What is RAD?

The RAD Self Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women, men and children that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many Colleges and Universities. The growing, wide spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology. The RAD Self Defense System is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman, men and children with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist, on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about "The Fight or Flight Syndrome", while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but necessary if natural resistance is to be effective.

Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

Finally, a physical defense program for women that:

  • Has established standards of acceptability for female self-defense programs;
  • Offers no-nonsense, practical techniques of defense;
  • Researched the effects of "The Fight or Flight Syndrome"
  • Offers advanced self-defense courses that build upon the physical defense systems;
  • Provides static, fluid and dynamic hands on training;
  • Provides students with a comprehensive reference manual;
  • Certifies instructors from the community;
  • Has a litigation defense policy;
  • Offers state of the art programs at reasonable rates (free here at the University at Albany);
  • Makes recommendations on self-defense products.
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