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MJPD offers self-defense classes for women

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RAD is a 12-hour free program of realistic, defensive tactics and techniques for women and girls ages 14 and older. The RAD System is a comprehensive, female-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on the basic of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program.


The courses will be taught by four Mt. Juliet Police officers who are nationally-certified RAD instructors. The RAD System of physical defense is currently being taught at many Police Departments, Colleges, and Universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of its tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.


The RAD System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics. The 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


Day 1: Utilizing the RAD 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. We also discuss the pros and cons of defensive weaponry, how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and utilizing personal weapons.


Day 2: Participating students will continue the process of hands on training. The techniques utilized by RAD Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition. 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. Students will then participate in "simulated assault" scenarios (optional) with RAD 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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