Who we are:

Practical Defense Systems (part of KBTN Inc) was founded with the goal of providing the best possible training to honest, hard working people.  PDS offers classes for everyone.  Whether you have a desire to begin a career in security and protective services, are looking to increase your current skills, or simply want to be able to protect yourself and those you love, we have the experience and training to help you.  In addition to courses for security officers and private citizens, our law enforcement training department offers courses to police agencies and their personnel through pdsblue.com.

Practical Defense Systems is a California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) licensed training facility (license #’s Firearms TFF-1296 & Baton TFB-1197).  Our instructors are experienced law enforcement and security professionals, licensed and certified by: the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services; the California Department of Justice; California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.); the National Rifle Association; the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department; the State of Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (Utah CCW); Emergency Equipment Corp (Law Enforcement OC/Pepper Spray) and the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support/CPR).

PDS’ Law Enforcement and Security instructors have over 100 years of combined experience in the field and include: former SRT (SWAT) Officers; former FTOs (Field Training Officers);  one former and one retired Chief of Police; current Bail/Fugitive Recovery Agents and former Directors of Security.  Our goal is to keep our training current and relevant to today’s needs.  That’s why our instructors are active members of outstanding training organizations, including: the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), The International Association of Chiefs of Police and ASIS International.

Our defensive tactics and self-defense instructors are martial arts and self-defense experts, with over 45 years combined teaching experience.  Lessons are drawn from law enforcement and security field experience, as well as various martial arts. The result is a strait forward, no nonsense approach to law enforcement defensive tactics and civilian self-defense.  While PDS is not a martial arts school, our instructors have the training and experience to teach you what you need to know to protect yourself in today’s world.






The courses we offer: 

Security Guard Training:

BSIS guard card; Exposed Firearms permit; OC/Pepper Spray permit; Baton permit; Handcuffing; Defensive Tactics; American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid; and more.



Shooting Classes:

NRA Basic & First Steps Pistol; NRA Personal Protection In & Outside the Home; NRA Rifle, Pistol & Shotgun Shell Reloading.  We also offer PDS classes, including: Pistol Skill Builders; Home defense with a Shotgun; and private lessons in pistol, shotgun and rifle.

Concealed Weapons Permit Courses:

Utah & California CCW Permits, NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home (A top notch self-defense course designed for concealed permit holders).



Seminars:  Women’s Self-Defense Seminars, Self-Defense with Common Items, Kids Safe Seminars, NRA Refuse to be a Victim,  How to Use Pepper Spray Effectively, Empty Hand Self-Defense, Defense with Edged Weapons, Defense with a Stick.

Regular Classes: American Combat Karate (This weekly class teaches real life self protection skills through the modern and pragmatic art of American Combat Karate. The class focus is to teach physical skills, mental skills and to develop a student’s adrenal toolbox. Each week will challenge students using a variety of real life scenarios. The class will also explore a variety of modern weapons and tools to assist in your street survival. We invite students from all backgrounds and experiences).

CPR & First Aid:

American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR, First Aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator), Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, Pediatric First Aid and Family and Friends CPR.  American Heart Association CPR courses meet BSIS and OSHA requirements.

 We serve all of San Diego County, including: Alpine, Bonita, Bonsall, Camp Pendleton, Campo, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Descanso, Dulzura, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Imperial Beach, Jacumba, Jamul, Julian, La Jolla, La Mesa, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Leucadia, Miramar, National City, Oceanside, Pacific Beach, Palomar Mountain, Pine Valley, Poway, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Santee, Solana Beach and Spring Valley.