Category Archives: Training & Education

Range Time aka A Bodyguard’s Holiday

Got a chance to carve out some time at the outdoor range working with my senior firearms instructors Mike Briggs & Justin Johnson.    The rain held out, not that it mattered, we would have all still been out there doing the same thing ~ES

For more information about the ICON Advanced Pistol Course, click HERE.

Is There Still a Shortage of Female Bodyguards?

A few years ago my good friend Harlan Austin from Bodyguard Careers wrote an interesting and thought-provoking article on the need for more female bodyguards and how they can find a place for themselves in a competitive market.  Fast forward to 2010 and the questions still needs to be asked, “Is there still a shortage of women in the industry?”  Taking a look around I’d say yes, but things are changing and the need is still there.  Women are also increasing their exposure which means that clients are starting to request them.  More and more women are finding work in the field, and that’s a trend that as an employer and trainer I’d like to see continue to increase.

The future looks bright.

Mr. Austin’s original article on the shortage of female bodyguards:

“More and more, female BODYGUARDS are being sought after by women celebrities. Because executive protection has been a male-dominated field, there is a lack of female talent from which women celebrities have to choose. Harlan Austin, President of BodyguardCareers.com attributes this shortage to the ongoing perception that “size matters.”The simple fact is that a successful bodyguard should never have to use violence or draw a weapon. The belief in “brawn over brains” is a misconception. With that in mind, there’s no reason to doubt a woman can successfully manage the job.There is also a “boys club” attitude towards the field of Executive Protection, simply because the pools from which an bodyguard is selected has traditionally been from a male-dominated workforce; law enforcement, military personnel, martial arts and the like. Because women have now been more integrated into these traditionally male careers, they too, are candidates worthy of consideration for careers in executive protection. ”

For the entire article click HERE.

Sneek Peek: ICON Advanced Pistol Course

ICON Advanced Pistol Course

Dates:  July 12-14, 2010

Location:  Minneapolis, MN

2 Day Course w/ 1 Day add-on module (optional)

Cost:  $500 (2 day) $150 (optional 3rd day Executive Protection Module)

 Description:

 ICON presents a fast paced comprehensive course for intermediate to experienced shooters.  Taught by our highly qualified instructors, this two day course is open to the public and will prove a dynamic experience into the world of offensive/defensive shooting using a combination of classroom, drills and extended live fire exercises.  In addition, an optional 3rd day is offered to members of the Executive Protection Community so that they may enhance their skill set.  Limited seating available. 

 Topics Covered: 

  • Holster Drills
  • Shooting From Cover
  • Engaging Multiple Targets
  • Shooting on the Move
  • Shoot/No Shoot Scenarios
  • Walking Drills (EP Module)
  • Shooting in a team dynamic (EP Module)
  • Client Cover & Evacuation (EP Module)
  • Embus & Debus Engagements (EP Module)

Students will be evaluated on fundamentals, speed, and accuracy.  As an added bonus, the “Top Gun” award will also be presented in the form of a free Glock 9mm firearm sponsored by Glock. 

 For more information contact: Training@Industry-Icon.com

Bodyguard Training Course (July 7-11)

Icon Services Corporation is proud to again present our 5 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 work. Taught by industry veteran Elijah Shaw, 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 Executive Protection industry.

“Your training is an invaluable tool to your industry. I was very impressed how close to realistic training you all provide. Having been taught by the best, I can honestly state that I learned quite a bit in your class. There is always room for improving ones skill set, and your training definitely added to mine.”

~ Special Agent Robert E. Jones / US Secret Service

For more information on attending the course click HERE.

VIP Protection Training Targets

ICON VIP Protection Target
ICON VIP Protection Target

Icon Services Corporation is proud to announce our new line of full-color Custom Paper Targets.  Produced in an exclusive agreement with America’s largest manufacturer of paper targets for shooters; the ICON VIP Protection Target Line is the first of it’s kind to present a challenging shooting target created by professionals in the Executive Protection Industry.

The targets themselves will provide Executive Protection Agents, Law Enforcement, Military Personnel and avid marksmen around the world, high quality targets designed to hone the shooters skills in a simulation of true-to-life events.  The initial series of 6 places the shooter in a variety of scenarios such as confronting a hostage taker on a private aircraft or protecting your client from a gun-wielding stalker as she exits the vehicle.

For more information or to order targets click HERE

Bodyguard Training

ICON

Day 1 complete.

So far the class is an interesting mix of individuals already in the industry and newcomers, current law enforcement and ex-military.   Should be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out.

For more information on the ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course, click HERE

Stalker & Paparazzi Detection Course

Counter-Surveillance Training

Ok, so I’ve had to keep this under wraps for awhile, but I finally get to let the cat out of the bag:

December 2 -7, 2009 sees the introduction of a new training course focusing on none other than Stalker & Paparazzi Detection.  In the same way that the underlying principals of Executive Protection form the framework of the Celebrity Protection Course, the Stalker & Paparazzi Detection Course is at its essence, Counter Surveillance Training.  In light of that I brought in an expert in the field, Ivor Terret the CEO of Israeli-based Multi Tier Solutions, and an international authority on counter surveillance, surveillance detection and covert executive protection.   

 Together, we will present a unique 5-day course focusing on profiling and identifying stalkers, potential kidnappers and paparazzi in the business, celebrity and high profile VIP industry sectors. The course will offer real world examples and scenarios that will present students with the tools they need to more effectively protect their clients in the real world. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Operating covertly in the world of Executive and VIP protection
  • Case Studies
  • Stalker Pattern Recognition
  • Covert Methods to confirm or deny stalker surveillance
  • Covert Methods to confirm or deny Paparazzi surveillance
  • Counter Surveillance
  • Covert Protection Methodologies
  • Protection Intelligence
  • Covert and Low Profile Risk Mitigation

For more information click HERE.

Bodyguard Training Course

TC Luxury & Fashion

Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course

(November 11-15 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
Shaw
, 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.

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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

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CPC Round-Up

ICON CPC-08/09 Alumni
ICON CPC-08/09 Alumni

Today marked the end of the August Celebrity Protection Course, and despite the massive information overload, the repetitive drills, the long hours and the “surprises” thrown in, I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  The guys (and girls) worked hard and i’m really looking forward to tracking their progress through the Executive Protection industry.  It’s a competitive market, so it won’t be easy, but if it was, then anyone could do it.

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To sign up for future course dates, click HERE.

Executive Protection Training: Day 1

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Day one of the Icon Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course completed.

Building blocks.

4 more days to go…

For information on the next training course, click HERE.