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Our Instruction Objective
“ To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.”
| What is it? R.A.D stands for Rape Aggression Defense, which in turn stands for Defense Against Abduction. To date, R.A.D. has been taught to over one hundred fifty women in Alexandria and also another fifty in Northern Kentucky assisting other instructors. To date, Alexandria Police Department has three certified instructors. Our instructors teach in the city and also provide help to other instructors in the area. R.A.D is a program that is set up to be very realistic/hands on self-defense training. Safety and Survival in today’s world requires a definite course of action. We hope to provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being. The course is 12 hours long, set up over a two-week period. We provide students’ manuals, equipment and students even receive a lifetime membership. Best of all, the city provides this self-defense class free to all women.|| |
R.A.D. Systems: Profile/Why R.A.D.?
The national standard in self defense Instructor Certification, R.A.D. is internationally recognized for programming quality and organizational commitment to excellence. R.A.D. Systems balances the needs of women to acquire self defense education in a relatively short period of time, with the life long commitment required for physical skill mastery. How? By providing short term training opportunities in a progressive building block format, and combining each with R.A.D.'s trademark Lifetime Return and Practice Policy! Only a unified, extensive network can provide this service, honored nationwide and throughout Canada. While other programs and/or instructors struggle to keep pace, R.A.D. Instructors share life saving information with confidence, knowing that their lessons will be continuously reinforced for a lifetime!
R.A.D. is the largest network of its kind with over 5000 Instructors receiving training in our systems to date. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally. R.A.D. has trained over 250,000 women since the program began in 1989.
R.A.D. is the only existing program with a free lifetime return and practice policy, honored throughout both the US and Canada.
R.A.D. has developed specialized simulation techniques and equipment for use by certified R.A.D. instructors.
Lawrence N. Nadeau, Director of Instructional Development and Founder.
What R.A.D. Offers:
The listings below are technically what the R.A.D. Systems are, however, R.A.D. Systems is actually a functioning network of dedicated self defense instructors that was 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. They believe that 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 other's 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 - Cost Free!
R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense
The cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems, this course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self defense techniques, suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Classes range from nine to twelve hours in length, depending on the Instructor.
R.A.D. Advanced Self Defense
Builds on techniques and strategies from the Basic class, and adds defenses against the edged weapon and firearm. This program also covers more prone defense strategies, multiple subject encounters and even low and diffused light simulation exercises. Minimum of twelve (12) hours, fifteen (15) with simulation, for participants who have already completed the Basic Physical Defense Program.
Aerosol Defense Options
Using the proven R.A.D. Systems philosophy, A.D.O. destroys the myths and manufacturer hype about pepper spray effectiveness and even their ability to deter a Committed Focused Aggressor. Learn the most realistic methods for accessing, deploying and assisting the aerosol defense option; And if it fails to work (and it may), learn the proven backup strategies needed for successful escape. R.A.D. Systems has conducted over 300 video taped live test exposures to various aerosol products with a wide range of delivery systems. Stop believing a manufacturers selling hype, we know what works and what doesn't through hands on experience. Minimum of two (2) hours for participants. Requires (1) day for instructor level certification, in addition to current Basic Physical Defense Instructor Certification.
Keychain Defense Options
Continuing to enhance the many options of self defense, this program is for the Instructor who wants to put an impact weapon in the hands of the students they train. The R.A.D. Keychain Defense Options course is one of the only realistic and court-defensible impact weapons programs available for the general public. Combining proven R.A.D. Physical Defense strategies with revolutionary impact weapons defense techniques makes this program a worthy addition to the R.A.D. System. Realistic employment, combat effectiveness, "light impact", fluid transitions and even simulation training exercises are all part of this program. This program revolves around use of the Kubotan in conjunction with weapon-enhanced physical skills. "No Flash and Trash" techniques here, only the best of the best! Minimum of three (3) hours for participants, four (4) with simulation. Requires one (1) day for instructor level certification, in addition to current Basic Physical Defense Instructor Certification.
R.A.D. - Kids
If you are looking for a child safety education program that is making a true difference in the lives of children, please take a few moments to call Officer Natalie Jackson-Selby at our office. Alexandria Police Department 859-635-4126 or email:
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. 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.
2. Is there a program in my area?
Please call Officer Natalie Jackson-Selby:
859-635-4126 or email:
3. What is the cost of a basic program?
At this time the cost is free. 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.
4. Is this program one person's opinion?
The R.A.D. program as it appears today is a result of the contributions of many R.A.D. instructors across the United States and Canada.
5. How many women have taken this program?
To date, over 250,000 women have attended RAD Basic Physical Defense Program.
6. How long is this program?
The Basic Physical Defense program is a minimum of nine hours up to a semester long for those instructors who teach for college credit.
7. 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.
8. 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 R.A.D. Instructors must have a law enforcement background or be willing to submit to a background investigation.
Any further questions, please contact
Officer Natalie Jackson-Selby
8236 West Main Street
Alexandria, KY 41001
859-635-4126 Fax 859-635-4123