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Third-Party Protection Training

Learn how to physically defend vulnerable members of your family and community within the means of the law.

Learn Third-Party Defensive Tactics

The world is not as safe as it used to be. Would you know what to do to protect those you care about?


The world-renowned IKMF VIP Protection course is a three day intensive training program on close protection defensive tactics to defend your VIP (very important person).  It teaches how to protect those you care about, who may not be able to defend themselves, such as children, elderly, or those with mobility challenges. You may be a parent that travels a lot with your family, or wants to be able to go to different areas of the city with your family with confidence. Or perhaps you're a caregiver, such as a nurse, teacher, daycare worker, nanny or aid who wants to know what to do to protect your client. This program was developed by the International Krav Maga Federation, the global experts in defensive tactics. 

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 person teams. You will be working in groups of two and three during the training.

Goals of the course:

  • To have the practitioner understand the basic concepts of IKMF VIP Protection 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




  • Be an IKMF member (current or former IKMF Krav Maga student)

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 (3 days)
Tuition: $699 + GST
Certificate: Issued by IKMF and Tip of Spear

NOTE: You must be an IKMF member to register for this training

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