Matt Cowles has extensive experience in martial arts, use of force and defensive tactics training. He leads our use of force training team, and is a Canadian Forces Instructor in Use of Force (Military Police), Immediate Active Rapid Deployment (IARD), Close Protection Instructor, Close Protection Defensive Tactics Instructor, Pistol/Carbine Instructor, and Taser Instructor

  • Trained Wing Chun, Boxing, Kick boxing, Muay Thai for 29 years
  • 84 Pro/amateur bouts in Boxing, kick Boxing, Thai Boxing
  • Joined Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry 2003-2011, completed 3 combat tours in Afghanistan (2006,2008,2010)
  • 2009 graduated Canadian Forces Close Protection
  • Switched from the Infantry to Military Police 2011
  • Posted the Special Forces Military Police from 2013 to 2018
  • 2018 to 2019- posted Ottawa Military Police Unit became head instructor for the Use of Force Cell
  • Canadian Forces Instructor

Matt Cowles




Robb Hartlen has worked in the policing and law enforcement world for more than 15 years. He’s the CEO and President of Overwatch Specialty Services (OSS), an all-in-one security and intelligence company designed to provide, train, mentor, and educate security and law enforcement personnel. In addition, Robb teaches the Police Foundations course at our local college and is instrumental in creating and maintaining up to date material used in teaching of self-defense and police tactics.

  • Retired Law Enforcement Officer
  • CEO Overwatch Specialty Services
  • Police Foundations Instructor
  • FSD Qualified Instructor

Robb Hartlen

FSD Instructor



Derek has over 20 years experience in law enforcement. Along with police defensive tactics, he has also had training in mixed martial arts, as well as verbal intervention and de-escalation techniques and working with at risk persons and domestic and sexual abuse victims. He’s worked with close protection security, and community and media relations. Derek lives in Fredericton, NB with his wife, two kids and two dogs. His other passions include camping, fishing, and coaching/officiating sports in his community.

  • Retired RCMP Officer
  • Defensive Tactics / De-escalation trainer
  • Community Relations Experience for at risk persons & sexual abuse victims
  • FSD Instructor

Derek Black

FSD Instructor



Brody Powis has been training in martial arts since the age of 4. He has been a member of our FSD Team for three years and is an instructor of our self-defense programming. Brody holds a second-degree black belt in Goju-Ryu karate and continuously works to improve his understanding of the principles of self-defense.

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • Over 10 years training experince
  • Certified FSD Instructor
  • First Aid & CPR Certified

Brody Powis

FSD Instructor



Mike Wilson has been training in Goju-Ryu karate and practicing martial arts for over 10 years. He has been a dedicated FSD team member since we began and is a full instructor in our self-defense programs. You will more than likely see Mike’s smiling face at our courses, ready to teach and help you learn how to defend yourself!

  • Brown belt in Goju Ryu Karate
  • FSD Instructor

Mike Wilson

FSD Instructor



Cheyenne Hussey has been training in martial arts since the age of nine, and currently holds a first-degree black belt in Legacy Shorin Ryu Karate-Jutsu. She regularly assists in our courses and is working towards her full instructor certification.

  • 1st Degree Black Belt
  • FSD – Assistant Instructor
  • FSD Certificate Apprentice
  • First Aid Certified

Cheyenne Hussey

FSD Assistant Instructor