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Week 5 Self Defense

Hi to all of you.  I hope you have enjoyed the course and are looking forward to part 2.  I will have more information on that in a few days.

To review this week we only need to think about the kempo blocks/strikes that we introduced last week.  We reviewed the strikes and spent time working them on the pads and then simulated an attack from the front, side, and from the rear.  We used the pads to attack and the kempo blocks/strikes to defend.  It isn’t a perfect way to model this type of attack situation, but from the feedback I received it seems to have at least helped everyone to think about how they might react should they be attacked in a similar manner.

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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