Friday Fight Nights at Tama Martial Arts

Friday Fight Nights at Tama Martial Arts

This was an exciting evening at the Tama building as the event was unfolding billed as “Friday Fight Nights” at Tama Martial Arts Center. This event was inspired by the idea of getting the students active in the competition environment. Whereby, each would have 3 rounds to fight in full mode with Muay Thai rules. The rules and regulations were also written by Master Taningco for the Ohio State Athletic Commission some years back.  Bernie Profato –the Ohio Athletic Commissioner recommended Manuel Taningco into the Association of Boxing Commissions Unified Rules and Guidelines for Muay Thai as one of the members of the Chairman’s Advisory Committee Expert Appointments nationwide.

The Dayton Muay Thai students have been a long expectation of this event to test their skills. Some are just a couple of months into training Muay Thai and many have at least 6 to 9 months of Muay Thai training at Tama Martial Arts Center. And a few had closed to one year of training under the tutelage of GM Taningco, Lee Taningco, and Nick Durst who have been training with the Taningco’s for 5 years.

The mission was to help the inactivity of competition available in the state of Ohio and for students to be actively fighting due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but only among the Tama Muay Thai students. The event inspired and challenged the members of Tama Muay Thai students. The event was not an official fight event it is an event for practicing each own skills among each other.

The second purpose was the help their confidence where family, friends, and other spectators watch their performance without any judges but only with a center referee to control and manage the fight. Robert Shelley is one of Master Taningco light heavyweight champions in Muay Thai to help the event and came as a center referee for the Friday fights nights at Tama Martial Arts. He is well versed in Muay Thai fights both experienced in the ring as a fighter and also a referee and judge for many years.

And then there is a time for the three-round and the sound of the bell for starting the fight and ending the rounds. So the idea of each fight was to make it and sound as if they were in real competition but only among themselves as practice bouts. The little crowd got excited and appreciated the event for students’ morale.

Surprisingly, there were many good fights, and spectators were amazed by their performance, mentally, physically. Each showed their tenacity and courage to get into the ring and duke it out on full mode and performed very well under pressure.

The third purpose was to be able to be a coach in their perspective corner by Master Taningco and Lee Taningco (on the other corner) and implement their learned skills in full mode contact against each other.

The fourth purpose was to get students excited and the spectators to have an event that they have never participated in, live in person.

The fifth reason was to help raise the funds for a fighter named, Nick Durst, for his future competition expenses and for replacing the Tama Muay Thai equipment for their training.

There were a total of about 12 bouts among the Muay Thai students  Some had more than one fight and most had one fight of three rounds bout. The students who participated in the Friday Fight Nights at Tama Martial Arts center were: in (Alphabetical order)

  • Jack Burton
  • Courtlaun Collier
  • Kordell Dixon
  • Nick Durst
  • Patrick Garreth
  • John Griffith
  • Michael Griffith
  • Kurt Guckenberger
  • Colby Hale
  • Tyler Harrison
  • Gabriel O’Reilly
  • Jarrell Roberts
  • Carter Thorp

FFN John vs Jarrell

FFN Gabriel vs Collier

FFN Patrick vs Collier

The entire coaching of Tama Muay Thai was so very proud of the students who participated in their first “Friday Fight Nights”. GM Taningco appreciated who supported the event. There will be other and more events soon to be held at Tama Martial Arts Center and its Friday Fight Night events.

5 More Muay Thai Benefits You Can Achieve at TAMA

5 More Muay Thai Benefits You Can Achieve at TAMA

Are you looking for Muay Thai benefits? This martial art is one of the most popular martial arts today. Aside from Karate, Taekwondo, or Kung Fu, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, you could also learn Muay Thai as an alternative. The sport has gained popularity over the years especially with special appearances in movies such as “The Hangover” series,  and Ong-bak. In fact, more people are turning into this martial art to stay in shape and enjoy themselves during their day to day lives.

One of the primary Muay Thai benefits is its ability to improve your agility, coordination, and flexibility. As a martial art, it focuses on the use of your body’s movements in order to win competitions. Being able to move and avoid attacks is one of the main factors why a fighter would win a fight. This is one of the main reasons why many fitness experts recommend starting martial arts training early in life. There are various forms of Muay Thai and all require that you have a good amount of agility, flexibility, and body coordination in order to be successful. You might think that you don’t have these qualities, but once you start learning and practicing these techniques, they will all come to you naturally. And the coaches here at TAMA are patience with years of experience helping Muay Thai students achieve their goals.

Another of the Muay Thai benefits is the fact that it allows you to have enough time for relaxation. One of the things that martial artists complain about is having a very busy schedule that involves a lot of commitments with work, school, and other activities. When you get up in the morning, you might already be tired and need a few minutes of relief. If you spend too much time in your office or home working, then you will find it difficult to focus on training and fighting. Training helps relieve stress.

Aside from being able to squeeze in some time in the morning for workouts, you also have to find the time to take care of yourself. There are many benefits of a healthy body, and one of the biggest concerns for many athletes is whether they can get enough rest for their bodies. With a well-balanced diet and a regular gym workout, you will have no problems resting upon the days when you really need it. In fact, many fighters who are active in the sport find it difficult to get enough rest between fights, but by using Muay Thai techniques such as elbows, uppercuts, and knees to the head, they are able to maintain a healthy body and keep in better shape.

The last of the Muay Thai benefits to consider is an enhancement to your self-defense training. As mentioned before, the sport requires you to be flexible and to be quick on your feet to build your reflexive reactions and actions. These are all important elements of martial arts training, but they are especially relevant to Muay Thai because so many aspects of the art involve a stand up striking art, which requires tremendous skill, cardio and stamina.

Muay Thai KicksBy joining a Muay Thai gym that offers Muay Thai classes, you will be able to set aside some time for these training sessions. In fact, some trainers may even encourage their students to join in on the training sessions, seeing how beneficial these classes are. Since you do not have to drive to the gym on a daily basis to train, this takes all the hassle out of training. The only downside to enrolling in these training sessions is that you are not able to coach the other students during these sessions. This means that you will have to rely on your own techniques to defend yourself should an opponent or attacker attempt to attack you. Having trained properly in Muay Thai art you should be able to defend yourself effectively just in case you are actually attacked in a real fight. We have many students that had shared their true stories being able to defend themselves in a short time of training in Muay Thai and other martial arts at TAMA. TAMA has been teaching Muay Thai since 1976 and brought Muay Thai first hand by Grandmaster Taningco in the Dayton area.

Nunchuck Seminar by Grandmaster Taningco

Nunchuck Seminar by Grandmaster Taningco

This nunchuck seminar is designed to give Tama Martial Arts students exposure to the use of Nunchuck or Tabak Toyok (in Philippine Language). Showing them the Nunchuck (in Japanese language) basic foundation and beyond and teaching them the importance of safety during training. Each student receive a nunchuck for the seminar given by Grandmaster Taningco celebrating his 45th year teaching martial arts in the Miami Valley area.

The introduction of Tabak-Toyok covered safety training, foundation grips, how to hold properly, the directional power. The nunchuck in other Asian country primarily, Okinawa, the nunchuck was used for rice flail. The tabak-toyok (in some cases colloquially described as chako in Philippines) is a Filipino flail weapon containing a set of sticks linked by a chain. It is very closely related to the Okinawan nunchaku, the primary difference being that the Filipino version has a tendency to have shorter manages as well as a much longer chain than its Okinawan counterpart, making it much better suited for long range. Each handle is about 8 inches long. The length of the rope or chain that links the takes care of is approximately 6 to 7.5 inches, but the weapon’s suitable size relies on the customer. Since the small size of the tabak-toyok allows for very easy concealment, it is often utilized in street quarrels in the Philippines.

Tabak-Toyok (the Nunchuck) is taught in Filipino martial arts at Tama and it is offered in seminar setting like today’s nunchuck seminar given by Grandmaster Taningco. GM Taningco was taught first-hand by his older brother Alex Taningco in the use of Tabak-Toyok.

The exact beginning of nunchaku is vague: purportedly adapted by Okinawan farmers from a non-weapon rice-flail carry out for threshing rice. It was not a traditionally popular tool since it was inefficient versus one of the most commonly used tools of that time such as samurai swords and also naginata, and also couple of historic methods for its usage still make it through.

Bruce Lee famously used nunchaku in numerous scenes of the 1972 film Fist of Fury. Both Bruce Lee and his martial arts student named Dan Inosanto (also Bruce’s teacher in Filipino martial arts) introduced the Tabak-Toyok (Nunchucku) to Bruce Lee. Both had a fight scene in the final movie of the legendary Bruce Lee in “Game of Death”. Originally the fight scene was longer than it had shown in the movie. More exploration of usage of nunchaku and of other kobudo (Okinawan weapons training) discipline was by Tadashi Yamashita, who worked with Bruce Lee on and also in the 1973 film “Enter the Dragon”. Various companies educate the use of nunchaku as a call sporting and martial arts activity. The latest movie that have propagated the nunchaku is the fictional character of Michelangelo, one of the stars of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

Future seminars will be held quarterly by Grandmaster Taningco. Next seminar will be on the two sticks of Filipino martial arts – seminar will cover the application of two stick movement called SINALAPID (sinawali), empty hand application for effective striking from the sinalapid movements. March 13, 2021 Saturday is the next seminar by Grandmaster Taningco. Sinawali application is rarely seen and shared by many FMA instructors. This is a rare opportunity to learn the devastating hand application of the Sinawali.

45th Year Anniversary

45th Year Anniversary

Reaching a milestone of teaching 45 years is one and reaching the retirement age is another. But yet GM Taningco is NOT yet ready to retire at 65. He is just beginning to enjoy the fruits of his love, teaching martial arts and mentoring students to be the champion in their choice of life and living.

This also mark his 45 year teaching in Dayton area since 1976. GM Taningco still consider himself a student to this day. As he stated, “student learn lifetime”. Teachers lead and guide and also learn from students.

It seems not long ago, that when GM Taningco was walking in the neighbors of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, in one of the summer vacation with his mother, neighbors were bowing to his mother. She was greeted with respect. “I did not quite understand what that was all about at that time” said, Taningco.

I was about 6 years of age at that time. She was a school teacher. And many have grown up in that neighbor and still remembered her as their teacher when they were young in elementary school. It was fate, and destiny, that I too would become a teacher.  Students and I would bow to each other and greet one another as I reflect on those days when I was very young walking around the neighbor with my mother in Bacarra.

Will Dagpin and Carl Piper drove more than 2 hours to get here to train this past Saturday. Will came from Zainesville and Carl about another hour farther away to the east.

Ed Cortez also joined us for the training of “Tallo Ima” which is based on knife blade training. Timing, sensitivity, application for close quarter combative “Tallo Ima”. Both Christine and Jim Fisher also joined us for the training from Loudenville. Christine is one of the student of GM Taningco since 1981. She holds the annual open karate championship in her hometown called “Spooktacular” Martial Arts Championship.

The family art of Willow is derived from the Robles family. Robles translate to the meaning of the word “Willow” it refers to the tree. So Taningco coined his family art the “Willow System” – the long branches for its long reach and small leaves for close quarter. How the Willow flows and so as the movement flow within. Robles came from Spain. My grandfather was part Spanish which is the influence of Spanish occupation for almost 400 years in the Philippines. This System is not known because it was not shared till the last 5 years or so by GM Taningco. He is now sharing the information that he has held for many years. The art is based on blade training and the effectiveness of the empty hand application.

We are now scheduling seminars again this year and hopefully, with God’s blessing with this Covid-19 going on that we can move forward with our lives back to somewhat normal. Carrying on the legacy of teaching martial arts in our 45th year Anniversary!!!

My First Degree Black Belt Test

This is what my son Jaden shared before the his Black Belt test today…So, today at 2PM I’m testing for my first degree black belt in kenpo karate at Tama Martial Art.

Its been… 14 years since I started learning martial arts, my father is the head instructor and owner of TAMA, which literally means Taningco Academy of Martial Arts. I remember the first thing I was ever taught was the staff kata(a form, kind of like a warrior dance)by a brown belt named Cody.

No one showed me how to punch or kick, I was 7 and at the dojo when I was watching class and finally told my dad I wanted to participate. After the lesson had ended he told me “now you have to do this, it’s in your blood” and from that point on whenever I was with him it was usually spent at the dojo learning various arts.

I poured a lot of time into Kenpo, nearly getting brown belt in the first few years but I fell in LOVE with Muay Thai kickboxing and dropped the karate.

I didnt realize how good it was for me, so when I stopped entirely I put on a lot of weight, not neccesarily because I stopped physical activity, I just became an emotional eater as I didnt have a physical outlet anymore. Around the time I was 17, already playing and had fallen in love with my true passion, music, there was a situation at my home where I didnt feel safe and I wanted to protect those around me, more so than I already could.

So I asked my father to start training me again, you should have seen the “I told you so” look on his face hahaha. I fell in love with it again because it was finally something I wanted to do for myself. I started teaching shortly after resuming my training, to help out the school and to essentially try and take care of myself making money from teaching.

A LOT of things happened in my personal life that I didnt know how to deal with, even probably made it worse for some people, and I fell into a deep depression. Gained a ton of weight, lost all motivation to train on my own. I was going to test for my black belt when I was 18 but I was too out of practice and too out of shape to even consider it again.

After finding myself again this past January, falling in love with my own self-discipline and work ethic, I dropped the weight and took my martial arts seriously again.

It was always there for me, inside and out. I just had to embrace it, as it was a part of me, as it was “in my blood”

Could I have continued to train when I was 14 and gotten my black belt at 15? Yes. Could I have done it at 18 if I wasn’t depressed? Probably. Those times, those versions of me, however, weren’t ready for the life I’m living now. I’m grateful for all of the hard times pushing me back and away from this test because now it means the WORLD to me that I get to represent the best version of myself and my dojo, my family. I hope to make everyone proud of today.

The support I’ve received from my family and friends has been tremendous, I’ve absorbed their love and passion and I will channel it today with the force of a thousand suns. I just wanted to share what’s been on my mind… no matter where life takes you, you will find your OWN spot and take that shit by the horns, even after your many failures. That’s when it counts, that’s when life MATTERS. When you make an effort, for yourself. I love you all, forever and a day!

5 More Muay Thai Benefits You Can Achieve at TAMA

Arnold Sports Martial Arts Competition

Muay Thai Fight Competition in Voinovich Building

We arrived there early this morning with plenty of time to kill at the Arnold Sports Martial Arts Competition in Voinovich Coliseum for Nick Durst fight event for Muay Thai.

We were kind of disappointed that there were not many competitors this year. It was Master Lek who spearheaded the event with his assistant Hope Vitalis. Hope had been a strong supporter of our Muay Thai fights event for years in Dayton and asked me when we will have the fights again. Hopefully, next year Spring perhaps about May. As you know, it takes a good resource to put one together. If anyone likes to volunteer for our next Muay Thai fight event, just let me know (mt).

We missed the weight in for Nick and looks like the guy is heavier and I knew Nick had to cut some weight down to 145 fight weight. He was ready.

I met up with some old friends, Sensei Wayne Kenjiro, Chris Benavides, Rick Moore, Dee Daniels, Dennis Whitt, Doug Yates, DJ Yates jr, Steve Gross, Calvin Campbell, Brother Martin Ware (my brother disciple in Tien Shan Pai under Grandmaster Chien Liang Huang) and etc.  Of course, I took some pictures too.

I was told that the event on Saturday at the Voinovich Coliseum was huge. That’s where most of the martial arts events took place and competed other than few events remaining for this early Sunday morning.

Hunter drove with Nick and later Nick’s mom and his brother arrived and later Keith came and missed Nick’s fight. Nick was a little tense although, we thought he had the upper hand but was not able to loosen up during the fight. It was declared a draw. But most of the judges were from the same club and he is fighting a person from the same school. Anyway, lesson learned, never give the judges the decision. I am very, very proud of Nick and even though, it isn’t his best but his courage to go up and fight and continue his quest to be the best he can be. There is more of Nick in the coming months fighting in other venues. Hunter will also join Nick to be in the fighting competition mode. And here comes… Team Tama!!

The competition was short and brief but the camaraderie and seeing friends in martial arts event were great. Grandmaster Choi was there to present the medals to the fighters and greeted everyone at Arnold Sports Martial Arts Competition in Voinovich Coliseum.

This is one of the events that we were able to go home early and enjoy the weather that is coming for us.