MTSU RAD self-defense program

MURFREESBORO, TENN. (WSMV) - Middle Tennessee State University Police Department is offering a free 4-week course to females for self-defense.

Jason Hurley, MTSU police training sergeant, is one of three campus officers and one campus dispatcher certified to instruct the Rape Aggression Defense Systems, RAD, course.

“I feel a personal responsibility to provide the knowledge and experience that I have to help survivors overcome their fear, depression and anxiety,” Hurley said. “When I see those faces turn to happiness, joy, confidence and empowerment and see their self-respect regained, nothing is more rewarding to me.”

The RAD course will teach realistic self-defense tactics and techniques to women, providing both risk awareness, reduction, recognition and avoidance education along with hands-on, physical defense instruction and practice. 

The four week course will begin September 7th and run through September 30th and will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This course is free of charge and is available to female MTSU students, faculty, staff and community members age 13 and older.

Anyone wishing to register can do so by emailing their registration here or by visiting the MTSU RAD website here. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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