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RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The RAD system is a comprehensive, women-only course of instruction that begins with awareness, prevention, risk, and risk avoidance. It then progresses to teaching hands-on self-defense training, but it is not a martial arts program.
The course is taught by nationally-certified RAD instructors, and provides each student with a workbook and manual. The manual outlines the entire physical defense program which facilities women students' personal growth, and further serves as an information source after completion of the course.
The RAD System's instructional objective is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so such options become viable considerations to the woman who might be attacked. RAD is a twelve-hour course, which is broken up into three, four-hour evening sessions. On the last session the students have a chance to use their new skills in a carefully controlled dynamic simulation. The simulation is not mandatory.
RAD is offered all over the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Once graduating from RAD, students can return and practice their self-defense skills at any location where RAD is offered. Therefore, the women participants acquire self-defense skills in a relatively short period of time, and, moreover, are offered the opportunity to relearn, master, and practice these skills throughout their lives.
At Florida Gulf Coast University, RAD classes are open to all women. The class is free for all to attend.