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Martial Arts Training

Safety Awareness & Self Defense Training

Fighting for You
Never Surrender
Classes & Self-Defense Training

Are you ready to fight back? Learn how to defend yourself and others with a confident, instinctual response when the dragon strikes. With the right equipment and training, you can become a lifesaving first responder.

We offer local self-defense classes, pepper spray training, and personal safety parties in Orange County, California. Plus, we can tailor the experience to match your needs, experience, and safety concerns.

Whether you’re a seasoned martial arts fighter or a self-defense amateur, Staying Alive Survival can help you hone your strength.

Girl’s Night Parties

Learn new skills in a fun, safe space. Staying Alive Survival is a woman-owned business, and we love to empower women with proven self-defense tactics. Situational awareness is essential, whether you’re walking alone at night or out partying with friends.

This hands-on class will teach you how to identify threats, distract attackers, and use non-lethal weapons to keep yourself and others safe.

Personal Safety Workshops

Let’s work together to reverse the rising tide of violent crime. We encourage churches, colleges, local groups, and employers to invest in this training and help build safer communities. Plus, it’s a great way to build trust and camaraderie among participants.

Our self-defense workshops give you the tools to respond quickly and confidently in case of emergency.

Pepper Spray Certification

Staying Alive Survival is proud to partner with SABRE – the #1 pepper spray brand trusted by police and consumers worldwide. SABRE’s Civilian Safety Awareness Class includes a detailed manual, three practice sprays, a full-size pepper spray, and a quick-release key ring.

At the end of this course, you’ll be fully certified to use pepper spray as a self-defense tool.

  • Size
  • 6 people minimum, 12 maximum
  • Time
  • 3 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Cost
  • $65 per person, all materials included
  • Special
  • Fee is waived for booking hosts

Active Shooter & Stop The Bleed Workshop:

Live scenario exercises and hands-on practice instill confidence and the tools for how to respond. What you will learn:

  • Warning signs
  • Situational Awareness
  • Defend and Attack
  • Escape & Evade
  • Equipping Your Space
  • Emergency Bleeding Control

“Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign aimed at teaching individuals how to effectively respond to bleeding emergencies, particularly in situations involving severe bleeding. Below is an outline of the key components covered in our “Stop the Bleed” training program:

  • Introduction to “Stop the Bleed”
  • Recognizing Life-Threatening bleeding
  • Personal Safety
  • Calling for Help
  • Applying Direct Pressure
  • Wound Packing
  • Tourniquet Application
  • Monitoring and Comforting
  • Practical Hands-On Training
  • Review & Questions
  • Conclusion & Resources

After a severe injury, a person can bleed to death in as little as 3 minutes. “Stop the Bleed” training empowers individuals to take immediate and effective action in bleeding emergencies, potentially saving lives while waiting for professional medical assistance.

Custom Tailored Emergency Action Plans for your Organization:

Emergency Action Plans (EAP) are indispensable tools for safeguarding lives, protecting property, and maintaining continuity of operations during emergencies. They provide a structured framework for preparedness, response, and recovery, enabling organizations and individuals to navigate crises with confidence and resilience.

Customized Emergency Action Plans can be revised and updated as circumstances change, ensuring that response strategies remain relevant and effective. This adaptability allows organizations/schools to address emerging threats and incorporate lessons learned from past incidents.

Bullyproof Workshop:

Are you concerned about your child’s safety and well-being at school or out with their friends in social settings? As a parent myself nothing is more important than ensuring our children feel confident, empowered, and equipped to handle challenging situations like bullying.

Staying Alive Survival is excited to offer our Bullyproof Workshop, where we’ll provide practical strategies and tools to help your child navigate and overcome bullying with confidence.

Staying Alive Survival – Cancellation Policy (Events and Classes)

Staying Alive Survival requests, a [3- day] cancellation before your scheduled class. This will allow us to reschedule another date for your class. Call/Text us @ 949 235-4873.
Please note, we do not offer refunds. However, if you give us at least [3 days] notice of your need to cancel, we will credit your refund/ payment toward another class. However, if you do not cancel with at least [3-day] notice, you will lose any refunds/payments you have already made.

Meet Your Instructor

Marisa Schaffer is a self-defense coach with 28 years of martial arts experience. Her passion for safety and unwavering commitment to saving lives are evident in her roles as a certified active shooter, self-defense coach & pepper spray instructor. She is fully qualified & certified to teach SABRE’s life-saving civilian safety course and can answer all your questions about personal safety.

She believes that preparedness is essential in today’s world, and she’s dedicated to equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively in emergencies. Her classes on self-defense, active shooter, stop the bleed and pepper spray training, and custom emergency action plans are a testament to her dedication to the safety and security of others.

In all aspects of her life, Marisa’s focus remains on building confidence, strength, & fostering resilience, and nurturing a deep commitment to the well-being of those around her. Her journey, marked by martial arts, professional dedication, and a passion for teaching life-saving skills, is a testament to her character and her impact on the world.

Bruce Lee, one of the most famous martial artists of all time said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks one time, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Mastering self-defense tactics is not about knowing everything, it is about being good at mastering a few simple techniques so that in the event you need them, you can execute flawlessly. Practice every day – this can save your life. Stay Safe!

As the founder of Staying Alive Survival, Marisa is committed to helping everyone become a stronger, safer warrior. Never Surrender!