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Are students prepared for the dark side of high school and college?

Moving on to high school, college, or a new job has its risks.  UIC Campus by Paco Seoane via Creative Commons
Moving on to high school, college, or a new job has its risks. UIC Campus by Paco Seoane via Creative Commons

It’s that time again. The kids are heading back to school and some moms and dads are having mixed emotions as their sons and daughters head off to what awaits them in high school or college.

Along with the pride that fills a parents heart there is also fear. It was hard enough keeping them safe and secure through elementary school, but high school is another story all together, and watching them leave home for college is a cause for even more concern.

Educating kids in ways to identify and avoid potentially dangerous people, places and situations should be part of every child’s education.

This weekend, I will be leading workshops in personal safety and self-defense at North Park University, for their incoming freshmen. The workshops will focus on helping students increase their personal and situation awareness, and when absolutely necessary, physically defend themselves.

One way to improve your awareness is to educate yourself about ways to avoid becoming a victim in your new environment, whether it is high school, college, or the work place. As part of the personal safety and self-defense workshops scheduled this weekend I will post popular self-defense articles from the past as well as a few new ones everyday.

This is the first one: Beware of predators using boundary-lowering tactics!

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.
http://www.actinselfdefense.com

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