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New 6-Week Personal Safety / Self-Defense Course

We will be offering another 6 Week Personal Safety / Self-Defense Course beginning Tuesday evening October 19th, 2010 at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts. Named best overall school by Black Belt Magazine.

In addition to learning a number of self defense techniques to use when forced to physically defend yourself, you will learn how to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations by training to improve your:

Situational Awareness


What do I do if I think I am being followed?

Should I accept a drink from someone I don’t know?

What action do I take if I feel threatened by the approach of a stranger on the street?

What if someone threatens me with a gun?

Personal Awareness

What actions would I be willing to take to protect my life or that of a friend or loved one?

What would trigger me to start a fight where serious injury could result?

6-Week Personal Safety / Self-Defense Course

If you would like to learn more or to register please contact the Degerberg Academy at 773-728-5300.

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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