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Bodyguard Experience

FAQs

Q: Bodyguard? I’ll be taught all the lines and action from the film The Bodyguard? Can I be Kevin?
A: Not exactly.
Q: The musical that is based on the film?
A: Nope, this is armed bodyguard training, where you’ll be taught all the techniques required to protect a VIP and deal with any crisis situations.
Q: Not much singing then?
A: No, more running around in simulated hostile environments. You will be trained in essential body guarding disciplines such as weapon handing, vehicle extraction tactics, close quarter battle and break-out tactics.
Q: By who? Bouncers?
A: Ex military and other professionals who know about this stuff. Not many civilians are taught this kind of thing. This is a unique and high-octane activity.
Q: So ten minutes round the back of the van?
A: This is a full day experience. Depending on the size of your group, you can expect to spend 6 hours or so being trained, drilled and undergoing missions.
Q: My diet consists of crisps or things that are stuffed with crisps? Problematic?
A:You must be reasonably fit as this activity involves a fair amount of running about and ducking. It is a busy kinetic event, so you will need to be quite sprightly and be able to get in and out of a family sized car wearing body armour and carrying a replica rifle. And if you suffer from claustrophobia, asthma or are suffering from an existing medical condition or are recovering from an injury, this may prevent you from taking part. If you think that might be tricky, get in touch with us or the supplier.
Q: So it will be like... FULL ON!
A: Quite. There will be times when you’ll be exposed to a pretty stressful environment and there will be loud bangs, flashing lights and smoke grenades, to generate a sense of realism.
Q: So I assume I should wear some form of black suit, shades and an ear piece with a dangly white cord bit?
A: No, we’ll deck you out in the proper stuff, don’t worry. Just wear walking socks, lightweight trousers or tracksuit bottoms, a t-shirt and closed-toed footwear (no flip-flops).

Fun Facts

  • 1. The Japanese Samurai, Medieval Knights and the Vatican’s Swiss Guard can all be considered early versions of bodyguard groups. Though they all had way better outfits than modern bodyguards, who always look like they are on their way to a wake.
  • 2. One of the earliest examples of a bodyguard group is the Praetorian Guard, which started as protection for ancient Rome’s generals. And they must have been rubbish as I haven’t seen many ancient Roman generals around lately.
  • 3. The Secret Service is the most well-known bodyguard service in the United States. It has protected the President, the presidential family and other high-level political figures since 1865. Though they aren’t very good at staying secret. As it’s right there in their name.
  • 4. On the night of the assassination, Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard John Parker left the President’s side to drink in the same saloon that assassin John Wilkes Booth was in. His annual works assessment must have been really awkward that year.
  • 5. The original Yeomen of the Guard or Yeomen Archers were created in 1485 to guard the new King, Henry VII. And how do Yeomen greet each other. ‘Yo man!’ Oh actually no, they say ‘Good morning’ it seems.
  • 6. The International Bodyguard Association was founded in Paris in December 1957 by Major Lucien Victor Ott, a much decorated French army veteran. Those International Bodyguard Association events must be a bugger to get into.
  • 7. The soundtrack to 1992 film The Bodyguard became the best-selling soundtrack of all time, with more than 45 million copies sold worldwide. It sold particularly well with romantic couples, brokenhearted lovers and bodyguards.
  • 8. Mr. T started out as a bodyguard, charging more than $3,000 a night to protect stars such as Steve McQueen, Diana Ross and Muhammad Ali. Why did Muhammad Ali need a bodyguard, he knocked people out for a living?
  • 9. The classic 1961 Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo, literally translates as ‘bodyguard’. The Toshiro Mifune classic was remade as A Fistful of Dollars with Clint Eastwood and Last Man Standing with Bruce Willis. But not, as I thought, Herbie Goes Bananas starring Cloris Leachman.
  • 10. After American heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped and then rescued in 1974, she ended up marrying her bodyguard, Bernard Shaw. It sounds like he guarded her body a little too well, if you know what I mean.