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Take a Self-Defense Class


UC-RAD is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. UC-RAD is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to basic hands-on defense training. Our courses are taught by certified UC-RAD instructors and provide you with a reference manual to work from. The manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth.

The R.A.D. System of Physical Defense is taught at many colleges and universities. The growing, wide-spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of the tactics, research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology.

For more information, view the UC-RAD poster.

Who Can Enroll?

Courses are open to all women. Priority is given to students, faculty, and staff of the University of Chicago. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is required prior to class. Please note that enrollment is limited.

A minor (age 18 and under) may register for the course, but she must first receive permission from her parent or legal guardian before participating in any of the activities of the UC-RAD course.

There is no cost for this program or the program materials, and the course is generally taught in three 4-hour sessions or four 3-hour sessions. UC-RAD has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion, and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. At the end of the course, the women will have the option of participating in a dynamic simulation, which gives them the opportunity to practice their avoidance and physical techniques in a controlled learning environment.

Sign Up for a UC-RAD Course

To sign up for a UC-RAD course, please fill out the online form. For questions about UC-RAD, please call 773.702.6008.