How I started…
I originally developed an interest in the field of training whilst serving in a law-enforcement public service. Although I’d been working a frontline role for some time (and there is certainly no substitute for experience at the coal-face!), taking up the opportunity to become a tutor in my profession sparked a new interest in passing on knowledge and skills to others.
This yearning led me down a path of eventually entering the training field full-time, through gaining the necessary skills and qualifications to deliver in both the educational and commercial environment in subject areas relevant to my occupational background. This finally led me to the opportunity to work on a prestigious sporting event in 2012, where I was able to work alongside a number of highly-experienced and motivated trainers from a variety of backgrounds such as the military, police and private security.
However, achieving this milestone wasn’t enough to satisfy the yearning that had motivated me to change my career to the training field. Having also personally trained in different martial arts for a number of years – and having learned one style in particular, Systema, since 2000 – I realized that my main focus of interest was related to both this and my law enforcement background: personal safety, self-defence and physical intervention.
It was at this stage that I was told about NFPS Ltd and the courses which they offered. Straight away, I was hooked. Although I’d undertaken public service and security-related personal safety and physical intervention training before, I was immediately taken by the different approach that NFPS offered in its core training to personal safety trainers.
In fact, I was hooked so much that I ensured that I signed-up for an SIA PI mapping-over course and Self-Defence Instructor’s course as soon as possible. For me, this was only to be the beginning, as the pinnacle was attending the Advanced Physical Intervention Instructor’s course run in Lilleshall, Shropshire. Other training with NFPS followed, including handcuffing instructor and Close Quarter Combat trainer.
There have been two major benefits to training with NFPS which have changed my perspective as a trainer and instructor in this field:
- Knowledge and understanding in terms of relevant legislation, health & safety and the science/psychology of the stress response. Without a doubt, the amount of information provided during NFPS training was unsurpassed in both quality and authenticity. Although some of the subjects I learnt about were covering areas relevant to my own background and expertise, the way in which they were presented were different in that it was direct, to the point and facilitated a greater understanding of the subject matter in me than anything I’d previous encountered. NFPS training effectively tells it as it is. This approach was both challenging and highly-logical at the same time. It demonstrated that, as a trainer, it’s important to be factually-correct yet at the same time supportive when passing on knowledge to delegates and learners, so that you can build their confidence and self-esteem when conducting training.
- The skills learnt, in particular the physical skills included on the various courses, were simple, straight-forward and easy to learn because they were based on principles that derive from such concepts as ‘Guthrie’s and Hick’s’ Laws’ and are therefore gross motor movement based. This is essential when teaching students/delegates new skills, because they need to learn techniques or principles which a) they are going to recall under pressure and b) actually work. Again, being instructed in these skills personally and assessed by highly experienced NFPS trainers allowed me to be become more proficient, thus improving the quality of my own delivery when training. Again, being armed with these skills allows me to ensure that I build self-confidence in those I train.
More than anything, training with NFPS taught me a very valuable lesson – about providing the utmost value to the customer by maintaining the highest levels of integrity, whilst at the same time providing the most relevant and up-to-date training experience possible. This is something we particularly value at N Davies Training, as integrity is central to everything we do.
Actually – to be sure – I didn’t stop there. I’ve had a long standing interest in NLP and self-development, and, as a result, I recently became an NLP practitioner. This was not just about personal development (important as that is to me, of course!) as I realized also that there were significant advantages to using NLP techniques when delivering training so as to enhance the learner experience. This is something which I have found works exceptionally well when delivering, not only with personal safety but also when instructing Systema Russian Martial Art at the club I run in the Oswestry area.
But then again, this is not really about me.
It’s about providing the best learning experience possible when delivering, because if the client receives the best value and the learners the greatest training that they deserve, then my role is most definitely fulfilled!
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