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 in 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 the 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-changing 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 unconscionable criminal 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 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 help.
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 the books were helpful and informative, they confirmed exactly what Kaery knew—- she needed more than knowledge —- she needed to learn and master essential, effective self-protection skills.
The search for a trainer was daunting because the only training available was offered by instructors with extensive military or police experience where the “rules of engagement” are dramatically different than those of a private citizen. Kaery needed training from a civilian perspective where she would learn how to best protect herself and her children; 18 years ago this type of training didn’t exist.
With no other option, Kaery decided to dive into the only training that was available (from a military and law enforcement perspective) and she focused on finding the tools, training, and tactics that a mom needs to master in order to safely, legally, and effectively protect herself and her children.
Kaery began her self-protection training journey with Clint Smith at Thunder Ranch and continues to train four to six times each year with the most respected instructors and trainers in the industry: Ken Hackathorn-Aztec Training; Massad Ayoob-Lethal Force Institute; Tom Givens-Rangemaster; Dave Spalding-Handgun Combatives; Craig Douglas-ShivWorks; John & Vicki Farnam-Defensive Training International; Vince Luke-Martial Blade Concepts; Scott Jedlinski-Modern Samurai Project; Tim Larkin-Target Focused Training; John Corriea-Active Self Protection; Wes Doss, PhD-Khyber Interactive; Dr. William Aprill-Aprill Risk Consulting; Scotty Banks-Glock Inc; Mark Vinci-Model Mugging; Melody Lauer & John Johnson-Citizens Defense Research; Ed Santos-AR15 Armorer Course; Andy Kemp & Bob Houzenga-MidWest Training Group; Chris Edwards-Glock Armorer Course; and Andrew Branca-Law of Self Defense to name a few.
Kaery remembers what it was like to want to learn how to safely, legally, and effectively protect herself and her children — and the frustration of not knowing how or where to start. Because finding training that was professional, family friendly, and civilian oriented was impossible to find many years ago, Kaery’s friends and family continually asked her to share what she was learning and little-by-little, bit-by-bit, she began developing curriculum to meet the unique needs of families wanting to protect themselves and 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 firearm industry.
Kaery is a wife to one and a mommy to seven. She has a M.Ed in Curriculum Development – Gifted Education Emphasis from Whitworth University 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. Every de-escalation, disengagement, and defensive strategy she teaches originated with the master instructors she’s trained under — 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 gives her a deep understanding of the barriers, challenges, concerns, and needs of women desiring to take responsibility for their own safety and protection of those they love. 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.
I’m passionate about continuing my own journey as a firearms student and pursue learning from the best our industry has to offer as frequently as I can. Below are a few photographs from some of my training with nationally and internationally respected instructors across many disciplines. In addition to those pictured below, here are some training highlights and instructor certifications from the last couple years.
- SABRE Pepper Spray Instructor
- Certified Glock Armorer
- AR-15 Armorer
- Regional Trainer for The Well Armed Woman
- Washington State Hunter Ed Instructor
- SHOT IQ Instructor
- Well Armed Woman Certified Instructor
- William Aprill – Unthinkable
- Model Mugging – Full-force, Adrenaline Stress Training
- Utah Concealed Firearm Instructor
- Rangemaster Firearms Instructor
- Chief Range Safety Officer – NRA Certified
- Concealed Carry Weapon – NRA Certified Instructor
- Refuse to be a Victim – NRA Certified Instructor
- Pistol – NRA Certified Instructor
- Shotgun – NRA Certified Instructor
- Home Firearm Safety – NRA Certified Instructor
- Personal Protection Inside the Home – NRA Certified Instructor
- Personal Protection Outside the Home – NRA Certified Instructor