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Have You Reverted to Being a Sheeple When You Vacation?

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( From Coach David at  Do you know how to use your hands to defend yourself?  What happens when you go on vacation and cannot take your gun or knife?  Can you protect your family with just your bare hands?  Does your wife and kids know how to survive if they get lost or go site seeing without you?  What are you willing to do to keep your family safe?  Why don’t you set up a private lesson with me?  I can be anywhere in the US within a couple of weeks to give you and your family a private lesson.  I can also travel international with a little more notice.  Depending on where you live, your life saving investment should not exceed $2,000 (more for international) and includes an Official B.E.T. Self Defense Training System Certificate of Completion.  Is that too much to ask to learn the best way to protect yourself and your family?  In just 4 short hours you will know more about real self defense than most martial arts black belts have learned in their entire lives?  I know that this investment is not too much to ask, because I have spent at least 5 times as much attending seminars for myself.  It’s up to you now.  What is your life worth?  Don’t forget that If you’re not convinced that what I teach can save you and your family in a worst case scenario, I will give you your money back!  Contact me at coachalexander @ to set up your life saving private lesson or group seminar.)

Have You Reverted to Being a Sheeple When You Vacation?
By millenniumfly at

We, as preppers, tend to pride ourselves on being aware and prepared individuals. We don’t like to be as herd animals are and given the answer without question. The thing is that this is basically what happens to you when you go on vacation. Think about it for a moment… were you really in charge the last time you were on vacation, or was the hotel, the amusement park, the locals? You’re in their world buddy, not yours.

Obviously, it’s just natural that I’m more prepared for emergencies at home; I would suspect that you are as well. After all, this is where most of our supplies, gear, food, and plans are. It follows, therefore, that you will be less prepared for an emergency when you are away from home, such as at the office, in the car, when travelling for business, and especially on vacation.

Vacations, in my humble opinion, are a very specific concern for three primary reasons: (1) you’re likely to have a bare minimum of emergency supplies with you–if any at all, (2) your fire safety and personal security may be sub-par (or even non-existent), and (3) your situation-awareness radar is probably turned off because when you’re on vacation you’re there to relax.

Concern #1

The first concern, that you’re likely to have a bare minimum of emergency supplies with you, can be somewhat difficult to deal with, in particular when you’re travelling by plane. In a car, for example, you should be able to include your vehicle emergency kit, you’ll have your car-specific supplies (e.g., fluids, tire sealant, tools, etc), and whatever you have on your person. You’ll obviously have the clothes you packed in suitcases and so on.

Of course, this assumes that you will have room to include your vehicle emergency supplies along with a lot of luggage; I have been know in the past to remove said emergency supplies because I simply had no room for them and luggage too. I have since become more stern and determined to keep the emergency supplies in the care no matter what, and suggest you do as well.

In addition to the typical emergency supplies you keep in your car, I would also encourage you to pack a few other supplies that you may tend to have handy at home, such as a flashlight, weather radio, etc.

Concern #2

The second concern, that your fire safety and personal security may be sub-par (or even non-existent), is actually a much larger concern than the first. Think for a moment about the fire safety actions and gear you may have at home. This may include additional smoke alarms, fire extinguishers in strategic places, emergency power out lights, fire escape ladders, smoke masks, and a practiced plan for you and your family to escape a fire.

Now, think about what might be missing when you stay at a hotel room or even a friend or relatives house. Sure, they probably have at least one smoke alarm and probably one fire extinguisher, but is that enough to trust your life to? Do you know where these devices are? How will you escape if you need to? You could very well be on the 10th floor of a hotel when you need to escape. Should you include smoke masks, flashlights, and so on in your luggage?

The other concern mentioned here is that of your personal security. Perhaps you take your family’s security to heart and have upgraded your doors and windows properly, you use door security bars religiously, have installed window laminate, and even have a CCW on you at all times; the list can go on and on. How does all this translate to staying at a hotel or other resort? Chances are pretty good that a vast majority of these security measures do not travel well.

Concern #3

The third concern, that your situation-awareness radar is turned off, can be the biggest danger of all. We’ve all heard the horror stories that befall hapless tourists, sometimes by doings of their own and sometimes not… just remember that this could be your family! Chances are pretty good that you’re fairly alert to problems or when “things just don’t seem right” in your everyday life. Strangely, a switch seem to flip when people go on vacation: the radar just turns off. I’ve surely done this and I’ll be you have to.

The obvious question then is: what should you do about a lack of situation-awareness on your part? I would say it starts with knowing where you will be vacationing–including friends and relatives houses–but especially when travelling to popular tourist resorts. The scum bags will be there looking for easy targets. As such, avoid looking like the easy target. Be careful with how you dress; the Hawaiian tropic shirts are dead giveaways.

Be vigilant with whom you share your vacation plans, even in passing. They may just the person looking do you harm. The same can be said for not discussing any personal details to anyone. Ensure your kids really understand this as well.

There are plenty of other ideas that are readily available via a Google search on “vacation safety”. Spend a few minutes and look it up. The point here is to re-raise your awareness level to a point akin to being at home because it is precisely those times when your guard is down that bad things can happen.

Self Defense Seminar for Women Only

We had so many people sign up that I ended up running two seminars back to back.  The seminar was pretty intense at times, but I tried to throw in enough humor to break the tension.  We definitely cover some serious topics and use tactics (targets over techniques) that are rarely taught in other seminars.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  I will not be doing another seminar for awhile on San Juan Island, but you can schedule a private lesson (Private Lesson Flyer.pdf).  Coach David

Here are some of the comments:

“Brutally effective—Thanks!”  Cady D  (Executive Assistant)

“It’s amazing how much unknown power we have and this seminar helped me discover it”  Kori R.  (Student)

“Coach David did a great job of getting us “in the mood” to save our lives.  I now feel prepared to help myself if I am ever in a position where I need to”  Roxanne B.  (Student)

“This has been really enlightening, I feel safer.”  Kasey R.  (Student)

“I thought this class was very helpful and I feel more safe.  Also David was a very good coach!  Thank you”  Meagan A.  (Student)

“Now I feel more empowered and confident in my abilities to survive”  Maddy M.  (Student)

“It was a very empowering class, fast and interesting”  Rita M.  (Homemaker)

“I very much enjoyed the class.  I learned things that I can see myself using”  Thank you!  Morgan D.  (Horse trainer)

“I liked the class, it makes tons of sense.  Thanks a lot!”  Elaine B.  (Clerk)

“Interesting lesson”  Lainey V.  (EMS)

“The focus on injury rather than technique and the B.E.T.”  Dixie D.  (Waitress)

“Great Class!”  Ann T.  (Stay at home mom)

Filled up! We are taking 2 more for the wait list, but that’s it.

Womens Only Self Defense Seminar on Monday June 18th from 5:30pm – 7pm.  Print this flyer Women Only Self Defense Seminar Flyer and sign up at the front desk.  VERY limited spots available!   Thanks, Coach David Alexander (Self Defense Expert)

Only 4 spots left! Hurry before they’re all gone!!!

Womens Only Self Defense Seminar on Monday June 18th from 5:30pm – 7pm.  Print this flyerWomen Only Self Defense Seminar Flyer and sign up at the front desk.  VERY limited spots available!   Thanks, Coach David Alexander (Self Defense Expert)

Only 6 spots left. Hurry before they’re all gone!

Womens Only Self Defense Seminar on Monday June 18th from 5:30pm – 7pm.  Print this flyerWomen Only Self Defense Seminar Flyer and sign up at the front desk.  VERY limited spots available!   Thanks, Coach David Alexander (Self Defense Expert)

5 Killed in Seattle Shootings!

What would you have done?  I will be teaching a Womens Only Self Defense Seminar on Monday June 18th from 5:30pm – 7pm.  Print this flyer Women Only Self Defense Seminar Flyer and sign up at the front desk.  VERY limited spots available!   Thanks, Coach David Alexander (Self Defense Expert)

The man who reportedly shot and killed five people Wednesdayin Seattle, before taking his own life, changed about five years ago into a mentally ill individual who was “really angry toward everything,” his brother tells The Seattle Times.

“It’s no surprise to me this happened,” Andrew Stawicki told theTimes. “We could see this coming. Nothing good is going to come with that much anger inside of you.”

The Times, citing numerous sources including Andrew Stawicki and the owner of the cafe where the killings began, is identifying the gunman as Ian Stawicki, 40, of the Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle.

Seattle Police have not yet officially released the gunman’s name.

According to the Times, Andrew Stawicki said his family “long hoped Ian would go to mental-health treatment or take medication to keep his moods in balance. But, he said, “someone like that is so stubborn you can’t talk to him.”

We’re also learning more about some of the victims (two of those killed have yet to be identified). The Times says:

— Drew Keriakedes, who died, was a performer in “Circus Contraption, a vaudeville-burlesque group.” He was 45.

— Joe “Vito” Albanese, 52, was a bass player in punk bands and vaudeville acts, who lived in the basement of Keriakedes’ home. He also died. Albanese and Keriakedes played with a band called God’s Favorite Beefcake. They were shot at Cafe Racer, where the rampage began.

— Gloria Koch Leonidas, also 52, “was a married mother of two girls who was active in the lighting industry.” She was shot and killed at a nearby parking lot where Stawicki allegedly fled after leaving the cafe.

— Leonard Meuse, who survived being shot in the jaw and armpit, was a chef at the Cafe Racer. Meuse, 46, “majored in Japanese and zoology at the University of Washington.”

Our colleagues at KPLU are also following the news.

Tags: Ian StawickiSeattle shootings

15 year old girl stabbed

What would you do?  I will be teaching a Womens Only Self Defense Seminar in a few weeks.  I will have more information once the venue is approved.  Thanks, Coach David Alexander (Self Defense Expert)


Update | 15-year-old girl stabbed on Lake Wilderness trail near Maple Valley | Two suspects at large

Covington Reporter Editor
MAY 23, 2012 · UPDATED 10:24 PM


The King County Sheriff’s Office reported a 15-year-old girl was stabbed on the Lake Wilderness trail near Maple Valley at about 8 p.m.

Deputies are searching for two men who are suspects.

The girl told deputies that she had been walking on the trail when she was approached by two men.  The girl said the men called her names as she walked by and as she tried to avoid them they grabbed her and threw her to the ground.   The girl told police the men tried to take her pants off and one of the men stabbed her in the leg as she tried to get away.

The girl was able to get away and ran to a friend’s house in the 23900 block of SE 284th St. where 911 was called.  When police arrived they said the girl was hysterical and suffering from a stab wound to the leg.  Police describe the wound as “non-life threatening.”

Deputies were unable to locate the suspects during a search of the area.  The suspects are described as two white males, late teens to early 20’s.  One of the men was possibly wearing a dark hoodie and camouflage shorts.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 (24 hours) or 911.

Strength training does a young body good, too

“Fears that strength training puts developing bodies at greater risk of bone damage, growth plate injury and stunted growth are “old-school thinking,” says Brenner, director of the Sports Medicine Program at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va.

“It’s the No. 1 myth about strength training, and absolutely false,” Faigenbaum says. More than a decade of research shows strength training is safe for kids if properly supervised and planned, he adds.”

Read the rest here:

Thanks to all the attendees of the Self Defense Seminar!

Here are some of the comments:

“Those bricks must of been made of concrete or something!”  Coach David

“Great Class,  Very informative!”

“Articulate and very knowledgeable teacher”

“Liked the ‘take out the weapon, not the tool’  Thank You!”

“Realistic, No B.S., Could save my life & loved ones!”

“Very informative.  Learned a lot of new technique & practical application.  Great class.”

“Very informative training for preparedness.  The Target / The reality that someone is trying to kill you & form doesn’t matter.  Thanks Coach David”

“I am very glad I attended”

“Excellent presentation.  Pragmatic and clear demonstration.  I like 50/50.”

“Thanks for helping me learn targets”




FREE Self Defense Seminar

Update:  There are only a few spots left.  I will be closing registration soon so make sure to get your name on the list before it’s too late.  Coach David

FREE Street Fighting Seminar Flyer

80,000 + Surveyed want more Self-Confidence

80,000 subscribers reveal what they want most of all – stronger self confidence – on Mental Health Exposed

(From Coach David Alexander;  If you want Real Self Confidence then take a Self Defense Lesson or Seminar with myself or a Strength & Conditioning 4-pack of training sessions.  I cannot think of anything else in this world that could give you more Self Confidence then knowing how to protect yourself or your family from violence or being stronger and in better shape to take on life’s obstacles.)

Thursday, May 17, 2012 by: Mike Bundrant

When you feel safe, you DON’T feel stressed, angry, jealous, anxious or depressed. All of these emotions, in one way or another, result from a perceived lack of emotional safety. When you feel fundamentally safe, you are fundamentally relaxed.

It makes sense, then to take a proactive role in your own safety.  Listen to this episode to learn specifically how to accomplish this.

Learn more:

Free Self Defense Seminar

Update:  Spots are filling up fast.  Make sure to get your name on the list before it’s too late.  Coach David

FREE Street Fighting Seminar Flyer

Free Self Defense Seminar May 22nd

FREE SEMINAR at Xtreme Fitness
-How to Survive a Violent Encounter-
Street Fighting Secrets Revealed!

“Don’t Be A Victim, Learn To Defend Yourself!”
By Coach David Alexander (Self Defense Expert)
Sponsored by:  Coach Z

Print Flyer here:  FREE Street Fighting Seminar Flyer

Street Fighting (def.): 
A spontaneous and violent confrontation between
two or more individuals wherein NO RULES APPLY.

When:  Tuesday Night, May 22nd from 6:00p – 7:30p
Cost:  FREE to all members and guests!
Where:  Xtreme Fitness, 68 Salt Springs Dr. Friday Harbor, WA (off Beaverton Valley Rd.)

Learn the 10 Most Devastating, Hand-Picked, Lethal and Non-Lethal Street Fighting/Self Defense Techniques which are the Fastest and Easiest to Learn and Apply + Lifesaving Bonuses!

Technique #1:  How to stop the fight before it ever happens.  This is the most important technique of them all!
Technique #2:  End the fight in less than 4 seconds with this DEVASTATING MOVE! (Outlawed in the UFC).
Technique #3:  Use this lightning fast technique to hasten a quick escape.
Technique #4:  Collapse your attacker by scrambling his brain using this technique.
Technique #5:  Use this strike to cause massive soft tissue damage to your attacker while avoiding damage to yourself.
Technique #6:  Leave high flying spin kicks to Hollywood; I will show you the two kicks that actually matter in a real fight.
Technique #7:  Devastate your attacker with a blow to these two very specific targets.
Technique #8:  Smash one of these into your attacker and turn his lights out, while you casually walk away.
Technique #9:  How to take your attacker off guard using just two fingers and make him scream for his mother.
Technique #10:  Turn the toughest street thug into a whimpering mouse with this brutal technique (not for the faint of heart).

Each Street Fighting Secrets Revealed Seminar also includes these BONUSES! (If time permits):

Bonus Training #1:  How to avoid being shot by a gun, stabbed by a knife or beaten with a club plus how to shoot a gun, stab with a knife and beat someone with a club.,  Bonus Training #2:  Chokes & Strangles plus How to avoid getting Choked or Strangled.,  Bonus Training #3:  Takedowns that slam the attacker to the ground but keep you standing.,  Bonus Training #4:  Ground Fighting for the street (not sport!).,  Bonus Training #5:  Cool pain causing moves just to mess with your friends.,  Bonus Training #6:  How to fight multiple attackers…and WIN!.,  Bonus Training #7:  Are pressure points real?  Is there really such a thing as a “Death Touch?”

“…that was the SCARIEST and MOST INTENSE seminar that I have ever attended…
…it was also the ABSOLUTE BEST that I have ever attended!”  Teri R.

“The best spent 90 minutes of my life…Actually, it may have just saved my life!  Diane N.

I feel that I am a Human Weapon after attending this class…Thanks Coach David!  Brian S.

“Great lifesaving tools that I hope I never have to use. I feel more confident having learned these skills.” Sean S.

“When you’re in a fight for your life…you better know how to win!”
Coach David Alexander (Self Defense Expert)

This seminar is Rated R for violent themes and adult language.  Must be 16 or older with parents’ permission.  Sit & watch or participate, it’s up to you.  Dress Comfortable.  Limited spots available.  Sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.  If you need more info please email Coach David Alexander,  Or visit
Coach Z

MetCon Madness Today! 5:30pm

(Update:  Congrats to Jenny for getting the most reps!)

The workout for today was as follows:

Do as many reps as possible for each exercise in two minutes with a 1 minute break in between exercises.  Add up the total amount of reps to see who wins.

-Burpee Broad Jump

-Air Squats

-Tire Jumps

-Hang Power Cleans

-Hill Sprints


METCON MADNESS MONDAY at Xtreme Fitness!  Please sign up at the front desk.

(You do NOT need a membership to attend this class!)