FSD is excited to add Matt Cowles to our team of instructors. Matt has extensive experience in martial arts, use of force and defensive tactics training. Matt will be heading up our use of force training team. Matt is also 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 ​, 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 now. He is the CEO and President of Overwatch Specialty Services (OSS), an all-in-one security and intelligence company designed to provide, train, mentor, and continue to educate the current and next generation of security and law enforcement personnel. As well as creating and maintaining OSS, Robb teaches the Police Foundations course at the local college and is instrumental in creating and maintaining of up to date and relevant material used in the day-to-day teachings of this topic. He resides in Fredericton, NB and when he isn’t spending time with his son or helping grow OSS, you’ll find him on his favorite golf course or on the ball field coaching in the local youth league.

  • 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 and verbal intervention and de-escalation techniques. Derek has always had a passion for educating people and businesses on safety, awareness, and preventative procedures and planning. Derek has extensive experience in working with at risk persons and domestic and sexual abuse victims. Derek has also worked with close protection security, and community and media relations. Derek lives in Fredericton, NB with his wife, 2 children, and 2 dogs. Derek’s other passions include camping, fishing and coaching/officiating sports in his community. Derek has a passion for serving his community and using his experiences to help others.

  • 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 has been training in martial arts since the age of 4. He has been a member of our FSD Team for the last 3 years and is now an instructor under our self defense programming. Brody holds a second degree black belt in Goju Ryu karate and is passionate about his training.

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

Brody Powis

FSD Instructor



Mike has been training in Goju Ryu karate and practicing martial arts for over 10 years. He has been a dedicated FSD team member since our start and has now become a full instructor in our Self Defense programming. You will more than likely see Mike’s smiling face at our courses ready to teach and help our participants.

  • Brown belt in Goju Ryu Karate
  • FSD Instructor

Mike Wilson

FSD Instructor



Cheyenne is an active FSD Team member. Cheyenne has been training in martial arts since the age of 9. She study’s under the Legacy Shorin Ryu Organization and holds a 1st degree Black Belt. She is a welcome addition to our team 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