IC to offer women’s self-defense training starting January 31


Illinois College will offer the Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) self-defense course to women in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities beginning January 31.

“Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provide you with a student manual,” says Beth Capo, Illinois College professor and certified R.A.D. instructor.
The self-defense training course focuses on teaching women simple techniques to improve personal safety. 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,” Capo said. “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 putting those newly learned techniques into practice against several ‘attackers’ in a mock attack.”

The R.A.D. System of physical defense is currently 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 from 6-9 p.m. January 31, February 7, 14, and 21 at Illinois College. You must pre-register by calling Sherry at 217.245.3254. The course is designed for women and is suitable for all ages and abilities. The training, which is not for credit, has a $20 enrollment fee (discounts for groups of 3 or more) payable at the first session, and $10 is refunded upon completion of the course. The class will not run with fewer than 10 women registered by the deadline.

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, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. 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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