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TAMA MARTIAL ARTS CENTER COMMEMORATES 45TH YEAR In Service all through Franklin and also surrounding areas!

TAMA Martial Arts Center is really dedicated to the growth and also improvement in the field of martial arts in Franklin. The leading in mixed martial arts since 1976 that brought Muay Thai Kickboxing, Kenpo Karate, Classic Chinese Martial Arts-Tien Shan Pai Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi, Kobudo Courses, Filipino Kali/Eskrima, Jeet Kune Do, Aikijutsu, Classic Jiu-Jitsu, and also Qi-Gong. We likewise offer Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Krav Maga/ISD (Integrated Self-Defense). The ISD training program was established by GM Manuel Taningco, who trained it to USAirForce Security Forces and also United States Marine Instructors at the Quantico, Virginia headquarters and also to the Philippine Marines Ternate, Cavite base, Special Action Forces (SAF), to Close Protection Agencies and also police.

Using efficient methodology and also studies, continual study, and also fine-tuning of sensible self-defense application, we will lead you on “the road to self-discovery.” Helping individuals build their self-confidence and also life ability. Understanding to conquer fear and also overcome with flying colors. TAMA Martial arts is more than a Black Belt Academy.

An institute for better training and also practice of supremacy in the martial arts and also its concepts, one will discover it easy to grow with the greatest expectations possible. Our promise to assist one’s learning is also our passion and also dedication to our teachings at TAMA Martial Arts Center.


We offered 8 different range of martial arts curriculum separately. Tama is the pioneer Martial arts academy founded in 1976 in the Dayton area that have featured more than just 6 martial arts discipline not only in Dayton but also Martial Arts in Franklin. Tama sets up the criteria for multi-discipline martial arts studio in the Dayton area long before the term Mixed Martial Arts come in.


Franklin Kempo Karate originated from the late Grandmaster Donald Fong from China handed down to Grandmaster Tim Gasper. Grandmaster Tim Gasper granted the position and accreditation of Professorship 8th (dan) degree Black Belt on Master Taningco in 1998.

Master Taningco is the only individual to ever continue his training under Grandmaster Gasper for over 26 years! Grandmaster Gasper has combined 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 brother Master Alex Taningco.


Franklin JIU-JITSU (BJJ)

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

Integrating a blend of practices from these grappling styles, Franklin Jiujitsu class is one of our most amazing and popular. The students know genuine Jiu-Jitsu and Judo throws, break drops in addition to ground combating as we would call it. We train two styles of grappling, conventional 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 guiding genuine Muay Thai, and kickboxing for over two decades. He has guided expert and non-professional Franklin Muay Thai fighters. Taningco is the most established Muay Thai trainer who provide lessons not only Muay Thai in Dayton but also 7 Martial Arts in Franklin. We also have a competition team for those who like 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 also battled in Thailand (his first Muay Thai teacher), Master Dan Inosanto, and Kru Vut, Kru Sakasem, Kru Pongyin are all from Thailand. So take part in the dynamic class taught by the one and only Master Taningco.



T’ai Chi Ch’ uan (also transliterated 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 enhances the much more 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 ancient Taoist “Chang, San-Feng,” though the technique may have existed for thousands of years before that time in a more basic form and under a different name.

No matter when or specifically by whom it was begun, Franklin TaiChi seems directly linked to and rooted in Taoist principles of Yin and Yang.


The name of our style (RYU) is Icho and has a extremely unique significance. 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
  • Establish your body
  • Polish your spirit

As you practice the Franklin Aikijutsu you should continuously try to establish these 3 standards.



Franklin Kali is known for its effective footwork, fluid hand methods, and highly effective weaponry. When these details integrate, Kali is a complete martial arts training and self-defense program.

Throughout all the war and quarrel, 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, preferred to hit bone and liked 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 nothing, whether it hits bone or flesh.

Franklin Self-Defense / ISD / Krav Maga

Franklin 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.


Franklin KUNG-FU

Tien Shan Pai is a northern style which originated in the Tien Shan mountains of northwestern China. It is well known in Taiwan as an efficient combating style. At the same time, it also consists of graceful empty-hand and weapons forms stressing rhythm and “ing shou” – the demonstration of power accentuated by strong thuds made by the hands.

Franklin Kungfu self-defense is defined by strikes from the side combined with multiple blocks, to ensure that if one block falls short, the second can cover. Maneuvering is considered important to countering attacks; Tien Shan Pai concentrates on low, steady steps sideways, in addition to swift “hidden” steps to mislead the enemy. Aside from Tien Shan Pai Kungfu, GM Taningco also teaching other 7 Martial Arts in Franklin and its nearby areas.





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