About Steve Tarani

Steve Tarani
Karambit Authority

Steve Tarani is an internationally respected edged weapons and personal safety expert. He is a full-time defensive tactics instructor and provides high-profile operational development training for various agencies world-wide. He is additionally the premier recognized authority and expert on the Karambit. He has written several books on edged weapons and personal safety, has had countless magazine articles published and has produced numerous videos on the karambit. To purchase any of these products click here.

Over the years Tarani's job responsibilities demanded of him to perform many demonstrations using the Karambit in front of hundreds of wide-eyed audiences. These demonstrations of the capabilities of the Karambit, both fascinated and intrigued his audiences, students and colleagues who all soon asked for more information and also where they could get one!

 dsc07763bwspecial-tn.jpg Because of this tremendous volume of inquiries, Steve was offered the opportunity by Unique Publications Inc. to write the first book ever published in the West about the Karambit and also to create the very first training videos. Subsequently, other companies recognized this tremendous interest in the modern Karambit and now provide support for the ever-increasing demand for more information about the Karambit as well as Karambit products including the development of this web-site!
Thus, as a certified professional instructor, Steve Tarani - a longtime disciple of various Indonesian/ Malaysian Masters of the Karambit, (who also studied in Indonesia) brought the training methodologies and concepts of this amazing ancient utility and personal safety tool out from behind the curtains of esoteric martial training to his many non-martial-artist students who demanded to know much more. Thus combining the ancient ways of the East with the urban demands of the West he designed both the actual modern Karambit utility tool (custom and production now used by most manufacturers) and synthesized the ancient teachings of his masters with the demands of our mechanized society to create the body of training knowledge of what became known as the Modern Karambit Method. 088-tn.jpg 
Highly sought-after due to his immense training background and respect in the training industry, recognized Karambit authority Steve Tarani continues to lecture, deliver training seminars, teach workshops, produce training videos and write additional magazine articles and books on the Karambit and its usage.


A student of edged weapons since 1979 Steve Tarani trained extensively throughout the 1980's in the Filipino weapons arts under the likes of Guro Ted Lucalucay and Grandmaster Giron resulting in his achievement of graduate instructor status in 1989 directly under Grandmaster Leovigildo Miguel Giron. Further research, training and investigation into various Japanese, Chinese, Burmese, Korean and other edged weapons systems led him to the masters of the Karambit hailing from the Indonesian Archipelago. About this same time Steve began formal training in the Malaysian and Indonesian weapon systems with his first Malaysian instructor Cibku Sulaimen Sharif.


While a dedicated Maphilindo Silat (and Filipino Eskrima) student training directly under Guru Dan Inosanto in Los Angeles California, Steve was introduced to Guru Besar Herman Suwanda by Guro Inosanto and became a devoted disciple. Tarani trained with his new teacher throughout the 1990's up to and until the passing of his master in March of 2002. Although trained predominantly in the US, Steve was often encouraged by personal invitation, to train with Guru Besar Suwanda, his family and his teachers in Indonesia.

Captivated by the traditional training methods and total immersion into the Indonesian culture, Steve trained in Indonesia directly under the likes of Pencak Silat masters such as Pak Akyat, Pak Odid, Bapak Suherman,  and others and became intimately familiar with the styles and teachings of the ancients. Receiving his instructorship in Lembang Jawa Barat (West Java, Indonesia) in July of 1996, he continued his studies directly under his masters to achieve the rank of Jagabaya - innermost guard of the Pendekar, specializing in the Karambit.

Today, as an internationally respected educator, specializing in edged weapons systems from around the globe, Steve Tarani is a full-time law enforcement trainer and use-of-force management consultant to numerous government agencies in North America and Europe dsc07760-tn.jpg 

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