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.
It has been over ten years since the Columbine tragedy. It appears from this article: http://bit.ly/ZX4q3 that the police have learned a lot about dealing with this type of “active shooter” situation. Though the new tactics didn’t help at Virginia Tech. or Northern Illinois, it seems that part of the solution to preventing or limiting […]
For years I have taught high school seniors, and incoming college freshmen, not to fight over “stuff.” If you are attacked or threatened with attack, throw the money in one direction and run in the other. Your ego might get bruised, but you will come out in better physical shape than you would if […]
You may be heading to college for the first time, or maybe it will be the start of your 4th, and hopefully last year as an undergrad. Whichever it may be, you are still going to be a major target for property theft. The latest statistics for this crime have not gone down on college […]
ACT in Self-Defense is a training program designed for high school seniors and college freshmen. We hope to use this forum as a way to provide personal safety tips for students during their college years and beyond. We also want to encourage feedback on our program, from high school administrators, college counselors, PTO members, parents […]