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C.U.M.A. Protector Knife

Introducing the C.U.M.A. Protector Knife by DayOne Gear

The C.U.M.A. Protector Knife is far from those cheap knives you buy at the store. Designed in conjunction with DayOne Gear, this knife was specifically made with Police and Fire personnel in mind. This bad boy features a glass breaker, seatbelt cutter and a functional edge to assist with weapon retention. Designed by Waysun Johnny Tsai, this knife features a 1095 high carbon steel blade that has been black powder coated and heat treated to 56-58 Rockwell. That’s one thick, solid piece of metal that will never break. Comes with a black Kydex sheath.

  • Overall Length: 10.88”
  • Blade Length: 5.25” (Tip to handle)
  • Cutting Edge: 4.63”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.19”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Black Traction Coating
  • Handle Material: Black G10 or Blue/Black G10
  • Knife Weight: 14.5oz
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex

You can buy the C.U.M.A. Protector Knife from BugOutBlade.com which is owned and operated by DayOne Gear.


The C.U.M.A. Protector is the first Waysun Johnny Tsai design that was designed by request and for mission specific end users. In late 2015, Johnny was approached by a former Marine, current Member of the Coast Guard and field supervisor for an “un-named” Federal Law Enforcement Special Response Team Supervisor. The Agent wanted a design that could be carried by the other officers on his Police Vest team as well as something that he could use while working his weekends with the Coast Guard.

The knife needed to have a couple of things:

1: A glass breaker.
2. A a seatbelt cutter.
3. It needed to be a functional edged tool to assist with weapon retention.

Johnny knew that this design was one that active military and law enforcement personnel would be using and depending on to save lives so he wanted to put extra care into designing it. While visiting his friend Matt Szbuka, Johnny noticed one of his C.U.M.A. Battle cleavers had broken and Matt had drawn a Karambit style hawkbill blade on the broken blade with a sharpie. After brainstorming on how to add the required features, Matt then ground down a very crude prototype out of the broken blade. The two then showed the proto to the agent and with his nod of approval, Johnny then sent the prototype to TOPS KNIVES and had them redraw it and created a much cleaner prototype. After two or three takes, both the Agent and Johnny were confident that this new C.U.M.A. Protector would fit the bill.

Finally available for production, we are PROUD to present to you the C.U.M.A. Protector. A 1095 high carbon steel blade that has been black powder coated and heat treated to 56-58 Rockwell. The blade is available with two scale color options. Black G10 with Red liners or Black and Blue scales with white liners. The knife includes a fitted Kydex sheath complete that has a swivel belt clip

The C.U.M.A. Protector is a Waysun Johnny Tsai design. It is made 100% in the USA by TOPS Knives and is EXCLUSIVELY distributed by DayOne Gear.


Waysun Johnny Tsai is a Chicagoland native. He is a freelance writer and published book author (Practical Kung Fu/ Triumph Books 2008). Johnny has also authored and published 9 DVDS on the topic of Practical Street Defense. Johnny currently designs knives and self-defense products for the following companies: TOPS Knives, Smokey Mountain Knife Works, Slysteel Knives and DayOne Gear. As a lifelong practitioner of the martial arts, Tsai has over 30 years of professional teaching experience in practical street defense. He is the founder of C.U.M.A. Combatives and The C.U.M.A. Survival School and regularly teaches courses on Disaster Preparedness as well as on the topic of Bugging Out and Urban/Wilderness survival.

For more information on Sijo Waysun Johnny Tsai please visit www.cumasurvivalschool.com

Survival Basics – Prepping for An Unexpected Power Outage

You don’t have to be a prepper to realize that power outages can happen anytime, to anybody, and anywhere.  Some outages are planned, some are the result of Mother Nature kicking up a storm, and some are the unexpected result of a natural or man-made crisis.  More recently, the threat of a cyber-attack or terrorist invoked EMP has been added to the mix, and most assuredly, if that were to happen, we will be without power for an extended time.

The bottom line is this: the delicacy of our grid is such that nearly any disruption can cause a sudden and unexpected power outage.

Whatever the reason, there are various measures you should take now to ensure both your comfort and safety when the power blows unexpectedly.  The good news is that prepper or not, most people already have the most basic power outage survival items on hand:

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Blankets

Unless you have been living in a cocoon in Siberia, chances are that these items have already been set aside in your household so that they will be readily available when the lights blink off.  For a 3- or 4-hour outage, you will be just fine with these basic supplies.

But what if the power is lost for a longer period of time? How will you cook your food?  How will you keep warm?  How will you ensure your safety and security in the dark?  These are just a few of the issues you will face if there is an unexpected and extended power outage.  Add infants, the elderly, or the infirm to the mix unless you have planned ahead, you will have a big problem and potential catastrophe on your hands.

Preparing in Advance For a Power Outage

Today I get back to survival basics and offer suggestions and ideas for prepping for an unexpected power outage. My goal is to get those wheels in your brain cranking, and to provide you with a list of suggestions that can be implemented in stages as your needs and budget allow.

1.  Store foods that require very little in terms of warming or cooking.  These foods should be items that your family normally eats.  Suggestions?  Canned meats, peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and veggies granola bars, and cold cereals.  If you are a coffee drinker, include some instant coffee as well.

The list is endless but let me caution you: if you gag at the thought of cold ravioli out of a can now, you will also gag if you have to eat it in an emergency, power outage situation.  Don’t be silly.  Store foods that are meant to be eaten cold or at room temperature, or, if not, try sampling them in advance just to be sure.  This may sound crazy but cold baked beans out of a can are actually quite good! Don’t forget the manual can opener and some disposable plates and utensils.

2.  Acquire one or more alternate cooking sources.  You can cook outdoors using a fire pit, charcoal or propane barbeque, camp stove or even a DIY rocket stove.

We are lucky in that we have a propane cooktop in our kitchen that can easily be lit with a match.  In addition, we have a Volcano Collapsible Cook Stove, an EcoZoom rocket stove, and three Solo Stoves. These devices provide options when it comes to using fuel not the least of which is biomass.  We also have a  cast iron fire pit that is set up for cooking, a couple of butane stoves, a gas grill, and a Sun Oven.


If propane is your fuel of choice, you will find lots of information and useful tips in the series Propane For Preppers, The Five Part Series.


Read more here…

This article was written by Gaye Levy from Backdoor Survival

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

This article was written by Gaye Levy and can be viewed here:


30 Items Every Prepper Should Carry When Traveling

This is the time of year when families travel to visit friends and relatives near and far.  When taking a road trip, it is easy to throw a bug-out-bag and extra food and clothing into the trunk of your car but what if you are traveling by air?  Not only do you have those pesky baggage weight limits to deal with, but you also have the scrutiny and probing eyes (and sometimes hands) of the TSA to avoid.

Can you imagine what might happen if you showed up at the airport with a fully stocked survival kit?  I am being just a wee bit facetious but these days, you can never be too sure what will happen if someone decides to label you as a prepper.

TSA notwithstanding, today I would like to share a reminder that no matter where you go, you should include some basic preps in your carry-on or in your check-through luggage so that no matter what, you will be prepared to deal with bumps along your journey.

Here in list form, and in no particular order, is a list of 30 items every prepper should carry when traveling.

Survival Items You Should Carry When Traveling

1. A wise traveler not only carries a passport, but also a photocopy of the passport and a scanned version on a laptop, CD, or flash drive.

2. Your health insurance or Medicare card.

3. Your driver’s license, proof of car insurance, and the 24 hour claims number for your insurance company.

4. Two credits cards housed in two different places (in case one gets lost or is stolen) along with the customer service numbers for the credit card companies written down and stored someplace other than your wallet.  You might want to consider RFID sleeves for your credit cards.

5. A list of emergency contacts, including telephone numbers and email addresses.

6. A prepaid long distance card for making calls when there is no cell phone service or when the calls will be too expensive due to roaming charges.

7. A few blank checks or traveler’s checks plus some funds in the local currency (if you are traveling out of the country).

8. Prescription medications with at least 3 days over and above the number of days you plan to be gone.

9. An emergency first aid kit including bandages, pain medication, instant hot/cold packs, antibiotic ointment, lavender essential oil, an anti-diarrheal, allergy medication, heartburn medication, and anything else that you commonly use.

10. Insect repellent or essential oil alternative.

11. Sunscreen.

12. Protein or snack bars.

13. Travel tissues and a travel sized roll of TP (you would be surprised at how often this “essential” will come in handy.)

14. Baby wipes or my favorite, No Rinse Bathing Wipes.  You can wash up pretty well with these in the event you can’t take an actual shower.

15. Hand sanitizer plus sanitizer wipes (Those tray tables on planes are horrifyingly filthy – this article says they very frequently are the home for fecal matter.)

16. A mini, LED flashlight and possibly an LED headlamp as well.

17. Pocket knife or Swiss Army-style knife. (This will have to go in your checked luggage)

18. Chemical light sticks.

19. An emergency whistle. This Windstorm Safety Whistle is my favorite,.

20. Paracord in bracelet, keychain, or lanyard form for portability.

21. Water purification tabs for ensuring safe, drinkable water if supplies at your destination are compromised.

22. A portable water filter and pouch, like this Sawyer Mini kit.  The pouch takes up very little space when empty but would give you a clean container for your filtered drinking water in an emergency.

23. A small roll of duct tape and some tie wraps (also called cable wraps).

24. Mylar emergency blankets.

25. A pocket poncho for every member of your group.

26. Protective masks to wear when seated near obviously sick people (coughing and sneezing) while using public transportation.

27. Batteries (or rechargeables plus a battery charger).

28. Your cell phone charger or a USB cable to use as a charging cable.

29. Key passwords to access email accounts and online financial data.

30. Pre-printed labels with your home address, home phone number, and email address. Include one or more of these labels in each checked bag.

Read more here…

This article was written by Gaye Levy from Backdoor Survival

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

An Introduction To Prepping: Where Do I Start?

Prepping is going to be one of the most important and long-term tasks that you will ever take on.  We all want to prepare ourselves and our families so that we will be as safe and secure as possible in the future whether it’s from some sort of natural disaster or other type of emergency situation.  Before you start it’s important to step off on the right foot and take baby steps.  You can’t expect to jump into this at full swing and not get overwhelmed.  Instead, try to look at this as a hobby or adventure and get the other people in your family or group involved in the planning process as this will make things a whole lot easier and also more fun.

survival-group-300x225Identify who’s in your preparedness plan and what their unique requirements are:

The first step is to identify who you are including in your preparedness plan.  Are you preparing for yourself, your spouse, a baby, your children, a relative or a friend?  Every person in your preparedness group is unique and may require different supplies depending on their age, mental or physical well-being.  Draw yourself a chart on a sheet of paper and list everyone’s name in separate columns from left to right.  Write down all the important and unique things about each person as well as items they may require.  List things such as food allergies, the need for crutches, insulin, specific types of medication or any other type of items and gear that they would need in order to survive a disaster and escape if need be.

Identify your location and the reason why you are prepping:

Where do you live and what are you prepping for?  Your location will play an important factor in determining what type of items and gear you will need.   What about land features such as rivers, lakes and mountains.  How about your climate – does it get cold at night or extremely hot during the day?  Do you receive lots of rain or snow?  What type of disasters are more common in your area?  A person living in California may be more inclined to prepare for a tsunami or an earthquake while another person living in Kansas would probably be preparing for a tornado.  The tricky part is that we never really know what type of disaster will strike first and where or when it will happen.  If you live in an area that could be affected by multiple types of disasters you might be better off to plan for all of them.  Remember that this doesn’t mean you’ll need a hundred different items since many survival items can be used in multiple survival situations.

stockpile-foodStocking food and other survival supplies:

This section can go into great depths and should really be an article all on it’s on, however, I will keep things basic for now.  Remember that clean water, fire (heat) and food are the most important things you will need to survive and should be at the top of your list.  One thing that I want to stress to all of you is don’t limit yourself to a 72 hour kit!  While it’s better than nothing, you could also be setting yourself up for failure since you could be forced to endure the after effects of a disaster for weeks, months or longer.

Start creating a stockpile of food and supplies in your home:

If you haven’t already started a stockpile of emergency food and supplies then now is the time to do it. Stocking things like canned food, pasta, diapers, toilet paper, soap, water, etc, are all essential and important items.  Unfortunately, many people are struggling financially these days, however, we still need to find a way to set aside some food for an emergency.  If all you can do is add a few extra cans of food to your grocery list then do it – just make sure to add these to your stockpile and leave them there.  You’d be surprised how fast your stockpile will start to grow, even if you’re only adding a few items at a time.  Be sure to keep track of your food’s expiry date and keep your stock freshly rotated.  Another thing you can do is learn how to can your own meat and vegetables.  Dry caning in glass jars (with oxygen absorber packs) is also a good option for things like pasta, oats, beans, rice, barley, etc.  Many of those dry food items are inexpensive and will last a long time if they are dry canned.

Organize all of your survival gear and have a Bug out Bag ready Bug-Out-Bag-300x243to go:

A BOB (bug out bag) is basically a backpack that contains essential survival gear and food in which you would use to survive in the event that you were forced to leave your home.  A stocked and ready bug out bag is an essential part to your survival plan and is an absolute must.  For more information and details on bug out bags please check out my following articles below:


mountainsmith-edc-packCarry an EDC (Every Day Carrr) bag:

An EDC bag is a mini version of your bug out bag that you would carry with you everywhere you go.  Having an EDC bag is very important because it contains the necessary supplies that will aid you in getting back home to your main bug out bag and supplies in the event that you have been in an accident or perhaps found that your main route has been blocked off.  It should contain a few emergency meals, emergency candle, a means to start a fire (matches, lighter, flint rod, etc) some 550lb paracord rope, a basic first aid kit as well as other essential items.  Some people just don’t want to be bothered having to carry around a small pack.  If you’re one of those people, at least put something together that’s wallet size so you can fit it in your pants pocket – you don’t want to get caught with nothing on hand. Our stylish Paracord Survival Grenade and Emergency Survival Tin are a good option for those of you who insist on going as minimal as possible.

For more information and details on EDC bags please check out my following articles below:


Compass_and_Map-300x199Identify your escape routes and select a bug out location:

You could be forced to leave your home, neighborhood or city depending on the severity of the disaster.  For this reason it is important to always have an escape plan in place.  Make sure you have a home escape plan and that everyone in your home knows how to escape the house in case of an emergency.  Next you will have to decide on the best bug out location.  Would your best option be to escape to a friends house in a neighboring town or city, or would a remote cabin in the woods be a safer option?  The type of disaster or event that’s occurring will play a big part in your decision making, however, it’s up to you to select the best location in the end.  In my opinion it’s best to have at least two or three bug out locations selected.  Keep a map of your local area in your bug out bag as well as a map of your province or state.  Study these maps and take a look at the possible routes to all of your bug out locations.  A tree could be blocking a road, perhaps a bridge is washed out or maybe the military has set up road blocks.  How will you get around these obstacles?

family-preparedness-300x151Practice with your family:

You can have all the supplies in the world stocked up but if you don’t know how to use your gear properly and lack the necessary survival skills then all of your prepping efforts will have been wasted.  Arrange for your family to get together at least once a week to go over all your supplies and gear and rotate out any food items that may have expired.  Have each person in your group test out every piece of equipment so they understand how to use it properly and know where everything is located.  Conduct home escape drills and practice accessing your bug out location (if it’s not too far away) via different routes using your maps.  Pretend certain roads are completely blocked off and re-route your navigation plans as needed.

In a nutshell these are all the things that one should be thinking about when starting prepping. Like I mentioned before, take baby steps, do one thing at a time and organize yourself properly.  A day in the future just might pop up where you’ll find yourself putting into action all of the strategies and things that you have learned.  Remember to plan everything out and always keep the mindset that you can only rely upon yourself in the event that a disaster takes place.  All too many people have made the mistake of thinking the Government or someone else would be there to save or help them during a time of distress.  With that said, to each their own.

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An Herbal Tea For What Ails You!

For as long as we can remember, herbs have been used to treat everything from respiratory infections to inhibiting some forms of cancer growth. Increasingly however, herbal teas formemory and mental clarity are quickly coming to the foreground- and these are the herbs we’ll explore.  You’ve undoubtedly been hearing a lot of buzz about these mood elevating and spirit-lifting medicinal herbs but you may not be so sure what they are exactly or how they can help you maintain a clear state of mind and alertness.


Who couldn’t use an all natural pick-me-up to provide that desperately needed afternoon boost we ALL crave at times?

These herbal teas for memory and mental clarity can be combined with one another for optimal results. Some are good for calming anxiety whilst others lend their essence to supplying blood to your brain which can help boost memory.  A few natural options for overall brain health are more popular than others for use in cognitive remedies and here a few of the more widely used.



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Lovely Lavender Tea

Long lauded as a beverage well known for its calming and soothing properties, lavender is also used to relieve anxiety, stress, relieve muscle tension, and provide a better night’s sleep. Lavender is a very mellow tea and is even safe for children. It is usually consumed before bed or whenever a well deserved nap is in order. Lavender also soothes exhaustion, headaches and even nausea. Combined with chamomile, a rested mind and great rest is only a cup away!

Ginkgo Biloba


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Ginko Biloba Tea

Gingko most readily comes to mind when one thinks of herbal teas for memory and mental clarity. Its use can be traced back thousands of years and it is most widely known for its ability to promote brain circulation for increased brain function.

Ginkgo also increases the oxygen content of your blood, which has been shown to be vital for memory-enhancement. Due to its antioxidant properties, Ginkgo also reduces the damage caused by free radicals that build up in our bodies over time and speeds up the aging process. Studies have shown Ginkgo to significantly boost your mind, stabilize emotions and improve loss of memory.

Gotu kola


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Gotu Kola Tea

Gotu kola may not be a household name here in the West, but this herb has long been used by practitioners of traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. Gotu kola’s reputation as a nerve tonic and herb for treating anxiety or depression is a well deserved one. One of the many names for this medicinal herb is “Brahmi” which means wisdom or consciousness in Sanskrit. It is known as a stress relieving herb, and like Ginkgo, improves memory and increases circulation to the brain. These two herbs can often be found used in conjunction with one another in many herbal teas for memory and mental clarity.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is what many people call ‘nature’s happy brew’ due to its reputation for gently and safely lifting spirits or elevating moods. Studies show that St. John’s Wort stabilizes mood and emotions while calming and soothing frazzled nerves. These calming effects help to alleviate irritability and is also used to treat symptoms associated with PMS or menopause. Used widely to treat depression, this natural alternative to synthetic medicine can boost your spirits without the unpleasant side effects.


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Herbal Tea – Good for What Ails you!

These are but a few of the herbal teas for memory and mental clarity that one can try. Also, these can be combined with one another until you find the perfect brew for what you need. Ginkgo will help increase blood flow to your brain and help enhance your memory. St. John’s Wort can help when you have the ‘blahs’ and need a little pick-me-up. Lavender will soothe and calm your nerves and help you sleep restfully. Lastly, Gotu kola will help alleviate any anxiety or stress you may be feeling.

**As with anything, if you’re currently taking medication, it is advisable to contact your primary health care provider prior to embarking on a natural path to mental clarity.

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