Self-Defense Classes: Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)

 What is RAD?

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.  

RAD is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified RAD instructors and provide students with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of physical defense is taught at many colleges and universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of the tactics, solid research and unique teaching methodology.

The RAD Systems is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by using easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. The system of realistic defense will provide the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

  • RAD classes are offered at no charge to university students, faculty members and staffers

Course Description

Twelve-hour basic physical defense class. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water and snacks.

Session 1

Using the RAD student manual, participants will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of defense.

Participants will begin the process of hands-on training. We also discuss the pros and cons of defensive weaponry, how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and using personal weapons.

Session 2

Participants will continue the process of hands-on training. The techniques used by RAD Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition.

Session 3

Participants will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker.


Participants will then participate in “simulated assault” scenarios with RAD instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training. Participants have the opportunity to use their skills in a safe training environment.

Why RAD?

Approximately 85% of rape victims knew their assailant.

With more than 3,500 instructors certified and nearly 160,000 women trained, RAD Systems is the country’s largest and fastest growing self-defense program for women and children.

The RAD Systems curriculum is taught at over 400 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, and is the only self-defense program to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

RAD is an international alliance of thousands of instructors united in offering practical options for responding to increasing acts of violence. We offer life-long opportunity for physical skill mastery provided through our trademark Lifetime Return and Practice Policy.


Feedback from RAD program participants:

  • "Great course with very practical techniques! The instructors were funny, helpful, and good at explaining things."
  • "Excellent class. The simulation is particularly important for us to experience the stress situation."
  • "Better than any other self-defense class I’ve ever taken."
  • "Really enjoyed the RAD classes and think everyone should take them! They're extremely helpful, and knowing I have that knowledge itself makes me feel safer."
  • "I just took the RAD course on campus and truly appreciate all the wonderful work the instructors do. They were very informative and helpful with instruction, and made the time there very enjoyable."


We appreciate your interest and will have more RAD training opportunities in the future. Check back soon! Want to request RAD for your group or have suggested dates of availability? Please send requests to