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2021 classes – R.A.D. classes for the remainder of the year are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. We will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and schedule new classes once it is safe to do so.

Note:  You must attend all 4 classes during the month listed below in order to attend.  You will not be allowed to register until 30 days prior to the start of the class.

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. We offer life-long opportunity for physical skill mastery provided through our trademark Lifetime Return and Practice Policy.

R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance


Course Description – 12 hour basic physical defense class

Session 1:  3 hours

  • Utilizing the R.A.D. student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of defense.
  • Participating students will begin the process of hands on training. How to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and utilizing personal weapons.

Session 2:  3 hours

  • Participating students will continue the process of hands on training. The techniques utilized by R.A.D. Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition. We also discuss the pros and cons of defensive weaponry

Session 3:  3 hours

  • Students will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker.

Session 4:  3 hours

  • Students will then participate in “simulated assault” scenarios with R.A.D. instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training. Women have the opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Chandler Resident in order to participate?

  • No, R.A.D. is open to all women

Is there a fee for the class?

  • No, CPD offers the class to you free of charge

Is there a minimum/maximum age?

  • Yes
  • 12-15 can only participate with a female parent or guardian present
  • 16-17 can participate with parental consent
  • 18 and up no restrictions.
  • Our sessions are designed so that all participants perform within and at their own limitations

Are children allowed to attend / watch?

  • No
  • Although class is an informal setting we ask that participants respect the fact that former victims may be in your class and certain discussions or tactics used may initiate unexpected responses and feelings.

I am expecting, can I still attend?

  • Yes
  • You are permitted to attend but not participate in any physical activity.
  • Injuries are managed the same way in order to participate we ask that you have medical clearance for all recent/current injuries.

Can my husband, boyfriend, father, male friend observe class with me?

  • With the exception of our male instructors, there are absolutely no males permitted in the classes or class areas.

Do I have to attend all 4 classes?

  • Yes
  • Please ensure you are able to commit to all 4 sessions.
  • Each class is held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the assigned day
  • All classes are held the Chandler Police Department’s Chandler Heights South Sub-Station, 4040 E Chandler Heights Rd, which is on the NE corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights Rd.
  • Click here for a map.

What should I wear/bring?

  • Participants should wear comfortable workout type attire with athletic/tennis shoes, no sandals or flip flops please.
  • Bring along water, snacks and food are welcome, we understand it is dinner time.

 Where are the classes located?

  • All classes are held the Chandler Police Department’s Chandler Heights South Sub-Station, 4040 E Chandler Heights Rd, which is on the NE corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights Rd.
  • Click here for a map

For questions  on upcoming R.A.D. classes please contact our R.A.D. Program Coordinator Blanca Quezada at (480) 782-4960 or blanca.quezada@chandleraz.gov. If registration is available, you will see a form below.