A three-day quarterly Women’s Basic Self-Defense Class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 28 through 30.
The class, open to female service members, family members and Department of Defense civilians ages 14 and older, will kick off Aug. 28 at Army Community Service, Building 486 and conclude Aug. 29 and 30 at Pippin Youth Center.
Carol Oberwager-Spencer, installation Sexual Assault Response coordinator, serves as a trainer for the Rape Aggression Defense Systems certified class.
“The R.A.D. Systems Women’s Basic Self-Defense builds confidence and provides education and tools to hopefully avoid abduction and physical harm should a woman find herself the victim of a violent attack,” Oberwager-Spencer said. “The class builds confidence through education about risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition and risk avoidance and by teaching basic physical responses by using repetitive movements over the nine hours of class.”
Students will be educated on safety and basic techniques to avoid abductions during the training.
“They will also learn the defense must match the offensive manner in which they are being attacked. They are not taught to take the attacker down or to stay and fight, but to avoid abduction and get away from the attacker using a combination of education, verbal warning, and physical techniques,” Oberwager-Spencer said.
“The defense must be proportionate to the attack. The main objective for a woman taking this self-defense class is to learn the options they have to protect themselves,” she said.
Participants are encouraged to participate in the full nine hours of the course to learn the necessary means of self-defense.
“Participants can choose non-participation at any time for any reason, without any questions being asked. Instructors also work with individuals who may have limitations,” Oberwager-Spencer said.
The first class is an overview and discussion of risk reduction and prevention. The next two classes consist of learning and practicing physical defense moves.
Oberwager-Spencer hopes to eventually have a simulation team come to the installation to help provide an additional three-hour class where students can combine the skills they learn.
“All past and present R.A.D students would be given a refresher and then be offered the opportunity to participate in a couple of simulation scenarios,” she said.
The course is free on the installation and the R.A.D. System provides a lifetime return and practice policy for all basic students.
“R.A.D. Systems is the largest network of its kind with more than 11,000 instructors teaching at various colleges, universities, municipal law enforcement agencies, and military installations as well as various other community organizations internationally,” Oberwager-Spencer said.
The R.A.D. Class instructors try to limit the class to 10 students at a time but do have the capabilities to provide training for larger groups if requested. Staff members have scheduled quarterly R.A.D. classes during the weekday but upon request can provide classes on evenings and weekends.
In addition to the regularly scheduled quarterly class, an additional class has been added by request from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and 25 at ACS.
Registration for the quarterly class closes Aug. 22.
To register, or for more information, contact Oberwager-Spencer at 573.528.4098, 573.596.0212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.