Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Fight or Flight? Self-Defense Tips Shared With Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch

Survival in the “concrete jungle” is a matter of awareness, not physical prowess, a group of Garfield Ridge men and women were told Monday night.

“Anything that moves can kill you,” said Nick Moran, a Marine Corps veteran and lead instructor at Innovative
Nick Moran (right) and Armando Bucio.
Survival Arts (ISA), 6537 W. 63rd St, to a group of more than 50 people at the July meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, held at 
European Chalet Banquets at the Mayor's Mansion, 5445 S. Harlem.

Moran, and his associate, Armando Bucio, a lead instructor at Bucio’s Martial Arts and an assistant instructor at ISA, said that there are three different kinds of awareness that heightens the chance for survival: awareness of self; awareness of threats and awareness of environment.

Smart Phone, Dumb Move

The worst threat to people’s awareness is something that everyone carries on them:
the smart phone. As people "plug into" their smart phone, they are unplugging from what is around them. That puts them into dangerous situations, Moran said. It brings about “constant partial attention,” which means people are not aware of what’s around them, that their area awareness shrinks to what they are looking at on the screen, and not what is directly around them. This makes individuals targets for criminals.
“There is a predator/prey relationship in the jungle. Predators in the environment look for weaknesses,” Moran said. “Criminals are looking for people who are not paying attention.”
Moran’s first tip was a simple one: “pick your head up.”
Criminals, he said, are looking people who are not aware. To avoid being a victim, Moran said to make eye contact with people, be polite, be friendly. He also prescribed “360 degree awareness,” people knowing what’s around them, in front of them and behind them when they are out walking the streets.

Give Up the Goods, Not Yourself

If you do come in contact with a criminal who wants something of yours, be it cell
phone, jewelry or wallet, what do you do?, asked Moran.
“Give it to him,” the audience answered immediately.
“Right. Anything you own can be replaced," Moran said, “You can’t be.”
However, he added, if a criminal wants you to go to another location, when do you go?
“Never,” was Moran’s blunt reply.
“According to FBI statistics, you have a 90 percent less chance of coming home if you go to a secondary location,” Moran said. “A kidnapping sentence is just about as long as a murder sentence. A criminal doesn’t have any incentive to keep you alive if you’ve seen something he didn’t want you to see.”
He told the audience to stay in the public eye on the street, make a lot of noise, attract attention so someone will call for help. “I’ll scream bloody murder if I have to,” Moran said.
“In an altercation, you want to survive and escape," he added. "Don’t be a Mike Tyson or Bruce Lee. The objective is not to get a lot of bruises, but to cause a few bruises and get out of Dodge."

Know the Signs

Moran and Bucio then demonstrated some ways for a person to protect himself, or
herself as the case may be.
The first is to concentrate on the physical signals the criminal is giving you. This signs may include clenching fists or clapping hands and taking a half step forward on an angle. This is the time to “get your hands up,” Moran said.
Putting your hands up to protect your head and turning on an angle and making yourself smaller can help in a fight, he said.
A person’s first inclination is to make a fist and punch, but this can hurt an individual by breaking a wrist or arm, Moran said. Instead, a person can use a fist as a "gorilla hammer" to strike at a person. Individuals who are trying to get away from a criminal with as few bruises as possible can also use their elbows and knees, the hardest bones in the body, Moran said. They can also use their hands, open palm, to shred and gouge an opponent. Biting is also suggested if that works.

Even the Strong Are Weak

To survive a physical alteration, go for the weak points on the body, Moran said. Those are the eyes, ears, nose, face, throat, solar plexus, groin, shins, the top of the foot and fingers. As Moran put it, “fingers are the worse things for these guys. No matter how big these guys get, the pinkies remain tiny and week.”
He added, “If I disrupt his senses, it makes it more difficult to find me.  For instance, if I go for the eyes, he can’t see and can’t fight.”
He also added, “It takes eight pounds of pressure per square inch to remove the ears from the head. So, don’t wear eight-pound earrings, “ he said laughing.
Bucio played the “criminal” in the demonstration, and was the recipient of Moran’s self-defense moves. An audience member who may have felt sorry for Bucio shouted out, “Armando, there are better jobs out there than this!”
Moran and Bucio demonstrated some moves that had a person defending himself by using the open palm hand to go for the eyes, ears and twisting the person’s head away from him.
 “Think of his head as a twist cap of a mayo jar, a giant jar of evil mayo and that lid needs to be taken off,” Moran said.
If a person is concentrating on other areas of the body, such as the groin, Moran said to “grab, twist and pull.” Raking along the shins, he said, destroys balance. If an individual is grabbed from behind, tucking the chin into an elbow helps a person breathe.
If you have any kind of “environmental weapons,” such as a pen, spoon or phone, use them, he advised. Chairs can be used as blockades to create a distance and allow more time to get away. A bottle of water can be smashed into a person face to discombobulate them and the sound of the crushing plastic is another distraction. Distract the criminal, disrupt his senses and then grab his pinkie finger back.
“The primary focus is to get away,” Moran reiterated.
“Self defense is a way of life, not just physical moves,” Moran concluded.

(l-r) Armando Bucio, GRNW President Al Cacciottolo, Nick Moran

Innovative Survival Arts offers self-defense training for adults, children's programs that include an anti-bullying component, "combat readiness" programs, and sessions that teach sexual assault survival skills.

For more information, visit gorillahammer.org


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Crime News Update

Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in Sector 1. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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A 21-year-old Scottsdale gangbanger who reportedly dared police to search his vehicle was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, after police said they found a 9 mm handgun with seven live rounds stashed in the vehicle's air filter compartment.

Abed A. Ramadan of 82nd and Kolmar was stopped by police in front of 8110 S. Kilpatrick at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, about an hour after they stopped his vehicle in front of 4522 W. 79th Place and arrested several passengers on narcotics charges.

Police said that after they found the weapon, Ramadan admitted it was his, saying he needs it because rival gangbangers are harassing him. They added that Ramadan has been a gang member since age 15.

The CPD incident report gave no indication of a court date.


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A 49-year-old Archer Heights woman punched a robber in the head and sent him scampering after he had snatched a tri-color gold chain with a Blessed Virgin medallion from around her neck.

The crime occurred in front of 4700 S. Komensky at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. The victim did succeed in hanging onto her purse. The robber is described as a Hispanic man age 23-26, 5’8 to 5’9 and 140-150 pounds, brown eyes, light complexion, black hair in a Mohawk style, wearing a dark gray T-shirt and blue jeans.


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Want to fight crime in central and western Garfield Ridge? Head over to the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 21 at European Chalet Banquets at the Mayor's Mansion, 5445 South Harlem.
Monthly meeting. Open to the public. One of Chicago's most active and effective citizen-led crime fighting groups. If you live or own a business in central or western Garfield Ridge (anything west of Central Avenue), this is the group to join! Guest speaker is Nicholas Moran of Innovative Survival Arts, headquartered at 6537 West 63rd Street, who will lead a self-defense demonstration.

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An alert neighbor appears to have scared away two men attempting to burglarize a home near 53rd and Ridgeway at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 14. The neighbor, a 39-year-old woman, said she saw two suspicious-looking men in the victim’s backyard. She immediately called the victim, who was at work. Police were then called, but the offenders were gone by the time a squad arrived.

The neighbor said she thinks the two heard her talking on the phone, which made them flee. She described the would-be burglars as two black men age 20-30 who fled in a small, blue, two-door car. Both were wearing blue gloves. They had forced a screen off a rear window before fleeing.

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A 31 year-old Brighton Park man told police that a group of thugs accosted him and then fired a gun at him as was walking near 47th and Pulaski at 1:30 a.m. Friday, July 18. Up to six men were involved in the attack, the victim said. After firing and missing, the attackers fled in a black truck. The victim said he ran to nearby houses and persuaded a Good Samaritan drive him home. The attackers are described as Hispanic men age 18-25.

A 10-year-old West Elsdon boy said he was stabbed by a home invader at 11:37 a.m. Thursday, July 17. The offender reportedly entered via a back basement door and fled after the incident at the home near 51st and Ridgeway. He was described as a Hispanic boy or man age 17-18, 5’4 and 120 pounds, short black hair, light complexion, wearing a black and red hoody and blue jeans. The police report gave no indication if there was any sign of forced entry or speculation on a possible motive. Several other people were in the home at the time.

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A 40-year-old Archer Heights man was taken into custody after he allegedly pushed a police officer. Police said they saw Juan C. Aguillon of 49th and Kostner riding his bike in the middle of the 6500 block of West 63rd Street at 8:23 a.m. Friday, July 18. When they told him to ride in the designated bike lane, he resisted, they said. He was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, police added.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.



A burglar smashed the glass front door of Baby Burritos, 8121 S. Pulaski, at 5:13 a.m. Saturday, July 19, entered but managed to steal nothing of value. The business owner, a 40-year-old Midlothian man, told police the crime was captured by a video surveillance camera. The burglar threw a cash register to the floor, but the business does not keep cash in its registers overnight.

The victim further stated that the burglar is the same individual who burglarized the eatery on July 17, stealing a TV set. The criminal is described as a black man age 25-35, 5'9 to 6'0 and 190-230 pounds, medium complexion,wearing a white baseball cap and a tan hoodie.


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A burglar smashed the glass front door of JJ Fish & Chicken, 4049 W. 79th St., at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, July 20. The crime was detected when the burglar triggered an alarm, and a security company notified a manager, a 46-year-old Brighton Park man. Stolen was about $400 cash, the manager told police.


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Burglars entered the back door of a home near 49th and Kolin and stole a TV. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old man, when he came home from work at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Monday, July 21st Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at European Chalet Banquets at the Mayor's Mansion, 5445 South Harlem.
Monthly meeting. Open to the public. One of Chicago's most active and effective citizen-led crime fighting groups. If you live or own a business in central or western Garfield Ridge (anything west of Central Avenue), this is the group to join! Guest speaker is Nicholas Moran of Innovative Survival Arts, headquartered at 6537 West 63rd Street, who will lead a self-defense demonstration.

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Tuesday, July 22nd CAPS Beat 813/833 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street. Monthly meeting. Open
to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Wednesday, July 23rd Job Fair
A job fair directed toward professionals, para-professionals, skilled and unskilled workers from Garfield Ridge, Clearing, Archer Heights and surrounding communities. Set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the Risen Savior Assembly of God church, 6059 South Archer. A district manager of recruiting from a suburban placement firm will be looking for candidates at all levels, especially with bilingual and trilingual speaking skills, for positions in and around the 60638 ZIP code. Sponsored by the congregation of the Risen Savior Assembly of God church and the officers and members of the Garfield Ridge Civic League, most qualified applicants can expect timely placement upon arriving on time, prepared for interviewing and dressed for success. Plenty of off-street parking. For more information, e-mail: GarfieldRidgecl2313@gmail.com or call Rick, after 5 p.m. at (708) 269-9094.

Wednesday, July 30th Midway Garden Society
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Runs until
8:00 p.m. Monthly meeting. The Society hosts guest speakers and also conducts plant exchanges, publishes a newsletter, stages an annual Urban Garden Walk every summer, and works to make the Midway area a more beautiful and peaceful place by encouraging gardening among people of all ages. Check them out!


Wednesday, July 30th Honor Flight Chicago
Held in the evening at the first-floor baggage claim area of Midway Airport, 57th and
Cicero. Want to join hundreds of other people to applaud, cheer, whistle and shout your thanks to World War II veterans returning from a day in Washington, D.C.? Well, please do! Patriotic, pep rally-like atmosphere. The vets usually arrive at about 9-9:30 p.m., but to get a good spot in the cheering throng, you should arrive at about 7-7:30 p.m., Entire event hosted by the Honor Flight Chicago organization, which gives Chicago-area military veterans (primarily World War II) free round-trip air transportation (as well as VIP treatment) to Washington, D.C. to tour the National World War II Memorial. Chick here to read a story about an Honor Flight Chicago participant. Can't make this event? After this just two more Honor Flights coming this year: September 10 and October 29.


Wednesday, August 6th CAPS Beat 815/821 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bruno School (south entrance), 4839 South Harding. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

Thursday, August 7th CAPS Beat 834 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Bogan High School, 3939 West 79th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.





Wednesday, August 13th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Thursday, August 14th CAPS Beat 814 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


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Monday, August 18th Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. outdoors at Normandy Park, 6660 West 52nd Street.
Monthly meeting. Open to the public. One of Chicago's most active and effective citizen-led crime fighting groups. If you live or own a business in central or western Garfield Ridge (anything west of Central Avenue), this is the group to join! Guest speaker this month is CPD Eighth District Commander James O'Donnell.


Tuesday, August 19th CAPS Beat 811 Meeting

Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 South Merrimac. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Saturday, August 23rd Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch Sell-A-Bration

Runs from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the west parking lot of Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett. Come on out, find a few bargains, and see some fun and quirky items from the closets, attics, basements and garages of Garfield Ridge! Crafters may also be on hand to sell their creations. Want to reserve table space? Check out garfieldridgenw.com for details.

Wednesday, September 3rd Vittum Park Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. If you live in or own a business in Vittum Park, stop by and get active!


Wednesday, September 10th Archer Heights Civic Association
Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Veterans Memorial Campus, 47th and Kildare. One of Chicago's oldest and most effective neighborhood organizations--more than 75 years of fighting for a better neighborhood! If you live in and/or own a business in Archer Heights, this is the group to join and get active with. Hear updates on a wide range of community concerns and learn how you can help build a better Archer Heights for everyone.

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