Tactical Flashlight for Self Defense

Tactical Flashlight for Self Defense
Friday: May 31, 2019    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Instruction by: Brent Matsuda

Assisted by retired police officer Andrew Cheng.

There is a misconception that a weapon will save you or discourage an assailant from attacking (e.g., knife, pepper spray, gun).


  1. In many places, Canada included, carrying a weapon, such as a knife, for self defense, is illegal.
  1. In an attack situation, weapon-carry requires rapid deployment, knowledge of use, willingness to use, and defense against it if it is turned against you.
  1. If you draw a weapon, the situation has escalated to the point where physical harm is imminent with a high risk of serious injury and you must be prepared to deal with the situation now at hand.

Safest/Low Risk legal “tool” to carry: Pocket Tactical Flashlight


  • Can be openly carried in hand.
  • Legal carry-on for flying.
  • Practical and safe (e.g., illumination when walking); clearing darkened areas prior to entry
  • In the case of an attack, for blinding and use as impact weapon.

Goals of this Training

  1. Learn how to use a tactical flashlight as a precautionary safety tool (where, when, and how to deploy)
  2. Learn how to clear an area for safe passage
  3. Learn how to perceive (enhance awareness) & neutralize a potential threat
  4. Learn how to use as a self defense weapon against a violent attack

Topics to be Covered:

  • Types of tactical flashlights (lumens, switches, modes, etc.); Pros & Cons
  • When to illuminate vs When to strike
  • How to light, how to strike

Please bring sunglasses and loose, comfortable clothing for movement (e.g,. sweats). Street shoes are not allowed in the dojo (wrestling shoes, socks and bare feet are okay).


DATE: Friday, May 31, 6:30-9:30 pm

Cost: $60 if pre-registered before May 21, $75 at the door

20% discount for Law Enforcement, groups of 4 or more when pre-registering, and those who have taken Street Self Defense with the instructor in the past.

To Register:  Contact Brent Matsuda

Email: brent.matsuda@gmail.com
Phone: (604) 788-2224.


About the instructor

Brent Matsuda is a 30 year practitioner of martial arts, Senior Associate Instructor in Filipino martial arts and Jeet Kune Do under Guro Dan Inosanto in Los Angeles, Graduate of Bahala Na martial arts in Stockton, California, and a senior student in kali and silat for over 25 years under Guro Louie Lindo in Vancouver, BC.  He will be assisted by retired police officer Andrew Cheng. Andrew has used tactical flashlights for years and appreciates the value of a flashlight for staying safe. Andrew will assist Brent in showing how to use the flashlight at long range to blind an attacker and as a close range striking tool for civilians. Andrew has been a trainer for police officers, and has studied Muay Thai,  kali, wing chun and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.