Professor Maureen Browne began the study of DanZan Ryu jujitsu in 1970 under the instruction of her brother, the late Prof. Pat Browne. Maureen currently holds the rank of 6th dan and Professor from the Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai. She began practicing aikido in 1971 and trained for several years in Japan. She holds the rank of 4th dan Shidoin in aikido from the United States Aikido Federation--Western Region. Maureen specializes in teaching women's self-defense and developed a program for DuPage Women Against Rape. Maureen has a master's degree in counseling psychology and is an experienced child and family therapist.