Tough Training at Beijing Bodyguard Camp


Four female future bodyguards walk to attend a shooting class under the guidance of an instructor in Beijing, March 14, 2014. A total of 65 trainees, 7 of whom are women, take part in the bodyguard training session in Beijing’s suburban Shunyi district. All trainees, aged from 18 to 30, mostly special troops and retired athletes, undergo training to develop sufficient skills to become bodyguards. The courses include martial arts, FBI mind reading, anti-terrorist training and international business etiquette. The graduation rate is low – only a few of them will become private bodyguards after a series of grilling tests. (Photo: CFP)
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China’s Bodyguard School


A female student opens her cufflinks with her teeth, after crawling through mud at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 12, 2013. Former Chinese soldier Chen Yongqing has big ambitions for his bodyguard training school Tianjiao, which he says is China’s first professional academy to train former soldiers and others as personal security guards. Chen charges 500,000 yuan ($82,400) a year for each protector as China’s rich and famous look to bolster their safety and sense of importance. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters) Continue reading »