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Who is responsible for your safety?

In lieu of the recent Washington Post story: regarding the Virginia Tech. gunmen’s medical records, it would seem as though we cannot depend on short staffed college counseling departments to ferret out those among us with the potential to cause such grievous harm to us and our loved ones.  So who can we depend on to protect our safety on campus, the campus police/security, the local police department?  The answer to the question can be found by looking in the mirror.  Yeah, that’s right YOU!  You need to familiarize yourself with those around you.  How else will you know when something or someone isn’t quite right?  We all need to improve our awareness of our surroundings, both the physical aspects, such as where the emergency exits are located, to who is walking in the room, whether it is a classroom, a lecture hall or, the entrance to your dorm.  We need to take more responsibility for our own safety and not expect others to do it for us.

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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