September 30, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, email@example.com
The California State University, Bakersfield Police Department will be offering women’s self-defense classes for CSUB students, faculty and staff Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16.
Rape Aggression Defense, or RAD, is the largest women’s self-defense training program in the country, being taught by more than 350 universities and municipal law enforcement departments nationwide.
The RAD system is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on
to the basics of hands-on defense training.
“The class will educate women on basic confrontational principals,” said CSUB police officer Carla Johns. “Women will learn they can be dependent on themselves. They’ll realize their own physical power.” Johns said participants will learn what their own personal weapons are, such as their hands, feet and head. They will also learn about the vulnerable areas on assailants.
Johns said classes are offered almost every quarter and attendance fills up fast. A waiting list is also being established for future classes.
The classes are free and open to students, faculty and staff of CSUB and CSUB Antelope Valley. Participants must complete 12 hours of instruction in order to take part in the simulated attack at the end of the course.
Class begins on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Icardo Center.
Classes Saturday through Sunday, Oct. 15-16, will be from 9 to 1 p.m. in the old gym. Participants should dress in athletic attire and bring water.
For additional information, please contact officer Darren Chaney or Johns at (661) 654-2111.