Recently wrapped teaching at Executive Security International (ESI). The inside joke was the lack of sleep I was going off of after having had to fly there immediately following the MTV VMA’s and an (unscheduled) client charity event.
One of the things I tried to impress upon the students is that in segments of the industry, your schedule is no longer your own, it’s your clients schedule, and often you have to adapt accordingly.
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.
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?
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Challenging assignment was an understatement.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
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South Africa Times Reports: South African intelligence services have been accused of being slow to react to warnings of terror threats to the 2010 World Cup
The US Congress counter-terror caucus was briefed on threats to the tournament. Ronald Sandee, director of the NEFA Foundation, warned the US Congress that:
- Pakistani and Somali militants are running terror training camps in northern Mozambique;
- Trainees from these camps may have crossed into South Africa to join or form cells planning World Cup attacks;
- Surveillance and strike teams planning attacks are well established in South Africa. Terror groups involved include al-Qaeda and their Somalian allies, al-Shahaab
- Simultaneous and random attacks are being planned during the World Cup
On Wednesday, the National Joint Operational Centre was activated at an undisclosed military base in Pretoria. It is co-coordinating the deployment of all South African security and intelligence structures to ensure a safe World Cup, including 24-hour protection of teams and officials.
According to two insiders, a watch-list of 40 terror suspects has been drawn up. Police have neither confirmed nor denied the arrest or watch-list.
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It’s tough finding the balance between safety & security along with access & convenience at a world sporting event such as the World Cup. Lot’s of moving parts, lots of players. ~ES
Icon Services Corporation presents our highly regarded 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 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
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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.
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The day before the Presidential Inauguration I had the opportunity to sit inside “The Beast” Impressive to say the least. I remember thinking that like most things in this world, it’s not what you see on the outside that matters, but what’s hidden under the hood.
For more of the history of the vehicle protecting the sitting US President click HERE.
The Circuit is a Magazine co-produced by the British Bodyguard Association (BBA) and the North American Bodyguard Association (NABA) who’s goal is to spotlight the role of Executive Protection & related fields to our community and the outside world. A full-color glossy with high production values, the publication is truly international, with contributors and readers from New Zealand to New Hampshire. In addition to being the Managing US Editor, I currently write an ongoing column entitled, “Keeping Your Edge”, which gives my opinions on a variety of topics that affect our industry. Take a look at some of the past columns from me as well as other valued contributors.
Currently in the library:
Keeping Your Edge
by Elijah Shaw (yours truly)
The Role of Firearms in Executive Protection
by Justin Johnson
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