TFS A.C.T.I.O.N System self-defense group classes are now being offered on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. at Hi Fi Fitness, located at 820 N. Orleans. Classes are one hour in duration and are $20 per session. 10 class punch cards are available for $200. 90 minute discounted parking is also available next door to and across the street from the facility; a code will be provided to receive the discounted rate.
Take your safety and your life seriously and register for classes today!
Even though the end of summer is fast approaching, don’t let that be an excuse to be passive and to put your health and physical fitness on the back burner. Bikini season should not be your only motivation for getting into shape. Becoming physically fit will not only improve your quality of life, but it will also relieve daily stress, help you get a more restful night’s sleep, as well as provide you with a variety of other physical and mental health benefits.
Since life has been busier than usual lately, I haven’t had the time to work out as often as I would like to either and I have begun to notice some negative changes in myself. Not only have I been feeling more stressed lately, but my energy level has been way down and I find myself feeling exhausted on a daily basis, regardless of how much sleep I get each night. I was ready for a change. A few weeks ago, I decided that it is definitely time to make my health a priority again, and I joined the Beachbody Challenge. I started doing the P90x 2, as well as drinking a meal replacement called Shakeology, and after only a couple of weeks on my new regimen, I am already starting to feel more energized and seeing positive changes in my body. I started to remember what I enjoyed about working out and I wanted to make sure that this time, I continued to make fitness part of my daily routine even after I completed the program. Since I believe in the Beachbody products and know from past experience that they really work, I have decided to become an Independent Beachbody Coach as a way to hold myself accountable and to keep myself motivated to stay in shape. I also waned an opportunity to help others make time for themselves and to make getting and staying in shape a priority. I am proof that even with a busy schedule and an ever-growing list of responsibilities, it is possible to make time for working out and changing your life for the better.
Join me in taking the Beachbody Challenge today. You will not only improve your health and well-being and add years to your life, but you will also have an opportunity to win a variety of cash prizes. Stop making excuses and start the Challenge today!
If you feel safe riding the train, think again. Not only have robberies and other violent crime been on the rise recently, but earlier this week, at around 11:15 P.M., a passenger on a northbound Red Line train was being robbed and pistol whipped by an unknown male offender that was attempting to steal the passenger’s i Phone. The train was stopping at the Clark and Division station when a group of 4 guardian angels observed the robbery taking place and attempted to intervene. The offender saw the men approaching him and immediately exited the train and began running in an attempt to flee. At that point, a second male offender appeared, produced a knife and began attacking the four men. All four guardian angels sustained stab wounds to various parts of their bodies and the robbery victim sustained multiple injuries from being beaten with the handgun. Both offenders were able to flee the scene and police are still investigating the crime.
Now is the time to start taking your safety seriously! Even if you are not alone or another citizen is willing to help you during an attack, it is still essential to arm yourself with the tools necessary to save your own life. The guardian angels and other good Samaritans have great intentions behind their actions and they may legitimately want to help, but that doesn’t mean that they are actually capable of saving you from danger or bodily harm as the above news story proves. They may arrive too late or as in this latest robbery attempt, the offender may not be working alone and may have friends waiting to attack anyone else that attempts to interfere. You have to be ready and able to protect yourself. The world is becoming more violent all of the time and violent criminals are willing to do just about anything to be successful. Don’t make it easy for them. Take ACTION!
Contact Tactical Fighting Systems today and learn reality based self-defense under our ACTION System from our experienced instructors. Now is the time. Don’t wait until after you are a victim!
As violent crime continues to rise in and around Chicago and with summer fast approaching, it is more crucial than ever to be prepared and to learn how to protect and defend yourself against the numerous dangers that you potentially face everyday. Whether you are walking alone, riding the bus or the train, or merely enjoying a nice dinner at the outdoor cafe of your favorite restaurant, you are a potential victim of one of the many violent predators that is patiently waiting to commit his or her next crime.
Here are a few of the recent crimes and crime patterns threatening your safety, as well as the safety of each and every citizen, living, working, or visiting Chicago.
-Cops warn of robberies on Near West side: Several victims, in the West Town neighborhood, have been approached, by unknown offenders, while walking or sitting in their cars and have been robbed of their personal property. The offender flashes a gun at the victim and then demands their belongings.
-UIC student knocked unconscious during robbery: A student was walking near the UIC campus when he was approached from behind by an unknown male, who immediately placed an object to the back of the victim’s head and demanded his money. The student quickly handed over his wallet, but rather than fleeing with the money, the offender, instead, proceeded to strike the victim in the back of the head with the unknown object, knocking the victim unconscious. Police are still investigating and attempting to locate any witnesses.
-Cops nab 2 in Edgewater for i Phone robbery: Police were on patrol on the 1200 block of West Rosemont when they observed two men forcefully push another man to the ground. Once the man hit the ground, the younger of the two offenders began shouting, “grab his i Phone.” The offenders then ripped the i Phone out of the victim’s hand and fled the scene on foot; they were, however, apprehended almost immediately by police. Police were able to recover the victim’s i Phone, as well as another i Phone that was taken during a previous robbery.
-Police issues alert warning about pickpockets Downtown: A pair of men have been working together and victimizing a number of CTA riders on the Red and Blue Line trains and platforms. There have been at least 17 incidents between April 4-20th and the majority of thefts have occurred at the State Street Subway station just south of Madison. One of the men distracts the victims by falling or pretending to stumble. As the victim attempts to help the man or move out of his way, the second man reaches into the victim’s pockets and steals whatever property he finds. The victims are unaware that anything has been taken until the offenders are long gone. Another 9 incidents of thefts have also occurred on other CTA train lines.
-Police warn of ice pick robberies on West Side: In the Lawndale neighborhood, there have been at least two reported incidents of an unknown male, in his late teens, approaching victims and threatening them with an ice pick before taking their money and property (usually an i Phone). Both reported incidents occurred in the middle of the day.
-Cops: Man wanted for sexual abuse on Orange Line: A man boarded an Orange Line train at the Pulaski station, sat next to a female passenger, and began fondling her. He then exited the train at the next stop before the woman could alert CTA security. A photo of the man is available on CTA video surveillance.
-Man found shot to death in Bridgeport alley: A 25-year old man was found dead in a Bridgeport alley, by police, early this morning with a gunshot wound to his head. No one is in custody at this time.
-“Flash Mob” robberies on Michigan Avenue and the Loop: Police are searching for a group of teenagers that committed several robberies at a number of businesses on and near Michigan Ave in the evening of May 2nd. At one restaurant, video surveillance caught the teens placing pieces of paper over customers’ belongings and then grabbing the items before management could chase them out. Some customers could be seen putting their cell phones, wallets, and other items away, knowing that they could be the next victims of the flash mob. At other locations, witnesses and victims stated that the teens would approach them and aggressively demand that they contribute money to some type of charity or basketball team sponsorship program, while another member of the group starts grabbing cell phones and takes off before the victim even knows what has happened. Many of the patrons felt frightened and intimidated by the teenage flash mobs.
Don’t let yourself become the next victim. All it takes for a predator to gain the upper hand is one second of distraction on your part, so put your i Phones, cell phones, and i Pods away while you are walking, jogging, or riding the train. Start paying attention and focusing on your surroundings. Be aware of the people standing around you, plan an escape route if necessary, and know what you would do if you find yourself being approached by a potential attacker. Remember a violent criminal can be any age, race, or gender. Don’t assume that you are safe because the person standing next to you looks harmless; you have no idea what they are thinking or what they are capable of doing. Take your safety and well-being seriously and learn how to defend yourself. No one else will do it for you.
Visit our website at www.TFSACTION.com to learn more about our ACTION System, to check out our class schedule, and to see the packages that we now offer for both our group classes, as well as our private training sessions. We also offer a variety of specialty classes, as well. Register today and learn reality based self-defense from our experienced instructors.
TFS A.C.T.I.O.N was created as a self-defense training system and is an effective blend of martial arts and fighting system styles and techniques that is based on close quarter combat, natural movement, science, and mindset. This training will allow anyone, even a novice, to efficiently and effectively defend him or herself and overwhelm an attacker or violent predator through the use of basic strikes, kicks, and mental strength. Along with physical tactics, students will learn about the stress and natural biological changes that take place within their bodies during times of real and perceived threats of violence and danger, how to recognize the first signs of stress, as well as how to effectively manage that stress and use it to their advantage during an attack.
The A.C.T.I.O.N. System consists of five training levels in which each level builds on the last. In Level 1, students will learn basic strikes, kicks, combatives, and techniques, and by Level 5, students will have the ability to defend themselves using 8, 9, or 10 successive combinations effectively against a single or even multiple attackers, as well as the ability to better recognize the warning signs of danger in their environment. Students will also have increased mental strength and confidence and the mindset necessary to survive a street attack by whatever means necessary. This can be accomplished by having the instinct and preparedness to think 8-12 steps ahead of your attacker and to be ready for any move that he or she will make against you.
In the world today, people have to be willing and able to protect themselves against the danger that is lurking around every corner. Don’t be caught by surprise. Be ready for every situation and know how to deal with and survive violent crimes and street attacks. Take ACTION!
The TFS A.C.T.I.O.N Training Center is now located at Blockhead Fitness, 555-557 W. North Ave (at the corner of North Ave. and Larrabee). Learn self-defense from experienced law enforcement officers with extensive martial arts training and backgrounds. Whether you prefer to train alone, with a friend, or with a small group, the TFS instructors offer a variety of training options and will work closely with you to develop the most effective training plan and schedule. Not only will TFS A.C.T.I.O.N provide you will the tools necessary to mentally and physically defend yourself against violent attacks, but you will also get a great cardio and conditioning workout in the process. With each training session, you will feel yourself getting stronger and more powerful and ready to overpower any attacker, regardless of their size. Don’t let yourself be a victim. Contact TFS today for more information at (773) 305-7657 or email us at email@example.com.
Although the videotaped beating of the 17 year old in a Bridgeport alley was shocking and appalling, unfortunately it is becoming a more common occurrence in the world today. The seven young teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, that were involved in the beating showed absolutely no regard for human life or for the safety of the boy that they repeatedly punched, kicked, and knocked to the ground. They were even proud of their behavior and determined that it would be a great idea to videotape the beating and to post it on You Tube for the work to see. Not one of the teens, even the lone female, made an effort, at any point during the incident, to stop the other kids involved. They even ignored their prey’s repeated cries for help and when he attempted to get up and reason with his attackers, their reponse was to punch him in the face and continue with what they were doing. When they were finally finished physically attacking him, they proceeded to steal a pair of gym shoes from his backpack, his wallet, and his money. The most disturbing part of the whole situation is that this heinous crime was committed by regular neighborhood children, not career criminals. How are you supposed to feel safe in your own neighborhood when even young children and teens are capable of such violent behavior?
Don’t think that this type of situation can’t happen to you either. This incident may have been planned as a form retaliation or revenge, but mob beatings and robberies are commonplace today. What would you do if you found yourself being attacked by multiple predators? Although the situation might seem hopeless at first and maybe you think that your best chance for survival would be to act passively and take the beating, that way of thinking is dangerous and could lead to great bodily harm or even death. It is essential to remember that violent predators do not care about you; their only goal is to commit their crime and to get away without being caught. They would not give a second thought to killing you. Don’t let them win. Instead of allowing them to control your destiny and life, you have to take control of the situation and do whatever is necessary to survive. Although fighting off multiple attackers is not easy, it is possible. With the right training, mindset, and effort, you could defeat several attackers successfully. Don’t be passive with your life and safety, take A.C.T.I.O.N.
Call TFS today for information on our A.C.T.I.O.N system. Learn how to defend yourself effectively and efficiently from experienced law enforcement officers.
Just a reminder that the TFS Fight Back Seminar presented by the Armour Park Advisory Council takes place this Saturday Jan. 14 2012, from 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. and Session 2 takes place from 12:00p.m.-1:30p.m. Fight Back is open to men and women 18 years of age and older and is recommended for everyone that is ready to take control of their lives and their personal safety and well-being!
When attending Fight Back, wear comfortable clothing, remove any watches, rings, and other types of jewelry, and leave unnecessary personal belongings at home. Also, arrive a few minutes early; the seminars will start on time.
Pre-registration is available anytime online, using Paypal, by visiting the TFS Event Registration Page or in person, this Thursday, January 12th, at Armour Park from 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m. If you choose to register in person, please remember that it is cash only. The price for TSF Fight Back is $30.00 per person.
This article in Chicago Tribune Breaking News caught my eye.
By Rosemary Sobol Tribune reporter
9:12 p.m. CST, December 25, 2011
The tables were turned on a would-be iPhone robber who was pursued by the victim – a former wrestler – into the Loop’s Miller’s Pub after the attack on a southbound Green Line train early Saturday, police said.
The victim was on his way to his Bronzeville neighborhood home on a southbound Green Line train in the Loop area about 1 a.m. and had his iPhone out when 20-year-old Christopher Dunn tried to take it, police said.
A police source said Dunn “clocked him (the victim) hard in the temple,’’but the victim — in his mid 20s and a former wrestler — fought back and the two “tumbled” out at the Adams Street station.
The victim held on to his phone and Dunn apparently began to realize the man was overpowering him, so he fled down the “L” stairs and into Miller’s Pub, 134 S. Wabash Ave., police said.
The victim raced after him and flagged down police officers who were already nearby, and they burst into Miller’s, police said.
They did not see him at first, but officers became curious where a staircase led and found Dunn upstairs “cowering’’ in an area of the pub not accessible to the public, police said.
The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Dunn, of the 6100 block of South Bishop Street, was charged with felony attempted robbery and misdemeanor battery, according to police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety.
If you have never been the victim of a violent crime or attack, you may be surprised at the involuntary physical reactions that your body will have to the real or perceived threat of imminent danger. These physical changes occur rapidly and automatically and are a result of the release of the hormone, adrenaline, into your bloodstream. The first changes that will take place almost immediately are an increase in your heart rate and respiration, which occur in order to provide more oxygen and blood to your brain and muscles, the dilation of your pupils in order to take in more light and to see the threat more clearly, and the tightening of your muscles. You may also begin sweating, which occurs as a way for your body to cool itself in response to the heat generated as your body gets ready to contend with an attacker, and your muscles can begin trembling, making it much more difficult to sit, stand, and to control or body. Although the trembling may appear to be a sign of fear, it is actually the result of excess adrenaline. Adrenaline provides your body with a mechanism to heighten your senses, increase strength, and deal with stressful and dangerous situations, but it can also lead you to overreact to sudden stimulus as well.
During a violent attack, your body will also experience more dramatic involuntary reactions, such as the loss of fine motor skills, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, and time dilation. Although these reactions may have evolved as survival mechanisms in our ancient ancestors to better focus all of their senses and concentration on sources of danger, such as animal attacks, when dealing with one or more intelligent or determined assailants, these involuntary reactions do not provide us with much benefit.
The loss of fine motor skills can take many different forms and will affect everyone differently, but it will make the most simple and mundune tasks almost impossible, during times of stress. Tunnel vision is a phenomenon in which you become focused almost exclusively on a perceived threat and you become almost oblivious to any and everything else that is going on within your visual field. Although it is important to know what an attacker is about to do and to attempt to focus on his/her movements, it is also important to be able to see and be aware of your entire surroundings. Learning to deal with and overcome tunnel vision is absolutely essential in order to effectively defend yourself against an attacker. Through proper training, tunnel vision can be broken.
Auditory exclusion is a condition in which extraneous sounds may become inaudible. In other words, sounds that are eminating from outside of your visual perception and even those from within it, may go unheard or may come through as merely an inaudible whisper. The effects of auditory exclusion can be partially counteracted by screaming to or at your attacker. This action can allow you to break through the auditory exclusion, as well as possibly surprise or intimidate your attacker. Remember that your attacker will also be under stress during an attack and may be experiencing auditory exclusion as well.
Another physical response that your body is likely to experience during a violent attack is time dilation. Time dilation is the perception of time slowing down, causing your movements and the movements of the assailant to appear as if they are occurring in slow motion. When experiencing time dilation, you will likely also lose your ability to accurately determine the passage of time. In other words, an attack that took less than 30 seconds may seem like it went on for an hour.
Although it is impossible to completely avoid involuntary physical reactions during times of stress and violent attacks, through the training of your mind and body, you can learn to better control and overcome these physical responses and defend yourself against one or more assailants. With the proper mindset, you can deal with the stress. Don’t let it overcome you. Take control of your mind and body. To learn more about dealing with the stress associated with violent attacks, defending yourself against violent attackers, and available self defense seminars contact Tactical Fighting Systems today!