RAD Training

Presented by UAA Police Department.

The Rape Aggression Defense  (RAD) Basic Personal Defense System is a national program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques taught for women only. All courses are taught by nationally certified RAD Instructors.

What is RAD?

The goal of RAD is to provide realistic self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. RAD is not a martial arts program, nor does it require students to be athletes in training to succeed.

The RAD system will provide students with the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense. We provide information on physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker mindset.

  • RAD is a women-only self-defense class.
  • Includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities.
  • 12 hours long. Delivered over three 4-hour classes or two 6-hour classes (dependent upon scheduling).
  • Cost: $35 per participant. Free to current UAA students (with valid ID).

How to Register?

  1. Email uaa_rad@alaska.edu
  2. Include your name, email and telephone number


Why RAD?

RAD helps to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.

RAD is the largest network of its kind, to date, with over 11,000 Instructors receiving training in the RAD system. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally. RAD has trained more than 900,000 women since the program began in 1989.

RAD is the only existing program with a free lifetime return and practice policy, honored worldwide.

RAD has developed specialized simulation techniques and equipment for use by certified RAD Instructors.



  • What do I wear? 
    Comfortable, athletic type clothing and shoes. Wearing jewelry such as rings with stones, hoop earrings, etc. is discouraged for safety reasons.
  • Do I have to have prior martial arts or self-defense training? 
    No. R.A.D is designed for all skill and physical ability levels.
  • Do I have to fight anyone during the training? 
    No. There is no actual fighting in the RAD training. There are a few techniques that require physical contact with another person (which is optional). Techniques are demonstrated and practiced with little to no impact and foam pads are used for any striking/kicking techniques.
  • Is there an age limit? 
    No. Any age may attend. However, participants under the age of 18 years must have a parent/guardian waiver form signed. For those participants 13 yoa or younger need to have a parent/guardian attend the class with them.  
  • Can I schedule a class? 
    Yes. We do group scheduling of 5 or more participants. No private, one-on-one classes are available.