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R.A.D. - Basic Physical
Self-Defense for Women

Niles City Police Department and Michigan State police are jointly offering a Basic Physical Self-Defense class for women. R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems of Self Defense is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. This system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about "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. Safety and survival in today's world require a definite course of action and escape. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.

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This 12-hour (women only) course is broken down into 4 easy-to-learn classes for any age or skill level. Classes will be held at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex located at 1600 Silverbrook in Niles, MI.

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Hello and thank you for your interest in our R.A.D (Rape Aggression Defense) Basic Women's Self Defense Course! Below you will find information regarding this Course.

This Course is covered over a four day period. You must attend all four days to receive your certification. Our current classes are scheduled for:

Next RAD Class Dates:   Sept 18 - Sept 28, 2017

Sept 18  (Mon) 6-9 pm Meet at the Niles Fire Department-Council Chambers. This night is mostly classroom but we do get "on our feet" for about 30 minutes at the end of the night. Please bring or wear comfortable athletic shoes (running shoes are discouraged due to the lack of ankle support).

Sept 19 (Tues) 6-9 pm Meet at the Niles Fire Department-Council Chambers. This night is physical training, please wear comfortable, discreet work out style clothing & athletic shoes.

Sept 27 (Wed) 6-9 pm Meet at the Niles Fire Department-Council Chambers. This night is physical training, please wear comfortable, discreet work out style clothing & athletic shoes.

Sept 28 (Thur) 6-10 pm Meet at the Niles City Fire Department-Council Chambers. This night is simulations/scenarios. Please wear comfortable, discreet work out style clothing & athletic shoes. Simulations should be finished around 9pm but we encourage you to stay for approximately one more hour {10pm) where we "de-brief ', meet your aggressors, receive your certificate and review video of your simulation. We know this is a late night but the benefits of the extra hour is worth it~!!

This class requires pre-payment to hold your spot in class. Pre-payment is $20 and covers everything you need for the class. Please bring check or cash to the Niles Law Enforcement Complex with the completed RAD Registration Form. (There are also forms available at the Dispatch Center at the Law Enforcement Complex). If you prefer, you may mail the payment to us at:

Niles Police Department
Attn: Brenda
1600 Silverbrook Ave.
Niles, MI 4912

When mailing a check please make it payable to: City of Niles and in the memo line write:  Sept RAD.  Print a RAD Registration Form.

Payment is expected to reach us by Sept 1st, 2017 to hold your spot. If payment will be late, please contact us by phone at 269-683-1313 ext. 270. Our class size is limited to 25 students to offer you the best of personal instruction. first paid, First Served. We must have a minimum of 10 students to hold the class. If class is cancelled by us for any reason you will have the option of receiving your payment back or applying it to another class. If you cancel for any reason before Sept 1st you will have the option of receiving your payment back or applying it to another class. If you cancel for any reason after Sept 1st, your payment will be applied to a future class.

We provide bottled water and light snacks for each class night at no cost. You are welcome to bring your own beverage or snack with you if you want.

You can reach us at: 269-683-1313 ext. 270 or NilesRAD@nilesmi.org. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in class!!!

Your Niles Law Enforcement Complex R.A.D. Team Instructors:
Officer Angie Lick, V.I.P.
Reserve Officer Julie Sisk
Reserve Officer Juan Gonzalez
Reserve Officer Brian Leonard
State Trooper Holly Tetro
State Trooper Adam Kowalk
Retired State Trooper Rob Herbstreith