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

Why a Female Only Executive Protection Course?

As a woman in a male hard dominated industry there were many times i had to either prove my skills or  answer to questions such as: ”Why we should trust a woman’s abilities in Close Protection , Why a female only course, Don’t you think women should train among men?…

So it was my pleasure when i was contacted by Mrs Bethany Duggan who works for Executive Security International in Enrollment Advisement (http://www.esi-lifeforce.com/). Training since 1980, ESI is the oldest intelligence based Executive Protection, Bodyguard Training Academy in the world. ESI offers 2000 hours of peer-reviewed curriculum including the Colorado Department of Education Approved Certification Programs for Protection and Security Specialist in PSD Protective Operations.

 

The interview is available on http://bethanyduggan.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/a-female-only-executive-protection-course/

 

Denida Zinxhiria

Athena Academy Founder

http://www.athenaacademy.com

 

What Experienced Security Professionals are saying about women only courses

“ESI has been in the business of training Protection Specialists for 31 years. Fewer than one percent of our graduates are female agents. The ones that make it are very special women most of whom have extensive experience in the military, police or martial arts. I believe that there are many more competent women who could develop a professional career in personal protection , if the training environment was more conducive to learning free of bias.

Hundreds of studies have been conducted that prove females learn faster and retain more in the absence of males. While it is not true for all females, anecdotal experience confirms that most women absorb training principles better when not surrounded and judged by Alpha Male Types.”

Bob Duggan, President
Executive Security International

http://www.esi-lifeforce.com/

What does a former student say about Athena Academy?

“The Athena Academy course that I attended in Atlanta, Georgia was fantastic. It was challenging and informative. It was also refreshing to find a program taught by women, for women. We ARE a viable part of this industry and graduates of the Athena Academy will prove it. I would recommend this program to any female wanting to break into the close protection industry.”

Jennifer Horn

Athena Academy Graduated CPO Student 2011.

Section: Professional Advices from Experienced Professionals in Security Industry around the world.

Gaining employment in the security industry 

Many operators will spend thousands of dollars on a close protection training course and education in technical qualifications to enable themselves to work in the protective services industry. However, many fall short when it comes to gaining employment because they have a poorly written CV which doesn’t highlight their key experiences, skills and attributes.

In order to be successful in gaining employment it is important that an employer when reading a CV gains an accurate picture of the person they are reading about. The CV should highlight an operators key skills, if ex Forces then maybe operational experience or if not then transferable skills from the workplace such as leadership and management.

The work history should detail tasks conducted within each job. It should be easy for the person viewing the CV to read, for example not having to look up technical terms or abbreviations. It is really important to make sure that all the information on the CV is relevant to gaining a role in protection as information that isn’t relevant makes it harder for the reader to pick out the key information in the CV. The CV once written in general must then be tailored to fit the job description for which you are applying for.

Security CV was established to provide bespoke CV’s and employment products to personnel in the security industry. Rather than use a general CV writer, by using a writer with the technical knowledge and practical experience in the industry for which you are applying for employment in it ensures a CV highlights the experience and attributes for which the employer is looking for.

For more information please contact www.securitycv.co.uk

***Every Athena Academy student will receive a £15 discount when quoting ATHENA Worldwide as their referrer***

Close Protection Operatives Course, Crete Island, Greece, May 26th-June 2nd, 2012

Athena’s Close Protection Operative certification is the next generation in Close Protection training. Our course has been adapted to meet the particular training and educational requirements, specific to those students who are interesting to enter close protection operatives profession.

Basic Training: Level 1

Including:
-Principles of Executive Protection/Code of Conduct
-Solo Protector & in a Detail -Physical Security
-Protective Escort -Surveillance & Countersurveillance
-Protective Intelligence & Advance Operations
-Armed and Unarmed Combat/Krav Maga
-Anti-Terrorism (identification and and the terrorist cycle)
-Improvised Explosive Device
-Basic Pistol Training & Firearms Safety
-Event & Estate Security
-Behavioral Intelligence and Attack Recognition
-Dealing with Media & Paparazzi
-First Aid & CPR/AED

Our instructors are from Greece, UK and the United States. They brings ATHENA students unparalleled real world experience in protective service operations. Instructors that have served Prime Ministers, celebrities, CEO’s and other influential leaders will be teaching you.
We have an excellent success rate and once the course is completed we continue to work with our students to progress their development and assist their entry into the Close Protection world.

To learn more please visit: http://www.AthenaAcademy.com/

For applications please e-mail: charla@athenaworldwide.com

Athena Academy official FB page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=44528524966&ref=ts

Course cost is 1.100 euros ($ 1.500) and includes all training fees, accommodation with breakfast, transportation and tour on the island.

There are also payment schedules available to those who qualify. Deposits for this course are $600, and full course fees paid 3 weeks before starting date.

Application date open until April 30.