Unarmed Defense Tools & Strategies

Learn to recognize and act on survival signals so you can quickly spot the subtle signs of danger and “flip the script”


  • Situational Awareness & Defensive Mindset
  • Boundary Setting & Aggressive Disengagement
  • ​Selection & Use of Multiple Non-Lethal Defense Tools
  • Verbal Defense
  • Predator & Criminal Tactics
  • Defense Tools & Legal Issues
  • Escape Methods & Conflict De-escalation


Unarmed Defense Tools & Strategies sounds a bit boring, so we like to call this class PREVAIL! and it is NOT your ordinary self-defense class.

No safety non-sense — just clarity, simplicity, and common sense self-defense.

Our courses educate, equip, and empower you to PREVAIL! in the face of violence and in all areas of life.

With tremendous energy, tons of humor and inspiring storytelling, Kaery reaches every participant with the life-saving message of PREVAIL!  The course is chock full of tips, tools, and tactics to empower participants to prevail in all areas of their life.

This fast-paced course, invites active participation, and prevents participants from falling asleep (even those who attend the course right after lunch) because the material is relevant, engaging, and exciting.

Through the use of specialized training aids and equipment, participants gain first-hand experience learning and practicing essential verbal and physical techniques (effective boundary setting, strikes, pepper spray use/deployment, safe knife deployment, etc).  Through out the course, each student receives ample one-on-one instruction and immediate feedback.

The physical skills we teach are based on simple, effective, street-proven strategies. The skills and strategies we teach during this course are appropriate for any age or physical ability, and participants do not need wear special clothing or use special equipment.

Those who haven’t previously trained in self-defense, quickly discover that learning to use these effective tools and tactics is as empowering as it is fun!

Utilizing scenario-based training with actors simulating an aggressive encounter, participants have the opportunity to learn and practice effective deployment of self protection tools. Participants leave the course feeling empowered, excited, revitalized, and thankful for an invaluable experience that they will take home and share with everyone they love.

Some of the topics addressed in the course:  effective strikes and improvised tools; early recognition and reaction to armed attackers; tool selection and effectiveness; learning to control fear and unleash courage; simple truths for immediate security.

The course involves three key areas:
Part 1 – Start to Prevail- Refuse to be a Victim
Part 2 – Get Prepared to Prevail- Fortify with Tools (pepper spray, knife, flashlight, impact weapons) & Tactics
Part 3 – PREVAIL! – In the Face of Violence and Weapons Attacks


What Sets This Course Apart
Our instructors use stories and examples that are relevant to the specific audience. We use props, video clips, and physical demonstrations to make our courses extremely dynamic and memorable.

PREVAIL! is a fresh alternative to most self-defense experiences that typically emphasize complicated, difficult to remember karate-type moves, scary crime statistics, high-pressure sales, and unrealistic rhetoric (never walk alone, don’t talk to strangers, “just be aware”, etc).

Over the years, we’ve found that our students are starving for simple truths for immediate safety— PREVAIL! satisfies that hunger.

It is unreasonable and irresponsible for us to expect law enforcement to protect us because it is our responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

We must have the knowledge, tools and skills to be able to protect ourselves , and although the threat of violence surrounds us everyday, we can protect ourselves by learning how to trust our instincts and how to act on them.

Effective self defense necessitates avoidance of danger and avoidance of danger requires us to identify the the threat in order to avoid it.

Unarmed Defense is an excellent class for mothers and daughters to take together, and many families find that it is an invaluable course for their high school and college age loved ones.

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