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Operational Protective Strategies Welcomes You

Targeting Your Personal Safety!

Winter 2024 Training Session

 We will be continuing our Thursday evening sessions from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on September 22, 2022. The emphasis of the training this season will be on weapon awareness and protective measures. 

Drop in sessions are welcome at $10.00 per person.  

We are still available for private training individual and group sessions. 

Please contact for prices and availability

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.

We are at OPS cover all forms of self protective training including firearms.

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.

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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 11, 2024

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

Volunteer Pool Community Centre

180 Martha Street Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4A2

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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

  • Thunder Bay Combat Club
    Thunder Bay Combat Club
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    Private Session
  • OPS Manual Restraint Training
    OPS Manual Restraint Training
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    Join Us for this certification course designed for the professional security officer.
  • Ongoing Self Defence Sessions
    Ongoing Self Defence Sessions
    Wed, Jan 31
    Lappe, ON
    Jan 31, 2024, 11:28 a.m. – 11:44 a.m.
    Lappe, ON , Lappe, ON P7G 0J3, Canada
    Jan 31, 2024, 11:28 a.m. – 11:44 a.m.
    Lappe, ON , Lappe, ON P7G 0J3, Canada
    NatriBros Surf and SUP is now offering self defence lessons open to anyone as part of their wellness programs from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Get in Touch

180 Martha Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7A 8C1


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