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TAMA Martial arts center

No. 1 Kids Karate Lessons in Dayton, Ohio

Our kids’ curriculum emphasizes the tools to equip this age group physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Making your child learn karate lessons can, in fact, is both advantageous and fun on their part. It is the beginning of your kid’s transformation through martial arts training. Aside from teaching them to know how to protect themselves, it also trains them, the discipline and a true sense of pride, developing their own self-worth. Why? This is because aside from obvious benefits of martial arts training such as listening skills and a sense of focus, they are in the process improving their self-confidence. And of course, a gift of confidence to your child is extremely important; it can be the best gift you can give to your child aside from education. Seeing your child develop their life skills through martial arts training is indeed a site to see.

As a parent, you want to sign up your child for a class that will not just make them learn new positive things, but you want to ensure that they also enjoy the experience as well with positive reinforcements.

You want your child to be challenged, but not overwhelmed. At the same time, you want your child to be respected and supported. Thus, a place to guide your child in a positive way is a good thing. And you can start with a competent and bonafide Karate school or martial arts studio that has been around in the industry.

Here at our school, we teach both the old school and the new concept of training martial arts to children. Plus we have structured the martial arts program for your child with a student handbook. As for the martial arts instructors, we have Grandmaster Taningco that love and know how to motivate the kids effectively; the instructors know how to support and encourage students proactively to help the students reach the highest potential and their goals—and enjoy in the process. With as numerous years of professional training experience, enhancing children’s self-esteem, life skill development is one of the major factor training in the karate and martial arts lessons.

What matters the most in our award-winning children’s karate, martial arts program is the value of service that we provide. Grand Master Manuel Taningco is ever present on his children classes. He teaches the classes hands on most all of the time. His years of experience are of great value and service for your child’s martial arts training. Grand Master Taningco brings years of experience in the training and mentoring kids karate program since 1976. Helping you, on how to transform your child through martial arts training is a gift not to be ignored.

Getting individual attention for your kid’s martial arts lessons is essential. This is the startup phase of growing their confidence in the one-on-one arrangement before joining the group. Your child will be on his/her way to self-transformation with the empowerment of martial arts training. Investing in, a gift of confidence for your child is a lifelong treasure that they will appreciate.

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The Kung Fu style is primarily a Tien Shan Pai, a northern style that is from the Northwestern China region originated from the Tien Shan Mountains of China. Both external and graceful movements of empty hand applications. The Tien Shan Pai Kung fu system is famous for Weapons training and weapons forms. Tien Shan Pai is also known for an excellent fighting style and self-protection applications. Kids Kung fu program includes unique self-defense techniques that involve joint locking application and throws. They are also taught to learn weapons form after their first test.

The Award-Winning Children’s Karate Program at Tama Martial Arts is a world-class top-notch kid’s martial arts program. Give your child the action-packed Kid’s karate classes and you will witness such an amazing transformation.

Our world-class Grand Master Taningco and his black belts instructors are truly for the children and they go to great lengths to make sure each student gets the most out of every class. And because we reward these amazing kids with plenty of positive reinforcement, your child will feel like a “Champion” beginning with the very first class.

Thai boxing or Muay Thai, is the most popular combat sport in Thailand, it is now recognized and can be seen all over the world. This Muay thai kickboxing combat sport is also known as “The Art of Eight Limbs” for the reason that it makes use of kicks, punches, elbows, knee strikes and clinching techniques. An effective self-defense martial art.

A lot of people have become interested in this combat sport since it focuses on mental and physical discipline.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, or BJJ, is a fighting style & combat sport that concentrates on utilizing the concept of leverage to defeat your opponent by acquiring a prominent placement over them & applying an entry hold (choke or joint secure).

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can be utilized for self-defense, sport grappling competitions, and also blended martial arts (MMA). The efficiency of BJJ is undeniable, as well as has been verified for many years a lot to make sure that it is currently a staple of every professional boxer’s toolbox.

Founder, Head Instructor
Manuel Taningco
“TAMA … building knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in the body through martial arts training, since 1976.”
Tama Instructors Inducted Hall of honors award
5 Black Belts were honored “Black Belt Instructors Of The Year” in Hall of Honor – Bruce Lee and Legends of Martial Arts In Columbus, Ohio. Lindsang, Elaina, Ty, Riley, and Jaden. GM Taningco (on far right)
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This does not come naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period of time. Through Karate, as you accomplish new goals, your confidence level increases. Karate instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can carry over to all aspects of your life.


You’ll increase your blood circulation, notice a greater range of motion in your joints and muscles and feel more relaxed in your day to day life with increased new found energy to be able to perform best at your work.


As you progress in our adult karate classes you will learn to coordinate speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of your body’s strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the hand or the heel of the foot. Developing more motor skills with a mind intent of doing the drills will increase your mental strength and confidence.


Students get so absorbed that their problems seem to disappear thanks to the mental strength that the martial art develops and the energy that it creates for a person working out and being able to get rid of stress immediately upon stepping into the studio.


Tama Ryu Kenpo Karate Jiujitsu program allows a woman to emphasize many of her natural physical strengths, such as power in the legs, using one’s momentum against the adversary, while learning a method of practical self-defense that is efficient against a much larger opponent. Your confidence will grow with increased knowledge of your ability to defend yourself. Confidence and awareness are usually enough to deter potential attackers.


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Tama Martial Arts Center is the largest free-standing building that was ever built since 1988 in the Dayton metropolitan area. Grandmaster Manuel R. Taningco had a dream of housing all of the martial arts he brought in under one roof. The facility has two acres of land. The building is about 8,000 square feet of martial arts studio. The Tama building was built with the blessings from faithful and loyal students who supported Grandmaster Taningco for over 30 years.

The building is one of a kind because it was built primarily for martial arts school from the very beginning. Taningco’s inspirations and perseverance paid off after so many years of dedicated teaching that his prayers, meditation and faith that he would build this huge building with the support of the martial arts students.

His humble beginning started in the basement and sometimes in the kitchen of his house where sparring was the thing to do. Taningco got the go-ahead from his Grandmaster Gasper to open a club back in 1976. Taningco started teaching at the Boy’s Club in Keowee Street in Dayton and started a club in Huber Heights by way of Wayne High School facility and down in Miamisburg by way of Habitat Community Center. He found himself travelling so much that he eventually settled in the Belmont area where the old Belmont Building was in the basement. From there, Taningco moved the studio from the basement of the Belmont Building to the Woodman Drive area where “Play Guitar” is now located. Eventually in 1988, with God’s blessings, he was able to purchase the land where Tama is now located to build his dream studio.

Grandmaster Taningco has also opened a martial arts training facilities in Centerville, Huber Heights, Beavercreek and West Chester martial arts studio. He eventually sold all of those to his students and just manages the Tama building on Woodman Drive. He brought Shaolin Kempo, traditional jiujitsu, Filipino Kali/Eskrima, Indonesian Pencak Silat, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Tai Chi, Chin Na, Full Contact, Tien Shan Pai Kung Fu, Aikijutsu, and Kendo. He pioneered the Children Martial Arts classes and developed a structured curriculum for most of the discipline. There were NO children classes by themselves when he first moved to Dayton in 1976. Since his first two children, Joanna and Lee wanted to learn martial arts, Taningco decided to develop the Mighty Mites program for the very young and Superkidz karate classes for older kids. Contact Us Today!


Student Reviews

” WOW! Amazing place to have your child start martial arts lessons at Tama Martial Arts Center in Kettering. Master Taningco is very good at teaching these kids. He has over 45 years of teaching experience and works well with all the kids. “
Nathan Metcalf
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