A free self-defense class for teen-aged and adult females will be offered in Anderson County from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Palestine YMCA, located at 5500 N. Loop 256 near the Story Intermediate School in Palestine.
The RAD (Rape, Aggression, Defense) System will be taught by Donald Hammock, executive director of the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties. Hammock is also a reserve peace officer and a certified RAD instructor.
The program addresses the needs of women to acquire self defense strategies in a relatively short amount of time.
It is the only self defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, National Academy of Defense Education and National Self Defense Institute.
According to Hammock, the certification process to teach this program is stringent.
“In order to teach this program, one has to be a certified peace officer,” Hammock said. “This means that the students are being instructed by someone who has dealt with violent perpetrators in real life.
“This gives the program itself some credibility as a system that really works when needed.”
Interested females can register by calling 903-723-5858 in Palestine or 903-586-9118 if in Jacksonville. Plans are under way to soon host a training in the Jacksonville area.