Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bodyguard Training Academy - Security Services Job Training

Scottsdale Bodyguard Training Academy
Providing Training for Bodyguards and Close Protective Security Specialists

Executive and close protection security training for entry level professionals seeking a career in the protective fields as a bodyguard or close protection specialist.

What is the difference between security guards, bouncers, police, a doorman and a bodyguard?
The difference between bouncers, ex-soldiers, law enforcement, security and coolers from professional bodyguards is training.  Executive and close protection specialists are leaders with unique skill sets that include: client service, communications, physical intervention skills, predictive, organization and strong leadership.

What will I learn at Bodyguard Training Academy?

Scottsdale Bodyguard Training Academy
  • Advanced Threat Assessment
  • Low profile and high profile protective strategies
  • Verbal Judo & Tactical Communications
  • Powers to Arrest & The Law
  • Surveillance  
  • Conducting professional security surveys and the advance
  • Hand to hand physical intervention
  • Hand to weapon physical intervention
  • Intelligence-based protective strategies
  • Weapons of opportunity
  • Advanced tactical handgun
  • Body armor and tools of the trade
  • Classroom and hands on scenario training
  • Team formations & Evacuation drills
  • Negotiating pay and marketing your services for success
Our cadre includes experienced instructors with military, law enforcement and special operations backgrounds.  From combat veterans, military intelligence, Martial Arts Masters, advanced NRA instructors, you will draw upon each instructors unique skill set.

Top graduates will receive a letter of recommendation for immediate team placement.  All graduates receive an official certificate of completion to verify specialized training.

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Inquire now about the next course date and receive "10 Traits Team Leaders Look For In Hiring Bodyguards".

Bodyguard VIP, Dignitary, Celebrity Protection Security Services in Arizona

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Arizona Bodyguards Offer Security to Celebrity VIPs

Sword and Shield Security
Military Law Enforcement Bodyguard Security Training Specialists

Our Security Professionals Specialize in:
  • Advanced Training
  • Threat Assessment and Case Management
  • Executive, Dignitary & Celebrity Protection
  • Personal Protection
  • Bodyguard Services
  • Protective Security Driving & Secure Transportation
  • Domestic & International Investigations
  • Electronic Counter-Measures
  • Stalker & Threat Management
  • Residence & Estate Protection
  • Asset Protection
High profile, low profile protection and training services with discretion.

Telephone: 602-896-8721

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Krav Maga Background

Krav Maga Background

In 1964, Grandmaster Imi Lichtenfeld finished his military service and adapted Krav Maga to civilian frameworks. In Israel, the style has become an important part of the educational system and is taught to elementary and high school students on the national curriculum along with being taught at the Wingate Institute, one of the world’s leading physical fitness centers. It is taught to men, women, and children under the auspices of the Israeli Ministry of Sport and Education. Krav Maga is the official system of hand-to-hand combat and self-defense employed by the Israeli Defense and Security Forces, the Israeli National and Military Police and its Special Operations and Anti-Terrorist Units. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) including their Special Forces Units, Israeli Police, and Internal Security Branches currently uses this style on a day-to-day basis. Haim Gidon and Eyal Yanilov are the most well-known advocates of the discipline in Israel, and are involved with spreading Krav Maga across the world. Haim Gidon hosts several international seminars every year in Netanya Israel. Eyal spends most of his time writing Krav Maga instruction books and teaching seminars across the globe.

Krav Maga
Krav Maga is taught to all ages and abilities, at community centers, schools, and clubs throughout the world. Krav Maga is taught to Sky Marshals, commercial airline crews, and has expanded outside the borders of Israel and is very successful in the United States, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Poland, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand. Many United States local law enforcement, federal agencies, state police, SWAT and other special operations teams have been taught Krav Maga.

KM Worldwide
Krav Maga Worldwide Enterprises and the Krav Maga Association of America are the primary advocates of Krav Maga in the USA and have pioneered its use by law enforcement personnel. Chief Instructor, Mr. Darren R. Levine, is a Senior Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles’s Crimes Against Peace Officers Section (CAPOS), a special unit dedicated to prosecuting violent crimes. David Kahn heads the Israeli Krav Maga Association branch in the United States in New York and has authored the book Krav Maga published in 2004. Other organizations and their members that have been trained in Krav Maga include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Marshals Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
  • Drug Enforcement Administration Arrest and Control Unit
  • U.S. Treasury Department
  • U.S. Immigration Service
  • U.S. State Department
  • U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
  • U.S. Coast Guard - Port Security Unit
  • U.S. Coast Guard - Tactical Law Enforcement
  • U.S. Coast Guard - Drug Interdiction
  • New York City Police Department
  • Illinois State Police
  • Chicago Metro Police Department
  • Alabama State Police
  • Baltimore County Police
  • Connecticut State Police
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • Florida State Highway Patrol
  • California Highway Patrol
  • California Department of Justice
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Los Angeles Police Department Academy
  • Santa Monica Police Department
  • El Segundo Police Department
  • Beverly Hills Police Department
  • Burbank Police Department
  • Pasadena Police Department
  • New Jersey State Police
  • New Athens Police Department
  • National Police of Iran

Nowadays, this system is trained world wide. The European federation is headed by Richard Douieb, who teaches Krav Maga in Paris. The World Krav Maga Federation gathers seven European countries and is headed by Thierry Viatour.

In addition to the Israel Defense Forces, several other special forces (for example GIGN, FBI, and SWAT) have already adopted this system for their contact combat.

Principles of Krav Maga

Principles of Krav Maga

In Krav Maga, there are no hard-and-fast rules. It is not a sport and there is no competitive component. All the techniques focus on maximum efficiency in real-life conditions. Krav Maga generally assumes a no-quarter situation; the attacks and defenses are intended to inflict or divert the most pain possible on the opponent. Groin, eye, and other efficient attacks are emphasized, as are a variety of other fairly brutal attacks.

The guiding principles for Krav Maga techniques are:
  • avoid injury
  • go from defending to attacking as quickly as possible
  • use the body’s natural reflexes
  • strike at any vulnerable point
  • use any tool or object nearby

The basic idea is to first deal with the immediate threat (e.g. hands around one’s neck), prevent the attacker from re-attacking, then neutralize the opponent, proceeding through all the steps in a very straightforward manner. The emphasis is put on taking the initiative from the attacker as soon as possible.

A variant of Krav Maga, called “Haganah” (Hebrew: defense), claims to be not only a martial art, but a method for enabling someone at a disadvantage to overpower a larger attacking adversary. The system’s main goal is to have the combatant enter a “point of reference”. This point is a lock/grab around the neck and back of the opponent. Because of this “point”, the combatant is focused and already has a plan instead of relying on fancy maneouvers that take time to apply, and are difficult to learn. Simple well-placed counterstrikes are applied to defeat the adversary. In addition to hand-to-hand combat and ground-fighting, the system applies defenses against knives, guns, and multiple weapons and attackers.

Techniques that Haganah covers include defense against punches and kicks, escapes and releases from chokes, bear hugs, firearms, grenades, and multiple attackers. It also covers various hand-to-hand combat techniques such as multiple types of arm blows, and different types of low kicks to the legs, executed with or without shoes. There are some ground survival techniques including combat-neutralizing grappling techniques, pinching, tendon and muscle tearing, and for specialized or advanced trained, tactical knife fighting, combat shooting and counter-terrorist strategies and techniques

Police & Law Enforcement Training in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona

UFC Champ Dan "The Beast" Severn Teaches Police at USA Martial Arts

Police & Law Enforcement Training at NSAS NTS Nottingham Training Systems Nottingham Sword & Shield Security

Our integrated training program for law enforcement incorporates elements from Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and Hapkido.  This program is carefully-integrated for versatility, meaning that similar defensive principles apply to a variety of hostile situations. Therefore, the system can be learned in a relatively short period of instruction. 

The system is designed to train large numbers of personnel at one time. The techniques are easy to retain with minimal review and can be performed under extreme stress. The Krav Maga System has been highly praised by defensive tactics instructors from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as hand to hand combat trainers from special units of the military.  Jeet Kune Do has been used to train elite units such as the US Navy SEALS.  Hapkido (Hwarang Do) and BJJ (Modern Army Combatives) has been taught to US Army Rangers and Special Forces Green Beret.

Police Officer Discount

The team at USA Martial Arts and Nottingham Sword & Shield (NTS TACTICAL) appreciates the commitment and contribution that Police Officers make to our community. Come in and try a free class and ask about our discount for Police Officers.
Call 602-896-8721 for more information.

Little Known Traits of Top Bodyguards

TOP BODYGUARDS, or CLOSE PROTECTION PROFESSIONALS (CPP) or EXECUTIVE PROTECTION SPECIALISTS (EPS) are usually referred by friends, trusted associates or reputable companies (often insurance carriers).  Here are a few little known secrets that tend to be common traits of the best of the best.
By John Nottingham, Bodyguard Trainer

1. Quiet professionalism
Experienced bodyguards do not feel the need to brag and have long since moved beyond the self-promoting ego stage.  Fame seeking vicarious celebrity or overly aggressive name dropping is a red flag.  They are usually quiet professionals who would represent a company or organization with dignity and professionalism, keeping out of the limelight.  They are calm, centered and create peace-of-mind for clients.

2.  Discretion & Confidentiality
Clients want to know that their personal lives stay just that - personal.  Top bodguards know that they have access to personal information that could be damaging and therefore protect it as they would the life of their clients.  Bad press can significantly damage public image, the brand, embarrass a client or family. This leverage can also be used to breach security, safety and privacy.  Top bodyguards ensure the clients privacy is protected.

3. Excellent communicators
The ability to communicate clearly and concisely save clients time and reassure them that their protective agent is competent, organized and thorough.  It is a critical skill for briefing a client on potential threats, protective measures taken, and coordinating events, details and important information.  They are also skilled listeners and masters at reading body language.  Most potential hostile situations can be avoided with strong persuasive communication.  Tact is essential when representing a high profile client as a bodyguards actions represent the client, their brand or organization.

4. Organized, highly disciplined and systematic
Top protective agents are punctual and dedicated at a level where they consider what they do a mission and duty.  It goes beyond a job because the unique value of human life.  They are healthy, fit, skilled and strong - most being advanced Black Belt martial artists.  Many choose to not drink alcohol, cut out excessive sugars, caffeine or other factors that could interfere with their performance.  They know their limits and establish healthy boundaries for sleep, rest and recovery so they can optimize job performance.  Great bodyguards are methodical because attention to detail is not only reassuring to clients but reduces the probability of human error.  The best of the best bodyguards are detailed planners, always having contingency options.  They know that appearance, professional attire and presentation are essential non-verbal communication skills as well.

5. Dedicated to ongoing training
A hallmark of a great bodyguard is a hunger for continual improvement and professional development.  Skills need to be honed, sharpened and continually upgraded.  Furthermore, training needs to be ever adapting and fit the context, locations and lifestyle of the client.  Ongoing training keeps the mind sharp, the body ready, and the agent motivated and updated.

6. Disclose limitations and specialties
Healthy confidence with humility is key to a professional bodyguard.  The best will fully disclose their skill set and make a point to never misrepresent or overstate their skills.  They will be quick to consult experts in various specialties.

7. Problem solvers
The best bodyguards are problem solvers.  They can think quickly on their feet, adapt to situations and reduce stress for the client.  When I train my teams I often say, "You are either a problem solver or you are a problem."  This adds tremendous value to a client.  From protective, logistical, relationship and other complications, the best bodyguards tackle problems with creativity, grace and intelligence.

8. High tolerance and patience
You can recognize a highly trained bodyguard because they maintain a constant state of professional separation from highly emotional situations, their clients as well as stressful times.  This high level of emotional maturity provides a pillar of emotional strength for clients and reassures them that the bodyguard is centered and doing his or her job.  Professional bodyguards will also study and prepare so they understand and can respect cultural differences and demonstrate proper etiquette.

9. Collaborate well with other teams, agencies and groups
It is imperative for a bodyguard security professional to be able to cooperate and coordinate with other groups.  From hospitals, hotel managers, law enforcement, local security and other staff, the bodyguards job is one of a leader.  Collaboration is key to superlative service and safety.

10. Clearly separate personal and professional life
True professionals keep a clear line of separation between their personal lives and professional ones.  Although difficult, due to the often close association and long hours agents often spend with clients, it is of paramount importance to make prudent survival decisions and professionally serve a client.  Good bodyguards work hard to never allow personal issues to interfere with their duties as a protective agent.

John D. Nottingham, EPS, 6th Dan
Nottingham Sword & Shield Security
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 10
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Telephone: 602.896.8721

Three Things To Look for When Hiring a Bodyguard or Executive/Close Protection Security Specialist

Three Things To Look for When Hiring a Bodyguard or Executive/Close Protection Security Specialist

How do you know if you are hiring a qualified security professional for personal protection?  Being a bouncer, doorman, cooler, security guard, military or police are not in themselves qualifications to be a certified experienced protection professional.  While most trusted professionals in the industry have a foundation in military or law enforcement, being a qualified bodyguard requires specialized training.  

The answer is documentation.  Here are three things to look for when hiring a bodyguard, or as they like to be called, protection professionals or protective specialists.  This will go a long way in helping you avoid the fly-by-night or a wanna-be tough guy just wearing sun glasses and talking a good game.

For VIPS, celebrities, CEOs and other high profile and at-risk individuals, a bodyguard can be one of the most important decisions one can make.  Professional bodyguards not only facilitate more efficient business and provide safety, a good protective agent will inspire peace of mind, reducing stress and adding to quality of life. 

1. Training and Experience
Most bodyguards or Executive Protection Specialists or CPP (Close Protection Professionals) have a background in  military or law enforcement as well as specialized education.  Ask for documentation and check them out.   For military service members you can ask to see a copy of a DD-214.

2. Reputation and References
Professional protection agents will have a prepared list of references available for you.  If for any reason they make excuses or try to distract you from this step, it is a big red flag.  Credible bodyguards will encourage you to check them out.

3. Confidentiality and Professionalism
It pays to do your due diligence when hiring a bodyguard.  After all, it is the security of your assets or loved ones at stake.  It is best to take your time and do the necessary steps to verify the agent and or firm you hire.  You can also contact other firms.  Even if they are in competition with the one you inquire about, true professionals often refer business to one another and work cooperatively on larger details.  It will give you more insight to make a more informed decision.

You can also look for industry accepted training certifications such as ASIS or others.  It is strongly recommended that you verify successful completion of training from a recognized training institution such as ESI (Executive Security International), BTI (Bodyguard Training International/USA Bodyguards), R.L. Oatman and Associates, Gavin de Becker and Associates, Sexton Security and others.  These are a few of the more respected and recognized bodyguard training facilities in the USA.  A bit of research online can help you get some quick answers.

John D. Nottingham, EPS, 6th Dan
Nottingham Sword & Shield Security
4731 E. Greenway Suite 10
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 896-8721
Member: ASIS & Nottingham Sword & Shield Security |

What Is Fugitive Recovery Network?

The Fugitive Recovery Network is an organization providing professional resources and services to various recovery agents such as Bail Bondsman (often referred to as Bounty Hunters), Private Investigators, and Skip Tracer agents or those in Bail Enforcement, and/or Fugitive Apprehension.

With a motto of, "They can run but they cannot hide", these pros mean business.

The organization provides online resources and information for expert fugitive recovery services.  Included are various links, Discussion Forums and other resources for bail bondsman or those with an interest in the field.

For more information on the Fugitive Recovery Network click here:

Friday, October 15, 2010

What People Say About Bodyguard, Master Instructor John Nottingham

“When I hear the name John Nottingham the first thing that comes to mind is Passion! Master Nottingham is one of the most dynamic individuals I have ever met. He is an EXPERT and he has INTEGRITY. John is the REAL DEAL and having him provide a big portion of my Health and Wellness Programs, John Nottingham has guided me to great heights inside and out. I would recommend with the highest regard all persons and families to experience Master Nottingham's training and personal guidance to a better you! I promise you will not be disappointed.” July 27, 2010
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Eddie Fischer
hired John as a Personal Trainer in 2009, and hired John more than once
“I first met John Nottingham in 1994. During that time, I've personally trained under him for 13 years as a student. As an instructor he works tirelessly with his students often times sacrificing his own personal time and resources. He does so gladly, with enthusiasm and the highest degree of integrity. In my professional career I've associated with thousands of people. I rank John Nottingham among the highest.” July 23, 2010
Phil BorgiaAgent, State Farm Insurance
was with another company when working with John at John Nottingham's USA Martial Arts
“Master John Nottingham is a very accomplished martial arts teacher with a strong will and determination to hone and perfect his craft while finding new techniques and fighting styles to incorporate into himself and his program.” July 23, 2010
Joseph GangiFilm Maker, Gangi Films
was a consultant or contractor to John at John Nottingham's USA Martial Arts

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Advanced Firearms Training Subject Matter Expert
"Your team exemplifies the honor, dedication and excellence that you have proudly brought forward." - Mark Volpone, Maricopa Tactical

Anthony Miles“ Please accept my nomination for John Nottingham as Security Professional of the year.
My name is Anthony Miles. I have had the privilege of working with John Nottingham over the last 9 years. I must say that he is one of the very best security minded people I have ever come into contact with. His system for dealing with assessment of risk, removing yourself from danger and eliminating threat were ahead of their time when I first heard of them 8 years ago and are still out front of the wave. Nottingham's credentials are impeccable, he is a 6th Degree Black Belt and Senior Master Instructor, former Army Special Forces Airborne Ranger, where he tested and taught combatives at full speed with full force, which gave him the feedback needed to gain truth in conflict and develop a highly effective system.
Nottingham is a gifted teacher and is constantly continuing his educating and adjusts his approach based on real world risk based scenarios and ways to effectively eliminate threat. If you have not had the pleasure of being in one of Nottingham's VIPER Street Combat Training intensives, It will change you forever as it did for myself, my wife and everyone who I have seen go through the program. A version of his training system is listed on listed on the TRS Direct website. Although, I do not agree with how they present and market his materials in a very stylistic and quick gimmicky manner, Nottingham's systems are loaded with real, simple and easy to comprehend and use strategies and techniques for keeping yourself out of danger. His strategies for training make sure you have what you need in crisis.
Thanks you for your time and the consideration.
Best regards,
Anthony Miles
Owner 4th Wall TV & Film Productions

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Three Types of Communication in Defensive Tactics for Police, Military, Corrections

The Three Types of Communication in Defensive Tactics for Police, Military, Corrections

It is important to control the subject's perception of the officer or agent.  In our experience and research we have defined it in the following categories.

Three Types of Communication

The officers appearance (uniform, equipment), approach, gait, posture, eye contact, attitude and even pace and mannerisms are factors in non-verbal communication with a subject.  Remember the subject is assessing or "sizing up" the officer as much as the officer is assessing the subject.  At a primal level, they are weighing their ability to resist, escape and usually, ultimately avoid pain.

This is where VERBAL JUDO and TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS training comes in.  From showing empathy to making clear the consequences of actions and providing options to "save face", these are critical skills of persuasion.

This is the hands on step.  Make no mistake that it is still negotiations and communication.  The key is to communicate clearly to gain control and compliance of a subject.  My first Martial Arts teacher was a ROK Marine who served in Viet Nam.  He put it simply, "Some people understand this" (pointing to his mouth) "and some people only understand this" (holding up a fist). 

In the world of psychology it is referred to as negative reinforcement, that is, pain is removed or reduced when you do as the officer wants.  The removal of pain is the "reward" or reinforcement. 

•  The removal of a discouraging stimulus associated with a particular behaviour with the result that it is more likely to be repeated

When the verbal skills fail, kinetic skills take over and the persuasion begins by using varying levels of pain.  The more skills an officer has in this arena, the more effectively he or she can subdue a subject.

The key to effectiveness on the streets is the seemless integration of these skills and developing the judgment of knowing when to move and use each.  The mastery of these skills comes from a combination of training, maintaining and application experience. 

Keep sharpening your skills.

Are You Leaving Out This Important Factor in Your Self Defense or Defensive Tactics Training?

Are You Leaving Out This Important Factor in Your Self Defense or Defensive Tactics Training?
Muscle Contraction and Limb Retraction and Defensive Tactics for Street Survival Self Defense

One of the more frequently made errors in DEFENSIVE TACTICS instruction for law enforcement (Police, Security, Corrections), Military and other SELF DEFENSE instruction is neglecting the retraction factor.  It leaves many officers wondering why their slick move they learned at the Academy didn't work.

The retraction factor is the bodies natural response that occurs when adapting to a perceived challenge in a fighting situation.  For example, if an officer attempts to apply an arm bar or similar lock, the natural reaction for the body is to tense up, resist and often pull the other way.  Try to grab the fingers, and they ball up in a fist and yank away.  Try to grab a knife weilding hand and they yank it back.  The body usually returns to center, or condenses itself when adapting and defending.  The muscles contract, stiffen and reinforce the limb and make it more difficult to articulate and manipulate.

Advanced martial artists and more skilled individuals count on this as part of their application of the tactic and gain a strategic advantage by persuading the individual to go in the direction they want.    They might for example push to get the subject to pull themselves into the technique the officer wants. 

In order to apply this tactic, it takes training with various types of bodies under stress and with dynamic adaptation (resistance and adaptation) in training.  It comes only with experience and lots of practice in training.  It becomes even more important if there is a disparity of size, structure or strength of the officer and subject. 

When fighting for your life, an officer's skills need to be highly adaptable.  In the military, the fighting principle is "combat flexibility".  The ability to adapt to the situation, terrain, conditions, and context of the enemy is critical to formulate an effective winning strategy.  This is why it is so critical to use scenario based training with resistance, adaptation and allowing subjects to counter the officer.  It forces the officer to problem solve and integrate and account for these reactions into the tactics of their training. 

Train smart, train strong and stay safe.