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Michael Bane

Michael Bane

Michael Bane defies stereotypes. He has leveraged a career as a journalist, author, professional adventurer and acknowledged expert on firearms into some of the most innovative — and successful — shooting sports programming in the world.

Shooting Gallery, which Bane created and host, is now filming its 17th season, the most successful shooting show ever. He has traveled around the world covering every aspect the world of firearms. In addition, Bane’s production involvement such shows as The Best Defense, Gun Stories with Joe Mantegna, and Shootout Lane has helped raise the bar for outdoor programming of the world of firearms. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including 7 “Tellys” and multiple Outdoor Channel “Golden Moose” awards for broadcasting excellence, an Outdoor Channel Lifetime Achievement Award and a Communicator of the Year award from the Professional Outdoor Media Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Bane was actively involved in the creation of 4 shooting sports and regularly shoots competitively. He is also a big game hunter and a vet bad gunsmith. His weekly podcast, Down Range Radio, is the most successful firearms podcast on the Internet and an award-winner in its own right.

He is the author of 22 books, 21 non-fictions and one novel. Most recently, he ghostwrote the biography of his longtime friend Bill Wilson of Wilson Combat. Bane’s "Over The Edge: A Regular Guy's Odyssey in Extreme Sports" is considered a classic in the field and led to the Wall Street Journal commenting, “How did Michael Bane become the George Plimpton from hell?” His "White Boy Singing The Blues" on the relationship between music and culture has been called, “One of the five best books ever written on rock and roll” and is used extensively in college courses on American popular culture.


Michael Janich

Michael Janich

Michael Janich has been an avid student and instructor of self-defense for more than 40 years. He has an extensive background in the Filipino martial arts, pencak silat, judo, aikido, boxing, Savate, and military combatives. Mike was inducted into Black Belt magazine’s prestigious Hall of Fame as Weapons Instructor of the Year in 2010. Janich is also one of the foremost modern authorities on handgun point shooting and is one of the few contemporary instructors to have been personally trained by the late close-combat legend Colonel Rex Applegate.

Janich served nine years in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, including a three-year tour at the National Security Agency (NSA). He is a two-time graduate with honors of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California (Vietnamese and Chinese-Mandarin) and a recipient of the Commandant’s Award for outstanding linguistic achievement. Janich also served as an Intelligence Officer in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and an Investigation Team Leader for the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC) and Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA), leading numerous investigations into remote areas of Vietnam and Laos to resolve the fates of American prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA).

A prolific author, Janich has been published in all the major publications in the tactical and martial arts industries and is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books and over 20 instructional videos, including Bullseyes Don’t Shoot Back: The Complete Textbook of Point Shooting for Close Quarters Combat, which he wrote with the late Col. Rex Applegate.

Janich is a leading authority on edged-weapon design and tactics and his knife designs have been produced by Spyderco, BlackHawk Blades, Masters of Defense, Combat Elite, and many noted custom knife makers. He is best known as the founder and lead instructor of the Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) and Counter-Blade Concepts (CBC) systems of self-defense, as well as their related systems of unarmed and impact-weapon tactics. Janich is in extremely high demand as an instructor and teaches regular seminars for civilians, law enforcement, and special units around the world.

Janich is currently the Special Projects Coordinator for the Spyderco knife company of Golden, Colorado. With Spyderco’s support, he also co-hosts The Best Defense ­on Outdoor Channel, sharing his extensive knowledge of armed and unarmed self-defense and personal and home security.


Mike Seeklander

Mike Seeklander

Mike Seeklander is the current owner of Shooting-Performance LLC (www.shooting-performance.com), a full service training company and the American Warrior Society (www.americanwarriorsociety.com). Mike is also the co-host of The Best Defense, one of Outdoor Channels leading firearm instructional show.

Previously, Mike was Chief Operating Officer, Director of Training and a Senior Instructor at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Ok. He was directly responsible for the development of all U.S.S.A. training programs.

Prior to that, as an employee of the Federal Government, Mike has served as the Branch Chief and Lead Instructor for the Firearms division with the Federal Air Marshal Service as well as a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (F.L.E.T.C.).

He has extensive formal training and experience in all phases of military and law enforcement training. Mike is a highly sought after tactical and competitive trainer and a high level performer on the competition handgun circuit. Currently a nationally ranked competitor on the practical handgun competition circuit, Seeklander has authored/produced instructional books, DVD’s and has developed hundreds of lesson plans specifically related to basic and advanced firearms training.

As a local law enforcement officer with the Knox County Sherriff’s Department as well as the Knoxville Police Department Mike worked in corrections as well as patrol and with the Organized Crime division.

In 1990 Mike joined the United States Marine Corps and was trained as an Intelligence Specialist with Top Secret clearance. Mike is a combat veteran of Desert Storm/Shield (Gulf war 1). He holds secondary MOS’s of Combat Engineer and Primary Marksmanship Instructor.

Mike is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in the law enforcement community, and as a semi-professional shooter.

Seeklander’s Shooting Accomplishments:

  • 2013 and 2014 IPDA BUG (Back up Gun) National Champion
  • 2011 Steel Challenge World Champion (production division).
  • 2007 European Championships (2nd overall)
  • USPSA National Championships (top 5 overall numerous times)
  • Area Championship wins: Area 7, Area 4, Area 1 (USPSA)
  • State Championship wins (multiple times in some states): Oklahoma (USPSA and IDPA), Badlands Regional (IDPA), Tennessee (USPSA), Arkansas (IDPA and USPSA), South Carolina (USPSA), Georgia (USPSA), Texas Limited (USPSA), New Jersey (USPSA)

Having competed in the shooting sports nationally, Mike adds to this experience with more than 15 years of experience in various martial arts holding multiple ranks including a Black Belt in Okinawan Freestyle Karate.


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