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TAMA MARTIAL ARTS CENTER CELEBRATES 45TH YEAR In Service all around Short Hills and also neighboring areas!

TAMA Martial Arts Center is truly committed to the development and also improvement in the field of martial arts in Short Hills. The top in combined martial arts since 1976 that introduced Muay Thai Kickboxing, Kenpo Karate, Standard Chinese Martial Arts-Tien Shan Pai Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi, Kobudo Training, Filipino Kali/Eskrima, Jeet Kune Do, Aikijutsu, Standard Jiu-Jitsu, and also Qi-Gong. We additionally 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 Safety And Security Forces and also US 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.

Through efficient technique and also studies, continual study, and also fine-tuning of practical self-defense application, we will lead you on “the road to self-discovery.” Helping trainees develop their self-confidence and also life skill sets. Understanding to beat fear and also overcome with flying colors. TAMA Martial arts is more than a Black Belt Program.

An establishment for much higher training and also practice of greatness in the martial arts and also its ideas, one will find it easy to grow with the highest possible expectations possible. Our vow to aid one’s discovery is also our passion and also responsibility to our mentors at TAMA Martial Arts Center.


We offered 8 different range of martial arts curriculum separately. Tama is the premier Martial arts academy developed in 1976 in the Dayton location that have featured more than just 3 martial arts style not just in Dayton but also Martial Arts in Short Hills. Tama specifies the standard for multi-discipline martial arts studio in the Dayton location long before the term MMA exist.


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

Master Taningco is the only student 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 studied Okinawan Shotokan Karate and Weaponries under his older sibling Master Alex Taningco.


Short Hills JIU-JITSU (BJJ)

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

Mixing a blend of tactics from these grappling styles, Short Hills Jiujitsu class is among our most fascinating and popular. The students discover real Jiu-Jitsu and Judo throws, break falls along with ground fighting as we would call it. We teach 2 types of grappling, standard with the Jiu-Jitsu uniforms and the contemporary Sport Jiu-Jitsu with grappling shorts and shirts.


Come and learn from Manuel Taningco who has actually been teaching authentic Muay Thai, and kickboxing for over twenty years. He has actually guided expert and non-professional Short Hills Muay Thai warriors. Taningco is the most accomplished Muay Thai coach who offer lessons not just Muay Thai in Dayton but additionally 7 Martial Arts in Short Hills. We even have a competition group for those who want to be competitive amateur and professional.

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


Short Hills TAIQI (TAICHI)

T’ai Chi Ch’ uan (also transliterated as “Taijiquan”), is a “soft” martial art coming from the “ Interior Family” (Nei Jia), together with such martial arts as Pa Kua Chang (Baguazhang), and Hsing-I Ch’ uan (Xing-Yi). T’ai Chi enhances the a lot more exertive, “external” (Wai Jia), martial arts, like Kenpo Karate and Muay Thai. Translated, T’ai Chi Ch’ uan signifies “Ultimate Boxing” or “Limitless Fist,” and can be traced back to the ancient Taoist “Chang, San-Feng,” though the practice might have existed for 1000s of years prior to that time in a even more rudimentary form and under a various name.

Regardless of when or precisely by whom it was started, Short Hills TaiChi appears to be directly connected to and rooted in Taoist principles of Yin and Yang.


The name of our style (RYU) is Icho and has a extremely unique meaning. The Patch we wear on our gi is a design of three ginkgo leaves. “Icho” is Japanese for ginkgo. The three leaf design is Sensei Lau’s family crest. The three 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 Short Hills Aikijutsu you should consistently aim to develop these three standards.



Short Hills Kali is known for its powerful footwork, fluid hand strategies, and powerful weaponry. When these elements integrate, Kali is a complete martial arts training and self-defense program.

During all the battle 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 primarily for self defense by the pre-Spanish Filipinos. These people 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 really feels absolutely nothing, whether it hits bone or flesh.

Short Hills Self-Defense / ISD / Krav Maga

Short Hills 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.


Short Hills KUNG-FU

Tien Shan Pai is a northern style which originated in the Tien Shan mountains of northwestern China. It is popular in Taiwan as an efficient fighting style. At the same time, it additionally includes graceful empty-hand and weapons forms stressing rhythm and “ing shou” – the exhibition of power emphasized by strong thuds made by the hands.

Short Hills Kungfu self-defense is characterized by strikes from the side paired with several blocks, to ensure that if one block fails, the second can cover. Maneuvering is considered essential to countering assaults; Tien Shan Pai concentrates on low, steady steps to the side, along with swift “hidden” steps to mislead the enemy. Apart From Tien Shan Pai Kungfu, GM Taningco additionally teaching other 7 Martial Arts in Short Hills and its nearby areas.





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