Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

Free self-defense training for women and men

The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women and men 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 a woman / male with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. Certified R.A.D. instructors teach this course.

RAD for Women

Each class session is 12 hours, and it is scheduled for you to attend one night a week for four weeks to complete the class. (There are no day classes. You must attend all 4 sessions to complete the course.)

Upcoming schedule

DateTime startTime endLocation
Tuesday, March 31, 20206 p.m.9 p.m.Legends
Tuesday, April 7, 20206 p.m.9 p.m.Legends
Tuesday, April 14, 20206 p.m.9 p.m.Legends
Tuesday, April 21, 20206 p.m.9 p.m.Legends

RAD for Men

If you are interested in taking the male self defense class please contact the Appalachian Police Department at 828-262-2150.


To register for one of the sessions, come to Appalachian Police Department anytime Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Registration forms are located below:

Please print, fill out and bring the completed RAD Registration Form with you to meet with instructor prior to class. The Appalachian Police Department is located in the Rivers Street Parking Deck, 461 Rivers Street, Suite B.

There is NO registration fee. The class includes the 12-hour course, student manual, R.A.D. t-shirt, and a lifetime return and practice policy. We do require you complete the application and meet with the RAD Coordinator before attending the class. Class size is limited to 20 students.

More information

For Information, please contact:

Captain Johnny Brown