Tactical Research & Development Group

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Matt Byrne

Martial Arts Expert

Matthew Byrne is a dedicated martial artist with over 25 years of experience in the world of combat and self-defense. Matthew's journey in martial arts has taken him on a path of relentless dedication, where he has honed his skills in Jeet Kune Do and various other disciplines. His expertise extends to competitive stick fighting, single and double stick techniques and a profound understanding of self-protection strategies.

He has had the privilege of training with some of the best in the industry, including the renowned Richard Bustillo, one of Bruce Lee's original students. These experiences have not only enriched his knowledge but also inspired him to share his expertise with others.

In his twenties, Matthew began working as a security professional in Kettering, a role that lasted for approximately 15 years. During his time on the front lines of security, he encountered numerous challenging and potentially dangerous situations. From handling altercations within venues to facing attacks on the front door, Matthew's extensive training and preparation played a crucial role in ensuring his safety. His ability to employ control and restraint techniques in high-pressure situations, deal with individuals carrying weapons like knives, meat cleavers and even an ice axe, reflects his unwavering commitment to self-protection and the safety of others.

Matthew's dedication to the martial arts community goes beyond personal development. He has also shared his knowledge by teaching the TRDG (Tactical Research Development Group) knife system to young adults facing threats in sports event changing rooms. This commitment to empowering others underscores his belief in the importance of self-protection and preparedness in today's world.

As a full instructor certified by IMB (International Martial Arts and Boxing), a JKD (Jeet Kune Do) Black Belt, and an instructor under Andy Gibney in the Unified Fighting System, Matthew Byrne possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience that he eagerly imparts to his students. His affiliation with PHASE 5 under Johan Skalberg in Kali Sikaran International further demonstrates his commitment to continuous learning and growth.

Matthew has been a valued member of the Tactical Research Development Group since 2017, where he actively contributes to the development and enhancement of self-defense strategies. His passion for teaching and his dedication to empowering individuals in a world where self-protection and awareness are increasingly crucial make him a remarkable martial arts instructor.

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