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One punch can end a life

Sucker Punch by Fahim Fadz

Jimmy Mounts promised $5 to anyone willing to take a punch from Tiffany Startz. John Powell, who had performed at the party in Crest Hill last fall, accepted the offer and let Startz hit him in the face.

A cellphone video recording shows Powell stagger back several steps after being hit as some of the roughly 20 spectators smile. Authorities said Powell died minutes later from an artery that burst in his neck.

Startz was found not guilty of reckless conduct and battery, in the death of John Powell. She left the Will County courthouse a free woman, but not free of the pain and suffering left in the wake of a stupid party game.

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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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