MEET THE HUMAN BEHIND KOA ATHLETICS
Firearms instructor + entrepreneur + situational awareness expert + military wife + mom + bus dweller + introvert. I love Harry Potter, time in nature, and a good book.
I prefer to call myself a Mama Bear
I'm a mom who simply wants to make sure she can protect her kids. When my husband deployed for the first time, I did not realize how much I relied on him for the safety of myself and our family. That did not sit well with me. So I took a deep dive into learning how to be my own first responder and found it my calling to share and help others do the same.
AKA SAFETY EXPERT
KOA ATHLETICS CHANGED FROM A FITNESS BRAND TO A SAFETY BRAND
I launched Koa Athletics in 2019 as a fitness brand
I WANTED TO CREATE COMFORTABLE ATHLETIC CLOTHING THAT HAD A DEEP MEANING TO THOSE WHO WORE KOA ATHLETICS APPAREL (a tribe like Lululemon)
After sitting through my concealed carry class to get my permit, I looked for spandex specifically designed for concealed carry since spandex is all I wear. None of the options I found met my comfort and safety standards. So I went back to the drawing board with my manufacturer and re-designed the spandex to accommodate a firearm safely and comfortably.
Once I received my permit and started carrying, I realized I really didn't know much. The 6 hour concealed carry class was like getting a four year degree but not learning how to apply it in real life. I needed to know more to carry confidently, but had no resource to turn to. I decided to build that resource for you.
But, why stop there?
A PLACE FOR ALL THINGS SAFETY
Continuing Education + Authenticity
YOU WON'T FIND A GUN BUNNY HERE
+ you don't need to be one to be successful
Continuing education and authenticity is the foundation to Koa Athletics. I've seen too many unsafe methods being taught and unsafe products being sold. People sell to sell and do it to make money without thinking about the human behind their product. Not here.
I believe there is no one way to protect yourself, but there are definitely wrong ways, which can be life threatening. Continuing education is an absolute must in the field of being your own first responder.
Life Outside of Koa
WHEN I'M NOT WORKING ON KOA ATHLETICS
You can find me outside or creating
I may have gone to school for engineering, but I am an artist at heart. I love working with my hands and creating something awesome, whether it's painting a mural, writing a book, designing our dream home, or playing music. My husband and I converted a school bus which we live in full time with two kids and a dog. You can check out pictures through the link below! I absolutely love minimalism and organization. Otherwise I am busy raising kids, lifting weights, hiking, or working towards self reliance through gardening, investing, and reading.
We're besties if
I'll bring the apps
HOT APPLE CIDER
Bonus from a local farm
For the view
You bring the S'mores
A good book
Planning and organizing
SPEAKING OF GAMES - Let's Play One
THIS OR THAT
Pen & Paper
Unless the hubs is flying
Usually, more pie anyone?
So, are we take a road trip through the mountains in the fall, hike to a remote cabin, drink some hot cider and watch all eight Harry Potter movies on a projector keeping warm by the fire and blankets?
NO? WE CAN STILL BE FRIENDS.
I WEAR MANY HATS
So bless to have a wonderful family. They keep my hands full, but I could not do it with my other half. He keeps cheers me on, even to me craziest ideas.
I'm me and there's only one. I'm an introvert and only get goofy around my closest friends. So we're besties if you've seen my goofy shenanigans.
I HAVE NEVER FIT IN ONE BOX. ALL THROUGHOUT SCHOOL AND EVEN WHILE WORKING AS AN ENGINEER, I ALWAYS FOUND MYSELF BEING THE JACK OF ALL TRADES KIND OF PERSON. SO INSTEAD OF TRYING TO CRAM MYSELF INTO ONE TITLE, I JUST THINK OF THEM AS THE MANY HATS I WEAR.
I never thought I could start a business, let alone a clothing brand. I thought manufacturers were for the big guys. But here we are! Creating one awesome peice at a time.
Mom + Wife
When you stop learning, you stop growing. "The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you." - B.B. King
It took me a long time to realize I was meant to teach. However, not in all aspects. I once taught 8th grade science and I ran out of there like a bat out of dodge!
I am so thankful for every American who puts on a uniform to defend and protect this great country. And I am equally grateful for all those who stay behind and hold down the fort.