Kevin's Books

Tactical Teen:


Kevin's first love is teaching. With a B.Ed. from McGill University, he has over 30 years of teaching experience, focusing on teens and young adults. As a self-defense and personal security expert, he recognized that these crucial development years are a minefield of challenges where teens must balance the usual issues of growing into adulthood with a new world of predatory risks. 

In "Tactical Teen" Kevin goes beyond the typical self-defense tactics to address a host of pressing issues for young adults, including:

  • Bullying
  • Cyber-conduct
  • Consent
  • Depression
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicide
  • Building Tactical Awareness
  • Assertiveness and Limit Setting
  • Stress Management and Self-Care
  • Intervention
  • Physical responses to violence
  • And much more. 

This is a comprehensive foundation for developing health and confidence in yourself and those you care about and is a must-have for every young adult.

In this unique guide for teachers, parents, and caregivers, Kevin outlines a comprehensive strategy for non-violent intervention in schools.

Is your school safe?

The fear of violence in our schools is eroding our confidence in one of our most sacred institutions.

Kevin Secours tackles this problem with unmatched insight and experience. As a professional educator who has worked in the school system for 3 decades, he knows firsthand the limitations and challenges facing our schools. Yet, as a security expert, he is uniquely suited to parlay practical, proven strategies into these environments, to create safer environments for our children. 

In this book, you will learn how to implement simple steps to protect yourself and your students. Kevin draws from academic research and real-world experience, and in addition, he calls upon a collection of expert colleagues ranging from bodyguards, law enforcement, special forces, and veteran educators to share their mastery. You will learn battle-tested strategies for detecting aggression earlier, diverting and de-escalating hostility, and creating a healthy and dynamic learning environment. Each of these lessons shows that the wisdom of prevention and inclusion remains the only true solution to violence.

These life-changing strategies can apply to violence anywhere and are essential for anyone who is serious about their personal protection.


Ancient warrior traditions have long explored the role of mental preparedness for violence, through meditation, spiritual exercises, and ritual. They understood that motive and psychological readiness were the foundation upon which techniques and tactics must be based. The modern warrior has a unique advantage; more has been learned about the structure and function of the human brain in the past 40 years, than in the rest of human history combined. New research into how the brain processes stress and responds to violence can help us navigate these traditional techniques and separate the pragmatic from the mystical.

This workbook is based on the assumption that combat is the essence of life and that survival demands mental strength and adaptability. More importantly, it’s based on the assertion that everyone can find a path to success and thriving.

Your mind is your most powerful weapon. Are you ready to maximize it?


Would you like to harness the power of the dragon?

​The dragon has been a symbol of wise power in Asia for centuries. Ferociously strong, yet benevolent, it snakes peacefully through the heavens, even preserving the sanctity of the clouds. It is this synergy of vicious capacity and intelligent restraint that has earned the dragon such a position of reverence in the martial arts.

In these pages, we will explore the role of cultivating devastating power and then using it responsibly. We will address some of the larger ideological challenges in the study of violence through an exploration of both traditional philosophy and cutting-edge performance research. Although some strategies and tactics are discussed, they are used as a vehicle to get to the heart of our fundamental drives. This is not a “how-to” book on self-defense. This is a “why” book that delves into the core of our beliefs and motivations in the hopes of bringing greater clarity, confidence, and certainty to every practitioner.


In 1998 while changing after a kali training session, a friend approached Kevin Secours with a videocassette and asked, "You ever seen the Russian martial arts?" Looking at the Cyrillic label on the video, Secours asked, "Any good?" "It's interesting," the friend replied. "Weird as hell but interesting." Little did Secours know that tape would be his introduction to a 16-year (and counting) journey into the unorthodox world of the Russian martial arts, including years of high-level training under top Russian masters. In the video, Secours saw mobility exercises, unlike anything he had ever experienced. As he was to learn, the uniqueness of the Russian martial arts stemmed from the uniqueness of the country itself. The Cold War in the 1950s, during which the superpowers battled for supremacy, was the final force that refined the Russian martial arts into what they are today. In anticipation of global warfare, the Soviet government commissioned combat researchers to travel throughout the world to study different approaches. They tested these methods and integrated the best concepts with their own native traditions. This period of development led to the creation of distinct Soviet martial arts, including Sport Sambo, Combat Sambo, and Samoz, which later modified and became known simply as Systema (literally "the System"). Approaching Systema from a decidedly Western perspective, Secours pressure-tested the strengths and benefits of every concept and technique and ultimately took only what served him. He built his Combat Systema curriculum on a scientific approach to biomechanics and breath training, and combat psychology. Here, he keeps things practical, provable, and profitable for you to incorporate what works into your self-defense training.