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Self-Defense Classes


The UConn Police Department in partnership with Community Standards, the Off-Campus Student Services and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, functioning together to reaffirm the goal of providing the highest level of safety and well-being to the UConn community, offers FREE self-defense classes.

The Resisting Aggression with Defense (R.A.D.) Basic Personal Defense System is a national program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques network dedicated self-defense instructors that has been established by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors since 1989.

These programs train both men and women in basic self-defense techniques and offers viable options when confronted with various threats of violence and aggression.

The R.A.D. system is not a martial arts class. All courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors from the UConn Police and Fire Departments.


Women’s Self Defense Classes


The 14 hour course (12 hours for Faculty/Staff), usually broken down into 3 and 4 hour blocks, educates women about defensive strategies using simple and effective tactics and a unique teaching methodology. This comprehensive course progresses from awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance to basic self-defense participation. The course includes an illustrated and easily read student manual that outlines the entire physical self-defense program. The student class features guest speakers from the Women’s Center, Community Standards, the Office of Student Services & Advocacy, and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crises Services.

This course is offered throughout the year and general sessions are announced on our website and through the UConn Daily Digest. We also can work to schedule a special program for your group. Please note that any self-defense class requires practice time and physical exertion. The Police Department cannot offer self-defense classes of fewer hours than listed. If you would like general safety programming, please visit our Education and Crime Prevention Page for more information.

“This is a great service to provide! It was a lot fun, the instructors where great-not only educated you correctly but had fun while doing it!!! Great job!!!”

“I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in this class free of charge and feel more comfortable with UConn PD. It was definitely outside of my comfort zone but I’m glad I did it.”

“I am glad this class was offered. I enjoyed getting to meet UConn police officers.”

“This was an amazing experience. I feel so empowered as a woman and greatly appreciate the skills that I have gained here.”

“I feel much more confident that I could defend myself if attacked. I think all women should take this training.”

“It was a great class for the UConn Community!”

“Excellent course. Can’t wait to practice more!”


Men’s Self-Defense Classes


The goal of this 12 hour course (4 classes) is to provide realistic self-defense options to men regardless of their physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. for men stands for Resisting Aggression with Defense and is designed to empower men to make different decisions when confronted with aggressive behavior.

This course is offered periodically and upon request by a group of 5 or more. If you are interested in hosting a Men’s Self-Defense Class or have questions, please complete the UCPD Self-Defense Programs General Inquiry Form.


General Inquiry Request Form


Self-Defense Programs General Inquiry Form

Fill out this form to request general information about our Self-Defense programs

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Self-Defense Program Sign-Up Interest Form


Self-Defense Program Sign-Up Interest Form

Fill out this form to sign up for participation in our Self-Defense programs

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