Bodyguard: Bodyguard myths



A bodyguard (official obsolete) is a warrior guarding the life of some high person, mostly a monarch. According to experts, even one bodyguard is able to protect the client from trouble, if he is a professional.

Bodyguard: Bodyguard myths


The task becomes more complicated if a professional killer is hunted by a businessman. But in this case, the client can be reliably “shut down” from the killer, although this will require the well-coordinated work of a whole team of well-trained specialists, the use of first-class technical means and will cost a lot of money. Not everyone can afford to keep 10-20 guards, because businessmen in the CIS and Eastern Europe usually manage two or three bodyguards.

Usually, businessmen choose their own security guards, so they need to be oriented in problems related to “bodyguard” – “body protection”. To do this, you should first dispel a few common myths about bodyguards.

A bodyguard is a broad-shouldered, tall man with a strong musculature.

Such a person is simply indispensable in ensuring order at mass events, protecting banks, offices, bars, shops. However, if it comes to personal protection, it is best to choose a person who is not distinguished by appearance, clothing, or behavior. The most important criterion is the ability to maintain self-control in extreme situations, the ability to act lightly and expediently if such situations do arise. However, if you need a bodyguard for reasons of prestige or for intimidating others, then a high growth and weight per 100 kg is simply necessary. However, we should not forget that the larger the target, the easier it is to get into it.

The bodyguard must be a champion in judo, kick-boxing or have a “black belt” in karate.

Of course, such a bodyguard can brag to his friends and the press of his employer. But it should be remembered that firearms allow attackers not to enter into physical contact with the protection of the victim. Yes, and sports technology is not suitable for repelling a real attack (although regular engagements in hand-to-hand combat, especially if in the process of their emphasis on sparring in tight contact, the bodyguard is simply necessary to maintain a high level of physical performance and a sense of self-confidence). In addition, a professional often does not seek to bring the matter to hand-to-hand combat. He so builds his behavior so that the potential aggressor completely lost all desire to attack.

Bodyguard – a former paratrooper or special forces. Even better, if he visited the “hot spots”.

It should be remembered that every experience is specific. The ability to arrange ambushes in the mountains or to jump at night by parachute is not always required by the bodyguard. It is also erroneous that the people who visited the war received colossal psychological training. Such a statement is true only in relation to those who went to war, having the appropriate training and with the conviction of the need for personal participation in it. Such people were few and they, as a rule, do not engage in bodyguards, often preferring the role of hired assassins. The rest are more likely to be addicted to alcoholism, drug addiction, neuroses, depression and other mental disorders. It should be noted that the personal protection of American businessmen has never been recruited from former Marines who have passed through Vietnam, although the film-fighters stubbornly beat such an option.

It is best to hire for personal protection former employees of operational units of the state security or police.

Yes, the professional experience and training of these people is close to what the bodyguard needs (skills of surveillance, open observation, capture of criminals, shooting, driving, etc.). And they can get information from former colleagues, and in some cases help.However, some skills may be harmful to private protection, for example, the habit of making a warning shot into the air, interrogating detainees (which the bodyguard has no right to, as an individual). And it’s quite difficult to become accustomed to the role of a common citizen who still works in the conditions of legal lawlessness: the physical impact for the protection of the client is easy to classify as malicious hooliganism, and the persecution of a criminal is a violation of the inviolability of the home, the invasion of the private life of citizens and the like. After all, many lawyers serve not to Themis, but to those who pay more.

Bodyguards are luxuriously living: they visit good restaurants and live in luxury rooms of five-star hotels.

Yes, restaurants are visited by bodyguards, but that does not mean that they eat there. Typically, the bodyguard is near the main dining hall, settling in such a way that would see his client (and he will spend these 2-3 hours, most likely standing if there is no bar in the hall). In the halls of some restaurants, security is simply not allowed (the look of muscular young guys with a gloomy expression of the face strains visitors and distracts from the purpose of visiting – enjoying delicious food). In such institutions, the bodyguard will be either at the door of the hall, or in the hallway, or on the street or (which is much worse for the client and is the most serious violation of professional discipline) – in the car. In the hotel, things are about the same. If this is not a business trip, when a separate number is ordered for the guard, the bodyguard must stay in the corridor at the door of the VIP room.

нема There are many women among the bodyguards.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. In the professional market, you can really meet women, however, the overwhelming majority of members of this profession are men.

A woman bodyguard attracts less attention.

Mistaken opinion – to determine which of the persons surrounding the businessman is his bodyguard, for the professional is not difficult. In this case, the gender of the bodyguard does not matter.

A woman bodyguard will easily be able to defeat the attacking man.

The emergence of this myth was promoted by several films, in which the fair-sex representatives easily deal with the army of more respectable men. However, in a real life situation, a woman is not always able to resist a man, especially if he is well prepared for conducting battles of this kind.

“Woman bodyguard” – not a market category.

Wrong opinion. In the market there is such a service – a woman-bodyguard. Her (that is, a service) can be profitable to sell. In addition, after training (training) a woman bodyguard, you can also earn money, especially if you correctly organize a PR campaign against the backdrop of a spring rush for women’s professions.

Women-bodyguards should be trained only by male instructors.

Practice has shown that a woman should lead the process of training women-bodyguards. Of course, by instructors in shooting, hand-to-hand combat and medicine, etc. can be men, but special disciplines, such as logical thinking, ethics and the etiquette of working with a protected person should be taught by a woman.

Requirements for a woman – a bodyguard is lower than for a man.

No, there are no indulgences and discounts on the “weak sex” in the market. A woman bodyguard should be able to show at the right moment observability and operational thinking, psychophysical qualities and discipline, because this is the basis of the work of any bodyguard. Some requirements for close combat (firepower and power components) in women are not equated to masculine, but the technical actions like single combat techniques and shooting from a gun, driving a car, etc. a woman must perform.



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