*INSTRUCTOR CHANGE: Due to unforeseen circumstances Corporal Rebecca Tolbert could not host this training as planned. However, with the assistance from local certified instructors Lt. Joshua Fraker, Jessi Fraker, Teri Reutebuch, and Anissa Michalek this training will still go on. We are deeply grateful to them to step in last minute for us all in order to continue this class.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Police Department is offering a Basic Level R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) training this February at the Challenger Center Building.
This dynamic, hands-on program was designed for the average woman, beginning with awareness, risk reduction, avoidance and overall prevention. Then, basic techniques are taught in an enjoyable format by certified instructors. At the end of the basic program, women are encouraged to use their new techniques in a practical, controlled simulation exercise. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your options of resistance if assaulted.

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized alliance of self-defense educators dedicated to enhancing self-defense options for women while developing their individually unique abilities to manage aggressive and violent behavior. R.A.D. is the largest organization or program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). R.A.D.’s self-defense philosophies have been taught at over 3,500 colleges, universities, city, county, and state police departments nationwide.

UTC PD’s Corporal Rebecca Tolbert (R.A.D. Instructor shown in photo) will be the primary instructor for the course*(please see change listed above). Cpl. Tolbert decided to become an instructor for this self-defense program after some personal experiences within the military, “I want to help others to be more aware plus how to be more confident in defending yourself. It can be overwhelming but it is important to understand the basics first.” The course is open to the public in which she describes as a benefit for first time participants, “I believe any person can do it, it is laid back and non-intimating with having some outside community support of ladies who have attended for years.”

This class does not require any special training or special fitness level. 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. This Basic Self Defense program is for all woman Identified and woman ages from 12 and up. The first class is on Sunday the 23rd (3pm-6pm), Monday the 24th, and Tuesday the 25th (both 6pm-9pm). The class is scheduled in blocks, it is not mandatory to take part every day; however, you must attend all dates to receive certification in order to register for an advanced self defense class.

To register ahead of time for this important training RSVP to this event and fill out the forms available on our UTC Emergency Services MocSync page. For more information, you can contact our Operations Lieutenant, at John-Boe@utc.edu or call our dispatch at (423) 425-4357.

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2 Comments » for Free Self Defense Training Offered: R.A.D. Systems
  1. Victoria Payne says:

    I would like to know if the Chatt. Police Dept. still offers Self Defense Courses. I understand they may have stopped due to C.O.V.I.D but would like more info. I have taken this course and it is amazing but seeking info. for someone I know wanting to take this class.

    • Eric Williams says:

      Victoria we are unaware of what the Chattanooga Police Department’s plans are, as for our’s we are hopeful to return toward holding R.A.D. Courses in the Fall Semester of this year! Please stay in touch to see for future announcements.

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