Personal Protection: Tools and Techniques for Self Defense

Self Defense techniques

In addition to conducting background checks and locating missing persons, private eyes are often hired to provide personal protection and bodyguard services to their clients. If you are considering adding these options to your menu of services, it is important to become educated, not just in the techniques, but in the theories, practices and the legal aspects. Following are some suggestions for preparing yourself and your agency:

Personal Protection and Self-Defense Training

In many cases, private detectives have experience in the military, law enforcement, private security or related industries. These professions often include self defense training, hand-to-hand combat techniques, and training on various weapons. If you have such experience, you have a solid foundation upon which to build new skills and techniques to utilize as an investigator on the streets.

If you don’t have any prior experience, consider hiring a local expert to teach you and your staff a variety of techniques that can be used in sticky situations. While you can certainly learn from any martial arts expert, it is probably best to hire someone who has prior experience in law enforcement, especially someone who has experience with training police officers. This will help ensure that you get the most relevant training on the techniques will be most useful for your situation.

Look for a trainer with knowledge of judo, Aikido, ju-jitsu to learn take-downs and holds. Look for an expert with knowledge of Taekwondo, Kenpo or Kung Fu to learn hand to hand combat techniques. Also, mix martial arts trainers have knowledge of a wide variety of styles, but be careful not to hire an overzealous, hot head.

Self Defense Equipment

There is a wide variety of personal protection equipment available to law enforcement personnel, private investigators and the general public. If you’re considering acquiring weapons to use in self- defense, it is important to understand how to properly use the devices, and what the legal implications may be in your particular city or state.

Available equipment ranges from protective gear such as bulletproof vests and protective pads to TASERs, batons and even firearms.

Hire a Private Investigator for Personal Protection Services

If you’re a private citizen, and would like to hire a P.I. to provide protective services, visit our Private Investigator Directory to hire a detective who  specializes in providing such services.

Additional Information

Following are recommended tools and resources for personal protection:

  • Bodyguard Books – List of books on bodguarding available from Learn about the tricks of the trade, how to find a job and where to get the training you need to begin a professional career.
  • Personal Security – A list of helpful books on personal security for private eyes who wish to provide security and bodyguard services to their clientele.


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