Welcome to Master McCann's Academy of Martial Arts

4224 US 9, Howell New Jersey 07731

Martial Arts Excellence since 2005

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We offer martial arts classes to suit all different ages …. from beginners through advanced!

Teens & Adults


Get Fit While Discovering the UNSTOPPABLE Power of Hapkido with our absolute beginners course!


Kids Classes

Pre- School through Middle School

SKYROCKET Your Child’s Confidence and Self-Esteem with our Six Week Beginners course.


My son has been going to Master McCann’s Academy for 5 years. It is, without a doubt, one of the best martial art programs around. The confidence, focus, structure and values my son has gained under the training of Master McCann has overflowed into his conduct in school, other sports and at home.Nadia Tsettos Gregory, Farmingdale NJ

An awesome environment to learn some real modern day self defense….and get a real good workout too!!William Sotomayor, Howell NJ

Brian McCann’s Self Defense Academy – Martial Arts in Howell NJ Brian McCann’s Self Defense Academy is the answer for anyone looking for a realistic and scientific approach to martial arts in New Jersey. It is important to us that our students have the opportunity at our school to learn at their own pace. Not everyone is the same age, has the same natural abilities, or the time to devote to it. They all have the option to come to Hapkido classes as often as they like during the month which we believe is part of what differentiates us from other martial arts schools. It gives the student a chance to work around their busy schedule and come when they have time to. It also gives the ones that want to learn quickly the option to come a few times during one week or even a couple times in one day. Master McCann’s has been teaching martial arts programs for adults and for children for a number of years in Howell and the surrounding area of NJ. You can learn more information about us to get a better sense of our schools’ history and the members who will be instructing you. Take a look at some of the testimonials about our school and come down to check out a class to see for yourself what we offer and how we can help you. Call Master McCann’s Self Defense Academy in Howell New Jersey at 732-886-5556
Hapkido is a mixed martial art designed for real street self defense, involving no-nonsense techniques with no referees and no rules. In addition to being a powerful and effective martial art, Hapkido also benefits the student’s mental and physical well being. You will be learning self defense in a guaranteed safe, non-judgmental environment. Hapkido self defense is a great way to learn defensive tactics that can be applied in real-life situations. We offer both men and women’s self defense in a conjoined class. Our martial arts classes will not only teach you an amazing skill that will stick with you for life, but offers a fun way to work out in a friendly environment. Our karate school is located in the Howell, Freehold, Jackson, Monmouth County area of New Jersey. We will always do whatever we can to help you exceed your goals and to improve your ability!More Info
Our children’s martial arts programs will help channel your kid’s energy in a productive manner! Our programs are proven to improve their confidence, discipline, motor coordination- all while having fun at the same time! The fun and energetic classes will also help teach self defense skills that will surely aid your child later in life.  Our school offers a variety of martial arts classes that are age-specific and help student, regardless of prior skill level, to reach their full potential and ability.  We have kid’s classes for three and four year olds, for five and six year olds, for children aged seven through nine and lastly, kids aged ten to fourteen. This age-specific program allows our staff to fully focus on the kids and gain a personal relationship with each student. Our karate school is in Howell, NJ, located next to Best Buy and Five guys. More info  

Meet Master Brian

Hi! My name is Brian McCann, and I just wanted to take a second and thank you for your interest in Self Defense Academy! Martial arts are such an amazing life-changing experience! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Master Brian McCann, Owner Self Defense Academy
There are a lot of Martial Art schools in Monmouth and Ocean Counties teaching an abundance of different things. In fact, in order for my son and I to attend Self Defense Academy, I drive past four of them. Master McCann teaches a traditional style of Martial Arts with very realistic applications, and he teaches it well.Burt Salisbury, Jackson NJ

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