Tyson T. Coates

“Creating the Tactical You”

Tyson is a native of Toledo, Ohio where he currently works in law enforcement as a Police Sergeant for the City of Toledo. In Tyson’s 24 year career he was assigned to: Communication Bureau, Community Services, as a school resource officer, Traffic Section, Motorcycle Unit, Field Operations Bureau, Motorcycle Unit Supervisor, a Sr. Academy Instructor, Honor Guard, Field Training Officer, and currently the Court Liaison Supervisor.

Tyson holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University. Tyson instructs approximately 1,000 students and adults a year in numerous educational institutions, police academies, and businesses on topics ranging from teen driving safety to active shooter seminars (Business Unify Safety Training).

Tyson has taught self-defense and martial arts through his home judo club, American Academy of Marital Arts/Judan Judo before starting his self-defense company, Total Self Defense of Toledo which travels to schools, realty offices, gyms, businesses, senior centers, women’s groups, and religious venues.

In addition to security, training, and public speaking, Tyson has designed the security infrastructure and safety for large funerals, motorcycle runs and events like the Toledo Zombie Crawl which had an estimated attendance of 16,000 in 2016 and over 18,000 participants in 2017. Tyson is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, United States Judo Association, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and Toledo Police Command Officer Association. Health, fitness and safety go hand-in-hand so Tyson also helps judge local bodybuilding events, participants in Shop with Cop with the F.O.P., and volunteers safety protection classes to several organizations that help human trafficking victims and students who are bullied. 


  • Recipient of Scott R. Rothermel Award June 2001 Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Police Training Division Harley-Davidson Motor Company

  • Command Officer of the Month August 2016

  • Command Officer of the Month February 2012

  • Critical Incident Stress Management    Debrief Team 9/11 Officers

  • Meritorious Award 2009

  • Certificates/Instructor

  •  2nd Degree Black Belt Judo * Black Belt Jujitsu * Basic SWAT training * WITS Fitness personal trainer * Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Instructor (1999): Police Defensive Tactics * De-escalation * Ground Tactics* Baton * Chemical Spray * TASER * Firearms * Domestic Violence * Procedural Justice * Crowd Control * CPR * Accident Reconstructionist * Homeland Security Certificates from Anniston, AL (C.O.B.R.A. training; explosives, chemical weapons and protective measures)

Contact Info:

Total Self Defense of Toledo
Tyson T. Coates Owner/Instructor
5020 Lewis Toledo, Ohio 43612