In response to many requests, the Todd Group will be providing self-minder specialist short courses starting 2018.

Avoiding dangers, such as unattended baggage and reporting it, as well as tactics and skills to prevent being a victim of wide ranging criminal threats, including how to identify you are being targeted, will be included in these short specialist courses. This has come about through demand for such a specific short course of instruction from individuals that want to take responsibility for their own safety, security, and protection, and the safety, security, and protection of their family, staff, and friends, especially when travelling.

Corporates and global travellers have been feeling more vulnerable to threats in recent years. These are security concerned and conscious individuals who are not able to have close protection specialists looking after them. Crime, terrorism, piracy, and invasion of privacy are some of the main reasons why we have been getting requests to provide such a course of instruction.

The Todd Group, formerly the Baldock Institute, has a long history of providing close personal protection dating back to WWII and our founder the late Harry Baldock, an NZ Army military self-defence and military unarmed combat chief instructor.

We have conducted intensive two-week long basic courses of specialist close personal protection for over two decades in New Zealand and overseas. These courses attract individuals working close protection and security as well as a lot of current and former military and law enforcement personnel. In the last decade, there have been more corporates and individuals attending, not interested in working close protection, but wanting to learn how to take care of themselves and those close to them.

By undergoing training in hard targeting themselves, including learning how to reduce the likelihood of being a victim of serious violence by anti-encounter training, they are empowering themselves to go about their lives and business more confidently and safely. Many such individuals simply cannot afford the time away from work and some cannot afford the cost of undertaking an intensive and extensive specialist course of close personal protection.

What they want and need is a short specialist course consisting of subjects drawn from our specialist close personal protection package that will arm them with the best of anti and counter tactics and skills to keep them and those close to them safe. This short course will include personal self-protection and close protection, close combat tactics and skills to increase the security and safety of the self-minders and those under their care.

There is certainly a need and demand for a short specific threats specialist course that will provide not only preventative and avoidance tactics but also early threat recognition tactics and skills to reduce risk and danger to as lower level as possible. The physical counter skills will be the best of Todd Systems close personal protection methods of threat neutralisation from our military self-defence, military CQC, and military CPO training packages. The course will include tactics and skills to increase awareness and reduce risks for air, rail, sea, and land travel as well as for urban environments.

By arming them with knowledge on planning, preparation, threat recognition, risk reduction, and specialist current close protection safety and security practices, their chances of being a victim of modern day violent threats can be reduced. They will be able to take control by means of proactive tactics and skills to increase the security and safety for themselves and those close to them.

Anyone interested in such training can email the Todd Group [email protected]


Article written by Tank Todd

Special Operations CQB Master Chief Instructor. Over 30 years experience. The only instructor qualified descendent of Baldock, Nelson, and Applegate. Former instructors include Harry Baldock (unarmed combat instructor NZ Army WWII), Colonel Rex Applegate OSS WWII and Charles Nelson, US Marine Corps. Tank has passed his Special Forces combative instructor qualification course in Southeast Asia and is certified to instruct the Applegate, Baldock and Nelson systems. His school has been operating for over eighty years and he is currently an Army Special Operations Group CQB Master Chief Instructor. His lineage and qualifications from the evolutionary pioneers are equalled by no other military close combat instructor. His operation includes his New Zealand headquarters, and 30 depots worldwide as well as contracts to train the military elite, security forces, and close protection specialists. Annually he trains thousands of exponents and serious operators that travel down-under to learn from the direct descendant of the experts and pioneers of military close combat. Following in the footsteps of his former seniors, he has developed weapons, and training equipment exclusive to close combat and tactical applications. He has published military manuals and several civilian manuals and produced DVDs on urban self protection, tactical control and restraint, and close combat. He has racked up an impressive 100,000+ hours in close combat.