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Professional educator, author and keynote speaker Steve Tarani has served the United States Defense, Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities for over 25 years as a respected Protective Programs subject matter expert (SME) and service provider to numerous high/ low-profile federal agencies.

Specializing in operational readiness, he is a federally certified instructor actively contracted by the US Department of Defense (DoD), National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and throughout the private sector.

Formerly sworn in the states of California and Nevada, Mr. Tarani is a former US Defense Intelligence employee (CIA), protective programs educator and formerly on staff at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) at Kirtland Air Force Base (NM). At the time of this writing, he is a published author of eight books and remains an advisor to the US Department of Justice (USDOJ), US Department of Defense, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

2011 – Today: Global Resource Services, LLC – Managing Member providing threat-based training and protective services. Partial client list includes: US World Trade Center, The Trump Organization, Fortress International, et al.
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Instructor
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Level One Instructor
  • US Dept. of Energy (DOE) Instructor
Steve leads operational and training efforts implementing protective measures for domestic and international assets. In plain speak: he hardens facilities and people world-wide by providing the resources, awareness, tools and skills needed to help keep them out of harms way.

As a subject matter expert, Steve is contracted by private and global organizations as an advisor and keynote speaker.

As team lead for Global Resource Services, which focuses on preventing bad things from happening to good people, Steve possesses comprehensive experience in the development and implementation of global protective programs. Hired throughout the public and private sectors, Steve works together with education administrators, human resource officers and risk managers to facilitate sustainable protective measures.

With more than fifteen years experience managing threat-based training, Steve has developed curriculum adopted by federal, state and municipal agencies such as International Chiefs of Police (IACP) Model Policy, Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) and others. Steve also writes for various department of defense, law enforcement and related industry publications, has had eight books published and has produced nineteen training videos.

Books

  • “The Naked Edge – Definitive Guide to Defense Against Edged Weapon Attack” Published by Unique Publications, Burbank, CA. October 2002
  • “The Karambit – Ancient Blade of the Indonesian Archipelago” Published by Unique Publications, Burbank, CA. November 2002
  • “Contact Weapons: Lethality and Defense” (with foreword by Lt. Col. David Grossman) Published by Gunsite Press (Wolfe Publications), Phoenix, AZ.
  • “Folding Knives” Published by E3 Publications, Los Angeles, CA
  • “The Art of Disarming” Published by E3 Publications, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Mastering the Curved Blade” Published by E3 Publications, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight” Published by E3 Publications, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Preventative Defense: PreFense – The 90% Advantage”, Los Angeles, CA

Trade Periodicals

  • “Last of the Living Blade Warriors”; Martial Arts Masters; January/1995
  • “LAMECO: Legacy of Steel”; Arnistadore – The Journal of Philippines Arts & Culture; Aug/1996
  • “Edge of Steel – Shirt of Iron”; Freevoice Magazine; May/1997
  • “The Ultimate Muay Thai Fighter’s Camp”; Inside Kung Fu; January/1999
  • “The Defensive Edge”; Guns Magazine (1999 Combat Annual); Jan/1999
  • “Nunchaku to 9mm: The Common Thread”; Martial Arts Illustrated; Jul/1999
  • “Surviving Edged Weapons”; Martial Arts Legends; Sep/1999
  • “Five to Stay Alive”; Guns Magazine (2000 Combat Annual); Jan/2000
  • “Tactical Deployment”; Guns Magazine (2000 Combat Annual); Jan/2000
  • “The Higher Teachings”; Martial Arts Illustrated; Feb/2000
  • “Gunsite: New Beginnings”; American Handgunner Magazine; Apr/2000
  • “History of the Karambit”; Martial Arts Illustrated; Aug/2000
  • “Disarming the Knife”; Martial Arts Illustrated; Dec/2000
  • “Combat Handgun Retention”; Guns Magazine (2000 Combat Annual); Jan/2001
  • “The Gunsite Draw”; Guns Magazine (2000 Combat Annual); Jan/2001
  • “The Knife & The Gun”; Guns Magazine ; May/2001
  • “Force Options Training – Delivery and Balance”; FBI National Academy Magazine; Apr/2001
  • “Cut and Thrust Method – Espada Y Daga”, Filipino Martial Arts; Aug/2001
  • “Combat Training – Filipino Style”, Filipino Martial Arts; Aug/ 2001
  • “Mental Aspects of Edged Weapons”; American Handgunner Magazine; Nov/2001
  • “America Strikes Back – Surviving a Close Quarter Attack”, Martial Arts Illustrated; Mar/ 2002
  • “Knives for Cops – A National Composite Policy”; Law and Order Magazine; Mar/ 2002
  • “Suspects with Edged Weapons”; Law and Order Magazine; Jul/ 2002
  • “Unarmed Defense and the Power of Light”; Combat Tactics Magazine; Nov/ 2002

Training Videos

  • “Tactical Edged weapons II” (Created, written, directed and lead role Steve Tarani, produced by Gunsite Productions Inc.) Released in August1998.
  • “Close Quarter Tactics I” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by Gunsite Productions Inc.) Released in November,1998.
  • “Defensive Walking Stick ”(Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by Gunsite Productions Inc.) Released in July 1999.
  • “Ron Avery: Secrets of a Professional Shooter – Part One” (Created, written and directed  by Steve Tarani,  produced by Visionary Alliance Group LLC.) Released in August 2000.
  • “Ron Avery: Secrets of a Professional Shooter – Part Two” (Created, written, and directed by Steve Tarani,  produced by Visionary Alliance Group LLC.) Released in November 2000.
  • “Ron Avery: Secrets of a Professional Shooter – Part Three” (Created, written and directed  by Steve Tarani,  produced by Visionary Alliance Group LLC.) Released in August 2000.
  • “The Naked Edge – Part One – Fundamentals of Edged Weapon Defensive Technology” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by CFW Enterprises Inc.) Released in March 2001.
  • “The Naked Edge – Part Two – Defending Against Long and Close Range Attacks” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by CFW Enterprises Inc.) Released in March 2001.
  • “The Naked Edge – Part Three – Defense and Disarms at Extreme Close Quarters” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by CFW Enterprises Inc.) Released in March 2001.
  • “Karambit: Exotic Weapon of the Indonesian Archipelago – Part One” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by CFW Enterprises Inc.) Released in March 2001.
  • “Karambit: Exotic Weapon of the Indonesian Archipelago – Part Two” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by CFW Enterprises Inc.) Released in March 2001.
  • “Karambit: Exotic Weapon of the Indonesian Archipelago – Part Three” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by CFW Enterprises Inc.) Released in March 2001. Airborne Defense – Ensuring your Personal Safety in Confined Area Travel” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by Creative Concepts Inc.) Released in May 2002.
  • “Fixed and Folding Blades – Carry Operation and Personal Defense” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by Creative Concepts Inc.) Released in May 2002.
  • “Karambit – Operation and  Personal Safety” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by Creative Concepts Inc.) Released in May 2002.
  • “Folding Knives” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by E3 Video Inc.) Released in Aug 2007.
  • “The Art of Disarming” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by E3 Video Inc.) Released in Aug 2007.
  • “Mastering the Curved Blade” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by E3 Video Inc.) Released in Aug 2007.
  • “Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight” (Created, written, directed and lead role by Steve Tarani, produced by E3 Video Inc.) Released in Aug 2007.
Working more than seven years as a contractor for the federal government, Tarani was recruited and hired as a full-time federal employee by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Langley (VA) where he was trained and served in protective programs. Steve has recently moved on from federal employment returning to the private sector where he currently serves as a protective agent and professional educator specializing in preventative defense and personal security.

    Federal Firearms Instructor Certifications

  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
  • US Department of Energy    (Office of Security)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (Office of Security)
    Participatory: Hard Skills (Federal)

  • US Department of State (DS), Bureau of Diplomatic Security Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA)
  • US DOE/ NNSI Central Training Academy (NM) – Security Force Training, Staff Instructor
  • Adjunct: US Department of Justice (DOJ) FBI/ DEA Instructor Trainer, Quantico, VA
  • Adjunct: US Marine Corps MCMAP/ MACE Instructor Trainer, Quantico, VA
  • Central Intelligence Agency Protective Agent Training, Langley, VA
    Participatory: Hard Skills (Civilian)

  • Global Resource Services, LLC (DE) Team Lead, Protective Services and Training
  • Operational Skills Group, LLC (CA) Director of Training and Operations
  • Adjunct: SIG Arms Academy (NH) Instructor: Firearms/ Defensive Tactics/ Protection http://www.sigsaueracademy.com/
  • Adjunct: Del Rey Oaks Police Department (CA) Instructor: Firearms/ Defensive Tactics
  • Gunsite Academy Inc. (AZ) Staff Instructor http://www.gunsite.com/
  • Aegis Academy (CA) Staff Instructor http://aegisacademy.com/

Martial Arts Training extensively through the 1980’s with the likes of Guro Ted Lucaylucay, and Grandmaster Leovigildo M. Giron, Tarani achieved his Graduate/ Instructor ranking directly under Grandmaster Giron in Stockton, Caifornia in 1989. he is a disciple of Guro Dan Inosanto and received instructorship directly under Guro Inosanto in Los Angeles California in 1996. As a long-term private “back-yard” student of Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite, Steve was also granted his instructorship in Palmdale, California in 1997. Subsequently, he is one of only a handful of Americans to hold three simultaneous instructorships in the Filipino weapon arts respectively under Grandmaster Giron, Punong Guro Sulite and Guro Dan Inosanto. Additional instructorships were conferred to Tarani on location in Japan at the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo in Tokyo and in West Java, Bandung, Indonesia.

Practical Application Traveling to the source of “contact weapon cultures” such as the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, Steve took his intense training to the next level. Following cumulative years of training and research into traditional Filipino, Malaysian, Japanese and Indonesian weapons systems, and extracting the practical elements of modern urban defense, he took these elements, integrated them with tier-one firearms handling, marksmanship and incorporated them into military and law enforcement training programs. As a result, Steve Tarani remains unparalleled as a professional educator of streamlined, no-nonsense, threat-based protective skills.

Martial Arts Certifications Kali/Eskrima/Arnis Instructor – Guro Dan Inosanto, Los Angeles, CA,  Graduate/ Instructor – Bahala Na Eskrima Int’l, Stockton, CA,  Graduate/  Instructor – LAMECO Eskrima Int’l, Palmdale, CA, Muay Thai Boxing Instructor – Thai Boxing Association USA, Los Angeles, CA, Jun Fan/ Jeet Kune Do Instructor – Sifu Dan Inosanto – Los Angeles, CA, Aikido Sensei – Instructorship issued at the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan, Indonesian Pencak Silat Instructor – Mande Muda International, Bandung, Indonesia

WHEN WHAT SPECIALIZATION RANK
1983-1986 Ninpo Ikkan Tai Ken Japanese JiuJitsu Contact Weapons Black Belt
1984-1986 Lucaylucay JKD Filipino Weapons Phase III
1986-1996 Bahala Na Eskrima Edged and Impact Weapons Instructor
1987-1996 Yoshinkan Aikido Empty Hand, Bo and Jo Black Belt
1993-2004 Lameco Eskrima International Edged and Impact Weapons Instructor
1994-2004 Indonesian Pencak Silat Exotic Edged, Impact and Flexible weapons Instructor
1995-2005 Thai Boxing Association USA Muay Thai Boxing Instructor
1994-2009 Inosanto Kali/Eskrima Empty hand, Edged and Impact Weapons Instructor

 

SPECIALIZED TRAINING:

WHERE SYSTEM LOCATION SPECIALIZATION
JAPAN Yoshinkan Aikido Honbu Dojo, Tokyo Traditional Weapons
INDONESIA Pencak Silat(Mande Muda) West Java, Bandung Exotic Weapons
PHILIPPINES Kali/ Eskrima/ Arnis Quezon City, Manila Edged and Impact Weapons

 

Preventative Defense

  • Protective Intelligence
  • Operational Security

Personal Security

  • Firearms (personal weapons)
  • Counter-abduction (anti-kidnapping)
  • Improvised weapons (weapons of opportunity)
  • Weapon Retention/ Counter-retention (handgun and long gun)