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Learn to Defend Yourself

CWRU Police Officers instruct RAD‌‌ —Rape Aggression Defense­—self-defense training several times a year. The program empowers female students, faculty, and staff to combat various types of assaults by providing them with realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This empowerment is taught through four basic principles: prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to basic hands-on defense training.‌

The course is physically and psychologically demanding. While not a martial arts program, it includes self-defense tactics and techniques. The training officers use pads and padded suits so students can practice what it is like to strike an aggressor. Students, faculty and staff can attend for free.

The course consists of four 3-hour classes (12 total hours), taught at various locations on campus.

The dates/times for the next course will be:

  • Wednesday, November 1st - 5:30 to 8:30 pm

  • Wednesday, November 8th - 5:30 to 8:30 pm

  • Wednesday, November 15th - 5:30 to 8:30 pm

  • Wednesday, November 29th - 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Future courses will be posted here and announced in the daily. For more information or to register for the next available class, contact the program coordinator at