Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Training

RAD Training


  • RAD training for SJSU students is free.
  • $5 Faculty & Staff
  • $10 All Others


Come to the Lobby Service area (Parking Services window) located in the University Police Building, corner of South Seventh and East San Salvador Streets. You may contact Officer Rafael Vargas for more information (Rafael.Vargas@sjsu.edu).


What to Wear

Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

The University Police Department has scheduled three new classes of Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) for the Spring 2018 Semester. If you have missed the classes before, now is the time to sign up for this essential class in Women's Self Defense.

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) Systems is a training program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. This is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, and progresses to basic, hands-on defense training.

R.A.D is not a martial arts program. The course is taught by UPD's nationally certified R.A.D. instructors. They provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.

The R.A.D. class is broken down into two days, with the culmination of a "hands on" controlled scenario simulation. This empowering 12 hour course is designed to allow for the opportunity to apply awareness and prevention skills along with self defense tactics.

R.A.D. classes are designed for women. Each class is 12 hours long split over two days.

Upcoming Dates:  

March 30-31, 2019 
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

April 27-28, 2019
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RAD Instructors

  • Corporal Rafael Vargas
  • Corporal Thomas Lee
  • Corporal Pricillia Vazquez
  • Police Officer Manuel Chadez
  • Police Officer Sergio Bernal
  • Police Dispatcher Katherine Eldridge

RAD Training