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Last night, I attended the first of a three-class series (4-hours each class) on self defense. WOW, was that empowering! Being female patients and/or caregivers we need to be prepared to defend ourselves if necessary. And as females, who taught us how to do that?


The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. This course is taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. The manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.


Ladies, check out the website: www.rad-systems.com. Men and kids (age 6-12) classes available also.


What is the cost of a basic program?

The average cost for the Basic Physical Defense program for women is about $25. Some instructors offer this program as a community service through the local police dept (and may therefore be FREE!!! as it is in Berrien County). Many colleges and universities offer the RAD program as a credit course. Check with the instructor in your area for more detailed information.


To date, over 250,000 women have attended RAD Basic Physical Defense Program. Some class locations/instructor information follows:


Berrien County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Karen Klug

Michael Moore

Mark Lunden

Colleen Rutter

Michael Groenke

Thomas Dumminger

919 Port Street

St. Joseph, MI 49085

Phone: 269-983-7141

Fax: 269-983-3240

Updated: April 13, 2008


Cass County Sheriff's Office

Det. Kristen Daly

Donna Dominiak

321 M-62 North

Cassopolis, MI 49031

Phone: 269-445-1201

Updated: March 10, 2008


Delta College

Department of Public Safety

Officer Trisha Hager | 989-686-9124

Officer John Ruterbusch | 989-686-9279

Lt. Steve Witzke | 989-686-9145

1961 Delta Road

University Center, MI 48710

Updated: December 7, 2009


Eastern Michigan University Police Department

Officer Candace Dorsey

Eastern Michigan University Police Dept.

123 Structure Drive

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734-487-1222

Updated: March 10, 2008


Ferris State University Police Department

Officer Joy Paquette

Sgt. James Wing

1319 Cramer Circle

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone: 231-591-5000

Updated: March 10, 2008


Grand Valley State University

GVSU Police Department

Officer Gwen DeGraaf

Officer Nate Dornbos

1 Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49401

Phone: 616-331-3255

Updated: October 27, 2008


Grand Valley State University

Pew Campus Security

Officer Kari Balcom | Phone: 616-331-6619

Officer Kathy Ransom | Phone: 616-331-7285

Kate Chase | Phone 616-308-5549

Eberhard Center #102

301 Fulton Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Updated: March 16, 2010


Hillsdale County Sheriff's Department

Christine Wahtola

Nate Lambright

165 W. Fayette St.

Hillsdale, MI 49242

Phone: 517-437-7317

Updated: May 4, 2008


Oakland University Police Department

Terry Ross

Rochester, MI 48309

Phone: 248-370-3331

Updated: March 9, 2008


Ottawa County Sheriff's Office

Dep. Chris Dill

12220 Fillmore St.

West Olive, MI 49460

Phone: 616-738-4000

Updated: October 11, 2008


Saginaw Valley State University Police Department

Sgt. Marc Strain | Phone: 989-964-4157

Ptl. Jamie Teddy | Phone: 989-964-4120

Ptl. Ryan Stockford | Phone: 989-964-4133

Ptl. Bryan Zolinski | Phone: 989-964-4165

7400 Bay Road

University Center, MI 48710

Fax: 989-790-0046

Updated: March 10, 2008


I'm glad I registered and am going. Hope you do too!

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