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International Bodyguard Association

International Bodyguard
International Bodyguard

Story of IBA:

Founded in Paris in December 1957 by Major Lucien Victor Ott, a highly decorated French para-commando veteran, the International Bodyguard Association (IBA) is the oldest and largest bodyguard association with protection and training locations worldwide. The IBA has established itself as the world's leading training organization for bodyguards.


It is at the forefront of training bodyguards in the emerging Baltic and Balkan republics, the European Union, the new South Africa, Afghanistan, and throughout the new Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. In 2004, in addition to its regular courses, the IBA trained classes of Iraqi police, Cambodian police, elements of the U.S. Army's 1st Special Forces Group, bodyguards for United Nations security, and bodyguards and drivers for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).


In 2005, the Thai National Police and Royal Thai Navy SEALS received IBA training. Last year, the Mongolian government organized an IBA course for its special forces, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Special Security Agency, and the police SWAT unit. In the United Kingdom, IBA graduates were among the first to complete their training for the new state SIA CP license. The training was provided through a partnership between the IBA and New College. Last year, IBA graduates successfully and safely completed high-risk PSD and CP assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Southeast Asia.


IBA provides government, military, police and civilian bodyguard training at the highest level. World-class security instructors provide expert training and guidance in a unique learning environment, helping bodyguards develop professional skills and industry knowledge throughout their careers. The International Bodyguard Association's reputation for excellence is the result of nearly 50 years of experience in training bodyguards.

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