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Self-Defense for the Women in your Life

          April, 2019

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" One's dignity 
may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never 
be taken away unless it is surrendered." 

by Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American actor, comedian, author and film producer

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I recently took part in a self-defense class with my daughter. Sadly, there are people out there with negative motives and distorted thoughts. I asked the officer who runs the program to write a short explanation of the program so as to share it with my readers. From a positive perspective, taking this class has empowered both my daughter and I, should we ever be caught in a harmful situation. The program is free, is offered all over the country and you can go back as often as you like to keep your skills sharpened. I encourage you to pass this newsletter on to the wonderful ladies in your life and encourage to seek out a local program to participate in.

I am thankful for the time and patience of the Irving Police Department and to Officer Jill Smith and her team of professionals in particular for hosting this program. They did an amazing job.

As always, please pass along this information to someone you feel may benefit from its content.

Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT
305 Miron Drive 
Southlake, TX 76092
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From The Positive Perspective......    

Have you ever been in a situation in which you were attacked? Have you ever been caught off guard or felt threatened in a situation for which you weren't prepared? Have you ever wondered what you would do if you had to physically defend yourself or someone you love? Many women find themselves thinking about these situations with uncertainty. Many women have had to struggle through actual incidents of assault. While we can't take all of the bad out of the world around us, we can all be better prepared to deal with it.

I want you to think about self-defense for a few minutes. What would it look like if you were to sign up for one of those classes? If you're envisioning images of Kung-Fu movies, floating high kicks, and back flips- hang on. I've got something different in mind that works well for many women. It's called RAD (Rape Aggression Defense). RAD is a women's self-defense class that teaches realistic and easy to use techniques. This is a program for ladies of all abilities. RAD caters to beginners. You don't have to be an athlete to take this short course. It's not a karate class and there is no special clothing or items to buy. In fact, it's held at the Irving Police Department several times a year. The best part- it's completely free.

We teach you the proper way to punch and kick. We teach you how to get out of tight places such as bear hugs and choke holds. This class gives you many options for your mental and physical "tool box" so you are better prepared to deal with threatening situations. RAD is a 4-day class (total of 12 hours). Each night we have a lecture/Q&A time followed by time in the gym learning hands-on techniques. The last day is the best! Our male officers wear fully padded suits and you go through short scenarios in which you actually get to use your new moves.

The Irving Police Department hosts several free RAD classes per year. Please check our calendar periodically as we typically hold one class per quarter. You can find more information and a link to our calendar at: https://www.cityofirving.org/2129/Rape-Aggression-Defense-Systems 

If you are unable to join us at IPD, please check your area police agencies as some of them offer RAD programs.

This is something that you can do!

Jill Smith 737
Advanced RAD Instructor
Irving Police Department
305 N. O'Connor
Irving, TX 75061

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