Theresa Byrne: self defense expert, a 4th Degree Black Belt owner of United Martial Arts & Fitness Center in Denver. Incorporating self-defense components from several martial art disciplines, her seminars offer the student the Best of the Best. Using each students unique body style and strengths… this unique perspective the instructor helps students identify, react, and disable threats with skills they can incorporate into their everyday lives…allowing them to feel empowered with the knowledge of how to defend themselves and their families.


Experience and Credentials

  • Colorado State University: B.A. in Speech Communications with concentrations in Social Work/Business/Marketing & Psychology
  • Social Work Dept at CSU: Crisis & Information Hotline Certified Volunteer & Trainer (6 years):Paraprofessional (2 years). Basic Training Paraprofessional (2 years) Management Paraprofessional (1 year)
  • C.M.T-Certified Massage Therapist since 2003 (Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Neuromuscular, Sports Massage/Sports Injury concentration)
  • 2nd Degree Certified Reiki Energy Healer 2003/Trained Intuitive since 2006
  • Group & Personal Fitness; Training with Special Populations (Children), Sports Medicine Certified: AAAI/ISMA, AFAA since 1999
  • Adrenal Stress Conditioning Instructor/Coach since 2000 (Adrenal Defense Training)
  • Anger Management Educator and Trainer since 2008
  • Power/Fitness Trainer for “Fitting In”, 2007-2008 documentary airing on ABC Family
  • Creator of “The Fitness Revolution for Kids” 2009 an exercise DVD (
  • Creator/inventor of defense tool  2012
  • Author of InPower: A Guide To Unleashing Your Superpowers 2013
  •  Writer for national online magazines: The Good Men Project and Huffington Post
  • 4th Degree Black Belt Master Instructor
  • 2011 co-author of chapter as the “movement and fitness expert” in the book “Fat is not a Four Letter Word”.

19+ years of training in a variety of martial arts styles & disciplines: Tae Kwon-Do, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Hapkido, Brazillian Ju Jitsu, Krav Maga & Filipino weapon arts

*IPDTI-International Police Defense Tactics Instructor Certified

*Anger Management Certified Coach & Certified Educator

*Certified FAST (Fast Adrenal Stress Training) Defense Instructor and Coach (certified since 2000)

*EZ Defense For Kids Certified Instructor and Coach (since 2000)

*2009 appeared on “The Best Defense” Television show teaching self-defense from a woman’s perspective

*2010 Female host and self-defense expert on SPIKE TV Show “Don’t Be a Victim” appearing in “Practical Tactical”, “If Your Life Depended On it” and

*Creator of personal empowerment programs called, “Finding Your Voice” and “Practical Self-Defense”, and “Shift Into Power”