By KAROLYN GEPHART
Pearland Police Department is gearing up for a new Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program to be held Aug. 2-5 with varying time frames.
Registration for the August session is now open. The program is free and takes place over four days teaching women awareness, risk reduction and the basics of hands-on defense training.
Participants need to come to all four class sessions as each day builds on the next.
Classes will be taught at Pearland Public Safety Building at 2555 Cullen Blvd., in Pearland.
R.A.D. is a program filled with realistic self-defense tactics and techniques, according to police officials.
This program will begin by teaching women awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, then progress to the basics of hands-on defense training.
R.A.D. is not a martial arts program.
The course is taught by R.A.D. certified instructors and will provide students with a reference manual. The manual outlines the entire defense system for reference and continuous personal growth.
Using the average woman’s natural reactions to a threat, R.A.D. teaches simple yet effective techniques against various types of assault backed by solid research and legal defensibility, according to Pearland PD. The unique teaching methodology will provide students with the knowledge to make educated decision about resistance.
Students will be taught about The Fight or Flight Syndrome and will be encouraged to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.
R.A.D provides certified Instructors, a lifetime free return policy, comprehensive manual, training designed for the average woman’s fitness level, a continuum of strategies to counteract assaults by strangers and acquaintances, practical self-defense options that specifically apply to gender physiology and mind set and simulated assault scenarios to let woman utilize their skills in a safe training environment.
For more information on R.A.D., please visit www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/police/rad.