Chris Mandigma is recognized as an authority in law enforcement for defensive tactics and he specializes in the integration of empty-hand tactics, impact and edged weapons and pistol with a heavy emphasis on police and self-defense application. His experience spans over fifteen years of experience in law enforcement and security. Chris was born and raised in Toronto, Canada then lived in the Philippines for 5 years after graduating high school. He returned to Canada and began training in Muay Thai which was quickly followed by Jujutsu and the Filipino Martial Arts. 

Chris' enforcement career began in Transit Security where he would subsequently become the use of force trainer for the security team. During this time, he also served 5 years as an Auxiliary Constable with the Waterloo Regional Police Service. This was followed by another 5 years of service with Canada's second largest law enforcement service, Canada Border Services Agency where he was assigned as a Use of Force and Firearms Instructor at the main recruit training college. By 2019, Chris was recruited to lead the development of the defensive tactics and firearms program for another Federal agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada. Today, he is the Director for Canada and a member on the Board of Tactical Advisors for the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association.

As a vetted training supplier for the Government of Canada, Chris is a certified Federal Government instructor and the only TRICOM Master Instructor in Canada. He provides training for multiple law enforcement agencies and security service providers across North America.

Professional Background | Law Enforcement Certifications:

  • TriCom Master Instructor | Survival Edge Tactical Systems

  • Advanced Expandable Baton Instructor | Bonowi International Police Equipment (IPE)

  • P.O.S.T. Certified Subject Matter Instructor | State of Wyoming

  • Gym Jones Tactical Instructor Level 2

  • Adjunct Travel Security Instructor | Global Affairs Canada

  • Former Defensive Tactics Instructor | PPCT

  • Former Use of Force & Firearms Instructor | Canada Border Services Agency

  • (Ret.) Use of Force Advisor / Instructor | Environment Canada (Wildlife)

Past & Present Client Listing:

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (specialized unit Instructors)

  • Correctional Service of Canada Provincial ICIT Instructors

  • Environment Canada Wildlife Enforcement

  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans

  • Ports Toronto Protective Services

  • Region of Waterloo Transit & Corporate Security


Chris' martial arts journey encompasses striking from Muay Thai, grappling from Jiu-jitsu and weapons-based combatives from Pekiti Tirsia Kali. His training is under the tutelage of Tuhon Jared Wihongi and Mandala Jason Jones in Pekiti Tirsia Kali.