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.

Fall Semester Four Session RAD Class:

This class structure will be based on first come first served with a limit of 20 female participants. Based on interest we will add additional classes. 


November 7th
November 14th
November 21st
December 5th

You must attend all four class dates to participate. Each class starts at 7:30pm and ends at approximately 9:30pm. All classes will be held at the Ball State Police Department. You must be 18 or older to participate. To signup please email Lt. Matt Gaither.

Group RAD Class:

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