RAD Women’s Self Defense Program

Brock University’s Campus Security Services Department in partnership with the Departments of Residences and Recreation Services, is pleased to offer the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system of self-defense classes.

What is RAD?

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defence tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

RAD is not a martial arts program. The courses are taught by certified RAD instructors from the Campus Security Services, Departments of Residences and Department of Recreation Services and provide you with a workbook/reference manual as well as hands-on tactics and techniques.

The 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 across Canada and the United States.  The main reason this program is so widely accepted is because primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.

The RAD Systems is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defence tactics. The system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

Why RAD?

  • FACT – Approximately 85%+ of sexual assault victims knew their assailant.
  • With over 3,500 instructors certified and nearly 160,000 women trained internationally, RAD Systems is the one of the largest and fastest growing self-defence program for women and children taught in the Secondary & Post Secondary Environment.
  • The RAD Systems curriculum is taught at over 400 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, and is the only self-defence program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
  • RAD is an international alliance of thousands of instructors united in offering practical options for responding to increasing acts of violence against women.

Course Description

The Brock RAD course is a minimum of 9 hours or (12 hours with simulation) in length. Classes are FREE of charge to FEMALE Brock students, staff and faculty. If registration is done through Brock Sports, there will be a $25 refundable charge to hold your spot, this will be returned upon completion of the course. 

  • Part-1 of the course deals with preventive strategies you can apply in your daily routine (traveling, coming to school or work, going out, being at home, etc.).
  • Part-2 of the course consists of learning the techniques and releasing your inner badger strength, gaining confidence in your ability as you demonstrate the techniques on Impact Targets and shields.
  • Part-3 Releasing stress and anger never felt so good!  In the afternoon, after a review of the techniques taught in the morning, one instructor puts on the “aggressor suit” and becomes the “attacker.” Only if you are comfortable and are willing/able, you also put on protective gear and experience simulated encounters to practice your newly acquired self-defense techniques under more realistic conditions. You can again hit hard, because the suit protects the “attacker”.

Registration fees

FREE for Brock University students, staff and faculty members.