Tama Family Martial Arts Center
The Taningco Academy of Martial Arts (TAMA) Family Martial Arts and Fitness Center was established in 1976 on the principle of creating a home for those wanting to develop themselves through progressive martial arts training.
Our current TAMA martial arts center location was built in 1988 as a testament to our commitment to the development and improvement of martial arts training in the Dayton/Miami Valley area.
TAMA is a martial arts center for higher learning with a tradition of excellence in the martial arts. With nearly 44 years of serving the greater Dayton area, Grandmaster Taningco remains very active teaching the programs as the Chief Martial Arts Instructor.
Our passion is helping students set and achieve their immediate and long-term goals. Our desire is to instill in our students the martial core values of discipline, determination, dedication and self-esteem.
“TAMA … building knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in the body through martial arts training, since 1976.”
What We Offer – Eight Diverse Martial Arts Programs
Founded on the strength of our progressive Kenpo karate program, TAMA has grown to offer a total of eight diverse martial arts training programs:
- TAMA Ryu Kenpo Karate
- Tien Shan Pai Kung-fu
- Filipino Kali / Eskrima / Jeet Kune Do
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Muay Thai Kickboxing
- Aikijutsu (Aikido)
- Taiji (Tai Chi)
- Krav Maga / Integrated Self-Defense (ISD) / Self-Protection
Each challenging and rewarding program has its unique focus and personality that motivates our members to grow, not only physically, but also spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. With all programs offered in the same martial arts center, students also have the option to cross-train in as many other disciplines as they wish to find what best meets their personal goals. Through proper martial arts training methodology and studies, continuous research, and fine-tuning of practical application, TAMA provides students a blueprint for success.
Separate Classes For Kids and Adults
By dividing our classes into separate age groups, our certified martial arts instructors are better able to present the material to target the physical and mental abilities appropriate for that age group.
Kids Karate And Kung-Fu Classes (For Ages 7-12)
Our kids’ curriculum emphasizes the tools to equip this age group physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our kids’ karate and kung-fu courses are well-suited to the learning requirements of young students to build their physical strength and coordination skills. Through building their physical skills, children not only actually build physical competencies, but also develop other attributes of confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, and an understanding of accountability. Our classes also afford children the opportunity to develop their sense of sociability, as the classes provide the opportunity to meet, interact, and grow with their new-found friends through the common bond of the martial arts. Activities are performed by the group help them understand the value of diversity, teamwork, and unity.
Mighty Mite Kid’s Karate Class (For Ages 4-6)
The Mighty Mite class is an exclusive program created for youngsters who are about 4 to 6 years of ages. Kids at this age are seen to be lively, extremely curious, and fascinated with discovering new things. Our special Mighty Mites class capitalizes on these energies while offering age-appropriate activities to channel their desires and capabilities. Our program supports their focus, their attentive capabilities, self-control, and respect, and instills self-confidence.
Adult Programs (For Age 13 And Up)
Our adult programs span all eight of our martial arts training disciplines. Each system is presented in a progressive manner that starts a firm foundation of basic techniques and advances into more complex skills. These programs provide proven, classical training methods that continually evolve to meet the students’ needs as they develop. Whether the objective is self-defense or self-discovery or both, TAMA’s adult programs provide the precise level of martial arts training needed to achieve these goals.
Virtue, Wisdom, Humility, Martial Arts
The art of Kuoshu (coming from the Chinese characters for “national art”) is the ancestral Chinese terminology for the complete variation of Chinese martial arts and is created to improve the certain person from a physical perspective. We exercise the Tien Shan Pai motto to establish the absolute individual, not just the physical, but the mind, body and spirit.
Virtue 德( dé).
Wisdom 智( zhì).
Humility 謙( qiān).
Martial Art 武( wǔ).
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