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TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Knife / Counter Knife with Ernie Kirk in McLean, IL April 23rd

April 5, 2016

Image via Findlaw.co.uk

GSL Defense Training is bringing in a top tier Krav Maga and combatives instructor to McLean, Illinois on Saturday, April 23rd for a Knife/Counter-Knife course.

Do you carry a knife with an eye towards perhaps using it for self-defense?  Ever wondered how to deal with the threat of a knifing by bad guy?

Add some new tools to your self-defense toolbox with this Knife/Counter-Knife course presented by Ernie Kirk, an instructor with over thirty years of experience instructing and training civilians, law enforcement and military personnel.  Excerpts of his resume are reprinted below.

Here’s your chance to learn critical, potentially life-saving skills to counter an edged weapon attack from a nationally known expert instructor.  Learn simple, easy-to-remember techniques to defend against a knife-wielding bad guy with your bare hands or with your own knife or firearm. Learn proper and expedient deployment of your blade.

Photo via UK Telegraph

Registration for this course is just $150 per person for the 830am – 6pm course.  Lunch and training materials will be provided.   Wear pants with pockets and a belt.  NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE / KNIFE TRAINING REQUIRED.  This course is geared to the knife novice.

Instruction topics include:  pros and cons of various knife types, safe handling, disarming techniques and much, much more.

Other topics may include:  Knife selection, stances and deployment techniques, and more to offer students the skills they need to effectively defend themselves against an edged weapon attack.


To register:

Send a check made out to Kirk’s Premier Martial Arts ($150 per person), along with your name, address, and telephone number to:

GSL Defense Training
21 Brookshire Green
Bloomington, IL 61704

We’ll mail you back a welcome letter with the address and directions to the training facility (about a half-mile south of Route 136 east of McLean, IL).  Include your email address for registrations submitted within 10 days of the event.  We’ll email you the welcome letter for late enrollees.





About the instructor

Ernie Kirk is a top-tier Krav Maga and Combatives instructor in the United States, with over thirty years of experience instructing and training civilians, law enforcement and military personnel.

Designed specialized curriculum for civilians, law enforcement and military courses taught throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.  He’s also the Israeli Wingate Institute Representative in the USA

Mr. Kirk is a 4th Degree Black belt in Krav Maga, USA Representative and certified Senior Instructor through the Wingate Institute, Israel.  Wingate is solely responsible for providing self protection instructors to all combat Isreali Defense Forces  (IDF) units.  Mr. Kirk is the only American instructor recognized by Wingate with authority to certify others using the Wingate curriculum.

Other key positions and accomplishments of Mr. Kirks include being a charter member of instructors certified to teach Israeli based Krav Maga’s  self protection system in the Untied States.  He was “Train the Trainer” for both law enforcement and civilians for Krav Maga Worldwide, the largest Krav Maga organization in the U.S. during  this period. Finally he was selected as the Director Krav Maga Worldwide Advisory  Board.  He’s also president of Krav Maga Universal.

Current Martial Arts ranks

  • 4th Degree Black Belt Krav Maga awarded through Wingate Institute in Israel
  • 6th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
  • 5th Degree Black Belt Hapkido
  • Brown Belt Judo
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Goju Kai
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Combat Karate
  • Brown Belt Aikido
  • Level 3 Instructor with USAF


  • Krav Maga Senior Instructor through Wingate University Israel
    • Expert Level Krav Maga and Combatives Instructor
    • Unarmed Defense Instructor in CQC (Close Quarter Combat)
    • Hand Gun Defense Instructor
    • Long Gun/SMG Defense Instructor
    • Weapon Retention Instructor
    • Edged Weapon Defense Instructor
    • Stick/Blunt Weapon Defense Instructor
    • Resister Control and Handcuffing
  • Combatant Control and Control of Aggressive Subjects
  • TC3 Tactical Combat Causality Care Certified
  • BCON Certified
  • Krav Maga Worldwide Force Training Instructor
  • Use of Force & Force Continuum Certified
  • Weapon Retention Certified
  • Resister Control and Handcuffing Certified
  • Rape Awareness and Prevention Instructor
  • National Association for Professional Martial Artists
  • Martial Arts Industry Association
  • Kickboxing (PKA) amateur fights
  • Rape Awareness and Prevention Instructor
  • National Karate and Ju-Jitsu Certified Instructor I-Dan
  • International Krav Maga Association Country Director
  • International Krav Maga Federation Expert Level Instructor
  • Ground Fighting Counter Attack Certification
  • Executive Protection Certification
  • Field Expedient Weapons Certification
  • Fight Survival Training Instructor
  • FIST Knife Combatives Certification
  • Combat Karate Certified Instructor & Black Belt
  • Wingate Institute Israel Senior Instructor Certification
  • Contact Weapon Defense and Control Instructor (Federal Air Marshals)
  • Direct Action Denied Area Operations Certification
  • Kuboton Certified Instructor
  • Certified Instructor with Federation of United Martial Artists


4 Responses to TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Knife / Counter Knife with Ernie Kirk in McLean, IL April 23rd

  1. Dyspeptic Skeptic on March 28, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Mmmm, I have always wanted to learn how to use a blade! This sounds like a good class!

  2. jboch on March 29, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Indeed. A whole lot of folks carry folders on their person, but almost none (unless they’ve been to prison) have a clue how to use them effectively.

    This is a chance for you to learn some fundamentals that will vastly increase your survivability in event you find yourself on the wrong end of a blade presented at bad-breath distances.

    While a gun is kind of like a magic wand to get people to do what a criminal wants from a distance, the knife is used up close and personal distances and is even more deadly than a gun.

    Take this class. For the money, it’s a screaming bargain. If it saves your life, it’ll be priceless.


  3. jboch on April 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    As of April 5, we have about 6-8 slots remaining.



  4. Rocco on April 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I am truly looking forward to this!!!