Posts Tagged ‘Executive Protection’


June 7, 2011

VIPER PERSONAL PROTECTION Live Training for Reality Based Self Defense and Personal Protection Security. Bodyguard Tactics for Protecting Yourself and The Ones You Love.

Personalized Security Scenario Based Stress Inoculation Immersion Training

Stopping, or intercepting violence at its source through recognition, assessment and neutralization. VIPER is a course about winning, surmounting incredible odds, and quickly anticipating, eliminating or managing a threat in a variety of situations based on context.

VIPER strategy disrupts the threat and aims to keep you from harm. VIPER students learn to change the format, tempo, and style of conflict with clever and deceptive strategies that catch their opponents off guard. This enables VIPER trained individuals to stay one step ahead. VIPER teaches to attack threat and seize the initiative to dictate the outcome. It deals with neutralizing violence by any means necessary and only one of those modalities may be the use of physical force.

VIPER is made so that anyone can use his or her individual abilities and situation to adapt and win. Additionally it is designed for those who are out of shape and my have other limitations. You will develop your own safety plan and arsenal of skills centered on your individual needs and experiences.

VIPER teaches concepts so that student’s techniques improve over time and evolve into the response that works best for them. Additionally the concepts are like planted seeds that grow in time in students. The strategy used by VIPER evolves and adapts to fit virtually every situation that could arise.

VIPER students learn how to solve problems proactively and/or counter offensively, not simply react to them. It is a response to potential violence and the threat of being a potential target. VIPER graduates seize control and take the conflict to their arena where they can dominate and win. VIPER is designed for and used when responding to hostile situations and a high level threat.

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Bringing you to a higher level of personal safety through effective self-defense training in a very short period of time.

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The ABC’s of Personal Safety from a Security Self Defense Specialist

March 21, 2011

The ABC’s of Personal Safety from a Security Self Defense Specialist, Trainer and Speaker

Self Defense Tips – The ABC’s of Personal Safety and Security for Personal Protection

Self defense is something everyone knows that we should learn, yet few actually do. Rather than use a few self defense or fighting tips as an emotional pacifier, it is important to test and apply what you think you know. It is through this process that self defense competence is built. With self defense competence comes personal protection and security confidence. A good self defense instructor will ad to your peace of mind and help you use your innate survival signals and skills to bring to bear in protecting yourself and/or the ones you love.
When you learn to defend yourself you are less likely to have to because:

1. You tend to avoid potentially dangerous situations because you recognize them earlier
2. You are more likely to trust your intuition/gut feelings therefore act on them
3. Project more confidence which often removes you from the victim profile. Criminals like easy targets, not difficult ones.


Alert to Avoid Potentially Dangerous Situations
– Knowledge and Awareness of dangerous situations and how criminals operate
– Trusting instincts and Acting on intuition
Always observe safe habits and practices – Remember, we are always building habits – so practice good ones

Breathe and Be Calm by Believing you have options
– Belly Breath with Backpressure on exhale helps manage stress, adrenaline and fear
Be looking for opportunities, weapons, barriers, escape routes and targets
Be prepared with training and a plan but Be flexible

Communicate with Confidence and Commit
Clearly say and demonstrate directly what you mean and mean what you say
Change the Context of any situation you feel might lead to a violent encounter
Commit to your plan and execute with intensity

Whenever you increase distance, you increase time and options and usually deny the targets

Eyes on targets and Escape options
Eyes, neck, groin, knees, Everything’s a weapon, Escape

Recommended reading: “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker

Personal Security and Self-Defense Training Courses
Escape to Gain Safety: Jeet Kune Do based self defense for women
P.E.A.C.E.: A 5 Step Program of Self Defense
ABCs of Self Defense: Self Defense Basics for Everyone
The 5 Fingers of Self Defense: Self Defense Concepts
Street-Wise Street-Smarts: Street savvy self defense lecture
Hit Like a Girl: Bodyguard Tactics for Women in a fun entertaining format

Children’s Personal Safety Self Defense Courses
Kid-Wise Street Smarts
Bully to Buddy
Escape School for Kids- Stranger Safety Skills

Rapid Learn Immersion Reality Based Self Defense Training
Paul Vunak’s RAT: The rapid learn hand to hand combat course taught to Navy SEALS
John Nottingham’s VIPER Personal Protection: A customized street combat course specializing in scenario based training and adrenal stress conditioning, survival stress inoculation with context driven solutions.
Each program can be taught as a lecture or hands on clinic and tailored to the individual or organization.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
4731 E. Greenway Rd. Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032

Nottingham Sword&Shield; SecurityNTS TACTICAL TRAINING Phoenix Campus
4731 E. Greenway Rd. Suite 10
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
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* Credit for the original ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance to Kiyoshi Dave Kovar

As seen on Arizona News Channels 3, 5, 10, 12, 15, Good Morning Arizona, The Arizona Republic, Taekwondo Times Magazine, KONO Martial Arts for Kids, Hall of Fame Master of The Year
John Nottingham is a recognized expert in personal protection, author, consultant, speaker and a founder of Nottingham Security -Scottsdale Bodyguards- and the USA Martial Arts chain of schools. He resides in Scottsdale Arizona USA and provides professional consultation and training, products, and services related to self-defense, personal security and physical conditioning. A bodyguard, law enforcement and military trainer, he is certified Executive Protection Specialist (EPS).
John Nottingham has trained in martial arts for over 25 years including Taekwondo, Hapkido, Jujitsu, Aikido, FMA/Arnis, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Kyusho-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Wushu Kung Fu, Shamrock Submission Fighting, and weaponry. He developed his own integrative MMA or mixed martial arts curriculum designed for the average person to use for self defense and a healthy lifestyle. In his chain of martial arts schools, he and his staff teach men, women and children of all ages self defense and practical martial arts skills in a fun and exciting manner.
Master Nottingham also served honorably in a USAR Military Intelligence Det. of a Special Forces (Airborne) unit where he developed a unique hand to hand combat course for Special Operations Military forces.
He is currently hosting lifestyle and wellness events to train companies and individuals how to increase performance, improve health and vitality for an improved lifestyle. An award-winning instructor, he is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, boxing and Yoga teacher. He also is a sought-after speaker, consultant, subject matter expert, entrepreneur, and author.

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“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
1st 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
1st Phil Borgia, Agent, 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
1st Joseph Gangi, Film Maker, Gangi Films
was a consultant or contractor to John at John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts

How to Get a Security Guard Job in Arizona. Seven Tips To Get Hired Fast.

May 29, 2010

Here are some tips to get a job in Security.

As an owner of a DPS Licensed Security Agency in Arizona and an AZ guard card trainer for other agencies, I have a unique perspective on security job hiring. I see numerous applicants every day hoping to get work in the security industry.

Most are seeking something temporary due to a recent job loss or their goal is to eventually transition to other law enforcement agency like Police, Corrections, Border Patrol or the Sheriffs Office (MCSO in my area). Others are working their way up the ladder to Executive Protection [EP], PI, FBI, or other related goals. Some are simply seeking a way to supplement their incomes.

No matter what your situation, these tips will help you get a position and perhaps advance faster to higher pay.

So you’ve searched,, and Now what?

Here are some quick tips to get the edge and get hired quickly.

Security Guards are in High Demand

Get Hired as a Guard

1. Know before you go. Do some research on the company and be prepared to position your skills to fit their needs. A Google search, website screening, phone call and asking some employees goes a long way. Most of the applicants I meet are clueless as to the Security Agencies mission, target client, management or needs.

Knowing about the security firm you wish to work at and it’s key management leaders is a big advantage.

Recently, a young man approached our counter and asked if we were hiring. I asked what he knew about the security company. He replied in street lingo, “Basitly, not much. I just need a job bro.” Not exactly the best first impression.

2. Prepare your documentation. AZ requires a DPS Guard Card [see step 7]. Prepare your resume’ or curriculum vitae (CV) so that it can be sent electronically [via email or fax] or hand carried and presents a professional image.

Most agencies will also require an extensive application along with your background check.

Sometimes you can use a bio on their website as a model for how they like to see things. If you are former LEO or Military, be prepared to provide that documentation [DD-214] as well. Some security companies require at least 2 years experience in LE or Military while others do not.

An important part of security is communications. A security guard might have to testify in court or his statement/report be used in an investigation. Make sure you take the time to read directions, communicate clearly, check spelling, write legibly and pay attention to detail. These are indications of your education, communication and report writing skills.

3. Integrity matters. Tell the truth. You can put things in a positive light but be cautious not to embellish. This might lead to suspicion about your trustworthiness.

“Don’t write a check with your mouth that your butt can’t cash.”

One day we had a young man present himself like he was God’s gift to us. He gushed about his extensive military background and EP (Executive Protection Security) experience. I thought we would need to get a DNA test done because this guy might be related to Rambo himself! The only problem was that he was full of it and I caught him in a lie as he exaggerated and overstated his abilities. I knew the guys he claimed to work with. Security is a small world. Word gets around. Just be honest and open to learn. None of us are perfect so just be your best “you”. Professional agencies will always verify your claims.

The less like REX the better for Security

4. Confident is not cocky. Confidence is projected in your eye contact, firm handshake, posture, and choice of words and attire. Being cocky is a sign of insecurity and arrogance. A professional security guard is a polite, customer service oriented, positive person and worthy of trust. Furthermore, he or she needs to demonstrate a willingness to learn, not a “know-it-all” attitude.

5. Dress for success and make a positive impression. Dress professionally for the job you want and get there at least 15 minutes early. Pay attention to grooming. Remember that Guard Security is usually a high-profile position in the public eye. You will mostly likely be representing the client so a professional appearance is important. Consider also that most people in supervisory and hiring roles will be former military and favor more military-style grooming standards. It may also be a more corporate oriented agency.

Getting to the interview early and dressed professionally indicates that you are more likely accountable, trustworthy, organized and respectful.

If you roll in looking like an 80s metal hair band wanna-be or a couch potato video game, haven’t-showered-in-3-days kid, you aren’t likely to be taken seriously. Sagging hip hop pants and worn skater shoes are not the best choice. Self respect, judgment and discipline are reflected in outward appearance and grooming.

6. Don’t look down on Security Guards. Check your attitude. Security Guards serve a critical role in Homeland Security as they eyes and ears of law enforcement on the front lines. From fighting terror, keeping families and children safe to being responsible for millions in assets, SECURITY is an important profession worthy of respect. If you treat it as a joke or less than what it is, your chances for getting hired in the security field diminish significantly.

If you think jelly-donut-eating, out of shape, insecure Paul Blart Mall Cop represents security, you need to get educated and reshape your perspective before applying. Replace the Barney Fife notion so you don’t talk down about the profession or let that show at an interview.

Security Guard Stereotype

Sadly, these types of “guards” do exist and we have all seen it. However, it is not representative of security at every level.

Remember that it was a security manager who was the hero of 9-11. Because of his evacuation drills, thousands of lives were saved.

Some Bodyguards Got Started in Guard Security

Private security is encompasses the executive protection [Bodyguard] profession who can earn upwards of $1,500 per day. Many in security are decorated military and war veterans and/or former law enforcement.

As with any industry, there are the good and bad. Choose to be part of the good. Get training, act professionally and conduct yourself with self-discipline and integrity.

7. Education is power. Your training and experience is critical. This is not an area to be cheap just to save a few bucks.

Good training is worth its weight in gold and just might save your life.

Every security professional knows the value of good training and education. This is one of the most important areas I look for in employees. It reveals attitude, perseverance, willingness to learn, the ability to follow directions, pay attention to detail and complete goals. Education and training are the keys to increasing your value, therefore pay, and potential for advancement in the security industry. Industry organizations such as ASIS are great resources for training.

Success leaves clues- education and training are big ones.

Professional Training Leads to Professional Advancement

Choose the best security guard card training you can find. Who you trained with weighs heavily on whether or not you will get the job as a security guard.

Sometimes security training companies will offer you a job if you do well enough in their guard card training course. So think of it as a job interview – because it is!

Some companies like ours might offer you a reference or letter of recommendation for placement.

No matter what your career goals in security you are wise to choose such a growing field. Well trained and experienced Security Professionals futures are very bright indeed. Even if you do not choose our company for training, do yourself a favor and choose wisely.

Best wishes and stay alert, safe and strong. In the end, we are all on the same team.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. In times of transition and uncertainty it’s nice to have help in your corner.

John D. Nottingham, PI, EPS
Owner Nottingham Sword & Shield Security

Member ASIS

Helpful links:

Arizona Security Guard Training School
Bodyguard Academy

Nottingham Tactical Security Guard Training Classes offer Armed Guard Training and much more.

Arizona Armed Guard Training – AZ DPS Armed Guard Card Class – Phoenix Armed Guard School – AZ Armed Security Guard Training Class.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Security Guard Licensing Unit and Security Guard Card Requirements

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

March 29, 2010

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

The following 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
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.