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 civilian 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 where he was introduced to Muay Thai which kickstarted his martial arts journey.  Within two years, Chris also began studying Japanese Jujutsu and 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 with 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 for half of a decade. In 2019, Chris was recruited to lead the development of the defensive tactics and firearms program for Environment Canada which encompassed Wildlife Enforcement Officers and Environment Protection Officers. Today, he is the Director for Canada and a member on the Board of Tactical Advisors for the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association.

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


  • TriCom Master Instructor | Survival Edge Tactical Systems

  • Advanced Expandable Baton Instructor | Bonowi International Police Equipment

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

  • Approved Basic Security Instructor | Alberta Justice & Solicitor General

  • Adjunct Travel Security Instructor | Global Affairs Canada

  • Gym Jones Tactical Instructor Level 2

  • Former CrossFit Level 1 Coach

  • Former Defensive Tactics Instructor | PPCT

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

  • Former Use of Force Advisor | Environment Canada - Wildlife Enforcement


Chris joined the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association in 2018 where he would later be designated as the Director for Canada as well as a member on the Board of Tactical Advisors.

As one of the few TRICOM Master Instructors globally, Chris has been invited as a special guest instructor and presenter at the following international law enforcement training conferences and events:

  • The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

  • The Indiana SWAT Officers Association Conference (ISOA)

  • International Law Enforcement Training Summit

  • The Ontario Tactical Advisory Body (OTAB)

  • Canadian Tactical Operations Summit

  • POLIS Solutions with A.D.A.P.T.


Chris not only provides training services but also consults for various organizations ranging from product, technology and training programs.

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (specialized unit)

  • Canada Border Services Agency

  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans

  • Environment Canada

  • Ports Toronto (formerly Toronto Port Authority)

  • Correctional Service of Canada - Provincial ICIT

  • Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy

  • US Secret Service

  • Ogden Police Department

  • Westchester County Police Department

  • ChimeraXR

  • Chiron Global Tech



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