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self defense

There are currently no sessions scheduled.

Contact Officer Everse at for more information.

rad logo The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The RAD System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a Martial Arts program. The course is taught by nationally certified RAD Instructors and provides each student with a workbook/reference manual.

Our Nationally Certified RAD Instructors:
Officer Mike Everse 
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University
8 years as a certified Police Officer
Hope College Campus Safety Officer since 2000
Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do

Officer Glendene Lahr 
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University
12 years as a certified Police Officer
Hope College Campus Safety Officer since 1991

Who can take the class?

Only female Hope students may enroll.

What will each class be like?  How much physical activity will be required? 

The classes will consist of some seminar-type presentation, as well as some basic hands-on defense training.  There will be a moderate amount of physical activity as part of the training, so comfortable workout attire is recommended.  

How much does it cost?

A $15 deposit is due at the time of sign up and will reserve your spot in the class.  After all three classes are fully completed, the money will be returned to you. All materials and instructions will be provided to you free of cost.