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TAMA MARTIAL ARTS CENTER HONORS 45TH YEAR In Service around Chautauqua and bordering areas!

TAMA Martial Arts Center is really devoted to the development and enhancement in the field of martial arts in Chautauqua. The premier in mixed martial arts since 1976 that brought Muay Thai Kickboxing, Kenpo Karate, Traditional Chinese Martial Arts-Tien Shan Pai Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi, Kobudo Programs, Filipino Kali/Eskrima, Jeet Kune Do, Aikijutsu, Traditional Jiu-Jitsu, and Qi-Gong. We also provide Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Krav Maga/ISD (Integrated Self-Defense). The ISD training program was established by GM Manuel Taningco, who trained it to USAirForce Defense Forces and US Marine Instructors at the Quantico, Virginia headquarters and to the Philippine Marines Ternate, Cavite base, Special Action Forces (SAF), to Close Protection Agencies and law enforcement.

By means of effective technique and studies, constant study, and fine-tuning of practicable self-defense application, we will lead you on to “the road to self-discovery.” Aiding students develop their inner strength and life skill sets. Getting to know to overcome fear and overcome with flying colors. TAMA Martial arts is more than a Black Belt School.

An institute for greater training and practice of quality in the martial arts and its concepts, one will experience it simple to evolve with the greatest expectations possible. Our guarantee to help one’s discovery is also our passion and dedication to our mentors at TAMA Martial Arts Center.


We provided 8 distinct range of martial arts program separately. Tama is the first Martial arts center founded in 1976 in the Dayton location that have offered more than three martial arts style not just in Dayton but also Martial Arts in Chautauqua. Tama establishes the standard for multi-discipline martial arts studio in the Dayton location long before the term Mixed Martial Arts come to be.


Chautauqua Kempo Karate came from the late Grandmaster Donald Fong from China passed on to Grandmaster Tim Gasper. Grandmaster Tim Gasper bestowed the position and accreditation of Professorship 8th (dan) degree Black Belt on Master Taningco in 1998.

Master Taningco is the only individual to ever proceed his training under Grandmaster Gasper for over 26 years! Grandmaster Gasper has incorporated the arts of Chinese Shaolin Kung-fu, Okinawan Kempo Karate-do, Judo and Jujitsu. Before Grandmaster Gasper’s guidance, Master Taningco learnt Okinawan Shotokan Karate and Weaponries under his older sibling Master Alex Taningco.


Chautauqua JIU-JITSU (BJJ)

Master Taningco is a Certified Kempo Jiu-Jitsu Trainer under Master Gasper, Dan Zan-Ryu-Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Ancso. He is also learnt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Filipino Dumog ground-fighting.

Combining a blend of strategies from these grappling styles, Chautauqua Jiujitsu course is just one of our most fascinating and popular. The enrollees discover real Jiu-Jitsu and Judo throws, break falls along with ground battling as we would call it. We teach 2 styles of grappling, classic with the Jiu-Jitsu uniforms and the contemporary Sport Jiu-Jitsu with grappling shorts and shirts.


Come and learn from Manuel Taningco who has been training authentic Muay Thai, and kickboxing for over twenty years. He has coached professional and non-professional Chautauqua Muay Thai fighters. Taningco is one of the most established Muay Thai instructor who provide lessons not just Muay Thai in Dayton but also 7 Martial Arts in Chautauqua. We also have a competition team for those who choose to compete amateur and professional.

Taningco is a professional muay thai teacher under Kru Vut Kamnark of the United World Muay Thai Association. He has trained under Master Gasper, who likewise battled in Thailand (his first Muay Thai teacher), Master Dan Inosanto, and Kru Vut, Kru Sakasem, Kru Pongyin are all from Thailand. So enroll in the dynamic course trained by the one and only Master Taningco.


Chautauqua TAIQI (TAICHI)

T’ai Chi Ch’ uan (also transcribed as “Taijiquan”), is a “soft” fighting style belonging to the “Internal Family” (Nei Jia), along with such martial arts as Pa Kua Chang (Baguazhang), and Hsing-I Ch’ uan (Xing-Yi). T’ai Chi matches the extra exertive, “external” (Wai Jia), martial arts, like Kenpo Karate and Muay Thai. Translated, T’ai Chi Ch’ uan implies “Ultimate Boxing” or “ Endless Fist,” and can be traced back to the old Taoist “Chang, San-Feng,” though the system might have existed for 1000s of years before that time in a much more basic form and under a different name.

No matter when or specifically by whom it was started, Chautauqua TaiChi seems straight linked to and rooted in Taoist principles of Yin and Yang.


The name of our style (RYU) is Icho and has a really unique definition. The Patch we wear on our gi is a layout of 3 ginkgo leaves. “Icho” is Japanese for ginkgo. The 3 leaf design is Sensei Lau’s family crest. The 3 leaves stands for mind, body, and spirit. The Icho Ryu oath reads:

  • Train your mind
  • Develop your body
  • Polish your spirit

As you practice the Chautauqua Aikijutsu you must constantly aim to establish these 3 concepts.



Chautauqua Kali is recognized for its effective footwork, fluid hand strategies, and potent weaponry. When these details combine, Kali is a complete martial arts training and self-defense program.

During all the war and strife, the art of Arnis de Mano struggled along. In early times, it was not known as Arnis de Mano. It was called Escrima and was practiced largely for self defense by the pre-Spanish Filipinos. These individuals were noted for their friendly nature and legendary hospitality.

The older Filipinos, who made stick fighting an art, favored to hit bone and chose a stick to a blade. The stick left shattered bone instead of a clean cut. The hitting end of the stick can travel many times the speed of the empty hand. It really feels absolutely nothing, whether it hits bone or flesh.

Chautauqua Self-Defense / ISD / Krav Maga

Chautauqua Krav Maga is a modern, and dynamic, military self-defense and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces derived from a combination of techniques sourced from Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Aikido, Filipino Kali, Muay Thai, Jiujitsu, and Karate. Its focus on real-world combative situations and their effectiveness and efficiency. Imi Lichtenfeld who was the founder of Krav Maga – with his experience from the street-fighting experience of Hungarian-Israeli martial artist made use of his training as a boxer and a wrestler.


Chautauqua KUNG-FU

Tien Shan Pai is a northern style which came from the Tien Shan mountains of northwestern China. It is well known in Taiwan as an reliable battling style. Simultaneously, it also includes graceful empty-hand and weapons forms stressing rhythm and “ing shou” – the presentation of power highlighted by solid thuds made by the hands.

Chautauqua Kungfu self-defense is defined by attacks from the side paired with multiple blocks, so that if one block falls short, the second can cover. Footwork is considered important to countering strikes; Tien Shan Pai concentrates on low, consistent steps sideways, along with swift “hidden” steps to deceive the enemy. Apart From Tien Shan Pai Kungfu, GM Taningco also teaching other 7 Martial Arts in Chautauqua and its neighboring areas.





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