Posts Tagged ‘personal security’

AZ Neighbor California is Releasing up to 45,000 Prisoners. Self Defense Teacher Helps Phoenix Gain Peace of Mind with Self Defense

May 25, 2011

Arizona’s neighbor California is releasing 30,000 to 45,000 prisoners due to overcrowding. That leaves many Arizonan’s asking “How many of those criminals will flee to Arizona and the Phoenix area?” Security Specialist and veteran self defense trainer John Nottingham says, “If you are concerned with personal safety then this program will help you gain peace of mind. It makes a great gift to those you love and provides unconventional tools for self defense and personal protection.”

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Before you think Nottingham is just a local self defense instructor, take a closer look. John Nottingham, or “Master Nottingham” as his students call him, has taught military, law enforcement and over 10,000 students in his career. He is not only a multiple Black Belt holder with a 6th Degree Master Black Belt, but is a bodyguard trainer and owner of a security and executive protection company. He served in a Special Forces Reserve Unit and was asked to teach Hand to Hand Combat to Airborne Rangers, US Army Green Berets and other elite forces as part of a limited experimental unit program in the early 90s. Nottingham has also trained and taken students to national and international events in Korea and China.

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“Much of our self defense advice flies in the face of conventional training and teaching. We use an empowerment and educational model that makes the training different than most places. We’re certainly different than law enforcement in our advice. We train them- we should know.”

What Strategic Self Defense & Personal Protection is NOT:

o Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do
o Corner Dojo Karate or Taekwondo
o Highly stylized or retrofit techniques
o Complex moves & martial arts techniques
o Easy to forget techniques requiring tons of time to practice
o Rehashed old info you already know
o Typical self defense advice like “be aware”
o A politically motivated “women’s empowerment” or “man hater” course disguised as self defense
o Guys with big egos scaring people into fighting
o Misguided sport fighting such as Muay Thai Kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

What SecuritySafe | StreetWise is:

o Simple, but little known, techniques to end a physical attack instantly
o Tactics, techniques you already know and can instantly use (We’ll show you know where & when to use them.)
o Bodyguard tactics to avoid, prevent, thwart, deter would-be attacks
o Advanced Threat Assessment tactics to recognize and derail dangerous situations
o Military grade physical intervention techniques and the appropriate use of violence
o Mental, physical and emotional tools to use under stress of an actual criminal attack
o Clever tricks to see attacks coming before you lose the advantage
o Criminal mindset and typical tricks, tools and trouble spots
o Professional, respectful treatment with measurable results
o When most trainers tell you to “fight” we’ll teach you to evacuate
o When most courses will tell you to prepare to fight, we’ll show you how to end it
o Designed so that almost anyone can do it – even if out of shape

“Most self defense instruction available to the public is well intentioned but we would argue often, misguided, unfounded, dangerous or just silly. The premise of our training is to use proven tactics for protection to give our clients peace of mind. We’ll show you techniques used to protect the President that can work to protect you and your family. Training gives options and reduces stress that not having training denies.” – John Nottingham

Nottingham must be doing something right considering that his programs have been used by agencies and individuals all over the world. His concepts and training programs have spun off numerous imitators and other trainers. If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, Nottingham should feel proud.

“This course is an introduction with sound principles for protection (self defense). You won’t earn a Black Belt in a seminar or learn to fight like Jet Li or for the UFC, however you can instantly apply some of these [self defense] strategies to improve the level of safety and security in which you live your daily life. Clients tell me that is worth it’s weight in gold.”, says Nottingham.

The first part of the course is taught in a casual and relaxing classroom setting complete with a multi-media presentation, statistics, insight into the criminal mind and bodyguard tactics. It even includes crime footage of actual assaults and a discussion and analysis of options.

The second part is hands on, step by step instruction without the ego or drill Sergeant attitude. Male and female instructors help clients learn simple effective they can instantly use the moment they walk out the door. Since these are moves they already know, they don’t have to worry about remembering them under duress, when it most counts.

Now Is the time for the gift of peace of mind.

Great Gift for College Women!

Register Now for Split Second Self Defense
Split Second Self Defense is a crash course in personal security, crime prevention, survival signals and physical intervention self defense skills.

Two Options John Nottingham’s Strategic Self Defense:

Women’s Self Defense I 4 Hours
Women are invited to take a 4 hour self-defense seminar and clinic to learn practical, simple techniques to use against the most frequent types of attacks. Call to reserve a space.

Split Second Self Defense Training Seminar | 4 Hours
Men and Women are invited to take a 4 hour self-defense seminar to learn proven and effective tactics to detect, deter, de-escalate, diffuse and defense the most common types of attacks. Limited to 12 participants.

Sponsors: Nottingham Sword & Shield Security & USA Martial Arts Phoenix
4731 East Greenway Road Suite 9-10 Phoenix Arizona 85032
Self Defense Seminar Telephone 602-896-8721

The Best of Martial Arts Styles, Functional Fitness and Reality Based Self-Defense

June 24, 2010

Beginners a specialty. Try it free with no obligation.

Welcome To The Exciting World of USA Martial Arts!
Come Learn from World Champions and a Hall Fame Master

Since 1992, Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts – Phoenix has been providing instruction in traditional and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defense) and the martial arts in the Scottsdale, Paradise Valley AZ area and surrounding communities.

USA Martial Arts students begin on a course of traditional martial arts for a rock-solid foundation then progress to integrative mixed martial arts for self-defense and other specialties. Not only will you learn the culture, history, philosophy and traditions, you will learn how to make those skills practical for real world self defense.

A Full Service Professional Martial Arts School with Experienced Staff
Due to our variety of specialists on staff students can learn Karate, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kung Fu to MMA, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, and Muay Thai Kickboxing – the choices at USA Martial Arts are endless. This is why USA Martial Arts students can develop an outstanding foundation and learn more than other martial arts schools or activities. Students learn to absorb and use what is best for their unique body, goals and lifestyle. No other Arizona school offers such options for specialization. Plus, we have the most fun!

USA Martial Arts – Self-Defense, Personal Development, and Peace of Mind!

The mission of USA Martial Arts is to build a stronger community by helping people get in shape, be safe and at the same time instill the life skills and character of a true Martial Artist. We strive to uphold important values like courtesy, honor, perseverance, respect, self-control and integrity.

We will also help you achieve self-discipline, high self-esteem, a positive out look, an attitude of constant improvement, and an indomitable spirit. These values and life skills will lead to remarkable improvements in academics, careers, and relationships, literally making a better community one Black Belt at a time.

Reality Based Self-Defense

USA Martial Arts incorporates a combination of techniques found in many effective disciplines: Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Jeet Kune Do Self-Defense to provide students with a realistic personal protection system for a modern world.

Read more about our program philosophy here: Our Programs

If you like Krav Maga, You’ll Love IMPACT
Integrated MMA | Muay Thai Kickboxing | Self-Defense | Functional Fitness

Developed by a Security Expert and Bodyguard Trainer

Fitness is a Goal

No matter if you are four or seventy four, Strength, Conditioning, and Flexibility are all benefits that a student can expect to receive with USA Martial Arts Training. Every muscle group is strengthened and defined with the exercises, movements, techniques, and training drills that are incorporated into our curriculum. Your endurance and stamina will peak as we increase your cardiovascular conditioning. All these physical benefits for your body will be felt in your daily life and activities, increasing your energy and confidence.

Get in the best shape of your life while learning a life-saving skill!

Bored with the Gym Scene?
Most exercise programs get boring. The problem is that most fitness programs fail to have clear goals or teach new things so it becomes mind-numbing. Nobody wants to be exercising like a hamster on a wheel with no interest or excitement. That’s why so many people join a gym only to fail in their fitness goals and soon feel discouraged and quit.

The Secret to Lifelong Health and Fitness Success
The success in the results of the USA Martial Arts IMPACT MMA physical training program is supported by personal development and an exciting mixed martial arts curriculum (for self-defense, not sport). The student learns concepts and receives coaching that keeps them on track like focus, goal setting, self discipline, and confidence, which are inherent in our Martial Arts training. It is like having your own personal trainer and success coach all in one. The best thing of all is you will receive incredible physical benefits and personal development traits, while receiving the empowerment that comes through the self-defense training that will be invaluable as you learn the skills needed to protect yourself and your family.

If you’re interested in traditional styles like Karate, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kung Fu or Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and reality based self defense, USA Martial Arts may be the school you’re looking for. Give us a try! Beginners, Kids and Family are a specialty. We would love the opportunity to teach you.

Ask about our introductory specials. Call or stop by any time. We would be honored to teach you or your children. We have an award-winning Karate Kids Kung Fu Character program!
Tel. 602.896.8721

The Kitten I Nearly Killed: A Cat, a Kitten and Self-Defense

June 11, 2010

Something moving! A black and white fur ball is all I saw as my headlights panned around the turn in the parking lot. I saw it just in time. Thankfully I was going slow enough that I wasn’t alerted to it with a thump.

Tonight I was returning home to Scottsdale from teaching my usual evening class at USA Martial Arts Paradise Valley when I saw Mother Nature at her best. A fluffy black and white kitten scurried into my path. Despite the obvious danger of my car approaching, his mother, wide eyed and partially crouched, put her self in harms way to protect her young.

Fortunately I had spotted them just in time and hit my brakes. The mother cat picked up the kitten by the scruff of the neck and carried him to safety.

It is situations like these that keep me in awe of our innate survival instincts and the lengths that parents will go to in order to protect their young. Male, female, young, old, all shapes and sizes, we are each uniquely equipped with survival signals and skills to be able to defend ourselves.

We have models of successful survival all around us in nature. Perhaps that is why I find it surprising that so many people in my audiences and in public have such distorted views of self-defense.

Do we not see ourselves as part of nature?

We’d love the opportunity to train you!
Call 602.896.USA1 (8721) or email

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USA Martial Arts PV Scottsdale Benefits FREE VIDEO – What students say

You may have seen us on TV in the news, on ESPN2, in Kono or TKD Times Magazine. We’re the school who takes educational training tours to China, Korea, and hosts the Korean Eagles Demo Team is heavily involved in charity events (we believe in leading by example).

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USA Martial Arts is the best thing we’ve ever done for our children.” -Dr. T. Lukavsky

Our new Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley Phoenix Martial Arts School is offering classes in Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Kickboxing in a unique Mixed Martial Arts Curriculum. Click here for FREE offer.

John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts new SELF DEFENSE and FITNESS facility is located at the South West corner of Tatum and Greenway at the Albertsons center. Convenient Men, women and Childrens Martial Arts classes for Phoenix Arizona families of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek can learn effective self defense while developing self confidence and getting fit. Cardio Kickboxing, Personal Training, a full line of martial arts, KARATE, KUNG FU, TAEKWONDO equipment and nutritional supplements as well as other services will be available.

Click here for more info and a FREE pre-Grand Opening offer. Professional Martial Arts Instruction for children, men, women of all ages. Ask about the special family Karate program.
We offer special rates to Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory (PVCP), military, law enforcement and firefighters.
*offers subject to change at any time. Students must be selected for membership at USA Martial Arts. Schedule your evaluation and no-obligation intro course now.


* Kitten photo source

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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Self-Defense Training & Personal Safety Classes

March 24, 2010

Self Defense Training & Personal Safety Classes
Martial Arts Master and Bodyguard Security Expert Opens New Training Facility in Paradise Valley Arizona

Did you know?

– YOU are twice as likely to be assaulted, robbed at gun point, raped or abducted than you are to be seriously injured in a car accident. Sad but true.

– Statistically, ONE in three women will be the victim of a violent crime in their lifetime.

When it comes to the safety of you and your family…

Would you rather be trained or untrained?

– Over 250,000 children are abducted each year in the U.S. alone, Florida has the highest child abduction rate in the nation. Sad but true.

– Children of every age are vulnerable to the risk of bullies. Experts tell us that over 50% of all kids will be bullied at school, on the walk home, at a park or other outing.

When it comes to the safety of your children…

Would you rather see that your child is trained or untrained?



Be a Victor, NOT a Victim! Paradise Valley USA Martial Arts recognizes the dangers in today’s everyday routines and is dedicated to making personal safety awareness a top priority.

We regularly schedule Safety Seminars within our schools, and we also do FREE SEMINARS teach for schools, businesses, or outside locations upon request.

In our Personal Safety Seminars, you will learn to recognize and avoid dangerous situations, develop safety strategies and habits for you and your loved ones. We also offer Bully Buster Seminars and Child Abduction Prevention Seminars.

Our Personal Safety Seminars are open to the public and we encourage you to invite anyone you feel would benefit from these life-saving skills.

Private classes
Group Training and Seminars
Public Speaking

Sponsored by:
Nottingham Sword & Shield Security
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