In 2013, the Amherst Lions Club and Milford Rotary Club joined forces to provide the Amherst Police Department with the nearly $3,000 needed to purchase the R.A.D. training suits which are used during the full-contact training sessions. The generosity of these two outstanding organizations will be continually realized as each new group of women receives the valuable training and sense of empowerment that this program provides.
We just completed our most recent training class in June 2016. Information on future classes will be posted well in advance of the start date, with the next class to most likely be held this coming fall. However, please e-mail one of our below listed instructors with any questions you may have in the meantime. Also, if you already have a group of 10+ women who would like to arrange a class, please let one of our instructors know so that we may schedule a special training session for your group.
The Amherst Police Department offers a free self-defense training program for women of all ages at different points throughout the year. The program, known as R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense), is self defense program that has been taught to more than 900,000 women since its inception in 1989. R.A.D is not a martial arts class, but rather, is a hands on program aimed at empowerment. RAD is a system that is designed to help women overcome the effects of sexual harassment and sexual violence by teaching awareness, assertiveness, risk reduction and avoidance, and physical defense strategies. R.A.D. allows women to acquire self defense education in a relatively short period of time through a progressive, building block format.
This accelerated skill building eventually culminates in actual demonstrations where both the participant and instructors wear full-contact padded suits. Self defense can be an empowering experience for women. In this class, women will learn basic confrontational principles like understanding reaction time, vulnerable target areas, personal weapons, postures of conflict, and the overall survival mindset. R.A.D. has developed specialized simulation techniques and equipment for use by certified R.A.D. Instructors. R.A.D. is the only self defense program to have been endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the National Academy of Defense Education, the National Self-Defense Institute (NSDI), and Redman Training Gear.
Training programs are conducted by the Amherst Police Department’s three certified R.A.D. instructors, Lieutenant Chad, Officer Heather Blase and Officer Sarah Arnold. Scheduled training programs are held at least twice each year though our instructors are available to accommodate requests for specialized group sessions. Examples to date include programs arranged for Amherst Middle School staff, members of the Souhegan High School girls basketball team, and female sophomore students taking R.A.D. as a physical education elective. If you would like to participate in R.A.D. or schedule a specialized group training program, please contact one of our instructors.