FAQ: What is radKIDS?



What is radkids?
RadKIDS is a Personal Empowerment Safety Education Program created on the east coast and now providing professionally trained and nationally certified instructors right here in Tucson.
What is taught in radkids?
Besides its Self Defense component, the radKIDS program with its nationally recognized curriculum, helps empower children between the ages of 4 to 12 years old with the basic physical and mental skills needed to survive potential harmful situations that not only involve health and safety but also personal choices. These situations can range from dealing with a Bully at school pushing drugs to a predator attempting to trick and abduct your child. The radKIDS training program is realistic in nature, yet progressive in reinforcing the confidence needed to deal with above mentioned potential bad situations.
What topics are covered in radkids?
The radKIDS program, over the period of a training cycle, covers topics such as:
~ The proper use of 911 and how to relate information when in danger.
~ Home safety: strangers at the door, fire escape planning, accidental drug and gun encounters.
~ Outside safety: what to do if they get lost, drowning prevention and aggressive dog attacks.
~ Manipulative tricks used by bullies, gangs, bad strangers and predators.
~ Development of confidence, self respect and awareness of good, bad, and uncomfortable touch.
Does radkids teach physical techniques?
Besides the above educational topics, the radKIDS personal protection component also teaches hands on self defense techniques (kicks, knees, elbows, hammer strikes...) that they get a chance to practice often, on one of our padded up instructors.
Realistic Defense Drills are also implemented throughout the r.a.d. (Recognize Avoid Defend) KIDS program. Drills that are covered often include:
~Assertive behavior methods to use against Bullies
~Abduction Prevention and Escape Techniques
How is the radkids program run?
The training cycle for the radKIDS program is typically run in one of three ways:
1. The 8 hour full course is split into four 2 hour sessions, in the fall (September-October).
2. Intro classes are held as 40 minute classes on one sunday per month from January to April.
3. Private small group training sessions are available from May to August.
Do you provide one to one radkids personal (private) instruction....whats the cost?
Yes we do provide personal instruction. Generally this type of private instruction is given to children that have been bullied at school and prefer individual training before entering our group classes. The cost is $20 per hour for the one to one training at our location. Summer, our lead teaching assistant, can be contacted to schedule training dates and times.
Why do the kids only train between 8 hours in radkids?
Although this may "seem" as a short amount of training time.. children always leave the program with the foundations necessary to protect themselves from potential danger. Also, once the kids have graduated the "radKIDS 8 hour 'awareness-prevention' course", they are welcomed to come back for FREE until they are 13, to practice at anytime during any of the scheduled classes held throughout the year. Hence they can actually train beyond the 8 hours.....but its really up to the parents/guardians and kids to come in.
Can I bring my child to one class or the whole 8 hour program?
Its recommended to attend the full 8 hour 'awareness-prevention course', but you can come to one class to see to test it out. Keep in mind that all of the above topics are covered over the 8 hour training period (which is taught in 4 blocks of time for 2 hours) all dependent on the training cycle a parent selects. Parents can initially select to register their child for: the fall-time weekend cycle in September and October or the winter cycle of one sunday per month for 40 minutes. Our classes are also divided into the age ranges of pre-schoolers (3-4), young children (5-7), and kids/pre-teens... 8-12 years old.

Can I as a parent stay and watch/participate in radkids?
We always ask that a parent, guardian or care giver stay in the class with the child/ren during the days of training. Since we are not a baby-sitting facility you are encouraged to participate as well and show your support to your child's new endeavor.
What would be the cost, minimum/maximum number of kids and amount of sessions?
The normal fee, per child, for the whole 8 hour (4 day) course is $70 at our location. If kids/parents cant make the whole 8 hour session, privates can be scheduled at our location. Minimum 2, max 6.
Can we arrange for a custom session and location or would it only be at your downtown site?
Classes held at our facility would not incur a re-location fee. The whole 8 hour program is currently scheduled at our location and would run for four days at 2 hours typically 09:00 until 11:00 am. Once a child attends, completes and graduates the program they can then attend future classes for free until they are 12. We can also  provide a custom session at our location for a group of four or more children. This is all dependent on instructor and space availability. To have a class at your location (community room, neighborhood clubhouse, church, school cafeteria..etc) it prompts a re-location fee of $20 plus the above mentioned instructional fee.
Will my child/ren be frightened by any phase or discussion in the program?
No. In all of the years of training children and families we have had only one child be scared and that occured when the mom yelled at the little one for not running fast enough. We are there to support innocent children and to deal with immature parents such as the one mom that "yelled" at her child. Most of the kids participating initially, have demonstrated nervousness in the beginning but in the end... all leave smiling or giggling due to the fun they had. Most parents get a 'kick' out of the physical defense training that they can partake in during the program as well.
Who teaches radkids?
We are professionally trained instructors assisting pro-active families in ensuring the overall well being of their children and their future. While not a martial art, radKIDS does provide instructors with extensive experience in various personal protection systems.
I heard that your training facility is 'gritty' & your instructors "too real".....hows that?
We run the radKIDS program out of a Crossfit Training facility near downtown. The building is in an industrial area and displays its hardiness with style. Many parents enter through our gates having done their research....understanding that the quality of instruction supercedes how pretty the studio is or where its located. Those that expect a high end studio, with pretty colorful walls and cushy sofas, should go elsewhere. Our training team, purposely, chose this gritty location... one that challenges the perception of everyone. Our instructors do keep it 'real'....we educate families and children on the harsh reality of the bad people that exist out there... from all walks of life not discriminating from any Socio Economic Status. As we tell our radKIDS..."its not what a person looks like, but what they do". In context, we educate children on how fear, panic, violence, and aggression can impede or ensure their survival during dangerous situations. Enlightened parents understand the importance of this disclosure and know that coddling or sheltering their little ones, can be an obstacle to their child's personal development and empowerment.

How do I sign up my child and what is the cost?
Please call us during office hours or email our team to reserve a spot in the next 8 hour session or monthly mini-class. For prices, and to see when we will hold our next session, click here. Please understand that all children signing up for this program must be well behaved and focused.  

Parents, please register your child/ren (ages 5-8) soon, since space is limited to less than 5 children per session. These small group classes are designed to provide more personal instruction and attention to each child attending.

Parental support and discipline is extremely important as well. Payments of cash or check ($10-$70) can be settled at the class location on the day of the training.

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Whats the story and drive behind radkids?
Created by Massachusetts Police Officer Steve Daley in 1998, radKIDS, Inc. has been committed to providing education that enhances the ability of children and parents to utilize knowledge, skills, and power to protect themselves from violence and harm.

Complementing the womens R.A.D. (resisting agression defensively) program... radKIDS strengthens family, encourages physical fitness, and teaches core safety values to live by through its program. Fun, activity-based programs include lecture, safety drills, muscle memory exercises and dynamic simulation.

radKIDS community based programs have been offered as after school programs, day camps, recreation programs, as well as through scouting and religious youth groups.

Statistics prove its effectiveness:~Over 125,000 children have been trained in the radKIDS personal Empowerment Safety education program. More than 2500 community based instructors have been trained in over 45 states and Canada.~ More than 59 children threatened with abduction used their skills and returned safely to their families.~Hundreds of children spoke up and got the help they needed to stop the abuse.

Through the radKIDS training, children become empowered and learn to replace the fear, confusion, and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, personal safety skills, and higher self-esteem.