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Self Defense Workshop

You will learn how to identify and avoid potentially dangerous people, places and situations at work, school, home and on the streets.

Recognizing Pre-Attack Indicators

In order to avoid potentially dangerous people you need to know what to look for. What types of behaviors should you be looking for when walking down the street? This edited list of Pre-Attack Indicators comes courtesy of: Protective Concepts. Suspicious Signs — Recognizing Pre-Attack Indicators Signaling between people – in particular people who otherwise appear […]

Mixed Martial Arts class starting this Tuesday in Evanston!

Starting this Tuesday I will be teaching Mixed Martial Arts every Tuesday and Thursday 7:30pm – 8:30pm at Fonseca Martial Arts in Evanston under the title of Combatives

Takedown Defense For the Street

Daniel Brenka’s Tactical Thursday Training has invited me to “Takedowns For The Street” at his Tactical Thursday Training at Degerberg Academy this Thursday evening at 8:30. There will be a $10 fee for the hour of training. We will be limiting the number of attendees so that we will have plenty of space to work […]

Are students prepared for the dark side of high school and college?

It’s that time again. The kids are heading back to school and some moms and dads are having mixed emotions as their sons and daughters head off to what awaits them in high school or college. Along with the pride that fills a parents heart there is also fear. It was hard enough keeping them […]

Takedown Seminar at The Degerberg Academy this Saturday

Since more time appears to be spent training to grapple on the ground than on your feet it seemed like a good time to have a workshop focused exclusively on taking someone off their feet using a variety of Folkstyle, Freestyle and Catch-Wrestling techniques. Learning how to take someone down is the gateway to learning how to defend against it!

There’s a dark side to High School and College. Are your kids ready?

Heading off to high school or college for the first time is pretty exciting. Learning new things, meeting new people, making new friends, and having new experiences are all part of high school and college life. It can also cause parents to worry about their student’s safety. What worries parents most when asked about concerns […]

The Blind leading the Blind: What is wrong with that?

The phrase “the blind leading the blind,” has been used in a derogatory manner since biblical times. It tends to refer to incompetent people who are leading others who similarly handicapped. However if you had read the recent article in the Chicago Tribune “Blind couple steps out as parents” you would never use the phrase […]

Takedown Workshop at Degerberg Academy

Why teach a Takedown Workshop? Being able to take someone off their feet should be part of your self-defense training. Some may object since they can’t imagine themselves taking a bigger opponent off their feet out in the street. That is understandable, but by learning how to take someone down you also can begin to […]

Beware of predators using boundary-lowering tactics

When you think of being confronted by an assailant you probably imagine them using a gun, knife or the threat of violence to get you to do things you wouldn’t normally do, but some predators can get us to put ourselves into unsafe situations with just a few techniques and you need to be aware […]