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RAD Women's Self Defence Course

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) 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, and progresses on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. It is designed to help women overcome the effects of sexual harassment and sexual violence by teaching a strong foundation of awareness, risk reduction and avoidance strategies, which R.A.D. believes is 90 percent of self-defense training.

The program discusses the date rape mentality and an associated pattern of the encounter, the decision to resist and the legalities associated with justifiable resistance. The course moves on to a thorough discussion of confrontational dynamics, basic physical defense principles, the postures of conflict, personal weapons of the body and selected target areas designed to stun an aggressor and allow the student to escape. Then, the physical training begins.

Starting slowly, the R.A.D. program systematically covers the basics of stances, yelling, movement, blocking, striking and kicking. Tactics are instructed methodically at first, becoming progressively more intense as the skill is acquired. The physical options continue with defenses against wrist grabs, bear hugs and chokes, focusing on the student's personal weapons, the aggressor's body targets and ultimately escaping. Finally, participants learn the basic defense against prone assaults.

Once all of the skills are taught and assimilated by the participants, R.A.D. uses aggressors clad in simulation training suits, giving students the choice to experience the chaotic elements of real confrontation. This process allows students to test their skills and refine the critical plans of action that were selected and nurtured throughout the program.

Cost: Free

Next Session: To Be Announced

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