Self Defense Tips

Walking alone? Take the headphones off!

You may have read about the arrest of a recently released rapist.  If not, link is here, http://bit.ly/2xlvC5 this article says she didn’t hear her attacker coming up from behind her because she was listening to music with either headphones or ear buds.  In other articles it mentions that he came up behind her while she was fumbling with her keys while entering the building.  While we may not be able to thwart every attempt at an attack by being aware of what is going on around us, we can make it a lot harder for criminals like this guy to make you their victim.  If you are walking alone please don’t wear headphones or ear buds no matter how safe the area is suppose to be.  Have your key in your hand and ready to use, whether to unlock your door or to use as a weapon to defend yourself. This girl was stalked for blocks.  The attacker had a plan in mind, the majority of them do.  In many cases you can foul up those plans just by paying attention to your environment and seeing them before they act.  In many cases just knowing that you saw them can be enough to deter an attack

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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