Kaery never intended to become a self-protection expert or a firearms trainer. In 2005 she loved her busy days as an at-home wifey to one and mommy to three when a horrific attack took place near her hometown. In May of that year, a violent aggressor savagely attacked a Wolf Lodge, Idaho family as they slept in their rural home, killing both parents and their teenage son, and kidnapping their two youngest children ages 7 and 9. Days before the attack, as the felon traveled westbound on Interstate 90, he spotted the children playing in their yard and began planning his attack. This horrific attack was life-altering for many. . . . .
The disgusting, sub-human that committed these horrific acts [be prepared to be sick] had recently been released from prison and was known to and wanted by state and federal law enforcement. After he was apprehended, media outlets released a list of GPS coordinates visited by the killer prior to his attack on the Wolf Lodge family. The list contained coordinates for a location the killer visited many times — the Kindermusik music studio on Spokane’s South Hill — where Kaery and her three children attended twice-weekly music classes.
Although Kaery understood that this coincidence did not necessarily mean that she and the aggressor were at the same location at the same time, her eyes were opened to the truth: evil people, even serial killers, can be anywhere at anytime — they can even be at “safe” places like Kindermusik. With that realization, Kaery knew she had to accept responsibility for keeping her children safe but she didn’t know where to begin or where to turn for answers.
She started by reading books by experts in the self-protection space: Principles of Personal Defense by Col Jeff Cooper, In the Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob, and Armed and Female by Paxton Quigley. While these books were extremely informative, they confirmed what Kaery intuitively knew — she needed much more than just knowledge — she needed to learn and master the skills a mom would need to protect herself and her children so she looked for that training.
The search was daunting. The only training available at that time was offered by instructors with extensive military or police experience and their “rules of engagement” are dramatically different than those of the private citizen. Kaery needed training from a civilian perspective but 18 years ago this type of training didn’t exist, so she dove into the training that was available. With each class Kaery attended she asked questions and sifted through the course material to hone in on the principles and tactics a civilian needs to master. After attending these courses Kaery would share with friends and family what she was learning. Little-by-little and bit-by-bit she began developing a curriculum that addressed the unique protection needs of families — this became the foundation of Kaery Concealed.
Today, Kaery Concealed offers professional, personal protection training in a non-intimidating, family-friendly setting. We strive to instill in our clients the knowledge and skills they need to successfully protect themselves and those they love — and we do this in a caring a supportive setting — a setting that is completely void of the ego and bravado that often characterize the male-dominated firearm industry.
It is our prayer that you never face a violent encounter, yet it is our purpose to help you develop responsible, legal, and effective responses should it happen.
Kaery is a wife to one (for almost 25 years!) and a mommy to seven. She earned a M.Ed in Curriculum Development – Gifted Education Emphasis from Whitworth University in 2003 and has been teaching in a variety of capacities for over 25 years. Kaery trains under and is mentored by some of the most respected master firearm instructors in the country, and she assimilates the most practical methods and proven techniques into her courses. The de-escalation, disengagement, and defensive strategies she teaches originated with the master instructors she has trained under (crediting them during each class)– these strategies are effective for the average citizen wanting to learn how to safely, legally, and effectively protect themselves and those they love.
Kaery’s work with hundreds of women and families gives her a deep understanding of the barriers, challenges, concerns, and needs of responsible civillians wanting to take responsibility for their own safety and protecting loved ones. All of Kaery’s courses are designed to meet you where you are on your self-protection journey and help you develop the practical, street-proven knowledge and skills necessary to PREVAIL should you ever be faced with a violent encounter.
Kaery is passionate about continuing her journey as a firearms student and she continually pursues training with nationally and internationally respected instructors across many disciplines. Below are some of Kaery’s training highlights from the last couple years.
- Rangemaster Certified Firearms Instructor
- Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor
- Washington State Hunter Ed Instructor
- SHOT IQ Instructor
- Certified Glock Armorer
- AR-15 Armorer
- Law of Self Defense – Instructor Development
- The Well Armed Woman Certified Instructor
- SABRE Pepper Spray Instructor
- TASER Training Course
- NRA Certified Instructor – CCW, Pistol, Shotgun, Refuse to be a Victim, Home Firearm Safety, Personal Protection Inside & Outside the Home
- NRA Concealed Carry Force-on-Force Training – Erik Frohardt & Jeff Houston
- NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
- Glock Operator Course – Instructor Scotty Banks
- Clint Smith – Defensive Handgun, Home & Vehicle Defense + Trauma Block
- Ken Hackathorn – Advanced Tactical Pistol
- Massad Ayoob – MAG-40
- Dave Spaulding – Vehicle Combatives, Adaptive Combat Handgun
- John/Vicki Farnam – Defensive Handgun
- Wes Doss | Khyber Interactive – Lights, Sights & Lasers
- Citizens Defense Research | Melody Lauer – The Armed Parent
- John Johnston – Technical Handgun: Tests & Standards
- Scott Jedlinski – AIWB Concealed Carry, Red Dot Pistol
- Midwest Training Group – Advanced Handgun Skills, Defensive Carbine
- Model Mugging – Full Force Adrenaline Stress Training
- Martial Blade Concepts – Martial Blade & Counter Blade
- Tim Larkin – Target Focused Training
- Craig Douglas | ShivWorks – Edged Weapon Overview