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There’s a dark side to High School and College. Are your kids ready?

Instructors at Degerberg Academy demonstrate self-defense techniques by Todd Rosenberg

Heading off to high school or college for the first time is pretty exciting. Learning new things, meeting new people, making new friends, and having new experiences are all part of high school and college life. It can also cause parents to worry about their student’s safety.

What worries parents most when asked about concerns for their child’s safety at school?

A 2006 Gallup poll seems to indicate that they worry more about what happens to their children while they are at school. This may have been due to the huge impact the Columbine Massacre had on parents everywhere, and the attack at the Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania in 2006. For the parents of college age students the thought of what happened at Virginia Tech. and Northern Illinois University may be more of a concern.

Based on comments from several parents, whose high school bound kids, attended a personal safety class at the Degerberg Academy in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood; personal safety while traveling to and from school was their biggest concern.

What can you do to help your child get ready for what awaits them at school? Click here to read more.

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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