Buy Cheap – Buy Twice!

“The Most Expensive Thing You Can Buy is a Cheap Pair of Shoes”

The following correspondence was sent from someone who recently trained with us to someone who was thinking of training with another company that he has also trained with prior to coming to us.

What is worth noting is that this individual has now trained in both systems so his opinion of the difference between what we do and what he did with another provider are based on his actual experience and are his own opinions. No wording has been changed in any way, only the name of the company he is referring to has been X’d out for professional reasons.

I thought that we should share it with you as I am sure that many of you will be wondering what the benefits are of training with us, therefore having an independent opinion from someone who has done other courses may help you in deciding what to do.

“Hi Xxxx

Just a quick word about training with Xxxxx course you are thinking about doing, DON’T.

I have spent a lot of time and money with Xxxxx undertaking the Conflict Management and Physical Intervention courses they offer, I found the course to be badly designed, the techniques put both the person performing the restraint and the person being restrained in danger from a health and safety and practicable point of view.

The course showed techniques that take quite a bit of practice to get right and in the end do not work effectively, especially for door supervisors. Some of the techniques especially in the breakaway section are more dangerous to the person using them to try and escape.

I have not even attempted to run a single course since becoming a Xxxxx instructor as I feel it would no do my reputation as a Physical intervention instructor any good at all. I understand you wanting value for money as I paid for the Xxxxx course myself and this has ended up costing me a lot more both in financial terms and headache.

I attended the NFPS Level 3 Instructors course in June in Scotland with Mark Dawes and Gerard O’Dea and found out how breakaway and PI should be taught. Their course has a far better content which included all the new legislation not only covering security and door supervision but also legislation for school (which due to the change in the education act has opened up new business) to mental health care and other. Also all the techniques shown actually work, and I has some reservations about attending another course that boasted non-restrictive techniques. What you also get is a whole host of restrictive techniques also(which is something Xxxxx don’t do) plus all the relevant paperwork and training manuals including a pack that can be used to deliver the new PI section of the door supervisors qualification (this is given at no extra cost).

In short mate this course is far superior to anything Xxxxx has to offer and I would defiantly invest the extra cost to attend this course and save yourself a lot of grief.

At the end of the course both Mark and Gerard told everyone that they had now become part of the NFPS family and they would help us in any way they could, and I have tested this on more than one occasion and not been let down. (Xxxxx stopped talking to me as soon as I mentioned my concerns about the course).

Anyway I hope this helps you with your decision and good luck with everything.

Just to let you know I have no business connection with either Mark or Gerard other than meeting the during the instructors course.

Best regards”

[Name withheld]

For your information, this gentleman paid to retrain with us so bear in mind the old saying – “Buy cheap – Buy twice”.

We are now starting to close in on the September BTEC Level 3 Restraint & Breakaway Instructors Qualifying Course and there are very few places left so if you want one please let us know immediately. You can view the page by going to:




I am the Director and National Coach Tutor of NFPS Ltd., a specialist provider of Conflict Risk Management Consultancy and Training with specific expertise in Physical Restraint, Breakaway and Self-Defence. In addition to providing training, advice, consultancy and guidance on the physiological aspects mentioned above, we also provide training in NLP, Hypnosis and Meditation as these skills combined provide a holistic way to improve our psychology. By helping people improve both, their physiology and their psychology, we provide a complete and holistic approach to training and development.

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