Self-defense class for women scheduled
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 20, 2013 | 884 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Police Department is once again offering a self-defense class geared toward women protecting themselves from danger.

“RAD classes are specially designed for women, and for women only. RAD is a program designed to teach realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It covers risk awareness, prevention, reduction, and avoidance that every woman can utilize in her day to day lifestyle,” said Evie West, information officer for CPD.

Each RAD, or Rape Aggression Defense, class lasts three hours and will be held at the CPD facilities at 100 Church St.

“Classes are three hours each, including a full-impact dynamic simulation at the conclusion of the 12-hour program. Participants must complete the entire program to participate in the simulation,” West said.

- Class I is a discussion on ways to identify and reduce potentially risky situations. Dating, shopping, home safety, and similar topics are discussed.

- Class II puts some of the first class's discussion into hands-on training. The defensive mindset is strengthened and physical skills begin.

- Class III continues on the physical skills and hands-on learning. By the end of this class, the moves become second nature to the students.

- Class IV is an optional dynamic simulation. The student will be confronted with a real life “assault” and will be able to demonstrate her skills with the protection of specialized padding.

“Students have testified to the newfound confidence they gain from the course and especially the dynamic simulation,” West said.

RAD classes were funded through the Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction Grant program.

RAD offers a "free return and practice" policy which means that once a student completes the classes, she can return anytime to any RAD class for free.

CPD has held several of these classes in the past and had good participation from the community.

Two separate sessions are available for sign-up, according to West.

Session dates are March 4-7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sign-ups for April classes are also ongoing. The dates for the April session are April 1, 2, 8, 9.

To complete the course, participants must complete all four classes.

RAD classes were funded through the Tennessee Targeted Community Crime Reduction Grant program.

For more information, or to sign up, contact officer Jennifer McKee by email at or call 476-1121, ext. 3374.