Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
What is R.A.D.?
R.A.D. Systems is a network of dedicated self-defense instructors established in 1989. This alliance of instructors believes that self-defense should be easy to learn, easy to retain, and relatively easy to employ during real confrontational situations. This alliance believes that self-defense training should be accessible and affordable for all women and children. The instructors believe their efforts to oppose violence will be more effective together, than as individuals. As a network they can assist one another with programs, equipment, references, experiences and insight. But most importantly, they honor each others' teachings, allowing each of them to give every participant they train a lifetime return and practice invitation anywhere there is a R.A.D. Program being offered, at no cost!
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- Do you need any prior experience to attend this class? Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?
No. This program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.
- Is there a program in my area?
Please check the Program Locator section on this website.
- What is the cost of a basic program?
The average cost for the Basic Physical Defense program for women is about $25. Some instructors offer this program as a community service through the local police department. Many colleges and universities offer the RAD program as a credit course. Check with the instructor in your area for more detailed information.
- Is this program based on just one person's expertise?
The RAD program as it appears today is a result of the contributions of many RAD instructors across the United States and Canada.
- How many women have taken this program?
To date, over 250,000 women have attended RAD Basic Physical Defense Program.
- How long is this program?
The Basic Physical Defense program is a minimum of nine hours and up to a semester long for those instructors who teach for college credit.
- Can I bring my younger daughter with me?
Yes. It is very common for mothers and daughters to attend this program together. In addition to developing and enhancing their options of self-defense, it seems to be a great bonding experience for them.
- What are the requirements to become an instructor?
Any woman with the desire to share this information with other women may become an instructor. Men who wish to become RAD instructors must have a law enforcement background or be willing to submit to a background investigation.