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TAMA MARTIAL ARTS CENTER COMMEMORATES 45TH YEAR In Service across Willowick as well as neighboring areas!

TAMA Martial Arts Center is really committed to the advancement as well as enhancement in the field of martial arts in Willowick. The most recognized in mixed martial arts since 1976 that offered Muay Thai Kickboxing, Kenpo Karate, Traditional Chinese Martial Arts-Tien Shan Pai Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi, Kobudo Lessons, Filipino Kali/Eskrima, Jeet Kune Do, Aikijutsu, Traditional Jiu-Jitsu, as well as Qi-Gong. We additionally 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 Safety And Security Forces as well as United States Marine Trainers at the Quantico, Virginia headquarters as well as to the Philippine Marines Ternate, Cavite base, Special Action Forces (SAF), to Close Protection Agencies as well as law enforcement.

Via right methodology as well as studies, continuous research, as well as fine-tuning of practical self-defense application, we will certainly lead you on to “the road to self-discovery.” Assisting students develop their self-confidence as well as life ability. Getting to know to beat fear as well as overcome with flying colors. TAMA Martial arts is beyond a Black Belt School.

An institute for much higher learning as well as practice of quality in the martial arts as well as its ideas, one will certainly discover it very easy to evolve with the highest possible expectations possible. Our pledge to assist one’s learning is also our passion as well as commitment to our mentors at TAMA Martial Arts Center.


We provided eight different variety of martial arts program separately. Tama is the first Martial arts school developed in 1976 in the Dayton location that have provided more than 4 martial arts discipline not only in Dayton but also Martial Arts in Willowick. Tama establishes the benchmark for multi-discipline martial arts studio in the Dayton location long before the term MMA exist.


Willowick Kempo Karate originated from the late Grandmaster Donald Fong from China passed on to Grandmaster Tim Gasper. Grandmaster Tim Gasper granted the position as well as certification of Professorship 8th (dan) degree Black Belt on Master Taningco in 1998.

Master Taningco is the only student to ever proceed his training under Grandmaster Gasper for over 26 years! Grandmaster Gasper has integrated the arts of Chinese Shaolin Kung-fu, Okinawan Kempo Karate-do, Judo as well as Jujitsu. Prior to Grandmaster Gasper’s assistance, Master Taningco learnt Okinawan Shotokan Karate as well as Weaponries under his older brother Master Alex Taningco.


Willowick JIU-JITSU (BJJ)

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

Putting together a blend of tactics from these grappling styles, Willowick Jiujitsu course is just one of our most fascinating as well as popular. The trainees know authentic Jiu-Jitsu as well as Judo throws, break drops along with ground battling as we would call it. We teach 2 kinds of grappling, classic with the Jiu-Jitsu uniforms as well as the contemporary Sport Jiu-Jitsu with grappling shorts as well as t-shirts.


Come and learn from Manuel Taningco who has been teaching genuine Muay Thai, as well as kickboxing for over two decades. He has trained professional as well as non-professional Willowick Muay Thai warriors. Taningco is the most achieved Muay Thai coach who provide lessons not only Muay Thai in Dayton but also 7 Martial Arts in Willowick. We even have a competition team for those who want to compete amateur as well as professional.

Taningco is a accredited muay thai teacher under Kru Vut Kamnark of the United World Muay Thai Association. He has taught under Master Gasper, who also fought in Thailand (his first Muay Thai teacher), Master Dan Inosanto, as well as Kru Vut, Kru Sakasem, Kru Pongyin are all from Thailand. So join the dynamic course instructed by the one and only Master Taningco.


Willowick TAIQI (TAICHI)

T’ai Chi Ch’ uan (also translated as “Taijiquan”), is a “soft” martial art belonging to the “ Interior Family” (Nei Jia), together with such martial arts as Pa Kua Chang (Baguazhang), as well as Hsing-I Ch’ uan (Xing-Yi). T’ai Chi enhances the much more exertive, “external” (Wai Jia), martial arts, like Kenpo Karate as well as Muay Thai. Translated, T’ai Chi Ch’ uan means “Ultimate Boxing” or “ Infinite Fist,” as well as can be traced back to the old Taoist “Chang, San-Feng,” though the system may have existed for thousands of years prior to that time in a even more fundamental form as well as under a various name.

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


The name of our style (RYU) is Icho as well as has a really special definition. 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 represents mind, body, as well as spirit. The Icho Ryu oath reads:

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

As you practice the Willowick Aikijutsu you should constantly aim to create these 3 fundamentals.



Willowick Kali is recognized for its dynamic footwork, fluid hand techniques, as well as powerful weaponry. When these elements incorporate, Kali is a full martial arts training and self-defense program.

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

The older Filipinos, who made stick fighting an art, liked to hit bone as well as 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.

Willowick Self-Defense / ISD / Krav Maga

Willowick 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.


Willowick KUNG-FU

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

Willowick Kungfu self-defense is characterized by strikes from the side coupled with several blocks, to make sure that if one block fails, the second can cover. Footwork is considered necessary to countering attacks; Tien Shan Pai focuses on low, constant steps sideways, along with swift “hidden” steps to trick the opponent. In Addition To Tien Shan Pai Kungfu, GM Taningco also teaching other 7 Martial Arts in Willowick as well as its neighboring areas.





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