Week 2 Self Defense Course

Hello again to all participants.   I am looking forward to seeing all of you again this week.  I have listed the key points we covered in last week’s class.

1) We added 2 kicks to our series of strikes from the fighting stance; they were the low thrust kick targeting the bladder, groin, or pelvic bone and the low sidekick targeting the knee.

2) We practiced our footwork from the fighting stance by stepping back by moving our rear foot first.  We incorporated it into a drill for dealing with an aggressive panhandler who has stepped in front of us.  We stepped back while bringing our hands up into our fighting stance position, while saying that we didn’t have any money for them.  As they continued to challenge us we kept stepping back while continuing to tell them, in a loud voice, to leave us alone and to go away.  We finally practiced stepping back while picking up our front foot to deliver a low sidekick to the knee.

3) We practiced another version of the aggressive panhandler drill, where they stepped in front of us, but this time we simply stepped to the side while bringing up our arm in an up kempo block/strike to keep them away from us as we passed them. We kept moving away from them while glancing over our shoulder to see if they were following us.

4) We repeated the drill where we looked a potential assailant in the eye, but this time they used the opportunity of having locked eyes with us to attempt get closer to us and engage us in conversation.  We again used the kempo up block/strike to ward them off and kept walking while monitoring their response, by looking over our shoulder.

Please take a moment to click on this link: http://bit.ly/41mABE and watch the Karate Grandma’s practicing their self-defense strikes.  If they can do it so can you! Make sure you are practicing the techniques you learn in class and continue to visualize the strikes actually hitting an assailant, rather than just throwing them in the air or against a pad.

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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