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Program Teaches Kids Self-Defense Techniques

Trainers at RAD kids are teaching young people how to protect themselves. RAD stands for resisting aggression defensively.
Thousands of children are abducted each year in the United States - most by people they know - a family member, a friend, a babysitter or neighbor.

But dozens of young girls and boys are taken by total strangers. 

Either way, it's important to teach your children how and when to protect themselves.

That's why trainers at RAD Kids are teaching young people how to protect themselves. RAD stands for resisting aggression defensively.

The program teaches and empowers children to recognize, avoid, resist, and escape violence.

RAD instructor Joanne Waite teaches specific drills like elbowing, hand blocking, and knee strikes.

In one demonstration the girls practice escaping from their backpacks. Another scenario involves a possible abduction in a store.

Whether they are heel kicking or using pepper fingers, the practice helps them prepare physically and mentally.

"It makes me feel confident, more confident in myself," said Emily Waite, RAD Kid.

The program gives kids, no matter what their age, permission to defend themselves.

"We help kids learn that they are in charge of themselves," said Joanne Waite, RAD Kids instructor.

There are programs in 46 states, Canada, and the UK.
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