Women’s self-defense training starts October 21


Illinois College will offer the comprehensive training course, Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.), to women in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities beginning October 21.

This is the eighth year Illinois College has offered the training. “R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provide you with a student manual,” says Beth Capo, Illinois College associate professor and certified R.A.D. instructor.

The self-defense training course focuses on teaching women realistic physical techniques to defend against sexual assault. The course covers awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance with an emphasis on the basics of hands-on defense training. “This course offers a practical, hand-on approach to self-defense. Two and a half sessions are entirely devoted to defense techniques ― blocking, striking, kicking, escaping from wrist grabs and bear hugs, ground defense, etc. The final meeting is a simulation of putting those newly learned techniques into practice against several ‘attackers’ in a mock attack.”

The R.A.D. System of physical defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities across the country. It is the largest network of its kind with over 7,000 instructors teaching at colleges, universities, law enforcement agencies and community organizations internationally. R.A.D. is endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and has a lifetime return policy. After completing R.A.D. training once, the course can be taken again to refresh self-defense skills free of charge.

The training will be offered on Sunday evenings at Illinois College from 5 to 8 p.m. starting October 21 and continuing October 28, November 4 and 11 in Memorial Gymnasium. The course is primarily designed for women and is suitable for all ages and abilities. The training, which is not for credit, has a $20 enrollment fee payable at the first session.

The Illinois College R.A.D. program is supported by a Walmart Community Grant and Illinois College Student Forum. To register, contact Beth Capo at 217-245-3346 or Registration deadline is October 19.

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services. IACLEA is the leading voice for the campus public safety community. The R.A.D. Systems of Self Defense offers programs for women, children, men and seniors. Each of these programs includes educational components comprised of lecture, discussion, physical resistive strategies. All of which are facilitated by certified R.A.D. instructors.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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