On September 20 of this year, Wodan Security from Germany invited professionals from all around the world to the 4th International Bodyguard Conference. Red Beard Tactical had the honor to get invited to this outstanding training event.
The conference was held on the Camp X Training center, located in Babimost, Poland. Poland is getting more and more something like Europes heart when it comes to tactical shooting classes, because of its outstanding shooting ranges and weapon laws.
Wodans CEO Ralf Kassner is a former GSG 9 guy, who now works in high risk close protection and consulting. His goal with the IBC is to unite close protection operators and trainers from all around the world for training and networking. We really liked the idea of not putting just one Instructor into the spotlight, but instead offering multiple professional views.
The participants not only came from Europe, some travelled as far as from Japan or Australia. After we arrived at the Senator Hotel, where we resided and where all the theoretical stuff was teached, we got a short introduction by Ralf on the conference and its goals and on all the other instructors.
Instructors and lecturers included:
Mark Human, a knife defense and CQC instructor from South Africa, I already knew Mark and his unique training concepts from a class in Germany so I was glad to meet him again.
Diego S., a former US Military Police operator with extensive PMC experience. His focus during the IBC was carbine and pistol management.
Dr. Kurt Pelda an investigative journalist and war correspondent who spent more time in high risk areas then most of the conference attendees ever did. He would tell us about the new kind of warfare one will encounter in the middle east.
Jim C., retired brit SF guy with lots of knowledge about behavioral detection.
Andrej M., a active SF guy from an east European country would teach us his views about shooting and fighting in and around vehicles.
Also Ralf and his “Team Wodan” would show us some CQB tactics inside the killhouse.
After the briefing we got our first theoretical group task, creating a security concept for a PSD contract in africa, during this task we had to plan the operational, financial, technical and organizational aspects of the task. While we were planning the mission, the conditions of the contract constantly changed. Every team had to present their individual concept.
After this task the group were split into “basic” and “advanced” training. Everyone had to decide for himself which group he would fit in. Fortunately everyone was able to reflect on an objective base, without the ego blocking the way.
All three days were packed with Life Fire, FoF, combatives and lectures.
Mark Human did a great job explaining the importance of CQC and knive work. As some people in the close protection world get to focused on their shooting skills this was a great lesson for all attendees. The knife is always a thread you should be able to handle, even when you have a firearm. His shooting drills focused on extreme close range and focused on getting of the X while keeping the fight on.
Diegos Shooting Training was not only extremely well organized but was also top notch stuff. It was not only about bringing rounds into a target but also about cover and movement. Cover and movement. Fire, cover and movement get more and more forgotten in favour for fancy speed reloads, so Im very thankfull that an instructor is actually teaching the reality.
Andrej was something like the surprise of the day, his vehicle checkpoint drills were greatly teached from “How do I prepare a vehicle, in a low vis scenario” to “how do I actually work with my gun in confined spaces” until we got to force on force and hot range scenarios. Andrej also held the final exercise where we had to do a break contact drill after disembarking a vehicle. The whole RBT crew was really impressed with his stuff but especially the way he teached.
Team Wodan did the CQB stuff inside a Killhouse, they showed us several techniques for room clearing and the use of breaching toosl (cold breaching only), after this we got our scenario. Our principal got inside his mansion, after a while the CP team hears bangs and screams. Now we had to locate the principial and get him out of the building. We had a huge amount of FX ammo and many nasty surprises waiting for us.
Last but not least lets talk about the theoretical lessons learned. I really liked that the conference wasn’t just shooting and kicking doors all along. Dr. Peldas analysis of the conflicts in the arab world was really groundbreaking and showed those preparing for contracts in the middle east what could bee waiting for them.
Jim C. did a great job of showing psychological, physical and neurological warning signs that an attacker will produce without knowing it. A great way to prevent conflicts and at the end of the day this is the main task of close protection.
Every evening we had the ability to look at various products of exhibitors. Bonowi IPE presented batons, protective equipment and apparel. Good guys on bad lands came up with great swag. TACWRK showed a lot of their product line. Also the RBT crew showcased products of our Partners Velocity Systems, VertX and CrossFire Australia. The company FARO showcased a product that can build a 3d image of any environments for pre mission planning, great stuff.
All in all the IBC offered great moments of training, networking and teamwork. We can highly recommend this event for all people doing close protection hostile environments. Ralf of Wodan Security also announced some upcoming CQB classes for 2020. Be sure to check out for Wodan Securities Website more infos.
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(Pictures by RBT & Gorilla Tattoo Neuss)