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Fighting over words can cost you more than you think

Sticks & Stones by downing.amanda

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. How many times have you heard that?

Well, the words can hurt and the result of those hurt feelings can lead to more pain, only it might be of a more physical nature.

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a few choice words that pushed a button and made you want to beat the offending party senseless?

Normally we might think better of it, but sometimes we just can’t seem to stop ourselves from fighting over words. Take for example the fight that took place in Boystown earlier this month, in which Rubin Robinson was stabbed.

Walking north on Halsted Street near School Street, they encountered a group of about 10 other people who made some “smart alecky remarks” as they walked past, he said.

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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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