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Colorado shooting: What can you do to escape an active shooter?

James Holmes made his first appearance in court Monday. Holmes was not arraigned, but was held without bond on probable cause for first-degree murder. He will likely be charged next week with the murder of 12 people and the wounding of 58 others during last Friday’s midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises”

AURORA, CO – JULY 22: A rest-in-peace sign stands at a makeshift memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 23, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. The memorial was created for the victims that were killed during a mass shooting at the movie theater last Friday. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others during a shooting rampage at a screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

While justice moves forward we need to take a look back and imagine how we might react if we found ourselves in that theater on that night.

What actions would you have taken to survive the horror of that night?

How would you respond if it had been you sitting in that darkened movie theater when a man wearing a ballistic helmet, gas mask and body armor entered it through an emergency exit door, armed with three guns?

Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

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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