About Coach Kress

Ed is a public speaker, author, self-defense, personal safety, and crime prevention Instructor. Known for giving interactive street smart personal safety and self-defense seminars and workshops to high schools, universities, community organizations and corporations, and families. He teaches participants how to identify and avoid potentially dangerous people, places and situations, by increasing their personal and situational awareness and how to defend themselves from attack.

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.

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. Ed also teaches Self-Defense classes at Fonseca Martial Arts

Working with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching Personal Safety/Self-Defense for school, work, home and on the streets. He has trained thousands of adult men and women, high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and to physically defend themselves using a wide variety of Martial Arts techniques..

High School seniors being trained in personal safety before heading off to college.
High School seniors being trained in personal safety and self-defense before heading off to college.

Ed began his martial arts career in 8th grade when he started training in the original martial art of wrestling, 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 15 – 0. He continued to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy.  A position he held for 15 years.

If you are interested in scheduling a Personal Safety Workshop or Lecture for your school or group, please contact Ed at: 847-910-2169 or ekress@ameritech.net

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