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Can you be killed by a punch to the head?

A punch to the head can kill you. Do you find that hard to believe? Then you probably haven’t been paying attention. The Sun-Times reported early yesterday that a grand jury is now investigating the death of David Koschman, who died after he was punched in the face by Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Rush Street at Night by D.Hilgart

Koschman, 21, of Mount Prospect, and four high-school friends had been out drinking in the Rush Street nightlife district on April 25, 2004, when they bumped into Vanecko, who was with three other friends, according to police reports. An argument ensued, and Koschman was punched in the face, falling backward, cracking his head on the street. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died 11 days later from brain injuries.

Delfino Mora was killed by a single punch to the head last week when three teenagers happened upon him while he was scavenging in an alley. According to prosecutors Mora was the victim of a game called “Pick ‘Em Out and Knock ‘Em Out.” What can you do to avoid having this happen to you? Read more here.

Ed Kress
For over 40 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. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on 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 and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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