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Bodyguard Training Calendar

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


Anatomy of an Engagment

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)

Force on Force 1

Fig 1.  After identifying an imminent threat, the front security escort moves forward and prepares to engage.

Force on Force 2

Fig 2.  the primary bodyguard, assisted by the 2nd security escort covers and evacuates the VIP to the nearby vehicle –finding it disabled.

Force on Force 3

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

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.

Mexico Government Rents Bodyguards to Workers

The Mexican Government has come up with an interesting way to try and protect employees from the increasing number of drug-fueled assassinations and kidnappings that have plauged their country.  Their solution:   Rent Bodyguards to goverment workers for protection.  While senior-level officials will still be provided bodyguards for free, federal lawmakers and court workers now have the optioin to pay for additonal protection (Ranging from 100 to 200 a day depending on skill level, etc.)
File this one under:  YOU KNOW THINGS ARE BAD WHEN…
For the full story, click HERE.

VIP Protection Course Day 1

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

Israeli Diplomatic Bodyguard In US Guns Stolen

File this one under Suspicious: 

Apparently workers of American Airlines lost the luggage of members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security detail.  The luggage lost at JFK Airport was recovered in Los Angles, however 4 (count them, 4) handguns which were in the bag are now missing.   Airline regulations require that firearms be declared and shipped with checked luggage. 

Hope these get recovered soon.

For HERE for the full story of the Missing Bodyguard Guns.

Female Bodyguards Featured on Today Show

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.

ICON Featured on the Today Show

Just got off a (LONG) 22 hr flight from South Africa.  Touched down and  received word that the Today Show piece we did in conjunction with Harlan Austin at Bodyguard Careers aired.  I’ll get a proper post up later, but in the meantime, catch the segment.

And if your interested in learning more about the training (for males or females) click HERE.

Video of the program behind the jump.

Summer 2010 Issue of the Circuit on Sale Now

Hot off the presses the latest issue of The Circuit MagazineThe Magazine for Bodyguards and Security Professionals is now on sale.  If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out previous issues, each one is chock full of exciting articles, up to date information, and engaging interviews covering the full spectrum of the Executive Protection industry.

The feature story this issue is a great one by Executive Protection Agent, Michael Briggs, focusing on 6 days in the life of a Bodyguard operating during a major sporting event.

In addition, there are wonderful articles by contributors Ryan Nash and Cindy Sommer as well as industry-specific book review, columns and regular features on everything from Penetration Testing to Firearm reviews.

To order the latest issue of The Circuit, click HERE.  Alternatively, you can receive a free one year subscription to The Circuit by joining the North American Bodyguard Association (NABA) or their UK counterpart the British Bodyguard Association.  Memberships are reasonably prices and contain many additional benefits.  Simply click on the links to learn more about the organizations.

Want to preview articles of The Circuit?  Look no further.