Women's Self-Defense


R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense)

The R.A.D. program is not a traditional self-defense course. It fills a long-standing void by enabling women to learn in a period of several hours, a set of cognitive and physical skills which will be of benefit for years to come.  The R.A.D. approach to personal safety education embodies a practical blend of threat avoidance strategies and "real world" assault resistance tactics. The focus of the R.A.D. course is on the development of easily mastered personal safety skills. These personal safety skills can be safely practiced within a comfortable learning environment. The coupling of specific physical skills with a threat assessment process which will increase physical safety awareness. The overall goal of R.A.D. is to reduce victimization through informed decision making and sensible action.  The choice to be made regarding resistance in any particular situation is a very personal one. The R.A.D. students find the manner of instruction to be supportive and as a whole to be a very empowering experience.

The course also offers the student a unique "return and practice" policy. Once the student has completed a class, she has the opportunity to return to any class, free of charge, to practice concepts and to enhance techniques. This offer is good for life at any class in Canada or the United States.

Due to current circumstances related to COVID-19, R.A.D. registration will be suspended until further notice.


Participants are required to attend 12 hours of training in order to qualify for the free lifetime return and practice policy.

Courses are $25 for students, $30 for staff. Registration is payable by cheque or cash prior to commencement of the course at the Welcome Centre, 423 University Crescent, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Please note that course fees are non-refundable when registration is cancelled by the registrant.

Upcoming Course:

***Courses available upon request for a minimum of 10 students. 

For more information please contact the RAD Instructors at RAD@cc.umanitoba.ca


Please note that an optional Keychain Defence Option (KDO) may take place at the end of the Basic Course. 



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