To provide peace officers and security personnel with reality based verbal and physical control tactics that work as well on the street as they do in the classroom.
Control Tactics and Survival Skills (CTSS) Canada offers two broad classes of instruction:
• Verbal control tactics
• Physical control tactics
The purpose of these programs is to ensure that officer skills comply with the accepted Use of Force model and provide street-usable techniques that allow the officer to perform in such a manner that the officers, subjects, and bystanders safety is maintained.
Security agencies recognize that Control Tactics training is a perishable skill, and thus requires ongoing training.
CTSS Training is certified by the Alberta Solicitor General.
CTSS Training is required for any security personnel to carry handcuffs and a baton.
The following tables compare the verbal control (Strategic De-escalation) and physical control (CTSS) courses with other available courses.
|Physical Control Component||CTSS||PPCT||Verbal Control Component||SD||Verbal Judo|
|Situational awareness||yes||no||Human physiology under stress||yes||no|
|Tactical communication||yes||no||Use of force model and application||yes||yes|
|Cooperative handcuffing - standing||yes||yes||Legal rights and responsibilities||yes||yes|
|Cooperative handcuffing - prone||yes||yes||Documenting an incident||yes||no|
|Handcuffing - overcoming moderate resistance||yes||yes||Personal safety considerations and tactics||yes||partial|
|Handcuffing uncooperative/combative subjects||yes||no||Baselining the environment and individuals therein||yes||no|
|Blocking single strikes||yes||yes||Assessing and predicting subject actions||yes||yes|
|Blocking multiple strikes||yes||no||Cognitive psychology||yes||no|
|Hand verses knife defense||yes||no||Assessing different mental states||yes||no|
|Baton verses knife defense||yes||no||Professional expections and strategies||yes||yes|
|Closed baton techniques||yes||yes||Communicating with subjects thinking rationally||yes||yes|
|Pain compliance control with closed baton||yes||no||Communicating with subjects with contaminated thinking||yes||no|
|Joint locks||yes||yes||Interviewing strategies||yes||yes|
Taught a Predator Mindset
How to win a confrontation whether it be by using verbal or physical tactics. Winning hostile confrontations by attacking first and knowing how to initial Control Tactics Survival Skills.
Law Enforcement Tools & Tactics
Taught when and how to use your law enforcement tools and techniques to safely and effectively control a subjects behavior, within the specified Use Of Force Models.
Combat Fitness Skills
Real world confrontations are typically high intensity and low duration events. Combat Fitness trains the body to be prepared for the explosive speed and power requirements needed to prevail.
Developed Confidence with Training
Our reality based techniques are extremely effective and easy to learn, which produce graduates that are highly capable and extremely confident with their skills.
Reality Based Personal Defense Training Solutions for your Business/Agency
Alberta Solicitor General Certified
The verbal Control Tactics program are a modern, comprehensive suite of courses that encompass all aspects of communication in difficult situations. These courses are based on the latest in cognitive behavioral research and their application by expert frontline communicators.
The physical Control Tactics program are a compilation of techniques and skills learned and optimized in 30+ years of martial arts training and employment in law enforcement and as a Alberta Justice instructor. These techniques were learned from master-instructors around the world.
These verbal and physical control tactics will produce highly trained security professionals.
Do you have the desire to teach control tactics?
Do you want to earn money teaching and certifying Peace Officers and Security Professionals in use of force?
There are separate instructor courses for verbal control tactics and physical control tactics, because the skill set is very different. The first step in becoming an instructor is completion of the complete verbal control and/or physical control tactics course(s).
• Radar/ Lidar Operator Course
The Radar/ Lidar Operator Course is the required training to be able to issue speeding violations under the Traffic Safety Act in Alberta. The course includes theory and practical application in a variety of speed enforcement equipment.
• Strategic De-escalation (16 hrs)
• CTSS Level 1 - cooperative subjects (16 hrs)
CTSS level 1 is a 16 hour course that provides training in human physiology, use-of-force decision making, situational awareness (summary), tactical communication (summary), arrest procedure, tactical handcuffing, and searching of cooperative subjects. (200 $) Day 1 and Day 2
• CTSS Level 2 (40 hrs)
CTSS level 2 is a 40 hour course that provides level 1 certification plus tactical control principles and strategies, impact weapon (baton) use, weapon retention, knife defense, and ground fighting. (350 $) All 5 days are mandatory CTSS level one and two courses do NOT have to be taken separately. Example : Level one is not needed before level two.
Other CTSS courses
• Alberta Basic Security Training
• Tactical Communication (8 hrs)
• Protection Awareness for Women (4-6 hrs)
• Reality Based Knife Defense (4-6 hrs)
• Oleoresin Capsicum Spray Training
• Ground Fighting
• Basic Self Defense (4-6 hrs)
• Customized Training is available
Control Tactics and Survival Skills (CTSS)
In 1986 I started my martial arts training and I received my 1st Degree Black Belt in 1992. Also in 1992 I got my first Law Enforcement job as a Peace Officer for the Summer Village of Seba Beach.
As part of the training I attended the training program at the Solicitor General Staff College which 1 week was for control tactics and self- defense. I remember being very disappointed in the control tactics I learned. The techniques taught were very basic and if any level of resistance were applied they were useless. The instructor would cover up this lack of control by saying “Things go down differently in the street. If something doesn’t work you just do what you have to do to survive.”
I knew that I knew a lot more than the instructor so I approached the department head of the training department and showed him the skills and reality based techniques I learned. I eventually became the Control Tactics Instructor at the Solicitor General Staff College and began teaching the skills and techniques I knew worked well even if the bad guy offered a lot of resistance. To this day I still train and certify Peace Officers in reality based self- defense control tactics and officer safety.
When the Government of Alberta started to regulate the security industry with respect to training, I saw this as an opportunity to train security officers . The general public and even unfortunately some law enforcement officers see security officers as untrained and uneducated. This attitude causes people to challenge a security officers authority more that if they were dealing with a police officer. I have trained security officers who do more physical arrests in a month than a police officer does in a year. I know security officers are more likely to be attacked by weapons than a police officer would.
is a 6th degree black belt in Ketto Ryu Ju-Jutsu and has been studying
martial arts for 25 years. Shawn is a control tactics instructor for
Alberta Justice and is a certified instructor in police defensive
tactics, officer safety, ground fighting, and knife defense.
Shawn is one of a few people in Canada to be certified as a Close
Quarter Combat Instructor by Gunnery Sergeant Hans Marrero (USMC,
Ret.), the former Chief hand to hand combat instructor of the United
States Marine Corps. Shawn is a member of I.L.E.E.T.A-International
Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and served as a Law
Enforcement Officer for over 25 years.
Shawn is certified Use of Force Analyst through the Force Science
Institute and also a certified hypnotist through Omni Hypnosis Center
in Florida. He uses his knowledge to help people harness the power of
the human mind to enhance the physical and mental capabilities of the
people he trains.
With his experience and knowledge, Shawn identified deficiencies in
existing training programs. He has advocated tirelessly for revisions
to training programs so that officers are taught effective techniques.
The CTSS program brings those techniques to security professionals and
anyone working in a security-related field.
I truly believe my motto,
“There is no such thing as tough –
only trained and untrained.”
Founder / Instructor
CTSS Instructor Trainers
David G. Vanden Brink
Retired after 35 years of Law Enforcement including Corrections Canada (Institutional Emergency Response Team), RCMP (Tactical Team, Obstruction Removal Team and Containment Team) and Peace Officer (Team Player). Has experience in Judo holding 1st degree black belt.
As founder and director of the Wise Warrior Gym for the last 18 years, Calen has more than 20 years of experience in personal protection and self-defense training. He has studied and become proficient in many combative disciplines, including Tacical Combat Systems, I.S.R. Matrix, Blauer Tactical Systems, Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, Filipino Martial Arts, Kung Fu and others.
Calen has taken information from a wide variety of sources and organized it into the most effective, progressive, learning and training system to be found anywhere. A training system based on REAL life, REAL martial art, and REAL self defense.
The Wise Warrior Gym offers qualified, professional instruction, in an environment that promotes personal development and physical fitness.
Master Derek Sadler, ChPC, PFT, NCCP
Certified 7th Dan Black Belt
CEO / Master Instructor - Precision Martial Arts Academy (PMAA)
Vice President - Alberta Taekwondo Association (ATA)
• Certified 7th Dan Black Belt (WTF)
• Certified 5th Dan Black Belt (Chang Moo Kwan)
• Certified - Control Tactics and Survival Skills (CTSS)
• Certified - Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST)
• Alberta & BC Security License
• Certified - Personal Fitness Trainer & Sports Performance Specialist
• Coaches of Canada Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC)
• Dynamic Fitness Professional for over 20 years
• NCCP Multi-sport A / B / HP Modules
• Taekwondo Canada (TC) Certified Assistant Instructor (AI)
• TC Certified Dojang Coach (DC)
• TC Certified AI & DC Learning Facilitator (LF)
• TC Certifed AI & DC Evaluator
• TC Certified National Poomsae Coach
• TC Certified N1 Kyorugi Referee
• TC Certified N2 Poomsae Judge
• 34 years of Martial Arts Training & Education
• 26 years of Taekwondo Training & Education
• Creator/Founder & Provincially recognized Instructor of Core Kick-boxing™
Proud Father of 2 beautiful daughters, Kassandra & Taylor
Certified under the Alberta solicitor general as a Trainer under s.14(2) of the SSIA ministerial regulation for:
* accredited basic security training course,
* accredited Baton/use of force course,
* Alberta basic security training course.
Certified as a security professional in Alberta under the Security
Services and Investigators act.
* International Taekwondo Federation, 1st degree black belt, since 1995
* Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 2016/2017
* International Krav Maga Federation, since 2015
Level 1 swim coach, National coaching certification program of Canada (NCCP) and Swim Canada/Swim Alberta.
Active Swim instructor status with the Canadian Red Cross, since 2006.
Active Instructor status with the Lifesaving Society of Alberta,
Lifesaving Instructor, National Lifeguard Instructor since 2015/2016.
First responder with St. John Ambulance.
Other Interests include swimming, cycling, running, gymnastics, spring board diving. I am also an active Law student at MacEwan University In Edmonton Alberta, since 2016.