Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) is a nationally-known self defense program. RAD's program objective is to develop and enhance the options of self defense so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. The program consists of lecture, discussion, instruction and hands-on simulation. This dynamic program has the ability to empower ANY woman by providing her with the skills necessary to avoid, resist and defend against an attack if she so chooses.
The course is 12 hours, and is offered with four three-hour classes (nights). The course is suitable for women of all physical abilities, and you will be encouraged to go at your own pace. What to expect:
Session 1 – Introduction to RAD, paperwork, warm up, and physical instruction of self-defense moves by trained instructors. This class is mandatory to complete the RAD training.
Session 2 – Warm up, review of self-defense moves from previous session, and additional training of new moves. Detailed manuals distributed.
Session 3 – Warm up, review of all moves. Preparation for simulation exercise.
Simulation exercise – A trained instructor in a padded suit is used in this exercise to practice all you have learned in three simulated scenarios. Additional instructors set up the scenarios, explain what is happening, and coach you through the process. The scenarios are filmed and played back to the group for review – then erased for privacy. Food and refreshments provided during this session for the recap.
"I've always wanted to be a badass, and RAD was the first step. Never did I think I would get to knock a full-grown man out or get out of three different chokes. We all just signed up for kickboxing because the program is literally like a gateway to self defense. 32/10 would recommend." - Judy Kim, undergraduate student
RAD for Women Certified Instructors:
Sergeant - Ann Cunningham
Data Specialist - Kate Felder
Campus Police Officer - Patricia Fortier
Sergeant - Kelly Mitchell
Campus Police Officer - Pao Yang
“I must say RAD way exceeded my expectation. It’s not the moves that stuck with me the most, it’s the mentality that was taught. We were reminded again and again to take charge of the situation, believe in our strength and let nobody judge us for taking ourselves seriously. It is not something that is talked about a lot, but definitely important to know and take to the heart. RAD is a very empowering and inspiring experience.” – Loretta Tsang, exchange student
RAD for Men
The RAD for Men program offers participants an opportunity to raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. The program is designed to empower participants to make safer choices when confronted with aggressive behavior.
RAD for Men Certified Instructor:
Campus Police Officer Antonio "Tony" Bento