RAD Class


The University of Utah police department is proud to host R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) classes.  We currently have six police officers who are certified to teach the basic R.A.D. course.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sgt. Ryan Speers at 801-585-1156 or ryan.speers@dps.utah.edu.

What is R.A.D.?

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

R.A.D. empowers women and balances their needs to acquire self-defense education in a relatively short period of time through:  Education, Dependency on Self, Decision Making Responsibility, and Self Realization of Physical Power. 

R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates. 

Why R.A.D.?

Today, the organization has certified over 11,000 instructors who have trained more than 900,000 women at colleges, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations around the world.

R.A.D. is the only existing program with a free lifetime returns and practice policy, honored worldwide.

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.

Course Description

RAD is a 12 hour basic physical defense course. Classes are normally taught in four, 3 hour classes on campus; however, classes can be modified to accommodate for groups that meet the minimum requirement.  The course is open to University of Utah Students, faculty, and staff, as well as local community members.

Classes are $25.00 and space is limited.

Hours 1-3:

Participating students will use the RAD student manual to learn the basic principles of self-defense including risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, and defensive strategies.

Students will begin the process of hands on training.   We will discuss the defensive mindset, use of personal weapons, offensive and defensive postures, and vulnerable locations.

Hours 4-6:

Students will continue the process of hands on training.  The R.A.D. system uses repetition to teach technique.  Students will have the opportunity to develop technique by striking padded equipment help by the instructors. 

Hours 7-9:

Students will be introduced to ground defense techniques and continue to refine skills previously learned with repetition.

Hours 10-12:

Students will participate in a “simulation” assault with R.A.D. instructors.  Students and Instructors wear protective gear that is specifically designed for this training.  Instructors will monitor the students in a safe training environment to utilize their skills.

2016 student feedback

“Great class!  I’m glad I did it.”

“It was empowering and I love the girl power.”

“Loved It!”

“Great synergy with the instructors!”

“Great job!  Excellent instructor!”

CLASS schedule

Classes are taught 6 times over the course of the year including January,  February, April, June, September, and October.

The next available classes open for registration are:

All upcoming classes are currently canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 issues.

Please check back for future classes. Thank you