R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense

The Cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems, this course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Classes range from a minimum of nine to twelve hours plus in length, depending on the Instructor.


Provide a truly holistic approach to self defense education, supporting the necessity of continuous learning in order to provide realistic options for each population as they go through life.


Includes educational components comprised of lecture, discussion, physical resistive strategies.


Facilitated by certified R.A.D. Instructors supported by a network of dedicated professionals who honor one another’s students through our unique Lifetime Return and Practice Policy.

Our Story

R.A.D. Edmonton is a non-profit organization that was established in 2005. Founder Constable Joe Spear, an officer with the local Police Service, has been a certified R.A.D. instructor since 1998 where he instructed classes predominantly at the University of Alberta. Those classes, however, were held primarily for University Students and Staff. RAD Edmonton was created so we could offer the option of RAD self-defense education to every woman in Edmonton and its’ surrounding communities.

As with all RAD programs, graduates of RAD Edmonton classes can utilize the free return and practice policy to attend any public classes hosted by RAD Systems worldwide. “We encourage all students to return and practice skills learned in our Basic classes”, states Spear.

All members of RAD Edmonton, both instructors and administrative staff, volunteer their hours to the organization. In addition to the classes they teach, instructors are required to maintain their certification with RAD Canada (nationally), and RAD Systems (internationally) each year.


Upcoming training dates open for registration

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If you have any questions about our program please reach out using the contact form to the right.  One of our instructors will get back to you as soon as possible.

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