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Week 3 Self-Defense Course

Thanks again for putting in such a great effort in this week’s self-defense class. Please take a moment to review some of the key things we covered this past week.

1) We discussed what to do when confronted by an attacker armed with a knife.  Try to stay calm and throw whatever valuables they are asking for to the side and behind them and then run, don’t walk, in the opposite direction.  It helps to start calling out the word “fire.”  People tend to respond to this word by looking out of their windows. They want to make sure that their building isn’t on fire.  You might also yell, “call police” “call 911.” the attacker has what they want and chances are great that they are not going to stick around.  We do not want to try and disarm an attacker who is armed with an edged weapon.  This is a good way to get seriously injured or killed.  Law enforcement officers are told to shoot anyone coming at them from 30 to 25 feet away.  It only takes a few seconds to cover this distance.

2) If they want you and not your stuff and running to safety is not an option then you must fight.  Use the backs of your hands/arms to defend against the knife, while simultaneously striking as hard as you can.

3) You need to strike your assailant while blocking.  You can finger jab to the eyes or throat.  Palm strike to the nose, or chin while snap kicking to the groin or stomping the knee with a low sidekick.

4) You may be able to defend yourself with unconventional weapons.  These can include: a magazine, comb, umbrella, eyeglasses, keys, and my favorites, an ordinary everyday pen or pencil.

5) If some one points a gun at you and wants your stuff, then throw it and run, just as you would if they had pulled an edged weapon.  If they want you or a loved one to move to a second location, turn and run immediately, preferably in a zigzag pattern.  Do NOT under any circumstances go with the assailant to a second location.

I hope you have been doing your homework and using your eyes and ears to see and hear what is going on around you.  You need to expand your radar and see the potentially dangerous situations and avoid them.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next class.

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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