Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems
CSUMB Police Department is proud to offer free R.A.D. Systems self-defense classes.
RAD is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified RAD instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.
All our R.A.D. instructors are nationally certified.
R.A.D. for Women
The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begin with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
The RAD Systems is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.
The class is only offered to female (assigned, transgender, identify-as) CSUMB students, staff and faculty.
Session 1: 3 hours
Utilizing the RAD student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of defense.
Participating students 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 utilizing personal weapons.
Session 2: 3 hours
Participating students will continue the process of hands on training. The techniques utilized by RAD Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition.
Students 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.
Session 3: hours
Students will review techniques that were presented in the previous class.
Optional: 3 hours
Students 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. Women have the opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment.
R.A.D. for Men
Here, R.A.D. stands for Resisting Aggression with Defense. Participants will have the 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. This program is designed to empower participants to make safer choices when confronted with aggressive behavior.
The class is only offered to male (assigned, transgender, identify-as) CSUMB students, staff and faculty.
Session 1: 3 hours
Utilizing the RAD student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of awareness of aggression, self defense and law, basic principles of self defense, and learn both communication and defensive stances.
Session 2: 3 hours
Participating students will continue the process of hands on training. The techniques utilized by RAD for Men are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition.
Students will have the opportunity to learn the principles of striking, balance displacement, finger jabs, palm strikes and other techniques.
Session 3: hours
Students will learn avoidance, their role in rape prevention, as well as head butts and a variety of kicks.
Optional: 3 hours
Students will then participate in “simulation training” with RAD instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training.
- Mandatory 9 hours basic physical defense class.
- Optional 12-hour (with simulation) physical defense class.
- Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water and snacks. Shoes should be athletic footwear. No sandals or flip flops, please.
- Registration open 30 days in advance with the exception of September courses that open as soon as dates have been confirmed in 25Live.
- Registration is on the first come first serve basis.
- You will be placed on a wait-list if the class is full. You will be notified if a space becomes available.
- If you are on a wait-list and a space doesn’t become available, you will have to register for the next class you want to attend.
- Completion of the training requires attendance of all 12 hours of classes.
Have questions about CSUMB Rape Aggression Defense Training? Contact the RAD Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit R.A.D. Systems of Self Defense website for more information about the program and self defense training opportunities for women, children, men and seniors.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: Yes. 15 - 17 can participate with a signed parental consent form. 18 and up have no consent restrictions.
Q: Is there a participant requirement?
A: Yes. Courses are supported for a maximum of 25 attendees. To ensure that UPD resources are adequately used, the first class must have a minimum of 10 registered participants in attendance; otherwise the course will be canceled.
Q: Do I have to attend all three classes?
A: Yes, please ensure you are able to commit to all 3 classes.
Q: Are outsiders, including children, allowed to watch?
A: No, with the exception of our male instructors, there are absolutely no males permitted in the classes or class areas. Furthermore, although class is an informal setting we ask that participants respect the fact that former victims may be in your class and certain discussions or tactics used may initiate unexpected responses and feelings.
Q: I am expecting, can I still attend?
Yes, you are permitted to attend but not participate in any physical activity you are not comfortable with. Injuries are managed the same way. In order to participate, it is asked that you have medical clearance for all recent/current injuries.
Q: Do I need prior experience to attend the class? Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?
A: No. This program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.
Q: Can I bring my family member or friend with me?
A: Yes. It is very common for people to attend this program together. It also seems to be a great bonding experience for them. Still, only members of the same sex can attend the course with you.
Q: Is this program one person's opinion?
A: The RAD program as it appears today is a result of the contributions of many RAD instructors across the United States and Canada.
Q: I have a question not answered on the website. Who do I contact?
A: Contact the UPD Crime Prevention Coordinator at email@example.com.