History of Lanza’s

Lanza's Martial Arts, Freehold, NJ, Karate The wife and husband team of Maria and Richard Lanza are the head instructors and owners of Lanza’s Martial Arts Freehold, NJ. The Lanza’s have studied the martial arts for over 30 years and as parents of two children who also train in the art they know firsthand that martial arts represents the most important family values of, self-esteem, confidence, motivation, goal setting and discipline. At Lanza’s Martial Arts you will find a family atmosphere geared toward learning both life skills and self-defense. Students of all ages will benefit from training and classes combine fun and exciting self-defense along with high energy workouts.

The Lanza’s knew they wanted to share their love and benefits of martial arts to both children and adults with their award winning classes. Children experience better grades, more confident behavior and self-esteem through setting goals and successfully advancing through the ranking system of the martial arts. Your child will develop ambition, drive, determination through practice, discipline, and the value of hard work. And by paying attention in class, and respecting their instructors and fellow students, they’ll learn patience, respect and manners. These qualities will stay with them for life.

Adults will feel more relaxed, balanced and less stressed with more patients to cope with the rigors of life. This will help them to be a more productive, calm and focused while losing weight and feeling much healthier.


Members of Dillman Karate International one of the largest and most prestigious martial arts organizations in the world they have traveled and attended numerous martial arts training and philosophical seminars, Maria earned her Godan 5th dan and Richard earned his Shichidan 7th dan Grandmaster.

They have trained with world-renowned BLACK BELT HALL OF FAME instructors including: Grandmaster George A. Dillman, Grandmaster Remy Presas, Professor Wally Jay, Grandmaster Leon Jay, Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, Steven K. Hayes, Grandmaster Joe Lewis, Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker, Leo Fong, Shidoshi-Ho Will Maier and many others. This exposure too many different styles and systems allows the Lanza’s to teach a wide range of exciting and effective techniques that draw on the world’s most effective self-defense. With their continuing study of Kenpo, Ryu Ku Kempo, Kysho Jitsu, Small Circle Jujitsu and Arnis Lanza’s Martial Arts developed a system, which is effective for all types of people no matter of age, shape or size.

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