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RAD Program

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. St. Ambrose staff began offering this program to the university community in 1993.

RAD training is currently offered as a for-credit Kinesiology Department class, listed as KIN 125-M. Check the Beeline course schedule, or contact the Kinesiology Department regarding class times and availability.

The RAD 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. Our courses are taught by nationally certified RAD Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This 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 RAD graduates.

For more information about St. Ambrose's RAD program, contact Robert Christopher at 563/333-6258. Visit the RAD Systems website at