Self Defense Tips

The pen can be mightier…

Comic-con was even more lively than usual when one of the attendees took exception to another guy sitting too close to him and took a pen and tried to shove it in the other guys eye. Now don’t get me wrong, as a self-defense technique, I am all for using everyday objects to defend oneself when a gun, knife, pepper spray, etc. isn’t handy, but you should only be doing that when you or a loved one are about to be attacked and there is no other alternative. Though the pen may not, as a weapon, be mightier than the sword, it is easy to conceal and you can be killed with it if they hit you hard in the right place. Did any of you see the movie “Grosse Point Blank?”

This CNN story: mentions that it was extremely crowded at the event and that people were squeezed together pretty tightly. Something to keep in mind the next time you attend any event where there are a lot of people in a small space. Tempers can get pretty short and you had better be on your guard against those nearby who might be losing their cool and looking for a way to strike out against anyone who happens to be around them. So if you are stuck in a tight spot remember to keep your hands up where they will do some good

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.

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