R.A.D Program

The Rape Aggressive Defense (R.A.D.) program is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against assault by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense techniques.

By employing a system of realistic defense, women are provided with the knowledge to make an educated personal choice about resistance.  R.A.D. is the fastest growing and largest self-defense program in the country.  The course is taught in a relaxed environment which is conducive to learning the proven and time tested techniques and tactics.

Typical comments received are as follows:

“I really enjoyed the challenge and I feel very confident in the techniques taught” – Bates staff member”.

“It was a lot of fun. The instruction was always positive and encouraging.  I definitely feel more confident about how I would react in a situation. – Lisa, Class of 97.

“Awesome”. – Bates staff member.

The program provides insight into the problem of violence against women.  It includes physical defense workouts for improving technique development and an actual exercise that is designed to simulate actual confrontations which allow the students to apply the techniques learned using 100% force.

The four key elements of empowering women through self-defense are:

  1. To educate women in basic confrontation principles such as to understand reaction time, to identify vulnerable target areas, to identify personal weapons, to utilize posture in conflict and to develop a survival mindset.
  2. To learn to be dependent on oneself.  Trainers recognize that one must first depend on oneself.  If women can instill within themselves a reliance on personal weapons, intuition and instinct, they will then have little need for a dependency defense type options.
  3. To understand and take responsibility for making your own decision by creating and deciding when and when not to use force in self-defense.
  4. To realize one’s own power by creating the opportunity to exert your physical strength and exploring the limits of that strength.