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Self-Defense Course Begins in Wilmette Saturday, April 14th!

Act in Self Defense will start the first workshop of a 4 part Self-Defense Course at Fonseca Martial Arts in Wilmette beginning Saturday, April 14 at 1:00pm and will continue through Saturday, May 5th.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Personal Safety Tips

Awareness Pay attention to your environment.  Don’t daydream. Be aware of your surroundings.  Avoid ipods or similar devices that can prevent you from hearing someone approaching. Familiarity may breed carelessness.  Just because it is familiar doesn’t mean it is safe. Walk in the middle of the sidewalk look for people hiding in doorways or parked […]

Week 5 Self Defense

Hi to all of you.  I hope you have enjoyed the course and are looking forward to part 2.  I will have more information on that in a few days. To review this week we only need to think about the kempo blocks/strikes that we introduced last week.  We reviewed the strikes and spent time […]

Week 4 Self Defense

Hello again.  I hope everyone is doing well and that you aren’t too sore from the last class.  Key points are listed below. 1) Kempo blocks/strikes up, in, out, down, back elbow.  Other strikes included a high back elbow, Kempo back-fist, and hammer fist. 2) We used the above strikes in combination as well as […]

Week 3 Self-Defense Course

Thanks again for putting in such a great effort in this week’s self-defense class. Please take a moment to review some of the key things we covered this past week. 1) We discussed what to do when confronted by an attacker armed with a knife.  Try to stay calm and throw whatever valuables they are asking […]