7 Basic Principles for a Female Bodyguard

The 7 Basic Principles for a Female Bodyguard

We all in security industry know that no one of us can offer 100% security to a client. For Athena Academy members it is necessary to follow and practise some simple basic principles in order to be able to reduce a potential attempt to a minimum percentage. Being well trained, prepared and aware make a female bodyguard able to carry out her duty.

1) Avoid  Routine

Routine can be deadly as a bullet. Many studies in attempt cases has proof that even the best team of bodyguards has fail when some of team members has been vulnerable to routine. Someone who is following the same programme every day can be easily predictable from his enemies. We can mention Ronald Reagan assassination attempt on March 30, 1981 while he was leaving hotel entrance, as one of the most well known cases that failed cause the routine. (http://photosthatchangedtheworld.com/reagan-assassination/)

Someone who is planning to attempt your principle will study your team. He will note and study your daily programme. The routes you are following. Your reactions, even your escort techniques in order to find your weak points that will give him the opportunity to act against you.

So, what a female bodyguard can do in order to avoid routine? You can use different routes, entrances, exits when you are in escort with your principle. Surprise your enemy by exit from another entrance or using different routes. Change your techniques you are following when you control his car, office, home, even people time to time. Also when you are following different techniques not only is difficult for someone to study you but also you give him to understand that he is messing with a professional and he will have to think it twice.

2) Use Common Sense.

You don’t have to be experts in physic science or having a BSc degree in order to be succeeded as a bodyguard. What you always will need is to use a common sense when dealing with situations.

3) Always Be On Alert

A principal’s safety is dependent upon his bodyguard’s professionalism. So although he is the target, you as his security team are the first who will be monitoring and the one that will accept any attack. By being always in alert and havening in your mind that, you will be able to paying more attention in faces, facts and places. Do not ever allow to your self to believe that your job is safe. You have to take the necessary measures to protect your self firstly and by extension your principle. You are there cause there is a risk factor. If you have to be in front of a bullet that means you have failed in your job, you haven’t predicted the incoming threat and avoid it.

4) Stay On Track

You have done through your trainings and the necessary education of being a bodyguard. So, you are able to adopt you own way and technique of how you will work. Follow an orderly on how you work but also allow in some cases and situations new ideas and techniques. Remember we want to avoid falling in routines trap.

5)Be Suspicious

As a security team member you should have higher level of suspiciousness toward people. When you are in crowd everyone can be a potential threat. In order your enemy to come closer to you and your principle he can adopt every ID that you can imagine. He can be a photographer, visitor, fan, waitress, etj. What you need to do is to pay attention and see if someone is behaving accordingly his ID. If something doesn’t look normal to you take a moment to investigate the person. Is better to spend more time and effort and be sure that to have a risk behind your back. Always trust you senses. We all know how women trust their 6th sense. As female bodyguard use that sense of you. If you don’t like something search it better.

We can mention here a very famous case in which the disaster was avoided because of the excellent job of the ElAl security officer at Heathrow airport on April 17, 1986. He was on duty and has to check Anne Marie Murphy, a 32 year old Irish woman who was six months pregnant and she was carrying without her knowledge explosives under a double panel in her suitcase.


If we think about it, how many would suspect a 32 year old pregnant woman? The ElAl security officer did it, while he was interviewing her he found something suspicious, and his suspiciousness save the life of 395 passengers and crew.

6) Take Necessary Initiatives

Sometime you will have to take over initiatives during your services that are outside of your duty in order to prevent any threats. Don’t be afraid to do it, just have in mind to act with responsibility, professionalism and respect toward your colleagues and people.

7) Maintain Good Communication

Remember as a female bodyguard you are not responsible only for your principal and your team safety but also responsible for your acts that may damage his image. Is very important to keep a respectful level of communication with people you are dealing with such as paparazzi, media, fans and supporters.

Who can forget cases like Nicole Kidman’s bodyguard beating a paparazzi almost near to death (http://www.theinsider.com/news/727571_Nicole_Kidmans_bodyguard_beats_photographer_black_and_blue), or when Barbra Streisand had to intervene and stop the fight between her bodyguard and a paparazzi in the streets of Paris (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yuLmc_kP1g&feature=related). Although your primary is your principle’s safety that doesn’t mean that you can break the laws and use violence toward others in order to make your job easier to you.

And of course we can’t forget the importance of a good communication between you and your colleagues. You are in the same team offering services for one common achieve, your principal’s safety.

Denida Zinxhiria, CPSS

Founder, ATHENA Academy

Are You a Female Bodyguard?

Security concerns are growing the world over.  With more people than ever concerned for their safety and that of their families, more opportunities about for those that serve and protect.

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Mugabe Bodyguards – Did the female bodyguard go to far?

So whats the deal?  Did the bodyguards of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s daughter go to far when they allegedly assulted two photograhers?

We say yes, if we are talking about un warranted assult.  We say no, if they were truly protecting their client from intentional acts of harm real or perceived.

Hong Kong’s head prosecutor decided not to prosecute the male Mapfumo Marks and female bodyguard, Manyaira Reliance Pepukai, who allegedly felt that they had reason to expect that the photographers posed a threat to their client when they were trespassing.  Photographers Colin Galloway and Tim O’Rourke, working for Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper were alleged to get to close when the O’Rourke was gripped by his neck supposedly from the female bodyguard, while the male bodyguard some how bruised Galloway.

This should have never happen.  First, how did the photographers get so close to the principa (client) that the bodyguards had to take this action?  Second, there is something that happens to bodyguards when they perceive a threat.  Their adrenaline pumps and they may not think clearly.  It is imperative to train for issues where a potential threat does get close to your client.  The most important issue is to determine if they are a threat in very short order so you do know how to handle a situation.

It is my opinion that the male and female bodyguard both were aware that these visitors were photographers.  Is it possible that they felt untouchable because of who their client was?  Were they trained in how to identify a real threat?  Is it possible that they are just inexperienced and have not had the training in when it is appropriate to use combative or defensive techniques.

We don’t know the answers.  We are not assuming that the male and female bodyguards did anything wrong.  However, when an incident ocurrs with a bodyguard you will be sure to read about it.  Our job is to not only protect the client from intentional acts of harm but also protect them from embarassing situations.  Is it possible that the client or family is embarassed by the negative attention?

Professionalism, education, training and more training are required in this industry.  A professional bodyguard should not go a year without refresher training for some of the basics and should not fail to update themselves with the latest in combatting terrorism and keeping their clients safe.

Denida Zinxhiria, CPSS

Founder, http://www.AthenaAcademy.com