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Armed robbers picked wrong woman to attack

Pamela Ball successfully handled an armed robbery and attepted kidnapping earlier this week. What would you have done? Credits: photo by Tomsk70 via Creative Commons

Pamela Ball told the Chicago Tribune she had returned to her home after shopping and had opened the trunk of her car when she spotted two men inside her garage, one of them armed with a gun.

The two men were trying to make their escape after having robbed a local jewelry store in broad daylight. They were running down an alley when they saw Pamela Ball returning home just before 3 p.m. Monday.

What follows is a great example of what to do when faced with this type of life threatening situation. Click here to see how she handled it.

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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