TAMA Martial Arts Center in Kettering, Ohio, is truly dedicated to the development and improvement in the field of martial arts established since 1976 in the Miami Valley area. We offer Adult classes in Filipino Kali Escrima, Tai Chi, Aikido, Kung Fu, MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We are an institute for higher learning and tradition of excellence in the martial arts and its ideas, one will find it easy to grow with the highest expectations possible. Our pledge to help one’s discovery is also our passion and commitment in our teachings at TAMA Martial Arts Center.
Master Manuel Taningco is a martial artist with over 35 years of experience both in the dojo (studio) and street as a street fighter. Taningco was born and raised in Manila, Philippines He was first taught by his older brother (a member of famous BAHALANA Gang) who passed down the ideas of self-protection and self preservation in the streets of Sampaloc, Manila in 1964. This was the beginning of his flight in combative arts of the Filipino Arts and Shotokan Karate. Taningco was nurtured and encouraged by his older brother Alex (now retired Master Sergeant of U.S. Air Force) in the martial arts in the mid 60’s and continued on strongly when Taningco moved to United States in 1968. Master Taningco founded TAMA in 1976 for a number of reasons.
Manuel was the first to bring Philippine Martial arts, Indonesian Martial arts, Chinese Kung fu, Japanese aikijutsu/jujitsu, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai Kickboxing to the Miami Valley area. Each style in a college style setting have its own curriculum and qualified, competent, certified compassionate Black Belt instructors that he had taught over the years.