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.  The PDS program 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.

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:

  • California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
  • California Department of Justice
  • California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)
  • California Rifle & Pistol Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
  • 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 retired Chief of Police; former 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:

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:


Shooting Course Series

To help you advance in your skills, we’ve organized courses in some logical series. We start simple and then advance to increasing levels of skill. Each course builds upon the foundation laid down by the preceding course. Click on the links below to check out each series.

Concealed Weapons Permit Courses:

Utah & California CCW Permits.

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.