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First batch of graduates at China’s first bodyguard training camp

(Beijing News)

15:36, August 29, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

After finishing compulsory courses such as hand-to-hand fighting, mind reading and business etiquette, more than 70 bodyguards graduated from China's first private bodyguard training camp yesterday.

The private bodyguard training camp is set up by the Tianjiao Special Guard Company (or GSA). Most of the trainees are retired veterans and graduates from sports schools. During the training, they receive the VIP Protection training required in the Israeli International Security Academy, including special driving skills, FBI mind reading, reconnoiter, anti-terrorism training, martial arts, business etiquette and other skills. After a three-month training, one can be a professional bodyguard if he passes the examination.

These private guards not only provide services for stars and celebrities, they can also be employed by ordinary people.

In 2007, the number of bodyguards reached 2.3 million. Currently, there are nearly 3,000 security service companies that employ more than 3.5 million people in China offering private security guard services. However, there are only 1,000 bodyguards with the qualification.

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