Self Defense Programs

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, certain training will be unavailable until it is practical and safe to accomplish.

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defensive Systems)

R.A.D. is a very intense and dynamic self-defense program for women that places strong emphasis on avoidance methods but teaches and practices self-defense techniques with the realization that students still may be physically attacked and should be able to defend themselves realistically. The student is taught a wide range of options for defense. The program employs the use of a mock attacker (dressed in protective gear) so that students may practice full contact striking-techniques. This program has been endorsed by IACLEA (International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators) and is a member of AWSDA (American Women’s Self Defense Association).  This program requires a minimum of 9 hours of class attendance and if a full contact simulation is involved, the minimum is 12 hours.

Upcoming Classes


  • Women’s Basic Self Defense
    • There are no scheduled classes at this time.

For more information please contact the Crime Prevention Unit by email.


R.A.D (Resisting Aggression with Defense) For Men 

This R.A.D. is for men only, designed to raise awareness of the impact of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts participants’ lives, encourage participants to take steps to avoid aggressive behavior, and to look at how individuals can be part of reducing aggression and violence.  Each participant will explore resisting aggression, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

  • Men’s Basic Self Defense
    • There are no scheduled classes at this time.

For more information please contact the Crime Prevention Unit by email.


Safety Skills

The Safety Skills program was created to teach participants basic safety skills and practices for avoiding confrontation.  Being that 90% of an individual’s self-defense is knowing how to avoid confrontation, our Instructors believe this is a great starting point for those interested in protecting themselves. The Safety Skills program is approximately 1.5 hours in length and can include both men and women. This program can also include a demonstration of physical defense techniques that will be taught to those who enroll in our R.A.D. self-defense programs.

Pepper Spray Training for the Public

Pepper spray is allowed on campus as a defensive tool, and we recommend receiving training in the proper use and care of pepper spray.  This class is an hour long, and can also include an example of practical deployment of the pepper spray in a safe, outdoor environment.

Note:  Pepper spray is not allowed in sporting venues on campus to include Carter Finely Stadium and Reynolds Coliseum. 


For more information about these programs or if you have any questions about this training, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit by email or by phone at 919-515-5963.

R.A.D. Systems website