Rape Aggression Defense Systems of Self-Defense

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates. Read more in our RAD brochure.

What Does UMPD Offer?

R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense

The cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems, this course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Classes range from 1 to 4 hours in length (a total of 12-16 hours), depending on the class and instructor.

R.A.D. Demonstration

A 2-hour block of training in which the R.A.D. instructors go over risk awareness, assessment, and preparation. We will also teach basic self-defense techniques. These blocks of instruction are very popular for dorm talks.


What to Expect at Training

On the first night of the R.A.D. course, you receive an overview and discuss risk reduction and prevention. On the subsequent nights, you learn and practice physical defense moves. The final session is a simulation of an attack. This is the class where everything the student learns comes together.

Participating in the simulation is strictly voluntary, but students must be present to observe. They may still complete the class if they choose not to volunteer in the simulated attack. However, the vast majority of women who perform the simulation leave feeling empowered and confident in their abilities.

Lifetime R.A.D. Training

Once you graduate from the RAD course, you become a lifetime member. You may attend a R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense class anywhere it's offered in the U.S. and Canada for free provided there's room. You may attend the entire course or just a simulation to brush up on your techniques.

Request R.A.D. for your Group

Interested in a R.A.D. training for your group? Let us know. We've arranged trainings for various women's groups on campus including women’s athletic teams. Similar courses are available for men upon request. Contact us or use our Training Request Form.



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