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How did 3 Aurora Girls avoid being kidnapped?

At around 4 p.m., three 11-year-old girls told police they were approached by a man driving a black SUV in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 400-block of North Farnsworth Avenue. They said the man opened the vehicle’s door and told them to “come here.” When they refused and began to walk away, the man apparently displayed a gun

Before we go further and tell you what the 3 little girls did to avoid being kidnapped you need to think about what you might do if you found yourself in a similar situation?

You are standing at a bus stop, walking alone, or possibly walking through grocery store parking lot like the 3 girls in Aurora, out of nowhere a vehicle pulls up and a man with a gun orders you into the vehicle.

What do you do now?

Do you get in the vehicle? Do you try to get close enough to the person with the gun and attempt to disarm them?

This type of question is asked in the Self-Defense workshops we have lead at the Degerberg Academy and at Personal-Safety seminars at high schools and colleges in the city and suburbs. It is interesting what type of answers we have heard in response to this type of question. Some students say they would get into the vehicle, some say they would try to disarm them. Very few choose the solution the 3 eleven-year-old Aurora girls chose.

What did they do?

The answer is pretty simple. They ran! They ran into a nearby business and the vehicle drove away. Yet many students think that they will get shot and probably be killed if they turn and run. It surprises them to find out that the chance of being killed if they turn and run has been reported being less than 5%. Which means if you have a 95% chance of getting way. If you get in the vehicle or go with them to another location, out of the public eye, your chances of survival diminish rapidly.

Take a lesson from these 11-year-olds and do whatever you have to do but do not get in the car or go to a second location. Run!

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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