Self Defense Tips

Keep moving!

Read about the latest attack in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood here: Could this attack have been avoided?  All we know right now is that the victim got into an argument with his attacker and was stabbed in the neck and died.  We weren’t there and so we can only guess at possible alternatives, which might have saved his life. First, stay out of alleys.  These are not great places to be in any case, even if you are in the alley behind your home or apartment.  Do not stop and have arguments with strangers, especially in alleys, no matter how many people you have with you.  If you are attacked your friends may not be able to help you in time, which is what happened in this situation.  If someone says something to you just keep moving and get as far away from that person as possible while keeping an eye on them over your shoulder.  Keep your ego in check and keep yourself safe. Above all, keep moving!

Ed Kress
For over 40 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. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on 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 and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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