National Security Training Academy


The National Security Training Academy (NSTA) is the Tirsia Training Academy's specialized use of force and defensive tactics program for security professionals.

The NSTA was developed by Chris Mandigma to lay a foundation in standardized training for security professionals, police service and law enforcement agency applicants. Many provinces in Canada to date still lacks the professional oversight in security use of force training, a provincially-mandated training program and vetting of qualified security use of force instructors. 

Licensed Security Guards and Police Applicants now have a trusted and vetted resource to obtain preparatory training in:

  • Use of Force and Defensive Tactics

  • Pistol Fundamentals

  • Use of Force Scenario Training

  • General Physical Preparedness (GPP) for the P.A.R.E., and P.R.E.P. 


  • Must be a licensed security professional 

  • TriCom Master Instructor | Survival Edge Tactical Systems

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

  • Adjunct Defensive Tactics Instructor | Public Order Solutions

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

  • Verbal Judo Instructor | Verbal Judo Canada

  • Adjunct Travel Security Instructor | Global Affairs Canada

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

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor | PPCT

  • Gym Jones Tactical Instructor Level 2

Enforcement Group Accomplishments

  • Development and implementation of the Use of Force, Defensive Tactics and Firearms program for an undisclosed Federal Government Agency

  • Development of Mobile Patrol Security Response Program for an undisclosed municipality

  • Standardization in Security Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for an undisclosed security enforcement team

  • Played a key role In the procurement and implementation of an incident management database system for an undisclosed Canadian city;

  • Revamp of the Control & Defensive Tactics program delivery for Canada Border Services Agency in 2019;

Past & Present Client Listing:

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (undisclosed unit)

  • Canada Border Services Agency

  • Correctional Service of Canada Provincial ICIT Instructors

  • Ports Toronto Protective Services

  • Region of Waterloo Transit & Corporate Security

  • Municipal police services



Chris' martial arts journey began with Muay Thai, where he then added Jujutsu and Filipino Martial Arts specializing in the TriCom (Tri-Angle Combatives) system under the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association. His training is under the tutelage of Tuhon Jared Wihongi and Mandala Jason Jones in Pekiti Tirsia Kali .