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TAMA MARTIAL ARTS CENTER CELEBRATES 45TH YEAR In Service across Upper Arlington and also surrounding locations!

TAMA Martial Arts Center is absolutely dedicated to the advancement and also improvement in the field of martial arts in Upper Arlington. The most recognized in combined martial arts since 1976 that introduced 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 also Qi-Gong. We also provide Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Krav Maga/ISD (Integrated Self-Defense). The ISD training program was started 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.

With right approach and also studies, continual research, and also fine-tuning of practical self-defense application, we will certainly lead you on to “the road to self-discovery.” Assisting individuals build their inner strength and also life skill sets. Getting to know to conquer fear and also overcome with flying colors. TAMA Martial arts is beyond a Black Belt Academy.

An institute for greater learning and also tradition of excellence in the martial arts and also its concepts, one will certainly experience it very easy to evolve with the highest possible expectations possible. Our guarantee to aid one’s learning is also our passion and also commitment to our teachings at TAMA Martial Arts Center.


We offered eight different variety of martial arts curriculum separately. Tama is the premier Martial arts school developed in 1976 in the Dayton location that have actually provided more than just 6 martial arts style not only in Dayton but also Martial Arts in Upper Arlington. Tama specifies the fundamental for multi-discipline martial arts studio in the Dayton location long before the term MMA exist.

Upper Arlington KEMPO KARATE

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

Master Taningco is the only trainee 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 assistance, Master Taningco studied Okinawan Shotokan Karate and Weaponries under his older brother Master Alex Taningco.


Upper Arlington JIU-JITSU (BJJ)

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

Integrating a blend of tactics from these grappling styles, Upper Arlington Jiujitsu class is one of our most fascinating and popular. The students get to know real Jiu-Jitsu and Judo throws, break drops along with ground fighting as we would call it. We guide 2 types of grappling, traditional with the Jiu-Jitsu uniforms and the modern Sport Jiu-Jitsu with grappling shorts and shirts.


Come and learn from Manuel Taningco who has been training genuine Muay Thai, and kickboxing for over two decades. He has instructed experienced and non-professional Upper Arlington Muay Thai fighters. Taningco is the most achieved Muay Thai instructor who offer lessons not only Muay Thai in Dayton but also 7 Martial Arts in Upper Arlington. We even have a competition team for those who choose to compete amateur and professional.

Taningco is a accredited 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 very first Muay Thai teacher), Guru Dan Inosanto, and Kru Vut, Kru Sakasem, Kru Pongyin are all from Thailand. So join the dynamic class trained by the one and only Master Taningco.


Upper Arlington 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 matches 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 “ Endless Fist,” and can be traced back to the old Taoist “Chang, San-Feng,” though the practice might have existed for 1000s of years before that time in a even more rudimentary form and under a different name.

Regardless of when or specifically by whom it was begun, Upper Arlington TaiChi appears to be directly linked to and rooted in Taoist principles of Yin and Yang.

Upper Arlington AIKIJUTSU (AIKIDO)

The name of our style (RYU) is Icho and has a extremely unique meaning. 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 represents mind, body, and spirit. The Icho Ryu oath reads:

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

As you train the Upper Arlington Aikijutsu you should continuously strive to develop these 3 fundamentals.



Upper Arlington Kali is recognized for its powerful footwork, fluid hand methods, and potent weaponry. When these components incorporate, Kali is a complete martial arts training and self-defense course.

During 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 people were noted for their friendly nature and famous hospitality.

The older Filipinos, who made stick fighting an art, favored to hit bone and favored 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 absolutely nothing, whether it hits bone or flesh.

Upper Arlington Self-Defense / ISD / Krav Maga

Upper Arlington 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.


Upper Arlington 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 fighting style. Concurrently, it also consists of graceful empty-hand and weapons forms stressing rhythm and “ing shou” – the presentation of power accentuated by solid thuds made by the hands.

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





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