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Women's Self Defense Classes (R.A.D.)

R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense

Course for Women 

Sponsored by Sheriff Jonathon W. Horton, Gadsden Runners Club, Etowah CARES Group, Greater Gadsden, Appalachian Media, Cahaba Cycles, Etowah Roadies


The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begin with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program.

The classroom portion of the course will be held at the Sheriff's Office. Registration is required! Please use to sign-up! The course will be held on Wednesday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 6:00pm.  Make sure you wear comfortable clothing these two days.

This course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities.