Students learn self-defense

More classes to come for men and women

By Erika Walker
On September 8, 2016
The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and ASU teamed up to offer Rape Aggression Defense classes for women Sept. 3 in the Center for Human Performance. 
“It is my personal goal as an instructor to teach the students enough about being prepared and aware of their surroundings that they don’t ever need to use the physical skills they learn,” R.A.D. Instructor Kaitlyn Brosh said.  “We can’t guarantee their success, but we can give them all the tools to try. “
The R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense Program allows women to grow academically, emotionally and physically. 
It is a comprehensive program with the goal to promote instinctive learning when it comes to personal safety.
Because men commit the vast majority of crimes against women, the program is designed to specifically address a woman’s experiences with the threat and actuality of sexual violence and harassment. 
“I feel safe enough to walk the mall alone,” Imelda Arzate, junior, said. “But, I also think it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Three more classes will be held Sept. 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.,  Sept. 10. from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Sept. 11 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the CHP.
Although the class was originally started to focus on women’s self-defense, a version of the course is also offered to men.
The R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense for Men is designed to empower men to make different decisions when confronted with aggressive behavior. 
Men are presented with options to resist aggression, raise awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives and take steps to avoid aggressive behavior by analyzing how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence. 
“We want to empower women to take control of their own safety,” Brosh said. “We want to empower men to rethink their understanding of aggression and how they deal with it in themselves and others and help them find ways to assist in creating get a society where women don’t have to live in fear of violence.”
Bosh said the classes also involve discussions to help trainees open up to their peers.
A R.A.D. self-defense class for men will also be held Sept. 10 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  in the CHP.
The R.A.D. Systems of Self Defense are the national standard for self defense and are the only program to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

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