R.A.D. Self-Defense Classes

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) self-defense class will be offered this fall for North Dakota State women who are staff or students. There are two start dates for the course: September 26 and October 11.  The self-defense sessions include six classes. Students are recommended to attend all classes and if they cannot to attend a different class session.

R.A.D. “is a nationally recognized program in self-defense for women” NDSU’s website said. Most of the courses include lecture style and discussions but also involve practicing self-defense techniques that are suitable for women.

Each class is about two hours long and 12-15 women are able to register for each session.

R.A.D. said on their website that “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.”

The staff of the program include Kelsey Keimig, assistant director of Sexual Assault Programs, Gennifer Sprecher, campus police officer, and Steve Winfrey, director of Memorial Union.

“R.A.D. is the only self-defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), National Academy of Defense Education, the National Self-Defense Institute (NSDI) and Redman Training Gear,” says Lawrence N. Nadeau, Director of Instructional Development and Founder, on the R.A.D. website.

There is a $25 registration fee that is payable at the first class meeting. The fee will cover a course manual, instructor training fee and light refreshments. Students have to register ahead of time for the classes and can do so online through NDSU.

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