American war reporter Marie Colvin killed in Syria, another victim added to the long list of killed journalists.

Another fallen reporter in Syria, is added to the long list of killed reporters around the globe while corresponding from hostile environments.

According to Committee To Protect Journalists within two months of 2012 only have been killed 14 journalists http://www.cpj.org/killed/2012/

Meherun Runi, ATN Bangla Television

February 11, 2012, in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Golam Mustofa Sarowar, Maasranga Television

February 11, 2012, in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nansok Sallah, Highland FM

January 18, 2012, in Jos, Nigeria

Christopher Guarin, Radyo Mo Nationwide and Tatak News

January 5, 2012, in General Santos City, Philippines

Shukri Abu al-Burghul, Al-Thawra and Radio Damascus

January 3, 2012, in Damascus, Syria

Rémi Ochlik, Freelance

February 22, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Marie Colvin, Sunday Times

February 22, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Rami al-Sayed, Freelance

February 21, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Mazhar Tayyara, Freelance

February 4, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Hassan Osman Abdi, Shabelle Media Network

January 28, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Enenche Akogwu, Channels TV

January 20, 2012, in Kano, Nigeria

Mukarram Khan Aatif, Freelance

January 17, 2012, in Shabqadar, Pakistan

Wisut “Ae” Tangwittayaporn, Inside Phuket

January 12, 2012, in Phuket, Thailand

Gilles Jacquier, France 2

January 11, 2012, in Homs, Syria

 

Being in a hostile environment even if you are not belonging to military personnel you are in the same danger as well, journalists, religious representatives, humanitarian organization members have been killed, kidnapped or tortured. Before you decide to take a mission in a country where safety is unstable make sure you are prepared for what you will deal with and most important seek for some training that will maybe be useful when you need it.

 

Denida Zinxhiria

Athena Academy founder

http://www.athenaacademy.com

 

Chinese Female Bodyguards…

Usually when it comes to other Close Protection Training providers that i have no personal experience with i prefer not to comment but this time i couldn’t resist.

The last months there have been an ”explosion” to the Media about the stories of Chinese Female Bodyguards (Although i never liked to use the term bodyguards for our job). The fact they (female Close Protection Operatives aka Bodyguards) have been in high demand lately in China, as in other countries as well…Middle East, India, UAE, Africa and European countries just to name some…

This phenomenon leads from the fact that the last years people are more informed over Close Protection Industry and the need for female CPO. They now know that women can get trained the same and offer the same high standard services to clients (female clients, children) or even contribute with big success in a CP team with their male colleagues.

So as we know the demand for something leads to many offers, sometimes in order to get the ”client” some companies will drop their cost and that mean lower standards services.  Or will try to find something another company doesn’t have it to claim they are best.

When it comes to female bodyguard training, what we in security industry and in training sector of it, have to have in our mind is offer to our female students the same exactly professional skills and education with the rest male students, a woman doesn’t have to prove anymore how equal she is with a man by getting beat up in courses…

Our profession is 90% pre-intelligence (mental awareness) and 10 % physical combat ability.  And when it comes to combat ability, keep in mind that those who are experienced in boxing or any form of street fighting will tell you that they felt exhausted after 2-3 minutes into the fight. No matter what one’s athletic ability, combat skills or physical condition, and no matter how well-trained one may be, no one can guarantee he/she will get out of a fight with no bodily harm. As CPO’s our job is to prevent the attack, and when not possible to prevent, then respond fast, spurn the attack and get the client to a safe place.   Our bodyguard training must consist topics like : Principles of CPO, Code of Conduct, Protective Escort, Surveillance & Counter Surveillance, Counter Terrorism, Event and Estate Security, Behavioral Intelligence, First AID/CPR/AED, Basic Pistol Training & Firearms Safety, Armed and Unarmed Combat and those are only few to name.

So personally being a female bodyguard and an instructor i see no reason at all for a student have to go through smashing a bottle on her head or a piece of wood on her leg  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2088816/Chinese-female-bodyguards-Extreme-training-involves-bottle-smashing-head.html), i see nothing those ”tactics” can offer to her professional skills besides raising a specific ”propaganda”.

If they want to show tough, well i have to say being tough in real life situation is much more different than being in a classroom.

Smashing bottles on students head or piece of wood on their legs is good only for movie stunts classes…

 

Denida Zinxhiria

Athena Academy Founder

http://www.athenaacademy.com