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Self Defense Classes (R.A.D.)

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course being taught at colleges around the country. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance before progressing on to basic hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is primarily for women, and the University of Illinois Police Department also offers courses specifically tailored for children. Please join our waiting list to receive early notification when courses are available.

The R.A.D. self-defense class is a 12-hour course taught over four weeks. The last class is a “dynamic simulation” where students are put into controlled scenarios to use the techniques they have learned.

Cost of the course is $30 and must be paid at the time of registration. Once you begin the registration process, please complete the form and pay or your spot will not be held.


  • Mondays (Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19) (This course is full.)
  • Wednesdays (Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21)
  • Thursdays (April 5, 12, 19 and 26)
  • Mondays (April 9, 16, 23 and 30)

Instruction for all classes takes place at the U. of I. Public Safety Building, 1110 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana.

Sign up for a class now

Please sign up for our waiting list to receive early notification when courses are available.

Who can enroll?

Rape Aggression Defense is for women only, as the content of the course was developed based on the natural movements and abilities of women in order to maximize a woman’s ability to defend herself. The radKIDS course offers practical safety tips for children.

Courses are open to everyone, but priority is given to students, faculty and staff. Enrollment is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those under 18 years old may register with the permission of a parent or legal guardian.

What is R.A.D.?

Instructors are trained and certified by R.A.D. Systems, and courses include lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for people of all ages and abilities. At the end of the course, participants will have the option of participating in a dynamic simulation, which gives them the opportunity to practice their avoidance and physical techniques in a controlled learning environment.


We thank the following divisions that have provided support for R.A.D. courses at Illinois:

Illini Union Bookstore
Division of Campus Recreation
University Housing
Women’s Resource Center