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RAD Self Defense for Women


The University Police Department offers Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D), Basic Self Defense for Women, many times throughout the year.   Click here for 2015 dates and more information.

Registration is open 4 weeks prior to the class for University and affiliate students, staff and faculty and 2 weeks prior to class for the general public.  Classes are limited to 20 participants.  Registration is by payment only.

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women 11 years of age and up. The R.A.D. system is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, and progresses on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program.  It is designed to help women overcome the effects of sexual harassment and sexual violence by teaching a strong foundation of awareness, risk reduction and avoidance strategies, which R.A.D. believes is 90 percent of self defense training.

The program discusses the date rape mentality and an associated pattern of encounter, the decision to resist and the legalities associated with justifiable resistance. The course moves on to a thorough discussion of confrontational dynamics, basic physical defense principles, the postures of conflict, personal weapons of the body and selected target areas designed to stun an aggressor and allow the student to escape. Then, the physical training begins.

Starting slowly, the R.A.D. program systematically covers the basics of stances, yelling, movement, blocking, striking and kicking. Tactics are instructed methodically at first, becoming progressively more intense as the skill is acquired. The physical options continue with defenses against wrist grabs, bear hugs and chokes, focusing on the student's personal weapons, the aggressors body targets and ultimately escaping. Finally participants learn the basic defense against prone assaults.

Once all of the skills are taught and assimilated by the participants, R.A.D. uses aggressors clad in simulation training suits, giving students the choice to experience the chaotic elements of real confrontation. This process allows students to test their skills and refine the critical plans of action that were selected and nurtured throughout the program.


  • Students (any school or campus, student ID required) $25
  • Faculty and staff (CU Anschutz, University of Colorado Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, University Physicians, Inc. or affiliates, ID required) $25
  • General public: $25

Minimum age is 11 years old.  There is no maximum age limit.

Classes are held on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

The class requires a commitment to attend all sessions, a total of 16 hours of instruction.  Students and university affiliates must show current identification to qualify for the above rates.  Space is limited.  Receipt of payment constitutes registration.  For more information or to remit payment for registration, contact Officer Kirk Martin at 303-724-0739 or .

For more information, check out the R.A.D. brochure (pdf)

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