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63-year old fights back against muggers – Part 2

Waitin' on the bus? Stay aware of your surroundings. by get directly down

Seniors citizens are prime targets for a strong-arm robber. Muggers assume seniors are frail and defenseless and will be easy marks for a strong-arm robbery, but not this time. They didn’t count on Sidney Tyson’s willingness to go down fighting.

Mr. Tyson was sitting on a bench waiting for a bus. As he began to make a call on his cell phone 5 or 6 young men attacked him from behind. They punched and kicked him as they grabbed his cell phone from his hand, but he fought back throwing elbows and swinging his cane.

“When people come up behind you when you’re disabled and you’re weak, you’re already tired and you don’t want to be out in the street in the first place, (an attack) is really a shock to your system,” he said. “The will to survive really helps in this situation.”

Things turned out better than expected for Mr. Tyson. 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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