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R.A.D. Self-Defense at Southern Adventist University is a program offered to the students and campus community at no cost to the participants for the purpose of increasing the safety and safety awareness of residents. R.A.D. programming has no pre-requisites for physical fitness or skill level - participants are encouraged to take full advantage of the practice sessions but are not "certified" by the instructors. Participants will have the opportunity to use the basic techniques offered in these courses in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker. Participants will continue to refine the skills previously learned with practice, practice, and practice. 

Please contact the R.A.D. program coordinators at 423.236.2100 for additional information. 


Utilizing the R.A.D. 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. 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. Participating students will begin the process of hands-on training. The techniques utilized by R.A.D. Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition.

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.

Minimum of five participants required to hold class—participants who cannot attend class due to cancellation will automatically be placed on next class interest list.

Location—all R.A.D. classes are held at the Campus Safety offices at 5061 Colcord Drive unless otherwise noted. Check boxes below for dates you’re interesting in attending—an email will be sent to you with class information and forms.

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