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
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.
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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.
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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
to learn more visit www.Industry-Icon.com/CPC
A small preview of the training for the upcoming ICON Advanced Pistol Course. Here Senior Firearms Instructor’s Justin Johnson & Mike Briggs run through a live-fire vehicle engagement.
For more information on signing up for the advanced pistol training, or other classes offered, click HERE.
Video behind the jump.
Icon Services Corporation is proud to introduce our exciting 1 day seminar on Executive Protection held August 7, 2010 in Phoenix AZ. Hosted by the North American Bodyguard Association (NABA) this class is a must for those seeking to enter the field as well as existing Operators looking to make a bigger mark in the challenging world of Executive Protection. A fully immersive interactive class, attendees will get a whirlwind overview on the vital steps needed to successfully be a bodyguard in more than just name.
- The Business of Protection
- Client Interactions
- Protective Formations
- The Advance
- Vehicle Dynamics
- Critical Analysis
- And more…
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. What sets this course apart is the instructor’s proven method of teaching not from a textbook, but speaking as a current operator with his finger on the pulse of the market.
- Free 1 year Membership to the North American Bodyguard Association
- Professional Head shot by Contact Front Photography to market yourself
- Access to members only job board (NABA)
- Automatic discount on future courses held by ICON or the NABA
- Industry useful hand outs and give-aways
The North American Bodyguard Association (NABA) goal is to unite and support both trained and aspiring bodyguards within North America with the larger representation of security professionals around the world via its membership and information programs. The association is a vibrant networking and resource hub, which provides members with the opportunity to network and actively engage with their peers in the spirit of professional brotherhood. Learn more by visiting www.AmericanBodyguards.org.
Attendance upon pre-approval only. Limited seating available. For more information contact (651) 695-8778, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click HERE
So last year during one of my after-action meetings with trainers Justin Johnson
& Mike Briggs
I commented to them how during the live-fire drills of our training courses
I would like to use a paper target that spoke more to our
industry as Executive Protection Agents. Prior to this we had been using some of the fairly common full-color situational targets that law-enforcement and the military shoot for practice. While some of those were pretty good, none of them seemed to give me exactly what I was looking for — the scenario that I, as a bodyguard, has to suddenly pull my firearm to defend my client (as opposed to disarming a masked robber or shooting Bin Laden). As mentioned we tried a few… then tried a few more, but I still didn’t “love ’em”. Then inspiration struck. If I couldn’t find what I was looking for, then I might as well create it. Long story short, ICON was able to partner with North America’s largest distributor of paper targets to create the ICON VIP Protection Target Line
. Shot by the wonderful photographer Kiki Koralesky of Contact Front Photography,
our initial series of 6 has been well received and have been met with brisk enough sales for the manufacturer to request additional targets in the future. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
Click here to learn more about the ICON VIP Protection Target Line.
ICON instructors field testing the targets (Where Mike Biggs has the eerie opportunity to actually shoot himself.)
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.