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Vancouver Tactical Self Defense & Urban Survival Training…Learn It Today Be Able To Use It Today

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect But You Gotta Train Ugly As Well So You Can Adapt & Make Split Second Decisions When It Matters Most


Call 778.840.8901 or Email [email protected]

Dear Friend,

Tactical Self Defense trains you in a supportive, positive and encouraging non bully training environment.

WHO We Teach
  • Must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Acceptance to my training program is generally on a REFERRAL BASES ONLY but I do make exceptions.
  • AnyBODY regardless of there size, sex, fitness or skill level, and strength can easily learn how to protect themselves.
  • I will also ask all potential clients to meet with me before allowing acceptance into my
    programs. This is due to the fact that what I teach is REAL and could be DANGEROUS in the wrong hands.
  • We have trained everyone from private citizens, military, professional security and law
    enforcement personnel to groups such as stagettes, stags to members of businesses in shopping centers.
WHO Teaches This Combat System
  • Norm Bettencourt the Creator and President of Tactical Self Defense will personally teach you.
WHEN Are Classes
  • TSD will privately train you when it suits you best. Let us know your schedule and we will book you in for a private training session.
WHERE We Are Located
  • After acceptance into my self defense training I will then disclose my location to you.
  • Easily accessible by vehicle or public transit.
HOW We Teach You
  • We do not have any belt levels or rank tests.
  • Nothing pretty or fancy.
  • TSD will teach you how to properly address and respond to verbal confrontations all the way up to deadly force situations.
  • TSD can be learned in it’s entirely within 3 months time, training one day a week.
  • Students are welcome to train as short or as long as they wish.


  • We believe that a self defense/survival system must be personalized to suit the user not the user having to suit the system (generic self defense system).
  • We also believe everyone learns differently from one another, so our training methods incorporate all types of learners.

The importance of training principles is critical when it comes to surviving a violent encounter. That is why we use a system of training called F.I.S.T (Fighters Instinctive Scenario Training):, which is an emotional, psychological and physical method of training that is used by the FBI, CIA, law enforcement and the military.

By training you using these principles you can control adrenal responses more effectively, accelerate the way you learn self defense/street survival, minimizing your training time by maximizing your muscle memory capabilities even when you do not practice tactics for long periods of time.

HOW F.I.S.T Works

We train you in a safe environment that is as close as possible to a violent situation. We start by training you in slow motion scenarios then progress from there. The combat simulations scenarios range from rape scenarios, muggings, street fighting situations,
escape and evasion to dealing with multiple attackers and the like. You will not know what the scenario is about until it starts or how it will play out. Giving you no time to think things through or to pre-plan your attack but to only respond just like it was a real
threatening violent situation that spontaneously happens. After each scenario we debrief and discuss what went well and what could be improved on in a supportive manner.

All students are required to wear an old pair of street shoes or boots, jeans and shirt as they would normally wear when out on the street. This teaches you how to fight with
restrictive clothing on so when you need to protect yourself on the streets you are not slow in speed, off balanced or feel a restriction of movement when you’re fighting someone due to what you are wearing. Research has shown by training this way, you decrease your odds of becoming a victim of violence because you are better prepared to defend yourself.

WHAT We Teach You
Tactical Self Defense Can Create Specific Course Syllabuses To Suit Your Needs
L.E.A.C.H Street Survival System

Learn the entire L.E.A.C.H Street Survival System in this program. You will know all the
tactics and “dirty tricks” on how thugs, convicts and military personnel use violence to there advantage to take out a bigger stronger man. These tactics are personalized to suit you as an individual for street self defense won’t work if it is generic. We do not focus on techniques but on targeting tactics which are instinctive in nature. Based on the anatomic responses the body has when affected by the adrenaline dump. This in turn allows you to be able to instantly protect yourself and improvise when crap hits the fan.

NOTE: These modules below are included in the L.E.A.C.H Street Survival System or you can pick and choose the modules you want to learn for your own personal

F.E.A.R Psychological Training (Fear Exposure Anxiety Reduction)

Learn how to trigger your “Killer Instinct” by performing exercises based on our F.E.A.R Training Concepts (Fear Erasure Anxiety Reduction) that control the flight/fight response so you control fear instantly triggering yourself into a controlled rage and place you into attack mode.

Guerrilla Ground Fighting

Usually violent attacks end up on the ground so it’s important to learn “street applicable ground fighting tactics”, not UFC tactics. Time is not on your side in a violent encounter and you never know if your attacker has friends coming. It is vital for your survival to get up off the ground as quickly as possible. Norm will show you how with his no nonsense ground fighting approach.

Dealing With Multiple Attackers

We teach you how to avoid, deal with and escape worse case scenarios dealing with
multiple attackers.

Knife Defense & Disarming

TSD will teach the most important areas of your body to protect and how to
remain calm when dealing with a knife. Teaching you how to control and disarm
an attacker who is trying to cut you with realistic outside the box self defense training
exercises that will open your eyes to how deadly a knife actually is. You will also learn how to disarm attacker’s with pipes, clubs, pool cues and other modern day weapons with TSD’s state of the art mock training weapons that few trainers carry that will put extreme realism into your weapons disarming training.

Firearms Disarming Training

All it takes is a simple squeeze of a trigger and it’s over. Most self defense/street survival
instruction regarding firearms disarming techniques are completely unrealistic due to this factor. TSD’s unique way of training will show you firearms disarming tactics that are proven to work. Participants while training in firearms disarming tactics will be shot with pain bullets while wearing protective gear when executing there tactics to receive a
realistic feel on what it’s like to disarm someone with a firearm. Tactics also covered in this course are cover & concealment & dealing with gun shot wounds.

Knife Fighting

The knife is considered to be one of the easiest weapons to obtain and yet one of the
deadliest weapons to possess. It is the perfect equalizer when the odds are against you such as when dealing with multiple attacker’s. Learn proper knife grip tactics, proper sheath placement and knife fighting tactics.

Pipe/Pool Cue/Baton/Flash Light Fighting

These weapons help you keep your distance from your enemy preventing you from
entering the ‘kill zone’. Learn proper grip technique and how to effectively use any of these weapons to disable, disarm or destroy your enemy.

Improvised Weapons Training

Learn how to instantly transform any object in your immediate environment as a weapon to protect yourself so wherever you go you can protect yourself using your environment.

Self Defense Weapons Training

How to properly maintain and stage your self defense weapon the right way so that you can deploy it in a split seconds notice every time. Every fraction of a second counts when your and your families life is on the line.

Women’s Self Defense (S.H.E System)

This training is instinctive in nature and personalized to suit the way you instinctively move and respond to violence. You will learn quick and easy tricks which women have
successfully used in real life self defense situations. Giving you the element of surprise so you can catch you’re attacker off guard and destroy him/her. Training focuses on blocking, striking, anti rape tactics, weapons disarming/improvisation, self defense products use and scenario/improvisational training. This is not you’re typical women’s
self defense program.

Note: TSD has dealt with many victims of abuse in the past and understands the sensitive issues when it comes to training individuals who have suffered such trauma. My training is completely confidential and anonymous..

Home Defense Tactics

This course can be taught either at the TSD Training Studio or at your home. You will learn preventive tactics to make your home less of a target for crime that are simple, effective and will cost you only a few dollars. You will also learn how to protect yourself and family from a violent home invasion by knowing how to properly answer your door,
understanding the psychology of a home invader, when it’s best to fight back and when it’s not. Escape route planning tactics are covered, know simple safe room ideas that won’t cost you an arm or leg that will keep you and your family safe while you wait for
law enforcement, what to do when a family member is being held hostage or being
assaulted so they survive, how to free yourself and family member’s when your restrained and gagged. Plus much more.

Urban Survival/Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Be prepared not scared.Learn how to survive and strive when there is complete civil unrest after a major natural disaster such as an earthquake where food and water supplies are depleted. Learn simple urban food and water gathering/storage fundamentals,
proper survival mindset, what government resources and areas you should avoid after a natural disaster has occurred so you’re not targeted for a violent crime, how to protect and make your home less of a target for looters so they don’t take your supplies, plus much more.

Combat Medic

Combat and first aid goes hand in hand. You may win the battle (violent altercation) but you also need to know how to win the war (knowing how to deal with your injuries) or else you’re doomed for failure. The Combat Medic will show you how to do just that regardless if you’re dealing with minor or major injuries. Cost $120 per person minimum 4 students per course, length 6 hours.

Escape & Evasion Training

This course gives you simple and effective hands on training in how to escape when being held captive and restrained by hand cuffs, duct tape, rope or zip tied regardless if your home, in a trunk of a vehicle or held prisoner somewhere. Training also covers how to lose and evade someone following you on foot or by vehicle and how to become an instant chameleon to lose your tracker.

R.A.C: (Restraint & Control Tactics)

These unconventional tactics are geared towards individuals, law enforcement and
security personnel who want to learn tactical restraint techniques to subdue and control
aggressive individuals and patrons in the work place environment.

Advanced Security Training (AST)

The AST Training Program is a 3 day (24 hour) program for security guards that require handcuffs at there job site.

Day 1 class involves 3 hours of theory topics covered are Security Services Act and Regulations an overview of legislation, national use of framework. The remainder of the day students are taught practical applications in the interview stance,  joint locks, pain sensitive areas (PSA’s) and impact techniques.

Day 2 involves 2.5 hours of theory, topics include application of restraints, dealing with restrained subjects, excited delirium and positional asphyxia. The remainder of the day involves practical practice of handcuffing techniques and review of Day 1 physical tactics.

Day 3 involves 1.5 hours theory/practice of report writing and documentation. Then followed by physical practice and review of Day 1 & 2 tactics followed with scenario based training and appropriate physical response options to those scenarios. At the end of the day a JIBC examiner comes in and issues a  multiple choice/true and false 50 question exam. Passing mark for the exam is 75%. Cost $450.00

Basic Security Training (BST)

This course is mandatory if you want to work in the security industry (bouncers, body guards, armored car guards etc) in British Columbia and must be taught by a certified
instructor (such as myself) under the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General Security Programs and Police Technology Division. Topics covered are ethics, customer service,
cultural diversity, federal, provincial and municipal acts, use of force issues, note taking, documentation and personal safety. You can train at my location or I can come to yours.

Use of Force Training

This straight forward and easy to understand course provides civilians with guidelines as to how much force may be used against a resisting subject in any given situation. Learn how to win not only the war which is the physical altercation but the battle as well which is justifying your actions in the eyes of the courts after protecting yourself and family from a violent threat. $100 per person, 2 hours in length.

Active Shooter Survival Training

I will teach your staff on location at your school, organization or facility on how to deal with an active shooter. Learn simple yet effective lifesaving tactics that can be used and
remembered during an active shooter scenario. These tactics have been taken from
survivors of active shooter scenes. Learn what really works so you put the odds in your
favor and you don’t become a statistic. $100 per person, 1 1/2 hours in length.

Room/Building Entry Training

Ideal for security professionals or individuals that perform patrols or deal with alarm
response and has to enter areas with caution. Room and building entry is one of the most dangerous aspects of a SP’s job yet it is the skill that is not taught to security professionals. Find out how to safely enter a room, building or stairwell minimizing your chances of being ambushed.

TMT (Tactical Muscle Training)

This tactical fitness training program gives you go muscles not show muscles and can be incorporated into any existing exercise program that you are currently using right now. These unconventional exercises mimic combative tactics that you would be using during a violent altercation. Exercises are geared around increasing your tactical combat attributes and functionality which in turn makes you more proficient and highly effective when it comes to your protecting yourself out on the street.

Nightclub Doorman Training

This course covers physical control & escort tactics, report writing, zones of
responsibility, use of force, gear and equipment training, tactical communications. Course can be run either as a 1 day 8 hour course or in a 2 day format for 4 hours each day). Cost $250.00 per person.

Hostage & Armed Robbery Scenario Training

This course covers the important steps on what you and you’re staff need to know when it comes to surviving an armed robbery or hostage situation. It is not good enough to tell you’re staff to just comply with the criminal’s demands. There are countless things that can go drastically wrong with something as simple as a sudden quick movement on the part of a scared employee. That innocent gesture could end up having one of you’re
employees killed. We perform full scenario training teaching individuals how to be able to think on there toes during chaotic situations and react accordingly. This training is ideal for any business or school.

Norm Bettencourt’s Clients Swear By His Unorthodox Combat Method

Just wanted to say “Thank you” for the awesome class!!! That beyond exceeded my expectations! It was clear how Rebekah changed her perspective on taking the class and the full credit for that goes to your effective instruction and people skills. The “lecture” aspect was perfect…you made the points that needed to be made regarding awareness and relating people’s experiences (including your own which I really appreciated). You didn’t spend more time than was necessary on discussion….. So we got the perfect balance and I can’t say thank you enough. Rebekah respects your experience and your knowledge. I think she also appreciated your positive feedback and I think that is so valuable for teenagers to hear.

Thanks again,
Sandra Lockwood


Hi again Norm,
Our words for the day are “awesome” and “phenomenal”. The Robster is on a high, with a new light in his eyes, and a piece of serenity I thought he’d never find. He said this morning, “if I knew this all before, those guys would have never messed with me”. We both agreed however, that “if those guys had never messed with him, we wouldn’t be where we are today” … a silver lining in every cloud, huh? It was quite a weekend, I don’t think I’ve ever had my money better spent … it gave him back his spirit. Thanks a million from both of us, and Thank God we found you !!

Talk soon.
Sharon King (and of course Rob … tired, bruised, sore, and happy as hell :))


I have been looking for a self defence program off and on for several years, and all I kept coming across were martial arts oriented programs. I wanted something realistic, useful and something that wasn’t going to take years to learn. TSD’s program is exactly that. I am constantly amazed at how truly easy it is to defend yourself against anyone of any size. It’s empowering knowing I can get out of any situation with the tactics Norm has taught me, and is continually teaching me. He shows you how to look at the world as a safe place instead of a place of fear, and that being a female can actually work to ones

Thanks Norm!
Elizabeth Barclay


I have garnered a new sense of confidence and look at situations differently since training with Norm in TSD. The training is very realistic yet safe. The fact that the teacher has used what he teaches on more than one occasion is reassuring. The system is very easy so there isn’t a lot to remember and at the same time it is brutally effective. Norm doesn’t hold anything back and genuinely cares for his students well being. Wither you are a seasoned martial artist or a complete novice you will take away new skills and a different perspective training with Norm.
John Disteso


Norm is not a big strong guy so he has learned not to fight like one. His system is about hitting the anatomic weak points of the body so you get the job done fast. He has shown me how to think differently when it comes to my self defense. I will always be internally grateful to him.
Mike Hyams


Norm’s self defense training is completely “outside the box” He has shown me how to transform any object in my environment as a weapon that I can use to protect myself with. He totally opens your mind in a new light regarding self defense.
Joanne Walsh


Norm’s training methods are unheard of. He gets your adrenaline pumping full speed making each scenario seem as if it was real. Teaching you how to remain calm in the most frantic situations, no other self defense school does that. That’s why I picked TSD.
Bill Maltz


Norm not only teaches self defense for the body but for the mind and spirit as well. The lessons learned in his classes have carried over into my personal life as well.
Thank You
Linda Powers


Norm teaches to the point no B.S. self defense. No man or machine is going to train you better for real world violence.
Jeff Kim


Training with Norm is amazing and totally prepares you for the real world, his training concepts are awesome.
Black Belt 2nd Dan Hapkido Chris Stephens


Norm is a caring, compassionate instructor who always made sure I understood what I was doing. Norm personalized the training to suit me and made sure that in training scenarios such as the rape escapes that I was always comfortable since it was in very close quarter situations due to the fact I am a victim of rape.
Dana Little


The unique combination of method training and scenario training develops not only physical conditioning, but also the mental conditioning to put it to use in the real world. Concise and practical, TSD training is an invaluable tool and I would recommend it to anyone.
Colin Hall


These are the best “fighting” techniques I have ever learned and I have complete faith in it. Norm’s training is not only physical but mental as well. Through learning how to “move” I am also learning how to “think” as well. The lessons I have learned training with Norm also apply to lessons in life as well. Highly recommended.
Yuzo Matsumura-Kendo Blackbelt


I learned more with Norm during 12 weeks of private training than I have through studying several different martial arts over 20 years. His techniques felt natural and easy to learn and definitely awaken the warrior inside of us. I would fully recommend this training to others. Many thanks
Michael D’Alton, Vancouver, B.C.


Thank you so much for this weekend! Your system is amazing! With all the martial arts I have done in my life this I have never felt as confident as I do now that I can really take care of myself if the situation arises.

Thank you again!!

Brian Kushner
Owner/Instructor Roundhouse Martial Arts


1 Hour Private Self Defense Training Session:

You can book a private session any day of the week from 8am-8pm. Serious inquires only. Sessions are by appointment only . The fee is $100 per hour. I will require a non
refundable deposit before taking your first class in case your a no show. Cash or credit card accepted.

In House Training Sessions:

Training is done at the convenience of your home. The fee is $200 per hour.

1 & 2 Day Crash Courses

The one day course is a total of 6 hours intense instructional training with two 15 minutes breaks and 1 hour lunch break during the day. The course covers mental training
(triggering your killer instinct so you can control fear), closing the distance, close quarter and finishing tactics, blocks from strikes such as elbows, punches, kicks and knees. anti rape tactics and ground tactics, weapons disarming (knife, gun, pipe etc) and scenario training (I personalize the system to the way you instinctively move and fight). It can also be customized to what you wish to learn, all you have to do is tell me and I can set up a specialized syllabus for you. Two day courses are 12 hours in total (6 hours each day) with the same break schedule as the one day course you learn the entire TSD Street Survival System. You will leave TSD as a new person after taking this intensive course guaranteed.

NOTE: Also included with this training is all of my training dvd’s, books and
audio mp3’s from my Bulletproof Package valued at $236.00 USD FREE of charge.

Group Rates Per 1 Day Course: 6 Hours in total

1 Person $500
2-5 People $400 Per Person
5-7 People $300 Per Person
7+ People $ 200 Per Person

Group Rates Per 2 Day Courses: 12 hours in total

1 Person $1000
2-3 People: $800 Per Person
4-5 People: $700 Per Person
6-7 People: $600 Per Person
8 People: $500 Per Person
9+ People: $400 Per Person


Seminars can also be booked, travel, lodging and promotional advertising must be
provided by the hosting group.

Experience The Tactical Self Defense Difference Today!

Bottom Line: Your safety is in my hands & I guarantee you I will give you the skills to
protect yourself. So give me a call for further information regarding this unique training system or to book a private session call/text 778.840.8901 or email
[email protected]