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Chris Mandigma CQC Instructor & Consultant

Chris Mandigma is recognized as an authority in police and law enforcement defensive tactics. He specializes in the integration of empty-hand tactics, impact and edged weapons and pistol. His experience spans over 15 years in law enforcement and security with a martial arts background in Muay Thai, Jujutsu and Pekiti Tirsia Kali (a sub-system of the Filipino Martial Arts).


Chris started in Transit Security, and served as an Auxiliary Constable with the Waterloo Regional Police Service for half a decade. He would then serve as a Use of Force and Firearms Instructor at the main recruit training college for the Canada Border Services Agency then lead the development and standardization of the Use of Force and Firearms Program for Environment Canada and its Protection and Wildlife Enforcement Officers as the Primary Instructor and Use of Force Advisor.

Why "TIRSIA" (Tur-shi-uh)? 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 GM Conrado Tortal, it can be summarized as 'quartering an opponent'. The lineage then continued to GM Leo Tortal Gaje Jr. onto Tuhon Jared Wihongi - the founder of the TRICOM system.

As a vetted training supplier for the Government of Canada, Chris is a certified 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 Tuhon Jared Wihongi. Tirsia Tactical is a trusted resource contracted by government agencies and protective service companies.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • TRICOM Master Instructor | S.E.T.S.

  • Control & Defensive Tactics Instructor | CBSA

  • Firearms Instructor | CBSA

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

  • Adjunct Travel Security Instructor | Global Affairs Canada

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

  • ASP Instructor | Armament Systems Procedures (ASP Inc.)

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor | PPCT

  • Advanced Expandable Baton Instructor | Bonowi International

  • Basic Security Instructor | Alberta Justice & Solicitor General

  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach

  • Gym Jones Tactical Instructor Level 2

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL TRAINING
  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

  • Indiana SWAT Officers Association Conference (ISOA)

  • POLIS Solutions with A.D.A.P.T.

  • Qatar State Police Institute

  • International Law Enforcement Training Summit

  • Canadian Tactical Operations Summit

  • Ontario Tactical Advisory Body (OTAB)

  • Saskatchewan Association of Conservation Officers

  • TACCOM - Canada's Largest Firearms Convention

AGENCIES (Compressed)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

  • US Secret Service

  • Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy

  • Ogden Police Department

  • Westchester County Police Department

  • Royal Canadian Mint

  • Correctional Service of Canada (ICIT Team)

  • Ports Toronto (formerly Toronto Port Authority)

  • City of Toronto - Contracted Security Services

  • Region of Waterloo - Transit & By-Law Enforcement

  • Environment Canada - Protection Officers

  • Environment Canada - Wildlife Enforcement

  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans

  • Canada Border Services Agency

  • Fleming College Campus Security

  • Qatar State Police Institute

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