. After his active duty service, he contracted as a civilian worldwide and continued to provide operational medical support across the Middle East and Africa. In addition, he served with Arizona’s own 1/158th National Guard unit. He taught over 200 Combat Life Saver (CLS) Courses during his time in service and has firsthand experience in combat trauma.


-NREMT and Combat Medic Trained
-Warrior Leader Course (WLC) 2013
-United States Army NCO

A US Army 82nd Airborne Reconnaissance Infantryman, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (2008-2009), I also spend as much time as possible outside hunting and fishing. Having countless hours training with multiple weapon platforms from crew served weapons to pistols, and having trained military, law enforcement, and civilians. I organized Diamondback Training Center’s teaching methodology following Murphy’s law, and taking equal portions of military, law enforcement, and civilian training environments to give our students the best experience possible.


-NRA Certifications: Refuse to be A Victim Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Inside and Outside the Home Personal Protection Instructor
-Arizona Department of Public Safety, Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Instructor
-Arizona Game and Fish Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor
-Sabre Red OC Spray Instructor
-ASP Baton, Handcuffing, and Flashlight Tactics Instructor
-CPR Certified

Upcoming Scheduled Courses

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