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UHD Police to Teach Women Self-Defense

It’s always rational to think about what you would do if you’re attacked or assaulted. Could you effectively defend yourself, or would you cooperate to avoid any further harm? Even though it’s a situation no one likes to contemplate, one must be prepared.

Women faculty, staff and students at UHD can take basic steps to prevent or avert a physical attack with a free Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class, which is presented by the UHD Police Department. Hosted by

Sports & Fitness, classes are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 21 and 28 in the Student Life Center. The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The comprehensive course for women begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.

The class, which is four hours in duration, will help women become more aware, confident and prepared to protect themselves if they’re ever in a dangerous situation. Participants will:

  • learn defense against the most common strikes.
  • gain lifestyle awareness knowledge and empowerment to help prevent attacks.
  • receive a RAD booklet that outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth.

The class will be taught by UHD Police Officer Maria Ayala, who says the class is beneficial.

“The class is important to take because it will add a couple of tools to your self defense techniques,” said Ayala. “If you don’t know any self-defense techniques this class is even more important for you to take. It will teach you basic moves and self-defense techniques to get away from an aggressor who is trying to harm you.”

She also said “the reason she’s teaching the class is to educate,demonstrate and to empower women to know that they are capable of defending themselves. All the techniques that are taught in this class are easy to learn, easy to remember, and such a great tool to have in your toolbox when you need it.”

Space is limited. To attend, register here.