Posts Tagged ‘self defense training’

VIPER Personal Protection – Practical and Sophisticated Self Defense for Personal Security

April 25, 2012

VIPER is the foundation for the hand-to-hand combat system of the security agents and protective teams (bodyguards) at Nottingham Sword & Shield Security. You will see concepts, principles and drills from the VIPER system used by U.S. Military and law enforcement personnel. VIPER personal protection (aka VIPER Street Combat)  is not a traditional martial art nor typical self defense course.  

Based on simple practical and proven principles it takes advantage of the bodies instinctive movements.  It is an innovative reality-based system that is designed to teach real self defense in the shortest possible time.

You will learn to defend against:

  • chokes
  • grabs, holds & bearhugs

As well as weapons countermeasures including:

  • guns
  • knives
  • clubs  

Just as important, we teach people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter. Tested on the battlefield, on the job, and in the streets, VIPER’s practical approach to self defense will make you safer and more secure.

 

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The ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance, Resolving Conflicts Peacefully With Dignity and Wisdom

January 20, 2012


The ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance
Resolving Conflicts Peacefully With Dignity and Wisdom

As a fundamental of all of our law enforcement, security, self-defense, bullying prevention and anti-abduction training we include the ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance. Originally taught to me by Master Dave Kovar, I have since included elements from Advanced Threat Assessment and Executive/Dignitary Protection and Close Protection (Bodyguard) training. The ABC’s of conflict avoidance self defense are also influenced by my military training while serving in a reserve Special Forces unit. Over the past twenty five plus years, these tools have helped many of my students and clients problem solve and end conflicts peacefully.

We recommend that you role play these until confident. Using a video camera works well as an evaluation and feedback learning tool.

Conflict Neutralization
A: Always practice safe habits. Avoid potentially dangerous situations. Be Alert to safety priorities for situational Awareness.
Avoiding potentially dangerous situations is relative. It depends on where you live, what you do, your age, ability and life experience. Obviously the choices must match the unique situation. A child growing up on a farm in the country faces different dangers than a child in an urban setting. Self defense is situational, that is, it is context specific and therefore must be treated appropriately.
This can be taught to a child by playing the question game. Simply using teachable moments such as crossing a busy street is a perfect opportunity to reinforce safety lessons in a calm manner and build confidence in your child. It might be going out on a boat or visiting a friend of the family with firearms in the house. Rather than instilling worry, children can be armed with tools to make better decisions to avoid situations that might lead to danger.
Indeed, these are not one time lessons, but reinforced on a regular basis and made appropriate to the age and maturity level of the child. It is recommended that it be taught in a relaxed, matter-of-fact manner to avoid any unnecessary anxiety, worry or unwarranted fear. Unwarranted fear can have nasty repercussions because it can scramble or be mistaken for our God-given survival signals (what my teacher Gavin de Becker refers to as “The Gift of Fear”).
As parents, teachers, coaches and mentors, we want to model the behaviors for them, remaining calm and making good choices.

B: Be calm, Breathe, Be centered.
The human brain is an extraordinary, complex and powerful computer. However, left untrained and unmanaged it can run a muck. This is the case when we have mid-brain -forebrain conflict where emotions and logic collide. The heart rate increases, stress goes up, the hormone adrenaline is released into the system and the ensuing result us usually not productive, often making the situation worse.
One method soldiers, law enforcement and martial artists use successfully to help manage this problem is using a yogic style deep belly breath. This smooth style of breathing helps lower heart rate, improve brain function and regain emotional control. Proper breathing is a great way of managing the stress response to a fear stimulus.
An important part of conflict resolution, especially in Verbal Judo (founded by Dr. George Thompson), is the use of emotional separation. Not allowing ourselves to get drawn into the insults, feelings or emotion of the moment is key to making wise choices that have lasting consequences.
Proper breathing helps us remain calm and insert time to avoid doing or saying something irrational, potentially making the situation worse. Often, the last thing we want to do is escalate an already agitated situation.
This can help also in taking a moment to read pre-incident indicators (red flags for violence), or pre-assault cues (warning signs), exit points, vulnerable targets, weapons of opportunity, barriers, people to recruit and other useful self defense and protective tools.
This can be taught when you notice your child (or yourself for that matter) experiencing intense emotions. Encourage them to stop, take a moment to breathe and insert time to respond rather than react. If this is a regularly used skill around your household, children can better learn to manage their own emotions and make better choices. When you see them do it successfully, make a big deal out of it and celebrate their choice to encourage it as a habit. Taking ten to twenty deep, slow, belly breaths can be really beneficial.
This doesn’t mean that they will not still feel angry, but it does allow more use of the fore-brain (our center for logic) and make better choices. This goes a long way in learning how to problem solve, use words to communicate and get their needs met. Of course, you as a parent or role model will need to lead by example. Children reflect what they experience and see from their parents.

C: Communicate with confidence.
Selection Phase and Testing Phase of the Pathway to Violence
This is a critical skill to help individuals present themselves in a manner which eliminates them from the victim profile or the “selection phase”. Those who are perceived as most vulnerable tend to be the ones least likely to tell, resist or create problems for the attacker/abuser. From making eye contact, standing tall, shoulders back, alert, noticing others and whats going on, speaking up, and learning when it is OK to question authority, these go a long way in building assertion competence. It is a fundamental belief that you are worth fighting for. The average “bad guy” is selecting their victims based on perceived vulnerability. Just learning how to carry yourself with confidence and communicate clearly can often mean avoiding trouble.

“Bad guys don’t have an alternative plan, they have an alternative victim”

We are always sending out signals with our behavior, demeanor, appearance, actions, tone, words, eye movement, posture and energy. Imagine sending the signals of “I’m a victim” and how dangerous that can be. Now imagine sending the signals, “I’m a confident, communicating individual who will fight back, attract attention and cause you problems.” The difference can be life saving. The goal is to be a mismatch for the criminals selection radio frequency so we are never selected in the first place.

“My safety is more important than their feelings.”

In Verbal Judo training programs, Dr. George Thompson teaches Police Officers that like it or not people will instinctively judge us upon first meeting as 1. One better than you. 2. Same as you. 3. Less that you. This is why paying attention to the signals you are sending others is a fundamental in self defense, avoiding bullying and establishing your own authority.
Children and subordinates (lower ranks in law enforcement or military) need to feel safe and confident that they can go to their superiors to report things if needed. Setting this climate is a priority of a good leader or parent. Often, individuals who were continually victimized, indicate that they did not report it because they didn’t feel they would be listened to or believed.
These are no guarantees taht you will not be attacked, confronted or selected, but it does help stack the odds in your favor. Self defense, security and protecting yourself with effective personal security is building layers of protection. This can be a good layer to include in your personal security and safety self defense planning.

Bad guys usually test. This can come in the form of using questions, engaging in conversation, attempting to build rapport, uninvited advances, solicitations and seemingly innocuous touching. All of these are used to assess the limits and boundaries the individual will assert, defend or ignore. “This can be in a variety of forms including, Do you have the time?” “Can you help me find my cat?” “Do you know where the game store is?”. This is why it is important to learn the criminal “lures” and how to thwart them. Teaching children to speak up and set boundaries starts at an early age and needs to be consistently reinforced so they learn healthy boundaries without anxiety. Remember, it isn’t necessarily what you say but HOW you say or do it that can make all the difference. The goal during this stage is to deter the pathway toward abuse by assertion competence. Firmly stating “NO!” or “Back Off!” might be effective.

Above all, teaching yourself and your child to trust your intuition when something doesn’t feel right and take action on it can save lives. [Read THE GIFT OF FEAR by Gavin de Becker]

Isolation is trouble. Privacy and control are the setting for abuse.

D: Distance yourself from trouble. Don’t put yourself in a worse situation. Never ever go with someone to a secondary crime scene location. Research clearly shows that a defenders chances significantly go down if transported to another place. Remember that privacy and control are the setting for abuse. You might remember it the way my team and I do as P.C.. This is a powerful strategy in diverting the pathway to violence.

E: Environment can create opportunities.
Learning to use your environment is key to successful self defense and escaping danger. Just learning to take mental note of the entrances and exits in a room can be beneficial for evacuation. One association you might make is to fire safety. This help you piggy-back on an existing skill and augment it for other safety and self defense purposes.

You can train your mind to look for barriers you could use to slow an pursuer, something to use as a shield, cover or concealment, or even weapons of opportunity. Things like off hand blunt objects like a book end or, pens, pencils staplers can be used as defensive tools. Of course, the more training you have, the more relevant these can become for protection. A working knowledge of vital targets on the human anatomy is critical to effective stopping techniques.

Do you know which neighbors to go to for help? Do you have an agreed upon meeting place in case of evacuation? These are helpful in times of crisis with little or no time to think.

Conflict Resolution

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

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. It is said that bad guys do not have an alternative plan, rather an alternative target to victimize.

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR ABC’s OF PERSONAL PROTECTION – SELF DEFENSE STRATEGIES FOR PERSONAL SECURITY

“Dangerousness is situational” – Gavin de Becker

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

Distance
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 http://www.fighting.net/johnn
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
http://USA-MartialArts.com
Hit Like a Girl: Bodyguard Tactics for Women in a fun entertaining format http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hit-Like-a-Girl/339618134337?ref=ts

Children’s Personal Safety Self Defense Courses
Kid-Wise Street Smarts
Bully to Buddy Friendship Beats Bullying
Bully Proof Vest- 5 Steps to Handle Bullying Effectively
Escape School for Kids- Stranger Safety Skills
http://USA-MartialArts.com

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.
http://JohnNottingham.com
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
602-896-8721
http://USA-MartialArts.com

Nottingham Sword&Shield; SecurityNTS TACTICAL TRAINING Phoenix Campus
4731 E. Greenway Rd. Suite 10
Phoenix, Arizona 85032

* Credit for the original ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance to Kiyoshi Dave Kovar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpcB_2_kMKs

Phoenix School teaches “Braining” over “Brawling” for Self Defense.

June 23, 2011


Phoenix School teaches “Braining” over “Brawling” for Self Defense.
For Immediate Release
Contact Mark Mayes at 602-896-8721

Phoenix Bodyguard & Martial Arts Schools teach “Braining” over “Brawling” for Self Defense.

“Brain power is the key to neutralizing threats in this day and age.” Says head instructor John Nottingham of USA Martial Arts in Phoenix.
Especially when someone can actually be sued just for defending him or herself…”Security Wise / Street Wise personal protection” is proven to be the better alternative.
“This is the kind of protection training that security and law enforcement are moving toward…but it’s especially user-friendly to the average person who doesn’t have any kind of self-defense background.” Says Nottingham. Security Wise/Street Wise Personal Protection can be learned within a very short amount of time.
Nottingham should know because he owns a Security Company and trains bodyguards, law enforcement and military.
These classes will be held at USA Martial Arts Phoenix this Friday evening from 5p-9p, and Saturday afternoon from 12n-4p. Please call Mark Mayes for more information. Telephone: (602)896-8721.

http://NottinghamSwordandShieldSecurity.com
http://USA-MartialArts.com

Military Hand-to-hand combat system for Special Forces comes to Phoenix in Self Defense Training Course

June 7, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cathy at 602-896-8721
Practical self-defense Phoenix Arizona

Military Hand-to-hand combat system for Special Forces comes to Phoenix

NTS VIPER Tactical Instructor Anthony Miles Shows an Explosive Move from VIPER Street Combat Self Defense under the watchful eye of founder John Nottingham

John Nottingham launched his Arizona school USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing in 1992 and recently opened a new training center in Phoenix to accommodate his Bodyguard Security & Training Company [Executive/Close Protection]. In addition to teaching kids good values through martial arts, Nottingham teaches military, law enforcement and the discerning civilian.

“There are no rules on the street when it comes to your survival or that of a loved one.”, says Nottingham.

Their methods are considered unorthodox to the mainstream self-defense or martial arts way of teaching. Nottingham’s approach is to break structure, conventional thinking and teach clients to think and operate outside the box. The majority of martial arts and self-defense systems pre-scribe rules and strict conformity, sportive emphasis or complex motor movements. Although well-intentioned, many tactical self-defense, fighting and hand-to-hand-combat instructors are retrofitting sportive and cultural tradition lifestyle martial arts to fit what they believe is effective self-defense.
Nottingham’s self-defense method, called VIPER, is designed to break things down into effective, simple self-defense steps and principles that can easily be adapted to a wide variety of individuals in varying dangerous situations.

Last Resort Handgun Disarm Defense

Military Origins
Nottingham and his team come from a unique backgrounds in the military, having served in Special Forces, Airborne units, law enforcement and a decades in the martial arts. In the early 90’s, Nottingham was asked by his Army company Commander to develop an updated, simple and effective hand-to-hand combat course as part of an experimental program. His research continues to this day as he stays on the cutting edge of combatives and defensive tactics. His client list includes those who serve in combat, on the street as law enforcement and bodyguards to protect VIPs.

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Bodyguard Tactics for Strategic Self-Defense

“The best way to explain VIPER (his version of reality based self-defense) is the skills you would use to survive the most terrifying criminal assault situations you or your family can imagine. We cover the entire gamet from early detection for avoidance to the harsh reality of physical intervention such as gouging out an attackers eye as a last resort. We teach our clients how to manage situations most people don’t believe are possible to survive.”, said Nottingham

“When your families lives are in danger or your life is on the line, you can’t be thinking about rules or worrying about the wrong things. Part of the initial education is deprogramming the incorrect conditioning and beliefs people have about self-defense so that they can adopt an accurate and winning mindset. Self-Defense is a leadership role so our clients learn to be assertive when they have to.”

VIPER Self Defense is built on natural reflexes, physics, bio-mechanics and the physiological response to intense stress.

“Clients have refered to VIPER as an American Krav Maga type training due to it’s reliance on combative principles, simple and effective self defense. However, VIPER Evolution I does not emphasize the physical as much at this level as Krav Maga does. Instead we teach smart strategies to avoid, detect, diffuse, avoid and thwart situations before the begin. We find this is a faster method to efficacy. Krav Maga was designed for young, fit, military personnel so it is very intense and high risk training. I love the Krav Maga system and practice it, however it is predicated on high mobility, explosive movement and a degree of athleticism most people don’t have or maintain. We take pride in VIPER being much safer than Krav Maga and can reach a wider array of clients because VIPER isn’t designed just for young, resiliant, military soldiers.”


HOW IS VIPER SELF DEFENSE UNIQUE?

Take for example a criminal threatening your family with a gun. The natural instinct for an untrained person is to fixate on the weapon. VIPER teaches clients how to control that intense stress and mental function through proprietary conditioning training, the same used for training elite Special Forces operators for combat. The body’s stress reaction becomes a conditioned trigger to look for exits, cover, and opportunities an untrained individual, gripped by panic, would not see.

Background of VIPER Close Quarters Combat CQC
VIPER was developed by John Nottingham while serving in a reserve detachment of a Special Forces Unit. He was selected by his company commander due to his unique background in combative martial arts in order to develop a scientific, highly effective method of practical self-defense for Special Operations. It had to be able to beat other elite forces hand-to-hand and weapon close combat training.

What Makes VIPER Different
The key difference in VIPER is in it’s testing. It only takes techniques, tactics and strategies that can be quickly and effectively implemented by a user then tested under stress. To date, Nottingham and his team have run thousands of scenarios and gleaned invaluable feedback from the tactics used in the field and street.

During the 25 years he’s served teaching Martial Arts, Law Enforcement, Military, Nottingham updated and refined his method of practical self-defense, and after scientific study and observation, adjusted his system to teach it to the civilian men, women and children.

Nottingham’s training materials, research and unique approach has inspired numerous other instructors. His training videos and programs have been adopted by military, law enforcement, martial artists, bouncers, agents and bodyguards all over the world.

“It’s gratifying to get feedback from Police Officers or Military that our programs saved their lives in the field. That’s what this training is designed to do – protect and give the good guys the edge.”, said Nottingham

Realistic Self Defense Training. Will What I Know Really Work?

“At some point everyone will face a moment when they have to ask themselves if what they know about self-defense and safety will truly and honestly work when they need it most. It might be to protect their loved ones or at a time when they are out of shape, injured or in a unique environment. VIPER will give them newfound confidence.”

Nottingham is quick to point out that martial arts is great and has numerous benefits but it is not to be mistaken with specialized self-defense and personal protection training. I encourage good martial arts training but it needs to be properly placed in context. Martial Artists are by far our fastest adapting clients, once they grasp the fundamental shift in mindset. However, what we do in VIPER doesn’t look anything like a typical martial arts class.

Nottingham and his team will be hosting a special VIPER SELF DEFENSE training course in May. It is a three day VIPER intensive immersion course combining classroom, slow motion drills and scenario training with a fully padded mock assailant.

V.I.P.E.R. Personal Protection Bodyguard Tactics for Self Defense Security
Students will learn to deal with the most common street attacks and self-defense situations including punches, chokes, grabs, and attacks from various positions such as from behind and on the ground.

The class even sets up different environments to have the students apply the VIPER thinking and action steps to resolve or escape the situations. Students get to learn how to deal with the stress and anxiety of a real attack in crunch time and how to manage the adrenaline dump, rapid heart rate and how to focus on what matters most for survival.

Instructors encourage students and create a learning atmosphere of comfort and relaxed professionalism where cheering is as prevalent as learning. Nottingham explains, “We know it is a stressful subject so our goal is to make it as enjoyable experience as possible. Our clients often comment on how much fun they had while learning and want to come back. Our repeat business is amazing. We guarantee you come out transformed and thrilled with your experience or we refund your money in full.”

In class, students learn the techniques of:
o Punching
o Kicking
o Elbows
o Knees
o Headbutts
o Biting
o Eye gouging
o [and some things Nottingham says only go to clients and too graphic for public articles]

Clients learn to develop power in their attacks and the vulnerable places on the human anatomy to attack for the best results. VIPER Self Defense emphasizes targeting and strategy over perfecting techniques, teaching students to keep it simple and direct.

Brutal Reality Check
Clients are shown videos of actual crime footage, assaults and then discuss applying VIPER tactics and tools to learn from the situation and prevail. Although graphic, Nottingham emphasizes that we have to understand violence in order to thwart it.

Our of Shape? Even More Reason To Take VIPER
Nottingham says that he can teach any willing student despite age, physical make-up or limitation. “Everyone can improve his or her personal protection with this course. It’s not about beating the other guy into submission. Most of it is brains over brawn. We focus on what a client CAN do, not what they can’t. People are often amazed to find out that we are hard wired for self-defense. We just need a few tools to best bring it out.”

USA Martial Arts Phoenix and Nottingham Sword & Shield Security – Scottsdale Bodyguard Academy -are located at 5930 W. Greenway Rd Suite 9 & 10, Phoenix, Arizona 85032. To sign up for this self-defense or another martial arts, kickboxing or personal training program, call 602-896-8721 Facebook: VIPER Personal Protection

VIPER STREET COMBAT PERSONAL PROTECTION SELF DEFENSE
http://Phoenix-MartialArts.com
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About John Nottingham
Owner Nottingham Sword & Shield Security
Founder USA Martial Arts Phoenix
John Nottingham is a 7th Degree multiple Black Belt holder, veteran who served in an Airborne Special Forces reserve unit, has been trained and holds certifications from Paul Vunak, Tony Blauer, Krav Maga, Gavin de Becker and Associates, Bodyguard Training International USA Bodyguards, ASIS, Robert Oatman, and many more.

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.


PART I
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.

PART II
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.

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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.
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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
http://USA-MartialArts.com
http://NottinghamSwordandShieldSecurity.com
info@usa-martialarts.com

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.

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR ABC’s OF PERSONAL PROTECTION – SELF DEFENSE STRATEGIES FOR PERSONAL SECURITY

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

Distance
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 www.fighting.net/johnn
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
http://ScottsdaleExecutiveSecurity.com http://USA-MartialArts.com
Hit Like a Girl: Bodyguard Tactics for Women in a fun entertaining format http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hit-Like-a-Girl/339618134337?ref=ts

Children’s Personal Safety Self Defense Courses
Kid-Wise Street Smarts
Bully to Buddy
Escape School for Kids- Stranger Safety Skills
http://USA-MartialArts.com

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.
http://NottinghamSwordandShieldSecurity.com
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
602-896-8721
http://USA-MartialArts.com
http://JohnNottingham.com

Nottingham Sword&Shield; SecurityNTS TACTICAL TRAINING Phoenix Campus
4731 E. Greenway Rd. Suite 10
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
http://ScottsdaleExecutiveSecurity.com
The Arizona Bullying Intervention Initiative
The Arizona Bullying Prevention Project
http://bullyproofingarizona.blogspot.com/

* Credit for the original ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance to Kiyoshi Dave Kovar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpcB_2_kMKs

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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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Security and Executive Protection: http://ScottsdaleBodyguard.com
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North Phoenix: http://Phoenix-MartialArts.com
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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