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TAMA MARTIAL ARTS CENTER CELEBRATES 45TH YEAR In Service throughout Pekin and also surrounding areas!

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

By way of right technique and also studies, continual research, and also fine-tuning of sensible self-defense application, we will lead you on to “the road to self-discovery.” Aiding trainees grow their confidence and also life skill sets. Getting to know to control anxiety and also overcome with flying colors. TAMA Martial arts is beyond a Black Belt Academy.

An establishment for better learning and also practice of excellence in the martial arts and also its strategies, one will experience it easy to evolve with the greatest expectations possible. Our pledge to aid one’s discovery is also our passion and also responsibility to our teachings at TAMA Martial Arts Center.


We offered eight different selection of martial arts curriculum separately. Tama is the very first Martial arts center founded in 1976 in the Dayton area that have offered more than just 5 martial arts style not only in Dayton but also Martial Arts in Pekin. Tama sets up the benchmark for multi-discipline martial arts studio in the Dayton area long before the term Mixed Martial Arts come in.


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

Master Taningco is the only student to ever continue his studies 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. Just Before Grandmaster Gasper’s guidance, Master Taningco studied Okinawan Shotokan Karate and Weaponries under his older brother Master Alex Taningco.



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

Putting together a blend of techniques from these grappling styles, Pekin Jiujitsu class is one of our most amazing and popular. The trainees discover real Jiu-Jitsu and Judo throws, break falls in addition to ground combating as we would call it. We train 2 styles of grappling, classic with the Jiu-Jitsu uniforms and the modern Sport Jiu-Jitsu with grappling shorts and shirts.


Come and learn from Manuel Taningco who has actually been coaching genuine Muay Thai, and kickboxing for over two decades. He has actually guided expert and non-professional Pekin Muay Thai fighters. Taningco is the most achieved Muay Thai instructor who provide lessons not only Muay Thai in Dayton but also 7 Martial Arts in Pekin. We also have a competition group for those who like to be competitive amateur and professional.

Taningco is a recognized muay thai instructor under Kru Vut Kamnark of the United World Muay Thai Association. He has actually trained under Master Gasper, who likewise fought in Thailand (his very first Muay Thai instructor), Master Dan Inosanto, and Kru Vut, Kru Sakasem, Kru Pongyin are all from Thailand. So join 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 coming from the “Internal Family” (Nei Jia), together with such martial arts as Pa Kua Chang (Baguazhang), and Hsing-I Ch’ uan (Xing-Yi). T’ai Chi matches the more exertive, “external” (Wai Jia), martial arts, like Kenpo Karate and Muay Thai. Translated, T’ai Chi Ch’ uan implies “Ultimate Boxing” or “Limitless Fist,” and can be traced back to the ancient Taoist “Chang, San-Feng,” though the system might have existed for 1000s of years before that time in a more simple form and under a various name.

Regardless of when or exactly by whom it was started, Pekin TaiChi seems straight connected to and rooted in Taoist principles of Yin and Yang.


The name of our style (RYU) is Icho and has a very special significance. The Patch we wear on our gi is a style 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 train the Pekin Aikijutsu you must constantly try to create these 3 concepts.



Pekin Kali is recognized for its effective footwork, fluid hand methods, and highly effective weaponry. When these elements combine, Kali is a total martial arts training and self-defense course.

During all the battle 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, liked 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 feels nothing, whether it hits bone or flesh.

Pekin Self-Defense / ISD / Krav Maga

Pekin 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.



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 reliable combating style. Simultaneously, it also contains graceful empty-hand and weapons forms stressing rhythm and “ing shou” – the demonstration of power accentuated by solid thuds made by the hands.

Pekin Kungfu self-defense is defined by attacks from the side coupled with a number of blocks, to make sure that if one block falls short, the second can cover. Footwork is considered vital to countering assaults; Tien Shan Pai focuses on low, stable steps sideways, in addition to swift “hidden” steps to deceive the enemy. Other Than Tien Shan Pai Kungfu, GM Taningco also teaching other 7 Martial Arts in Pekin and its neighboring areas.





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