Just completed the September 5-day ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course! Thank you to the 24 students that crossed the finish-line and gave their time, attention and hard earned dollars to attend. It was great to have the attendees from various backgrounds, ages, colors & genders, meet in an environment that leveled the playing field. One of the major phrases I returned to time and again during the course is that “it’s a thinking person’s game“. You did not have to be the biggest or strongest or best shooter to gain the skills to make your mark on the Executive Protection Industry.
Next course, January 5 – 9th, 2011
Tomorrow begins the next ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course and we’re all very proud to say we once again have a sold out class. Looking forward to the dynamic mix of seasoned professionals polishing their skills and newcomers just getting started in the industry.
Also very excited to have Dave Marris on board as a Guest Instructor this course. In the close protection arena his background is one who’s “been there, done that”, so we’re especially glad to have an active Operator take the time to help out.
Pretty certain the only sleep I get for the next 5 days will occur around the same time the paperboy is making deliveries, and end before he’s done.
From the archives:
When you think of outfitting yourself for a career as a Bodyguard what’s on your essential must-have list for Executive Protection?
- Semi-Automatic Handgun? (With appropriate license to carry)
- Bulletproof Vest?
- How about one of those cool–talk into your hand–microphones?
It’s true, at some point and time there is probably a place for all of that. However, one of the biggest assets to someone doing this line of work for any length of time is something so obvious it really gets overlooked:
Yep, a good, COMFORTABLE, pair of shoes will make a world of difference for the bodyguard. Just ask any agent who’s worked a detail where he has to stand for 12 hours plus, or walked 3 miles on an overseas sight-seeing trip with a VIP (on unpaved roads!) Speaking from experience, I’ll tell you; wear the wrong shoes and the unpleasantness factor goes up dramatically.
On this date: no vest, no 2way radio… however comfortable shoes made a long day a little easier.
Minneapolis, MN September 8-12th 2010 – Icon Services Corporation 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 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 industry.
“Your training is an invaluable tool to your industry. I was very impressed how realistic the training was that you 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 click HERE
Here are some of the photos during the recent ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course. In this actual Force on Force exercise, attendees escort their VIP from a building to a nearby vehicle, however armed assailants conduct an ambush. The students are evaluated on their reactions and decisions made. The level of realism is intensified by the use of Airsoft weapons that deliver a realistic (and at times painful) simulation of taking fire and having to return fire against a live person. (click on the photo to enlarge)
Fig 1. After identifying an imminent threat, the front security escort moves forward and prepares to engage.
Fig 2. the primary bodyguard, assisted by the 2nd security escort covers and evacuates the VIP to the nearby vehicle –finding it disabled.
Fig 3. The primary bodyguard elects to move the VIP to the far side of the vehicle, using it for cover. At this point, the 2nd security escort has drawn his firearm and engaged the attackers from the rear of the vehicle.
The next course is September 8-12, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To learn about additional Close Protection training from ICON Services Corporation, click HERE.
See Related: Executive Protection Training Video
A very small sampling of the drills that go into honing skills in the Executive & VIP Protection Industry. These are the building blocks that create the total package that clients, Detail Leaders and decision makers are looking for.
The guys that attended the recent training course were from all backgrounds and walks of life, but I think what was so impressive is that regardless of their pedigree’sthey put their egos on the shelf (well mostly) and engaged in the physical and mental exertions that form muscle memory. Continue on that path and at when the moment of truth comes, your actions (or reactions) are on autopilot.
For more information on ICON Executive Protection Training, click HERE.
Looks to be a great group of guys this class. Everyone showed up on time and ready to work. By the end of the day you could see the exhaustion, but I feel if your going to invest your time and hard earned cash, the payout should be worth it. Correct?
To learn more about future ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Courses, click HERE
Challenging assignment was an understatement.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
Amy Robach of the the Today show does a segment on the rise of females in the Executive Protection industry. The show spotlights Executive Protection Agent Joanna Torrens and an all female class undergoing training in the profession. While obviously greatly condensed and edited for their morning demographic, I thought the piece was a good representation of the training, challenges and mindset women would need to undergo to succeed in the male dominated bodyguard industry.
Click HERE to view the segment.
To learn more about some of the training Joanna went through follow THIS link.