Texas Tech University

R.A.D. Self-Defense Training

What is R.A.D. Self-Defense Training?

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) is an internationally recognized program for self-defense. R.A.D. at Texas Tech includes sessions that last two days, including a lecture and technique session that build off one another. You must attend both sessions to complete the program. The courses are led by certified instructors through R.A.D. Systems.

Would you like a private or semi-private training for your organization or department? Fill out our private R.A.D. class request form, and a member of RISE will get back to you. 

Available class types

R.A.D. for Women

Women's Basic Physical Defense has a foundation in education and awareness. This program includes a lecture and discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Classes are 9 hours.

R.A.D. for Men

Participants will have the opportunity to learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower participants to make safer choices when confronted with aggressive behavior. Classes are 9 hours.

R.A.D. Adverse Dynamics Simulation 

Reality-based simulations provide additional dynamic training in navigating potentially dangerous scenarios. This program covers situational dynamics from one-on-one hand-to-hand confrontation to multiple subject encounters. These simulations are a great way to practice self-defense techniques for realistic scenarios in a safe environment. Simulations range from Basic to Advanced. You must have previously completed the Women's or Men's R.A.D. self-defense training to be eligible to attend the simulation. 

Available classes

Women's Basics

Session 1:

  • Thursday, March 28th, 2024 from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday, March 29th, 2024 from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Men's Basics

Session 1:

  • Thursday, April 11th, 2024 from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 13th, 2024 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


For whom is this class available?

R.A.D. Self-Defense Training is open to all students, staff, faculty, and Lubbock community members. These trainings fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to TTU students.

Do you need prior experience to attend this class? Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?

No. This program is designed for the average person with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.

What is the cost of the program?

This program is free to all. However, if a student misses a class and does not give 24-hour notice, a $10 charge will be made through Texas Tech's eBill. You must attend both sessions in their entirety to complete the program.

Why is each session two days?

The R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense program is a minimum of nine hours including both lecture and activity sessions that build off one another. 

What do I do if I don't know which class type to attend?

If you're unsure if you would be better suited to register for women's or men's self-defense, contact Texas Tech's R.A.D. Coordinator, Jorgann Holgersen at jorgann.l.holgersen@ttu.edu to discuss options.


Join a class

To register for the scheduled sessions, complete the registration form.

Please note that you must attend both the lecture and activity sessions of this course; failure to attend the sessions in their entirety without a 24-hour notice will receive a $10 charge. Completing the following form does not guarantee a spot. Confirmation will be given via email post-completion of sign up.

We do our best to maintain scheduled training days. However, due to our instructors' busy schedules, we require a minimum amount of participants per session. If that minimum is not met, we reserve the right to cancel the session. In the event your session is cancelled, you will receive first priority for the next available session.