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R.A.D. Self-Defense

For scheduling updates and general questions, please email the RAD coordinator for more information.

To register for a class, please click here: Register for a R.A.D. Class - Formstack

R.A.D. Class Schedule
VUPD Training Annex at 115 28th Ave. S.
  • September 2023 - (Wednesdays): 9/13, 9/20, & 9/27  5:30p – 9:30p

  • November 2023  - (Mondays): 11/6, 11/13, & 11/20  5:30p – 9:30p

  • April 2024 - (Mondays): 4/8, 4/15, & 4/22  5:30p – 9:30p

 100 Oaks at 719 Thompson Ln. (1st Floor Conference Room)
  • February - March 2024 (Thursdays) 2/22, 2/29, & 3/7  5:30p – 9:30p




  R.A.D. FAQ


The Rape Aggression Defense System for Women is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. RAD Systems provides comprehensive courses that begin with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. 

R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by certified RAD Instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of physical defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities. The growing, wide spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibly and unique teaching methodology. 


The RAD Systems is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide participants with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

Safety and survival in today’s world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options, by teaching participants to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

R.A.D. Provides

  • Reliable, professional training by certified instructors
  • Practical self-defense options that specifically apply to gender physiology and mind set
  • R.A.D. is a comprehensive program emphasizing awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance
  • A continuum of strategies to counteract assaults by strangers and acquaintances
  • Integrity and compassion for participants
  • In case a participant needs assistance with a past or future incidents, in-house (VUPD) Instructors can provide quick and knowledgeable access to university and other local resources
  • Lifetime guarantee for education and practice


This Basic Self-Defense program is offered to Vanderbilt and the community free of charge.

This program is unique providing a lifetime guarantee. A graduate of any R.A.D. course taught by any instructor can return and practice anywhere in the country where the same course is being offered–absolutely cost free.

Space is limited. Reservations are required. Many classes have filled well in advance of the start date. Once the class has been filled we will not allow anyone else to register for it. In the rare event that a class has less than 5 people sign up that class will be canceled. Priority will be given in the next available class.

Questions?  Email Captain Leshuan Oliver- R.A.D. Coordinator for VUPD