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Lucien Victor Ott (Born in Algeria 21.12.1931, Died in Brussels 10.2.1990): An alleged former Major in the French Army (although this may actually mean the French senior Sergeant-Major rank "Major" rather than the officer rank "Commandant") and alleged veteran of the French Paras who is claimed to have fought in and subsequently escaped from Dien Bien Phu, and who is also alleged to have worked with French intelligence. He may have started the International Bodyguard Association, together with one of his known colleagues the walty James Shortt who propagates the biography above, thus making it extremely suspect. The smart money is that whatever Ott actually did in the course of his life, either he or Shortt have dramatically elaborated it for the ultimate purpose of pecuniary gain. The lack of any corroboration for Ott's claimed biography suggests that he was probably just as much a Walt as his plastic-Paddy disciple.

Interestingly, OTT has its own meaning in slang, which amply (albeit politely) describes Mr Shortt.

Published books

  • Manuel pratique de défense-sécurité (1964) [1] [2]
  • Selbstverteidigung selbstverständlich (1970) [3]
  • Selbstverteidigung für jeden : Angriffe vermeiden, Angriffe verhindern, Angriffe abwehren (1976) [4] [5]
  • Selbstverteidigung für jeden : Angriffe vermeiden, Angriffe verhindern, Angriffe abwehren (1978) [6]
  • Defense security (1981) [7] [8]
  • La violence... mal du siecle!: Comment y remedier (1984) [9]

Biography from his own books

Lucien OTT Self-Defense specialist. I dedicate this manual to all taxi drivers in France, against whom attacks have increased in recent years. Translated from: Manuel pratique de défense-sécurité (1964)

Lucien Ott the author of several self-defence books, a master of the hand-to-hand combat for self-defence and a teacher. He was a body double in life-threatening scenes for many popular film stars. Directors asked Lucien Ott for advice when they wanted to make bar brawls or fight scenes. Lucien Ott was a skydiver and for many years a test pilot and frogman. Translated from: Selbstverteidigung selbstverständlich by Lucien Victor Ott (1970)

Lucien Ott was born in 1931 in Algeria, with black belt in judo and karate. He was a "gorilla" for famous personalities, "Stuntman” in movies, is an expert in street fighting and the author of several books on unarmed self-defence. Translated from: Selbstverteidigung für jeden: Angriffe vermeiden, Angriffe verhindern, Angriffe abwehren (1976)

Lucien Ott have black belt in judo and karate. He was a "gorilla" for famous personalities, "Stuntman" in movies, is an expert in street fighting and the author of several books on unarmed self-defence. Translated from: Selbstverteidigung für jeden: Angriffe vermeiden, Angriffe verhindern, Angriffe abwehren (1978)

"This admirable work is the fruit of thirty years' experience starting with the Paratroop-Commandos in the Indo-Chinese and Algerian wars. In the field of the material arts, his grade of 7th Dan suitably confirms his title of "Master-Expert". His international reputation as a close combat instructor and specialist has placed him in great demand for ensuring the protection of V.I.P.'s. He was an instructor to the U.S. Marines. As official advisor to various police and security departments in Italy, the Medal of Honour, 1st Class, was awarded to him by the SCUOLA ALLIEVI GUARDIE P.S. ALESSANDRIA. In the area of recycling instructors and reshaping the programme at the Royal Belgian School of Gendarmes, L.V. Ott's recent achievements demonstrate the outstanding value of his cooperation with this corps d'élite." Preface by Günter Schäfer in: DEFENSE SECURITY, TOME 1 (1981)

Through his vast experience in the field of security practice and reputation he deserved, Lucien Victor OTT is in a position to present a particularly interesting book on how best to adopt as part of an attack. Translated from French, Preface by Jean BULTOT, Criminologist U.L.B. Prix Segers 1976 in: La violence... mal du siecle!: Comment y remedier (1984)

Written about Ott

SAS ... CTT instructors/talent scouts include Lucien Ott, one of the older hands, a Frenchman who served with the para-commandos at Dien Bien Phu... Lobster Issue 5 (1984) [10] [11]

Jean Bultot, a right-wing militant Jean Germain, Jean-Marie, Ghislain Bultot was born on 3 May 1951 in Montignies-sur-Sambre, on the outskirts of Charleroi. In 1976 he obtained his degree in criminology at I'ULB defending a thesis which essentially formed the preface to the book of Lucien Ott on 'Violence, mal du siècle'. Lucien Ott said he was a former gorilla for Charles de Gaulle and is an instructor in a self-defense, specializing in the techniques of unarmed close-combat. From page 180 in "The killers of six years of investigation" (Les tueurs six années d’enquête) by Gilbert Dupont & Paul Ponsaers (1988) [12]

Monsieur Lucien Victor Ott ist tot ... The training of IBA experts was his last hobby ... by Norbert W. Punzet (1990) [13]

Ott's Medals?

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Ott's decorations are displayed at IBA gatherings in a small, portable shrine and include basic French and US Master Parachutist wings [14].

The badges and medals shown are:

Top Row

  • France - Parachute Brevet
  • France - Airborne cap badge
  • IBA - Badge 001
  • Medal of Honour, 1st Class by SCUOLA ALLIEVI GUARDIE P.S. ALESSANDRIA (maybe)
  • US - Master Parachutist Badge (requires 65 jumps)

Middle Row

  • Republic Of Vietnam - Wound medal [15]
  • France - Croix de Guerre, Theatres d'Operations Exterieurs[16] and 3 BARS!
  • France - Comemmorative Indo-China Campaign [17]
  • France - Croix du Valeur Militare [18] and 2 bars!
  • France - Medaille des Blesses [wounded] - faded ribbon [19]

Bottom Row

  • France - Maintaining Public Order for French North Africa [20]
  • France - Possible Lifesaving Medal [21] Possibly re-instituted?
  • France - Volunteer's Medal [22]
  • France - Youth and Sports Medal [23]
  • France - Overseas Medal (unclear which bar) [24]

Ott's military background

On the face of it, the awards appear to be the real medals of a genuine, highly-decorated French soldier, although quite how a Frenchman managed to do 65 US jumps is beyond comprehension. It is quite possible that Ott's protegé Jim Shortt may have begun his odious descent into false medals and honours in order to try to match the reputation of his former mentor.

Unfortunately Lucien’s military service at the French Foreign Legion couldn't be verified. The name Lucien Victor Ott is unknown in the archives of BASLE (Administration Office of the French Foreign Legion) and the DSLE (B2). To be 100% sure, the search should be done for the service ID number. In other words, at the moment it seems that Mr. Lucien Ott never was in the French Foregin Legion, at least not under that name.

Was KTK and IBA founded in Paris 1957?

Lucien Ott was a man dedicated to martial arts. Having read Lucien's books and done research in national libraries, military archives, police investigations and public records looking for company, association, trademark and logo registrations. Also searching for members prior to 1985. No evidence have been found, that either Kun-Tai-Ko (KTK) or the International Bodyguard Association was founded in Paris 1957.

It seems more likely that the International Bodyguard Association was founded later, perhaps around the mid-80's. In Mr. Ott’s obituary in 1990, it is actually written that IBA was Lucien’s last hobby in life.

In the early 1970’s Lucien worked as a stuntman and doubled the actor Eddie Constantin. In 1976 Lucien wrote that he had been a "gorilla" for famous personalities and "Stuntman” in movies. In 1988 Lucien Ott told Gilbert Dupont & Paul Ponsaers that he was a former gorilla for Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970).

The year 1957 may have a connection to Lucien's self-defense concept "Défense Sécurité”, his first booklet was published in 1963 with the same name.

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