Security Guard Training and Self-Defense Classes

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Self-Defense | Comments Off on Security Guard Training and Self-Defense Classes

Self-Defense for Security Guard Training?

I respect anyone willing to protect people and property for the little money security guards make. The typical security guard training is not the same training police officers receive, nor is it as difficult to qualify for the job; still, they perform a useful service.

One function of a security guard is to watch for potential danger, calling police when necessary. Their main function however, is to prevent crime simply because their presence makes a place seem, to a bad-guy, a less attractive choice of location for any type of crime. Similarly, security at a party prevents fights because someone considering fighting usually thinks twice about it if they see any authority figure nearby.

However, any guard is also a potential target for violence. I learned in Meditations on Violence, by Rory Miller, that a partygoer in the mood to pick a fight may consider a tough-looking security guard a great choice because their friends will be impressed whether they win or lose.

Something like this happened to one of my best friends while he was working security the other night.  He is trained in martial art, but also in self-defense, so he recognizes that the easiest way to deal with a threat is generally the best way. A bar patron had decided to physically fight him and began pulling his T-shirt off (to let his muscular chest show I guess). My friend sprayed him with mace as the shirt came over his head.

With his understanding of self-defense, my friend knew it was time to evaluate the results of the mace.  He soon decided the man was still coming at him, undeterred by the spray.  A groin kick resolved the situation and another security guard handcuffed the man to await the police.

Among many martial arts people, groin kicks have a bad reputation.  Some believe they are hard to pull off in real-life situations since they are hard to score with in the few sport-fights that allow them. In fact however, the way someone stands when mad enough to strike another is not like a sport fighter stands in the ring, and often leaves an opportunity for a groin kick as it did in this case.

Some believe kicking an opponent in the groin is unethical, as if it’s more honorable somehow to protect themselves from an attacker using head kicks, boxing skills, or arm locks.  Again, anyone who really gets self-defense recognizes the value in stopping a threat with the fewest non-lethal blows possible.

Not all security guard training includes any hand-to-hand combat skills. For one reason, owners of security guard companies fear that, if trained, their guards might open them to legal liability by using physical force when verbal commands, mace, or common sense would have been a better choice. Good self-defense training, though, teaches verbal responses and practices decision making.

I know of instances where security guards seemed to react in anger and strike a person who was already subdued.  This angry reaction can happen to anyone and is less an effect of martial arts training or watching televised sport fights and more of an effect of adrenaline felt during a confrontation.  Good self-defense training teaches a person to make decisions under the effect of adrenaline and especially emphasizes noticing when self-defense is finished and revenge about to begin.

Marcy Shoberg is the creator of “Bring Out Your Inner Bodyguard in Two Weeks or Less” home study course for adults and seniors. See