Defensive Knife Skills with Greg Ellifritz

Defensive Knife Skills with Greg Ellifritz

Sunday, November 15, 2020 • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Defensive Knife for Concealed Carry class is an introductory course designed to give people who normally carry a concealed pistol an alternate defense option if they venture into areas where carrying their pistols is illegal or impractical.

Topics covered will include:

• Choosing a defensive knife
• Carry locations
• Drawing and opening the folding knife under stress
• Basic cutting angles and targets
• The three ways to use a knife to stop an attack
• Escaping life-threatening physical attacks with a knife
• Transitioning between knife and pistol
• Weapon retention using the knife

The only thing you will need to bring for this class is your lunch .Both fixed and folding blade training knives will be provided by the instructor. 



Greg Ellifritz is Active Response Training’s President and Primary Instructor.

Greg is a 20-year veteran police officer, spending 13 years as the full time tactical training officer for his central Ohio agency.  In that position, he was responsible for developing and instructing all of the in-service training for a 54-officer police department.  Prior to his training position, he served as patrol officer, bike patrol officer, bike patrol coordinator, sniper and field training officer for his agency.

 He has been an active instructor for the Tactical Defense Institute since 2001 and a lead instructor for TDI’s ground fighting, knife fighting, active shooter,  impact weapons, and extreme close quarters shooting classes.

Greg holds instructor, master instructor, or armorer certifications in more than 75 different weapons systems, defensive tactics programs, and law enforcement specialty areas.  In addition to these instructor certifications, Greg has trained with many of the leading firearms and edged weapons instructors in the country.

Greg has been an adjunct instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy, teaching firearms, defensive tactics, bike patrol, knife defense and physical fitness topics.  He has taught firearms and self defense classes at the national and international level through the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, The American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, Rangemaster Tactical Conference, and Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. 

He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management and has written for several publications and websites including: ‘The Firearms Instructor”, “Ohio Police Chief”, “Combat Handguns”,, “Concealed Carry Magazine”, Primedia’s “Personal & Home Defense Annual”, and “American Handgunner”.




What can I bring into the event?

Lunch. Please make sure you bring a lunch and any snacks you may need to sustain you through the day. All gear needed for the class will be provided for you.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or give our Training Department a call at 740-363-7555.


What's the refund policy?

Should you realize you can no longer attend the course after registering, please make sure to cancel prior to 7 days before the class. We will not be able to provide refunds after that point.


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