Therapy, self defense information offered
by the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Dec. 3 in the Children’s Hospital lobby to to get a free 10-minute
massage offered by the Center for Therapeutic Massage. While there stop
by and visit Lt. Banks of MUSC to learn more about RAD and SAFE.
by Lt. Oneida R. Banks
MUSC Public Safety, RAD instructor
Women can learn that part of their body can be used as a weapon, how to
avoid confrontation and gain many more life-saving self-defense skills
by participating in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems Basic
Physical Defense for Women.
RAD provides basic self-defense techniques to use in real-life
situations—in a dark park, for instance. In addition to hands-on
training, this interactive course teaches its students awareness and
MUSC has such a significant population of women, from all ages, sizes
and backgrounds. Women, young and old, must know how to protect
themselves and realize they have the power to protect themselves.
Through RAD, we’re giving women the tools to react and resist an
attack, if they want to use them.
The RAD course is broken into three, three-hour sessions; a fourth
dynamic simulation session that involves mock attackers in protective
suits and surprise scenarios also is offered. In the initial session,
RAD students receive reference manuals discussing various strategies
and the basic principals of defense. Two lessons incorporate offensive
and defensive postures, locating vulnerable areas of an attacker, and
turning personal items into weapons. Participants of the optional
simulation seminar can put together everything they’ve been taught to
get themselves out of whatever mock situation they’re presented.
Because 90 percent of self-defense is mental preparedness, awareness
and risk reduction are critical. The balance of self-defense is
physical. RAD provides the knowledge, which builds self confidence.
Repetition is the key to making a newly learned technique into an
instinct, and the RAD program assists in this development. In addition,
RAD offers a lifetime free return and practice policy that allows women
to continue their self-defense education at any participating
university campus throughout the country. Meanwhile, RAD sessions
offered by MUSC and the S.C. Department of Public Safety are free.
If a three-session course is too much of a commitment, another option
is Self-Defense Awareness Familiari-zation Exchange (SAFE).
SAFE is a method of distributing crime prevention information for home
study and reference. The program educates teenaged and adult women how
to reduce their risk of victimization and introduces them to some
physical preparedness. SAFE will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8
p.m. Dec 10 in the Harper Student Wellness Center auditorium. This
course also is free of charge.
For more information on RAD and SAFE, or to register for either program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 792-2261.
Stop by the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table between 10 a.m.
and 1 p.m. on Dec.3 to get a free 10-minute massage offered by the
Center for Therapeutic Massage.
note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st.
Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee
wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column
seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful
information concerning all aspects of health.
Nov. 28, 2008