Department of Public Safety

Crime Prevention Education

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West Chester, Pennsylvania 19383
610-436-3311


RAD Self Defense

Self-Defense Education

The R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense offers defense education programs for children, women, men and seniors. These offerings provide a truly holistic approach to self-defense education, supporting the necessity of continuous learning in order to provide realistic options for each population as they go through life. 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 supported by a network of dedicated professionals who honor one another’s student through our unique Lifetime Return and Practice Policy.

Personal self-defense programs developed by R.A.D. Systems have been taught on the campus of West Chester University since 1993. R.A.D. Systems is the National Standard in Self Defense Education™ based at the National Academy of Defense Education in Denham Springs Louisiana. R.A.D. Systems is the largest self-defense educational organization in the United States and Canada and all courses are presented by WCU Instructors currently certified through R.A.D. Systems. All courses taught at the WCU campus are free to members of our campus community.

In addition to the physical defense programs listed below, WCU R.A.D. Instructors can also provide 1-2 hour seminar presentations on personal safety and awareness for those who are interested in learning more about reducing their risk of victimization, but who may not be able to commit to the time required for a complete course.

For more information about R.A.D. Systems self-defense education at WCU, please contact:

Jon Brill (Department of Environmental Health and Safety) at 610-436-2129

Marion McKinney (Office of Residence Life and Housing Services) at 610-436-3307

Shannon Brill (University Student Housing) at 610-436-2368


Physical Defense Programs for Women

BPD - Basic Physical Defense (9-12 hours)
The cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems programming, this system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. R.A.D. Systems operates on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim (supported by research). This course will educate women about Risk Reduction Strategies and the "Fight or Flight Syndrome," while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective. Participants will learn about personal weapons, vulnerable locations postures in conflict and the many options they have available to employ if engaged in an aggressive encounter. This program is a minimum of 9 hours of training and will be 12 hours with simulation.
ASD - Advanced Self Defense (25 hours)
This system of defense builds upon techniques and strategies learned in the Basic Physical Defense class. This program covers more prone defense strategies and multiple subject encounters. Participants must have already completed the Basic Physical Defense course prior to taking Advanced Self-Defense.
KDO - Keychain Defense Options (3-4 hours)
The R.A.D. Keychain Defense Options course is one of the only realistic and court-defensible impact weapons programs available for the general public. Combining proven R.A.D. Physical Defense strategies with revolutionary impact weapons defense techniques, makes this program a worthy addition to the R.A.D. System. Realistic employment, combat effectiveness, ‘light impact”, fluid transitions and even simulation training exercises are all part of this program. This program revolves around use of the Kubaton in conjunction with weapon-enhanced physical skills. This program is a minimum of 3 hours of training and will be 4 hours with simulation. Participants must have already completed the Basic Physical Defense course prior to taking Keychain Defense Options.
ADO - Aerosol Defense Options (3-4 hours)
Using the proven R.A.D. Systems philosophy, this system destroys the myths and manufacturer hype about pepper spray effectiveness and even their ability to deter a committed focused aggressor. Learn the most realistic methods for accessing, deploying and assisting the aerosol defense option; And if it fails to work (and it may), learn the proven backup strategies needed for successful escape. R.A.D. Systems has conducted over 300 videotaped live test exposures to various aerosol products with a wide range of delivery systems. Stop believing a manufacturers selling hype, we know what works and what doesn't through hands on experience. While taking the Basic Physical Defense course prior to participating in the ADO program is not required, it is highly recommended. This program is a minimum of 3 hours of training and will be 4 hours with simulation.

Physical Defense Programs for Men

RFM - Basic Physical Defense (9-12 hours)
Resisting Aggression is a choice. You are responsible for how you respond to any event in your life. Your decisions contribute to your past, present and future. Only you can make the choice to transform your life by committing to resist aggression. By investing your time and effort into this system, you will be presented with educational options to resist aggression. You will be asked to raise your awareness of aggressive behavior, to recognize how aggressive behavior impacts your life, to take steps to avoid aggressive behavior, and to look at how you can be part of reducing aggression and violence. Unfortunately, in a small number of incidents, physical confrontation may be unavoidable. Our program also provides participants with realistic strategies for men forced into physical confrontation. Resisting Aggression with Defense is designed to empower men to make different decisions when confronted with aggressive behavior. This is the first step towards reducing aggression and violence for ourselves and those we love. This program is a minimum of 9 hours of training and will be 12 hours with simulation.

Physical Defense Programs for Children

radKIDS (10 hours)
Other safety programs give children general guidance rules, show videos or simply "talk" to the children. radKIDS is dedicated to providing our children with a hands-on, activity-based physical skill development program empowering our children with options, not fear. radKIDS provides our children with the instinctual options they need to recognize, avoid and if necessary respond to potential danger in their world today. radKIDS has always believed, and it is further proved by the NCMEC study, that the first few seconds of a potentially violent encounter are critical. When a child is approached or grabbed, the response needs to be immediate, instinctual and absolute. This instinctual response can be "taught" and enhanced through individual demonstration, training and practice. radKIDS is dedicated to providing communities and families the tools they need to teach and empower your children with realistic options in their own personal safety.

Physical Defense Programs for Seniors

RFS- Basic Physical Defense (15 hours)
Offering awareness and defense strategies for older adults, this course is taught in a relaxed environment that is conducive to learning tested instructional techniques, proven tactics, and unique insights about the problems unique to older adults. Our program also includes physical defense workouts for technique development, and educational components to assist with the development of defensive strategies. This program is presented in ten (10) 90 minute sessions.

Physical Defense Program for Women, Men and Seniors

WDS – Weapons Defense System (8 hours)
This system teaches participants realistic defensive strategies against edged weapons and firearms. Participation in other RAD Systems defensive courses is not required.



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The fall schedule of RAD for WOMEN is listed below.

To register for any of these classes please click on the registration link

Women's Basic Physical Defense - BPD
Fall 2012 Course #1 (Monday Mornings)
(Two hours once a week for six weeks)

Session 1 September 17th 10am -12 pm
Session 2 September 24th 10am -12 pm
Session 3 October 1st 10am -12 pm
Fall Break Skip Week
Session 4 October 15th Oct 8th – 9th
Session 5 October 22th 10am -12 pm
Session 6 October 29th 10am -12 pm

Fall 2012 Course #2 (Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons)
(Two hours twice a week for three weeks)

Session 1 October 30th 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Session 2 November 1st 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Session 3 November 6th 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Session 4 November 8th 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Session 5 November 13th 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Session 6 November 15th 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Contact Jon Brill if you’re interested in participating in any of these other courses for women. Please check the course description to see if there are pre-requisites.

Advanced Self-Defense Course

Aerosol Defense Options Course

Keychain Defense Options Course

Weapons Defense Systems Course



Register for a WCU R.A.D. Course


The fall schedule of RAD for MEN is listed below.

Men's Basic Physical Defense - RFM
Fall 2012 Course #1 (Wednesday Afternoons)
(Three hours once a week for four weeks)

Session 1 November 7th 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Session 2 November 14th 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Thanksgiving Holiday Skip Week
Session 3 November 28th 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Session 4 December 5th 3:00 - 6:00 pm



For Women and Men - If you are interested in participating in a course with your group on days and times other than those we have on our schedule, please contact Jon Brill for more information on how to register a class specifically for your group. There must be a minimum of 6 participants in your group to schedule a course.


Information on becoming a Certified Instructor for R.A.D. Systems is available by going to the R.A.D. Systems web site, or contacting Staff Instructor Jon Brill.