Chris Mandigma is a close-quarter combatives and defensive tactics instructor / consultant that spans over fifteen years of experience in law enforcement and the security sector combined. Chris is recognized as one of the leading instructors in Ontario, Canada in arrest tactics, empty-hand combatives, edged and impact weapons.

After joining the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association in early 2018, Chris founded the first PTTA-sanctioned affiliate in Canada, Pekiti Tirsia Tactics - specializing in the training of law enforcement, military, corrections and security professionals in extreme close-quarter combatives of empty-hand, impact and edged weapons through the TriCom (Tri-Angle Combatives) system. Since the implementation of Pekiti Tirsia Tactics, Chris has traveled throughout Canada to instruct to various law enforcement organizations requiring tailored defensive and tactical training. 

Professional Background & Present and Past Certifications:

  • National Use of Force / Firearms Instructor | undisclosed Government Agency

  • TriCom Instructor | Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association

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

  • Use of Force / Defensive Tactics Instructor | Region of Waterloo

  • Verbal Judo Instructor | Verbal Judo Canada

  • Auxiliary Constable | Waterloo Regional Police Service

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

  • Subject Movement Instructor | Canada Border Services Agency

  • Approach, Entry, Search Instructor | Canada Border Services Agency

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor | PPCT

  • PDR Coach | Blauer Tactical Systems

  • Private Sector Security

  • Adjunct Instructor - Survival Edge Tactical Systems Inc.

  • Adjunct Travel Security Instructor | Global Affairs Canada

  • Advisory Board - Canadian Tactical Officers Association

  • Board of Tactical Advisors - Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association

Chris has also earned a certificate in Criminal Psychology and Behaviour and oversees the coordination of sanctioned events for PTTA Canada.

Law Enforcement Accomplishments include:

  • Developed:

    • A Mobile Security Response Program to address community housing conflict; 

  • Redeveloped:

    • Security Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Grand River Transit Security;

    • Annual Use of Force Re-certification Program for Grand River Transit Security and the Region of Waterloo Corporate Security;

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

    • Defensive Tactics and Firearms Recruit Training curriculum for an undisclosed Federal Government Agency;

    • Annual Use of Force and Firearms Curriculum for an undisclosed Federal Government Agency.

  • Key Roles:

    • In the procurement and implementation of an incident management database system for Grand River Transit Security and Corporate Security;

    • Procurement for Muay Thai training equipment for the Canada Border Services Agency Main Training College.

Past & Present Training Clients:

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

  • Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

  • Correctional Service of Canada (CSC)

  • Correctional Services Recruitment & Training Centre (CSRTC)

  • Institutional Crisis Intervention Team (ICIT)

  • Edmonton Police Service

  • Saskatoon Police Service

  • London Police Service

  • GO Transit

  • Region of Waterloo Corporate Security

  • Region of Waterloo Grand River Transit

  • Canadian Armed Forces

  • Royal Canadian Air Force

  • Neptune Security Services Inc.

  • Barber-Collins Security Services Inc.

  • ASAP Security

  • Durham College - Oshawa Campus

  • Queensway Carleton Hospital


Chris' martial arts journey began in Muay Thai, where he then transitioned to 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 and Professor Ely Camejo of Camejo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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