Alessandro Padovani

Safer, Faster Knife Defense Class + DVD & Tactical Knife

with Alessandro Padovani

This class bundle includes over 3 hours of video instruction. In addition, you’ll get a tactical knife, which as a compact 3-inch blade folds into a 4-inch handle, making this a right-sized tactical knife that’s at home taking on tasks in the outdoors, on the jobsite, or in the office. This knife has a value of $40 when sold separately.

This “Safer, Faster Knife Defense” class delivers critical instruction, including training demonstrations and expert insight for anyone seeking to acquire the mental confidence and physical skills to use a knife for their own protection.

Whether used as a primary defensive tool or secondary “force multiplier,” knives offer unique advantages over other defensive tools, making this one-of-a-kind training well worth the commitment.

From knife selection and mental readiness to physical techniques and practice drills, Safer Faster Knife Defense is one of the most comprehensive presentations on the subject, taught by one of the foremost experts in the field, Alessandro Padovani. Alessandro is a multi-disciplined personal defense instructor, teaching both armed and unarmed defensive skills as the founder of Safer Faster Defense. A native of Italy, now living in California, Alessandro’s training is sought by private students and professionals worldwide.

Safer Faster Knife Defense teaches both mental preparedness and physical techniques, from mindset and managing fear, to knife grip, stance, carry methods, and targeted knife strikes for quickly ending a violent physical attack. Also included are techniques for non-violent posture when encountering a threat, and knife defense training drills for at-home practice alone or with a training partner.

Plus, three bonus videos provide a behind-the-scenes perspective on the value of knife defense as part of an overall personal defense training plan, as well as an insightful interview with class instructor Alessandro Padovani and an explanation of the defensive training knife used in the production of this class.

Kershaw RJ Tactical 3.0 Knife

The RJ Tactical 3.0 is a classic collaboration between custom knifemaker RJ Martin and Kershaw’s blade engineers. It offers tactical RJ style—versatile drop-point blade, top and bottom grind, and comfortably contoured handle.

The handle is durable glass-filled nylon with comfortable finger contours and a matte look. The handle also offers heavy back jimping for an extra-secure grip. The RJ Tactical 3.0 opens with SpeedSafe assisted opening and the built-in flipper. A locking liner secures the blade open during use. It includes a reversible pocketclip for left- or right-handed carry in this good-looking tactical knife.

  • 13 Sessions
  • 3h 05m

Alessandro Padovani

Alessandro has been practicing Martial Arts since childhood. This passion and quest for better ways to prepare for self-defense brought him to Blauer Tactical Systems, where he became a Personal Defense Readiness Instructor in 2007. He has also taught defensive firearms classes for Delta Firearms Academy and is currently a Combat Focus Shooting and I.C.E. Training instructor and a CrossFit trainer. He started Safer Faster Defense in 2011. Its mission: through education and training, to give clients the knowledge and tools to stay safe and prepare to prevail in dangerous situations. In 2012 he finished developing the Safer Faster Knife Defense program which provides a simple and intuitive knife training program that quickly makes students more confident and efficient in deploying and using a knife for personal protection. Alessandro is also known for the programs he has developed with others: FitShot, which strives to inspire a higher level of fitness in the shooting community, and the Reality Based Training Instructor Development course for civilian firearms instructors. You can learn more about Safer Faster Knife Defense and contact Alessandro through his website at

Bonus materials available after purchase

PDF Supplement: Choosing a Defensive Knife

Learn more about the physical characteristics to consider for an everyday carry knife.

PDF Supplement: Training Partners Brief

Get additional tips for effective at-home knife defense training.

PDF Supplement: The Law

Use this worksheet to facilitate learning about laws related to carrying and using knives.

PDF Supplement: Positive Emotional Triggers

Use this worksheet to help manage fear in a defensive encounter.

PDF Supplement: Permission to do Harm

Use this worksheet to build confidence and overcome apprehension experienced by some while training in knife defense.

Video: Meet Your Instructor

Download this short video to meet your class instructor, Alessandro Padovani.

Video: Instructor Insights

PDN Exec. Director Rob Pincus discusses the application of defensive knife training as part of an overall personal defense training plan.

Video: Training Knife Demo

Alessandro explains how an innovative training tool promotes realism and helps students recognize the effectiveness of their strikes, or blows received, by providing valuable audio and visual feedback during training drills

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