Operational Protective Strategies Welcomes You

Targeting Your Personal Safety!


Important COVID-19 Update

With the recent decision by the provincial government declaring a state of emergency surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be suspending all classes until further notice. We are still available for consultation through e-mail and telephone correspondence. 

We wish everyone well and to respect the perimeters imposed to assist with flattening the curve. 


About Operational Protective Strategies

Since our founding in 2005, Operational Protective Strategies has had the opportunity to help countless students acquire foundational skills, develop new techniques and confidently move forward in their learning journey. We are one of the only task specific organizations situated in Northwestern Ontario providing training to meet the needs of the professional adult focusing on preparing for any potential violent or dangerous encounter in today’s changing world. O.P.S. provides a wide range of courses designed to support students from all backgrounds and levels of experience.


Classes and Courses

Get on Board

Operational Protective Strategies provides an integrated course schedule of learning through exploration, scrutiny, and self-reflection. Our classes combine hands-on experience with knowledge-based teaching - take a look at our offerings and contact Operational Protective Strategies to learn more.

Operational Protective Strategies

O.P.S. provides various courses to address the needs of the professional adult in the various levels of Law Enforcement, Security and Personal Security Details taking into consideration the legalities associated to the differing levels of force.

The subject matter includes;

  • risk management,

  • effective communication,

  • deescalation strategies

  • use of mechanical and physical restraints, 

  • intermediate weapons consisting of;

    • ASP baton,

    • chemical agents,

    • flashlights,

    • improvised weapons

  • weapon awareness surrounding the use of;

    • firearms,

    • edged weapons,

    • blunt instruments. 

Please inquire today about one of our available courses, private sessions or development of a custom course to address you and your team's specific needs. 

Keysi Fighting Method


Keysi is not an art built on other arts, nor is it a combination of techniques from different styles. Rather it is a system, a philosophy of life based on personal growth, with martial arts as a medium according to a philosophy that is grounded on knowledge, research and experimentation. It is a way of understanding, developing, expressing and transmitting knowledge. Keysi is not a copy of this or that, nor is it a theoretical explanation of many different martial arts. On the contrary, it is a set of concepts and principles that are perfectly laid out and defined, the result of rigorous and long introspective work.


Humans are the dominant specie because of their adaptability and evolved skills. We must continue evolving and growing. This process is an outcome of our instincts as a species. The basic concept in the Keysi method is to maintain constant and proactive skills in the field of learning; a domain that knows no limits, a place where your emotional state can express your creativity in physical form through using the mind.


Personal growth is based on belief, which is not a goal but it is a purpose that leads us to the highest level of personal fulfillment as a human being. Human evolutionary progress and our methodology are both based on personal growth, and the Keysi method possesses the key that can open the door to your own path and help you to discover your inner knowledge as the main source of wisdom.

In recent years, our lives have undergone an incredible transformation, following a direction that leads to results that could only be described as inexplicable. We are convinced that there is another area for experimentation, a realm that defies the laws of science and logic where therearean internal space that frees us from norms, standards, technical barriers and limitations. These are the things that we wish to discover. This is no mere fantasy world, achievable only with imagination.

Urban Groundfighting by Keysi

Through this course, students have the opportunity to push their skills, techniques and confidence to a new level in a fun, dynamic way. You, the student will learn to establish control from an opponent adverse to ground fighting and employ tactics based on lawful use of force principles.

Contact us today to learn more about each of our course offerings.


Operational Protective Strategies News

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New Course Schedule Announced

January 1, 2020

Tuesday: 7:30 - 8:30  Keysi Fighting Method

Friday: 7:30 - 8:30 Urban Ground-fighting

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10 Tips to Increase your Personal Safety

December 5, 2019

Having analyzed 100's of real street attacks, we've compiled a short list of personal safety tips to complement your training.


Teaching women self-defence still the best way to reduce sexual assaults: study

October 18th, 2018

A landmark Canadian study instructed participants on how to confront the risk of sexual assault on campus, reports Erin Anderssen. While it’s a partial solution – and an imperfect one – research shows resistance tactics work

More About Operational Protective Strategies

Where Students Come First

At the heart of everything that we do is our passion for education and our commitment to our students. Thanks to our varied course selection and unique teaching techniques, our instructors have been recognized for their professionalism time and time again.

Operational Protective Strategies is located at the Volunteer Pool in Thunder Bay, and reflects the vibrant energy of the area. The skilled team members are here to help students achieve their goals. Are you ready to reach your potential? Call us today to learn more about Operational Protective Strategies.


Upcoming Events

OPS Manual Restraint Training
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Join Us for this certification course designed for the professional security officer.
Keysi IDP
Fri, Mar 27
Atlanta Martial Arts Center
Mar 27, 10:00 AM – Mar 30, 2:00 PM
Atlanta Martial Arts Center, 105 Smokehill Ln #170, Woodstock, GA 30188, USA
Instructor Development Program
OPS-Thunder Bay Combat Club
Sun, Feb 02
Location is TBD
Feb 02, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location is TBD
Private Group

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180 Martha Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7A 8C1




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