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Women's Self Defense

Smyrna Police Department

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Classes

The Smyrna Police Department is hosting several R.A.D. classes this year. R.A.D. is a self-defense class for women only. This course will consist of a lecture portion, which focuses on Risk Awareness, Risk Reduction, and Risk Avoidance, followed by hands on tactical training. This course is designed so that women of all fitness levels and ages will be successful in learning options to escape attacks.

There will be a live simulation at the end of course. This is something that only a handful of self-defense classes do with their participants. In the simulations, participants  wear protective gear and participate in a live attack with the R.A.D. Man. This part of the course is invaluable in that it provides the participant with the confidence to defend themselves.

R.A.D. is a twelve-hour course, delivered in four, three-hour classes.  Attendance at the first class is necessary to participate in all four classes. Participants who complete the course are provided a R.A.D. manual containing vital information. The course instructors are various members of the Smyrna Police Department. The course is open to all female citizens over the age of 18. If you would like your child to participate you must contact a R.A.D. instructor prior to registration. Please contact Officer Heather Knight at 678-631-5261.

 The next Basic R.A.D. classes will be held on the following dates:

Smyrna Community Center (Class Times 6:00-9:00 PM):

  • Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Monday May 20, 2019
  • Thursday May 23, 2019

To register for this class, e-mail radclasses@smyrnaga.gov with your name and phone number.

Please wear clothing appropriate for physical activities (no skirts/dresses or shoes with heels... sneakers are preferable).