RAD Training Pays Off

As RAD instructors, we are blessed with having a nationwide network of instructors who support each other in the work that we do. Below is a success story shared from a RAD Instructor in Georgia, Chris Dykeman. It once again demonstrates that 90% of self defense is education and awareness. With the holiday season upon us, be aware and be careful out there.

Time of Incident: 11/9/07 at appx. 2:15 a.m.

Residents A(male), B(male) & C(female) had just parked their car when they saw two men waiting for them to get out. One of the two had a gun held up at them. The three residents exited the car and they were asked to empty their pockets of any cash, wallets, sketchbooks, etc. Both males did as they were asked. While this was happening, the female faked an asthma attack (as instructed in RADS) which spooked the two men. The two men then started to run away. At this time, a patrol car was passing and saw the men. The police officer chased and caught the two men soon after. The residents called the police immediately and explained everything to them.

I spoke with the female and all are doing well. She was excited and adamant about the fact that she'd learned so much during her RADS course and that it "actually worked".

Although unfortunate that it happened, the success of the student's thinking has been brought to the attention of many on my campus and will hopefully encourage other women to follow through with their intentions of taking the course (we have many sign up, but few follow through).

For me, as an instructor, it reiterates the principle that knowing the 4 risks of personal safety is 90% of self defense education.

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!

Cris Dykeman, MA, LAPC
Counselor and Disability Specialist
Savannah, GA 31401


**Angie M. Tarighi is the CEO/Founder of Women's Self-Defense Institute and EasySafety4U.com providing self defense training, education awareness & personal protection products empowering women to fight back against crime.