Heather, the Founder and Chair of Surviving to Thriving, an Atlanta based non-profit teaches the headlining program of R.A.D. Women’s Self-Defense. We feature the program R.A.D. which stands for Rape Aggression Defense. This is a great program that provides empowerment to women through controlled environments and trained instructors. Learn more at R.A.D.
The mission of the R.A.D. Systems is to establish an accessible, constantly improving and internationally respected alliance of dedicated Instructors. These Instructors in turn, will provide educational opportunities for women, children, men and seniors to create a safer future for themselves. In doing this, we challenge society to evolve into an existence where violence is not an acceptable part of daily life.
R.A.D. is the largest network of its kind with over 11,000 Instructors receiving training in our systems to date. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally. R.A.D. has trained more than 900,000 women since the program began in 1989.
The R.A.D. Aggressor Simulation Training Suit® was designed and constructed specifically for R.A.D. Systems training scenarios at moderate force levels. Macho Products, Inc.®, a martial arts equipment manufacturer, contacted R.A.D.’s Director of Instructional Development, Larry Nadeau, in April of 1995, requesting that he consult them on the “Self Defense Suit” concept. Their intention was to contact a number of self defense industry experts, but they soon realized that R.A.D. Systems was the largest, fastest growing and most reputable self defense organization in the country and that R.A.D. had been conducting state of the art simulation training for many years.
The R.A.D. Systems Simulation Training philosophy was a perfect testing ground for this revolutionary new suit, and the organizations many capable instructors were the perfect evaluators of a completely new product line. Larry was Macho’s top consultant on self defense issues concerning the simulation suit construction and testing process.
The R.A.D. Aggressor Suit® is the World’s first manufacturer produced self-defense training suit, the trailblazing original! Accept no imitators! The R.A.D. Systems Aggressor is only available to certified R.A.D. Systems Instructors who independently choose to incorporate simulation training into their programs. Simulation training is not a mandatory part of any basic level program within the R.A.D. Systems.