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The ICON Training Academy is proud to announce our first training course of 2013.  Experience contemporary training delivered by instructors that don’t teach “theory” but are actively involved in the art of Executive Protection, working the craft day in and day out around the world.

Course Dates:  

January 16-20, 2013 (5 Day Celebrity & VIP Protection)

January 21-30, 2013 (10 Day Advanced Executive Protection)

Take your training to the next level.

Until next time,

Stay Safe…

 

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I just had the honor of finishing up 15 days of instruction with both the ICON Celebrity and VIP Protection Course and the Advanced Executive Protection course. It was 15 days of long hours and hard work.  I could ONLY imagine what the students felt like!  Here are some pictures of what went down!

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This is day two of the ICON Celebrity and VIP Protection Course in full effect.  Lots of studying and I know for a fact we are cramming their brains FULL of information… Hopefully they don’t crap it all out!

 

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Here comes the countdown to the next ICON Celebrity and VIP Protection Course.  A fast paced, in depth training course that will challenge everyone from the beginner to the expert!  Take a look at what Elijah and the crew are doing over at ICON…

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Elijah Shaw is a friend and mentor of mine in this industry.  He actually assigned me my first Executive Protection detail way back in the day.  I still turn to him for advice and continuing training.  He is the tip of the spear in the bodyguard game!  And those of us that know him; we know he is a HUGE movie fan… So I couldn’t help but borrow this from him:  (click the link to his blog)

 

 

Top 10 Bodyguard Movies

 

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I was afforded the opportunity recently to attend a 4 Day Defensive Handgun Course at the world-famous Front Sight Firearms Resort (FS) outside of Las Vegas Nevada.  I took on the wind, rain, cold temperatures, and a relatively new shooting technique to become a better shooter and a stronger instructor.  I will definitely have to say; 4 days well spent!

It started early on Friday, with all the good stuff like range assignment and weapons inspection.  We all filed into the GIANT classroom where classroom instruction on safety and orientation began.  All great and needed, the one thing I wasn’t a fan of was what I felt was “brainwashing”.  Felt like someone was trying to get me to drink the FS cool aid.  I understand that they have a captive audience, but at the same time they hit you the entire 4 days.  From a training standpoint there might be such a thing as to BIG.  Just felt less than personal and a bit too much propaganda. (And that is all on day one)

We then got sent to our ranges.  All in all it’s a great facility with great instruction.  I truly like how all classes are on the same schedule.  We had three, 4-day defensive firearms classes going on all at the same time, and we were all shooting and receiving the lecture pieces all within a 3 to 5 minute window.  On the larger scale that is a must.  The instruction and shooting drills were high quality.

From a shooting style perspective they are a weaver school through and through.  I being a hardcore ISO shooter for various reasons (competition, military, close protection work, and being of the mindset that we should train with what the body in going to do naturally in a critical incident) I was a hard sell on the weaver for every aspect of what we were doing.  But being the good student I am; I stepped in line with the teaching and I did (for the most part) what was taught the way it was taught and I think it helped me as an instructor to see another side of this industry.  I now have a better understanding and I truly believe that I can deliver that to my students!

I don’t want to give away the farm, but all in all it was time well spent.  The course was a good one and I would recommend it to anyone interested in taking a course from FS.  Anytime you can get out there, put rounds down range and get some quality trigger time its ALWAYS time well spent!

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The ICON Celebrity and VIP Protection course starts in less than 24 hours! Speaking from experience, this course is the tip of the spear when it comes to Celebrity Protection training. It is an in depth 5 day course that will test you both mentally and physically. Don’t come here thinking that it will be a walk in the park. My hats off to Elijah Shaw and Icon for putting on such a top tier course. I think the industry could use more courses like this one!

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