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Third-Party (VIP) Protection Training

Advance your protection services career by learning physical tactics to protect Very Important People (VIP).

Learn VIP Security Tactics

The world-renowned IKMF VIP Protection course is a three day intensive training program on close protection security tactics.  It teaches how to provide third-party protection (to other individuals), such as Very Important People (VIP) protection and executive protection, and physically keep them safe while in a bodyguard or law enforcement role. This program was developed by the International Krav Maga Federation, the global experts in defensive tactics. This training course is for security professionals who want to start or advance your career as a professional bodyguard, or for those who work in municipal or federal policing or military.

This program is broken into three components:

  • Day 1: combative

  • Day 2: positioning & movement

  • Day 3: attack mitigation and evacuation.


This program focuses on physical attacks to your VIP and mitigation using single and two man bodyguard teams. You will be working in groups of two and three during the training. Please note that this program does not focus on advanced work, risk assessment, team preparation, vehicle dynamics etc. (Please contact SpecVIP for more information on this type of program.)

Goals of the course:

  • To have the practitioner understand the basic concepts of IKMF VIP Security from a combative point of view. 

  • To develop effective skills of defence against physical attacks towards their VIP.

  • Create an awareness of what realistically can be done in the environment and understand response options.

Course Contents

Course content:

  • IKMF Krav Maga contact combat

  • Weapons defenses

  • Movement tactics

  • Cover and evacuation

  • Screening

  • Scenario training

  • Mentality required



  • Have a current Alberta Security License

  • Or currently working for a security company or security for a casino (letter of recommendation required)

  • Or active law enforcement appointment

  • Or active military

Note that you will need to provide proof of the above.

Pre-Course Preparation:

Daily physical activity varying in intensity and type to ensure endurance during the program. Calisthenics, weight training and cardio are recommended.

This is a physically demanding course, not a PowerPoint program, as you will be working on the mats for 8 hour days. Ensure that you schedule your downtime accordingly. Working a night shift and coming to the program is not acceptable. Your safety as well as the safety of others depends on you being alert and ready to work.

Equipment requirements:

  • Groin protection

  • Mouth guard

  • Recommended: MMA style gloves


  • Water bottle to maintain hydration

  • Energy bars, fruit, fuels and or snacks to maintain energy

  • Small towel


  • Button-up shirt (provided)

  • Cargo pant that allows free movement

  • Mat shoe (such as boxing or equivalent or indoor running shoe)

More about the IKMF VIP Program

"The main concept behind 3rd party protection is, quite obviously, to protect someone other than yourself. Cases can be placed on a scale from natural (like a mother protecting her child), through a responsibility based protection (a teacher or commander), to professionals (a Bodyguard protecting his client).

Third party protection Krav Maga is needed because of its difference from the basic self defense situation: Physically, one must use the technique to protect someone else and not himself, by taking two physical actions; the first is removing the 3rd party from danger's way. The second is parrying the attacks for the 3rd party. Emotionally, one must make a switch in his mind; "switch off" his sense of self preservation, and "switch on" his sense of duty (natural, responsibility based or professional)."

"As crime and criminals get more and more sophisticated they, more often than ever, go after business-men, political figures, movie stars, companies & firms; executives and other Very Important People. The criminals' objective can be to get ransom, change political balance, rob, make a name for themselves, get revenge or other reasons that can result in the injury or death of the VIP.

Today, more than ever before, the professional VIP Protector is needed to ensure the safety of those under threat anywhere on the globe. The Israeli Defense Forces have the reputation & the experience of training special units, from Commando to SWAT, from Anti Terrorists to VIP Protection." - From the IKMF VIP Protection website


For more information, please visit the IKMF VIP Protection course on the IKMF website.

About the Instructor

Tip of Spear's lead instructor, Dave Suffern, CPP is certified to teach the IKMF VIP Protection course up to the bronze level. Dave is the Western Canada Regional IKMF Director.


Duration: 24 hours
Tuition: $699 + GST
Certificate: Issued by IKMF and Tip of Spear

IKMF VIP Protection
IKMF VIP Protection
Feb 19, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – Feb 21, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
Tip of Spear Academy,
11217 149 St, Edmonton, AB T5M 1W6, Canada
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