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About Tirsia Tactical

Tirsia (pronounced Ter-shi-uh) Tactical serves as an interagency training body for law enforcement, protective services and security. We are dedicated to facilitating accountable training responsibilities in a collaborative and comprehensible approach.

Tirsia Tactical was founded by Chris Mandigma, a recognized authority and subject matter specialist in law enforcement defensive tactics and close quarter combatives (CQC). He specializes in CQC with edged weapons and pistol with a martial arts background in Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu and Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.

Chris Mandigma started in Transit Security Enforcement, served as an Auxiliary Constable with the Waterloo Regional Police Service, CBSA Use of Force and Firearms Instructor and ECCC Wildlife Enforcement Use of Force Advisor who has combined his experiences to develop defensive tactics programs for a multitude of agencies.

Tirsia Tactical is a vendor of record for Canadian law enforcement and protective service agencies, and Chris Mandigma has trained law enforcement professionals nationally and internationally at the federal, provincial / state and municipal level. He is a certified Canadian Federal Government instructor, an approved ATC Instructor by the Chief Firearms Office and the sole TRICOM Master Instructor in Canada under the direct tutelage of Jared Wihongi - the founder and Chief Instructor of the TRICOM system.

The Tirsia Tactical Instructor Cadre are police tactical unit operators, recognized Use of Force Subject Matter Experts and military SF operators who were handpicked for their operational experience, knowledge and abilities to facilitate training in a comprehensive and accountable approach.

Why "TIRSIA"? Paying homage to Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, which is a highly-effective close-quarter fighting art indigenous to the Visayan region of the Philippines founded in 1897 by Grand Master Conrado Tortal, it means 'quartering in fighting' or 'to push the enemy to an area of three corner sides. The lineage then continued to Grand Master Leo Tortal Gaje Jr. onto Tuhon Jared Wihongi.


  • TRICOM Master Instructor | S.E.T.S. State of Utah, USA

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

  • ASP Instructor | Armament Systems Procedures Inc. State of 

  • Impact Munitions Instructor | Defense Technology

  • Control & Defensive Tactics Instructor | Canada Border Services Agency

  • Basic Firearms Instructor | Canada Border Services Agency

  • Authorized to Carry (ATC) Firearms Instructor | Chief Firearms Office

  • Travel Security Adjunct Instructor | Global Affairs Canada

  • Basic Security Instructor | Alberta Justice & Solicitor General

  • Advanced Expandable Baton Instructor | Bonowi International

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor | PPCT

  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach

  • Tactical Fitness Instructor Level 2 | Gym Jones


  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) | Guest Instructor

  • Indiana SWAT Officers Association Conference (ISOA) | Guest Instructor

  • POLIS Solutions with A.D.A.P.T. | Panel Member

  • International Law Enforcement Training Summit | Guest Instructor

  • Canadian Tactical Operations Summit | Guest Instructor

  • Ontario Tactical Advisory Body (OTAB) | Guest Instructor

  • Saskatchewan Association of Conservation Officers (SACO) | Guest Instructor

  • TACCOM - Canada's Largest Firearms Convention | Guest Presenter

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