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Week 4 Self Defense

Hello again.  I hope everyone is doing well and that you aren’t too sore from the last class.  Key points are listed below.

1) Kempo blocks/strikes up, in, out, down, back elbow.  Other strikes included a high back elbow, Kempo back-fist, and hammer fist.

2) We used the above strikes in combination as well as a double up block/strike using both arms followed by a double open hand slap when someone attempted to grab us with both hands from the front.  We would also be able to use a double down block/strike to break the assailants hold on us from the front.

3) We worked on several techniques for escaping from someone who has grabbed us from behind, which are described below.  Keep in mind that there are as many variations as there are people who take the time to describe them.  The two we worked on are yours to change in a way that works best for you as long as you train to do something.  It is the training/practice that is important, along with continuing to visualize doing them to someone.

4) Grab from behind trapping both arms:  Drop your weight down and stomp on their foot while you are doing it.  Then head butt them in the face with the back of your head followed by a back elbow using one arm and then the other, step through with your leg and strike to the groin then to the face and back to the groin, and finally push away and run.

5) Grab from behind under the arms:  Drop your weight and stomp and head butt just as you did before.  Since your arms are not pinned to your sides you can throw a high back elbow at their heads, first one side then the other.  Strike down hard on the back of their hand with either your knuckles, or if you have a key or other sharp object in your hand use that.  Step through and strike low, high and low as you did before.  Push away and run.

“The Unthinkable” By Amanda Ripley is another book I am recommending for it’s view of personal safety.

Remember that Self-Defense is not just a bunch of punches, kicks and other fighting techniques, but a state of mind.

Keep your eyes and ears open and expand that radar!

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.
http://www.actinselfdefense.com

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