Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

University of San Diego

The Department of Public Safety is proud to be part of the national network of R.A.D. instructors.

R.A.D. Coordinator: Sgt. Ryan Hansen (619) 260-4775

Instructors: Sgt. Ron Daguia, Officer Augie Garcia, Sgt. Ryan Hansen, Captain "Q" Kawahara, Wajma Shams Lyons, Officer Milton Maples, Officer Chris Nanquil, Officer Daniela Huerta

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The upcoming R.A.D. Self Defense class originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for future classes to be scheduled in the fall semester. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sgt. Ryan Hansen, at rhansen@sandiego.edu


Only $10 for USD students and staff

$25 for non USD community members

To register please contact Sgt. Ryan Hansen

Email: rhansen@sandiego.edu

Phone: 619-260-4775

The Rape Aggression Defense Basic Physical Defense is a national program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques taught for women only. USD offers this course to any female who is 16 years old or older. All courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors.

The goal of R.A.D. is to provide realistic self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it require students to be athletes in training to succeed. The R.A.D. system will provide students with the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense. We provide information on physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker mindset. Every student receives a manual for reference and practice. Once a student has completed a R.A.D. program, their signed manual becomes a ticket for free lifetime return and practice with any R.A.D. instructor in the US and Canada.The widespread acceptance of the R.A.D. system is due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. R.A.D. is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Why R.A.D.?

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  • R.A.D. is the largest network of its kind with over 7000 Instructors having received training in our systems to date. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally. R.A.D. has trained more than 300,000 women throughout the U.S. and Canada since the program began in 1989. R.A.D. is the only existing program with a free lifetime return and practice policy, honored throughout both the US and Canada. R.A.D. has developed specialized simulation techniques and equipment for use by certified R.A.D. instructors. R.A.D. is the only self defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
  • Lawrence N. Nadeau, Director of Instructional Development and Founder.