CWRU PD to offer free self-defense classes for women throughout October

The Case Western Reserve University police department will offer free Rape Aggression Defense Systems (R.A.D.) classes to all females affiliated with Case Western Reserve.

The program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women and consists of four three-hour classes taught by CWRU police officers and certified R.A.D. instructors.

The comprehensive course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. The program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training, and includes the use of pads to allow students to practice striking an aggressor in a realistic situation.

The first R.A.D. class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, Room 104, in the basement next to the weight room. The other classes will be held Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at the same location. There will be a simulation exercise on Oct. 30 at the racquetball courts in Veale.

Attendees are advised to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes (preferably tennis shoes).

Those interested can register at Class size is limited.