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Instructor Bio

Sensei Brian K. McClernan

Yondan-Forth Degree Black Belt

Certified AJA (American Ju-Jijitsu Association) Instructor 

Under the tutelage of Dr. John D. McCurdy, (former Northern Regional Director of the AJA and President of the AJA), Sensei Terry Feelemyer and Sensei Paul Klara, he honed his skills from three of the most respected instructors in the AJA. After reaching the rank of Nidan - Second Degree Black Belt, he built his Dojo in his Timonium, Maryland home. After moving to Carroll County, Maryland in 2014, Brian began a Ju-Jitsu program at the local YMCA. From there, he moved the Dojo to The Gym, in Westminster.

Ho’on Dojo is blessed to have the caliber of top-notch martial artists, who started from the ground up, evolving into a well-rounded Jujitsukas.

Sensei Brian resides in Carroll County with his wife and son, and they are both huge supporters of his teachings and students. 

Darrin has been with Ho'on for over two years and is currently an assistant instructor.

Assistant Instructor Darrin Fox

Darrin, a 1st Degree Brown Belt was recently promoted to Assistant Instructor. Darrin's keen eye for techniques and ability to explain them to new students, has been a huge benefit to this dojo's success and he is an asset to Sensei Brian.

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Forms, Reference, Material, etc.

All new students MUST complete the waiver  form and bring to first day of class. The other documents are for yor reference.

Blending Aikido, Karate & Judo


Having a good ground game always gives you the advantage on the street.


Throws (Judo)

A simple Judo throw may be all that is needed to fend off an attacker

Kicks/Punches (Karate)

A necessary skill needed to firmly stand your ground during an attack

Joint Locks (Aikido)

 Movements (that redirect the opponent's attack) 


Q. Do I have to have any experience?

A. No, we train based on your current abilities.

Q. Is this like MMA?

A. No, this is a traditional art. We do NOT strike to the face.

Q. Will I get hurt?

A. As with all arts (and sports), there is always a risk. We make training at a safe level our main priority.

Q. What age children do you train?

A. With the techniques used, we train  anyone older than 14. This is due to the risk of a young mind not realizing the possibility of inflicting injury on a fellow student with simple techniques.

Q. When will I get promoted in rank?

A. NEVER ask that question. It is about goals and improving your skill-set, not the color of your belt.

Q. How long should I take Ju-Jitsu?

A. Any martial art is a lifelong commitment. Maintaining muscle memory for self-defense is crucial.

Q. What if I have questions that are not listed here?

A. Contact Sensei Brian on his mobile phone: 410-925-6035.


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Ho'on Dojo

336 Royer Road, Westminster, Maryland 21158, United States

(410) 925-6035 (Sensei Brian McClernan) Email:




Thursdays 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sundays 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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