Category Archives: Training & Education

Train to be a Bodyguard

Students work on hand-to-hand drills in the training square.
Students work on hand-to-hand drills in the training square.

Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course

(August 26-30 2009)

Icon Services Corporation is proud to present a five-day course of practical theory and hands-on
training in the world of Celebrity & VIP Protection. If you are new to the bodyguard industry or a
current operator looking to refresh and polish your skills, this course will offer excellent
instruction into the professional side of Close Protection. Taught by industry veteran Elijah
, who in addition to his corporate clients, has traveled the world as the personal bodyguard
of international public figures such as musical giant Usher, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and
rap megastar 50 Cent. The course will offer real world problems, scenarios, and solutions from
instructors that are currently active in the industry. For more information, including a course description, click HERE.

**2 weeks, 1 slot left.  Contact us today to attend.


The Icon Celebrity & VIP Protection Course is a must for anyone looking to break into the industry or for those already actively working in the field that just want to stay fresh and sharp. Industry insiders will tell you that consistent training is paramount to being hired and successful in the EP business. I have graduated from their courses and I use the skills learned everyday while providing protection. The instructors are top notch in the industry.”

— Sean Ernest, PPS
Icon Celebrity Protection Alumni 2.08


“The Circuit” The Magazine for Bodyguards

The Circuit Issue 1
The Circuit Issue 1


There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the latest issue of “The Circuit” Magazine,  a publication put together by the good folks at the British Bodyguard Association (of which yours truly is a member).  Now on issue 4 , I was fortunate enough to be interviewed during their inaugural issue regarding the Executive Protection industry and the challenges that brought me to this point.  Below is an outtake of the interview from that issue.  To find out how to get a free copy of the latest issue, email  

The Circuit Summer 08_Elijah_spread (Click twice on the link to read.)

Avoiding Bodyguard Training & Employment Scams

I recently learned about a certain website that has been marketing themselves as offering the training courses taught by me as well as several of my peers in the industry.  The kicker is, they give the impression that they are teaching these classes &  lure potential students in by giving them the illusion of guaranteed jobs after the successful completion of the course. 

To add insult to injury, they put their fee on top of the existing course fee, meaning that the class you could have signed up for directly is now several hundred dollars more.  

Needless to say they’ll be hearing from me. *Personally*

Unfortunately, scams like this are nothing new to the Internet, it’s just now starting to make it’s way into the Executive Protection industry.   People prey on unsuspecting individuals by promising them things that are almost too good to be true.  You know what they say, if it sounds too good, it usually is. 

My good friend Harlan Austin at Bodyguard Careers recently did an article on avoiding scams and I’d recommend everyone check it out by clicking  HERE.

ICON VIP Protection Course
ICON VIP Protection Course

Celebrity Bodyguard Training Update

ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Training
ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Training

Just wanted to put up a quick posting and let all interested parties know that the last ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course of the season is at 80 percent capacity.  If your interested in attending the training held in Minneapolis, MN from August 26-30, 2009 , please reach out soon to RSVP your slot. 

For more information click HERE.

August Bodyguard Training Course

ICON Celebrity Bodyguard Training

ICON will be holding our last Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course of the season August 26-30, 2009. The previous courses have been well received, so if your interested in becoming a part of what one graduate labeled the “Bodyguard BootCamp,” visit for more information and to register.

Bodyguard Boot Camp


ICON Photo Gallery Now Live

ICON is happy to announce that our Corporate Website’s Photo Page is now live. We invite everyone to stop over and check it out. To kick things off, we put up exclusive photos of the recent Celebrity & VIP Protection Course. So follow the link HERE, then come back and leave a comment and let us know what you think.

p.s., the next Training course is May 6-10, 2009 so if your interested in attending, you only have a few days left to register.

April VIP Protection Course Alumni

Congratulations to the April 2009 Graduates of the Icon Celebrity & VIP Protection Course. We tried to make the most of the 5 days that we had everyone together, and based on the feedback it looks like mission accomplished! Looking forward to seeing how everyone progresses in the industry.

-Elijah Shaw, CEO
Icon Services Corporation

May Celebrity Protection Course Dates

VIP Protection

With demand continuing from the sold out April course, we wanted to announce that Icon Services Corporation will again be running our Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course May 6-10th, 2009. With seats already booked from April’s waiting list, I’d recommed reaching out early if your interested in attending. Click HERE for more information.

Elijah Shaw Interviewed on Crossroads


I recently had the opportunity to appear on the show Crossroads with Sheletta Brundidge regarding the challenges and rewards of starting an Executive Protection Agency. I learned in the pre-interview that there was no way you were going to conduct an interview with Sheletta with a straight face! Now if I can just figure out how to remove the word “Umm” from my vocabulary. *sigh*