Defense Training

Ball State offers free classes in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System, a comprehensive program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. 

RAD is not a martial arts program. Rather than simply focusing on physical defense, the course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, before progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense.

Courses are taught by Ball State police officers who are nationally certified RAD instructors.


Contact Lt. Matt Gaither.

Participants receive a workbook and reference manual.

The RAD system is taught at many universities and colleges around the country. The widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of the tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. RAD teaches women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by using easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics.

Group RAD Class:

If you have a group interested in a private RAD Class please complete this form.