Saturday, January 23, 2010

Nottingham Sword & Shield Security

Nottingham Sword & Shield Security

Security, Self Defense and Personal Protection Training

Personal Protection. Security Beyond Basic Self Defense

Safety and Attack Prevention Planning for your Lifestyle and Peace of Mind

Below is a summary of the physical, mental, tactical and legal skills taught in the NTS courses curriculum. NTS training programs are mission/context specific and customized to client's needs.


Principles of structure/base, range, power generation and movement

  • Why self defense is not fighting or hand to hand combat
  • Fundamentals of footwork, angles, positioning and built-in defense
  • Fighting ranges: kicking, striking, in-fighting, grappling
  • Principles of takedowns and throws
  • Principles from martial arts: Juijutsu, Brazilian Jiu-jutsu (BJJ), Ninjutsu, Jeet-kune-do, Wing-chun Kung-fu
  • Critical lessons from history, war and battle strategists that can save your life
  • Applications of military hand to hand combat hybrids: Krav Maga, Kapap, LINE, Army CQB (close quarters battle)
  • The Role of Joint manipulation and joint locking for personal defense
  • Releases and restraints for less dangerous situations
  • Counters&Defenses; against common attacks
  • Dealing with the sucker puncher
  • Dealing with the criminal predator
  • Ground survival: holding out on the ground, dealing with the grappler or wrestler
  • Dominating offense: take away the attacker's ability to fight
  • Great equalizers: when you need to negate size and strength
  • Scenario-based training and force-on-force resistance and aliveness drills
  • Adrenal stress conditioning: train for abnormal physiological state
  • Beating "freeze response" and panic with fear management techniques
  • Surviving, countering and/or disarming attacks with edged and impact weapons
  • Surviving, countering and/or disarming against guns and other firearms
  • Surviving multiple attacker situations and gang-style attacks
  • Disarming weapons such as a knife, gun, or club
  • Off hand tools: Using improvised weapons of opportunity and circumstance

  • Understanding violence, self-defense, rights and responsibilities
  • The role of intuition "Gift of Fear" and your premonition of danger survival intelligence
  • Awareness to alertness / Presence of Mind
  • Ethical, moral, social self-defense
  • Effective boundary development how to completely eliminate indecision
  • Force vs. violence, assertiveness vs. aggression
  • Inside the criminals mind, criminology 101
  • overview
  • How attackers operate – know your enemy
  • Adrenal stress conditioning: having fear work for you
  • Effective verbal defense and de-escalation
  • Bodyguard skill of target hardening: become a hard target in any interaction


  • Understanding awareness: yellow, orange, red threat zones
  • Understanding context: yellow, orange and red responses
  • Realistic threat assessment for your lifestyle
  • Street smarts: dangerous places, dangerous people and situations
  • Foreseeing / foretelling violence
  • How to fail a criminal's interview
  • The right habits for self-defense
  • Home security and defense
  • Car/auto/vehicle security
  • Workplace security
  • Security for traveling
  • Safer habits and choices


  • Legal use of force for civilians
  • Legal requirements for successful self-defense – scenarios
  • Self-defense vs. fight vs. assault vs. combat
  • How to avoid criminal charges
  • How to avoid civil charges
  • Arresting officer's perspective
  • Third party protection
  • Home/office protection



John Nottingham, EPS is a graduate of Bodyguard Training International / USA Bodyguards. He was trained at Gavin De Becker Academy for Protectors and in Advanced Threat Assessment and Management. A Sixth Degree multiple Black Belt holder, he served in a Special Forces Airborne reserve unit as a Military Intelligence Analyst. He is the founder of Nottingham Training Systems, Nottingham Security and the USA Martial Arts chain of schools.

The Firm

NTS Nottingham Training Systems is a public and private sector consulting and training firm specializing in developing mission specific solutions for first responders, law enforcement, military, security and civilians.

Nottingham Sword&Shield Security is the Protective Division of LCI Inc. which provides security strategies and solutions to public and private clientele. Nottingham Security serves and advises media figures, corporations, government agencies, police departments, universities, and at risk persons of situations that might escalate to violence. Nottingham Security's capabilities include: individual, executive, family, children, event and mobile high and low profile protective services.

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