Extreme Knife & CQB Pistol Skills

8 Hours – Extreme Knife and CQB Pistol Skills – Brian HOFFNER

FBI statistics show that the majority of police shootings take place at 0-5 feet.  These shootings happen extremely fast and are extremely violent.  How an officer thinks, reacts, and performs in this very short period of extreme violence is critical to prevailing in the encounter.  There is a difference between an attack by contact weapon or an attack by firearm that may result in differing method of perceiving, choosing, and acting accordingly.   The mindset and reactive techniques presented in this class give the officer high speed, highly effective tactics that the officer can depend on to prevail in the close quarters fight for life.

This is not a course in Knife fighting… it is fighting with a knife to defend your life

If a person with a knife is attacking and you defend yourself with:

1. Empty hands-                  There is a good chance that you will be injured, maimed, or killed

2. Intermediate weapon-    There is a good chance that you will be injured, maimed, or killed

3. Your knife-                        There is a good chance that you will be injured, maimed, or killed

4. Your firearm-                    There is a good chance that the attacker will be injured, maimed, or killed

5. Track & Field-       There is a good chance that no one will be injured, maimed, or killed

"Any extreme close quarter’s battle for life is going to be violent, blood spattering, and bone crushing Painful. When you’re in it, it’s real, there is no denying it.  You have to WANT to be there, to kick ass, prevail, wipe yourself off, and go home at the end of the day"- Brian Hoffner


  • Standard Holster or Plain Clothes Rig (strong side)
  • Minimum 2 mags with pouches
  • Soft Body Armor
  • Eyes and ears pro
  • 250 rounds of ammunition
  • Training Knives will be issued


With over 40 years of military and law enforcement experience, Brian is a senior firearms instructor, and defensive tactics instructor for Houston Police Department.  As director of Hoffners Training Academy Brian brings his dynamic training program to law enforcement, military, and enthusiasts on a national and international level.  Known and respected as a leader in his field, Brian’s unique style of motivating his students while progressively teaching empty hands, knife, pistol, shotgun, rifle, & tactics have made him a trusted favorite throughout the country.  Brian is known for his innovative ideas and high level of intensity while training.  His ability to relay his knowledge, utilize his wide range of skills as a motivator, and bring out the best in his students, ensure a positive learning experience for all. 

Brian is also President of Hoffner Knives and Covert Clothing.