We Are An Award Winning Martial Arts Family In Dayton

I am Focus, I am Discipline and I am a Champion In Life!

Give Your Child A Gift Of Confidence

We Are A Martial Arts Family Of ONE!

We Have Built Our Self-Confidence Through Tama

We believe in ourselves, we are the Champion from within!


About Us

TAMA is an acronym for Taningco Academy of Martial Arts. It is the center of excellence and high standards of martial arts training both for adults and especially youngsters, teaching children’s martial arts and kid’s karate lessons for the past 40 years. Our love and compassion in teaching kid’s martial arts is our way of life. We can not wait to meet you and be part of our martial arts family, the award-winning children’s karate program in the Miami Valley area.


Kid’s Karate

 Our kid’s karate lessons are based on enhancing your child’s self-confidence through martial arts training and self-defense. It gives them the tools they need for success in life. From focusing to goal setting, to sharpen their listening skills, patience and perseverance. Our dedication in teaching kid’s martial arts is second to none. Whether your child has ADD or not, we love children. We have the patience and experience to help your child develops discipline and confidence.



Adult’s Karate

There are many reasons why students take our adult’s karate classes. Some students needed to get push into shape. some need encouragement and motivation, some wish to lose weight. Some wish to learn practical and effective self-defense methods. We are here to help you build your self-confidence, discipline and indomitable spirit. We have the patience and the experience to make you the best you can be. Be the champion in life! Join us!

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Kid’s Martial Arts Training

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. Give your child a gift of confidence, call 937-253-9966

Dayton Kid’s Karate lessons

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 Martial Arts 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 get 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. From a new found passion for self-defense, fun physical fitness, to steadfast discipline and unwavering self-confidence, the Award Winning Children’s Karate Classes have so much to offer. At Tama, the kid’s martial arts classes are great for all kids between the ages of 4 to 6, and 7 to 13 years of age. Come join our legacy for the last 40 years in Dayton and still going strong after all these years!

The longest running children martial arts program in the greater Dayton-Miami Valley.

What People Say About Us

When my daughter was bullied in kindergarten it was suggested to us to have her try Martial Arts to build her confidence. The day we found TAMA and Master T was a blessing! Our daughter practiced there in the Kids Karate class and became so much more confident and self-assured. We loved TAMA so much that my husband enrolled and takes classes there now. I have nothing but amazing things to say about TAMA Family Martial Arts!

Danica Swindall

We enrolled our son a few months back and plan to grow with this journey, The master is second to none and pays great attention to progress, (good or bad) honest and sincere is pretty apparent in all that goes on here. If you take your child or yourself anywhere else, you are missing the very best that there is in the Miami Valley Period!! 

Johnny Foster

Great teachers! Lots of styles to learn.

Trevor Clarke

We love TAMA martial arts! Our entire family has trained there and wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Amy Traxler

As a student for almost 10 years and instructor for 4 years, I can’t see myself training anywhere else! The welcoming and positive atmosphere combined with our tradition of excellence and personal development make this my home away from home. The children’s program is great for developing discipline and self-confidence, and adult programs are wonderful for self-defense and getting in shape! You won’t find a better martial arts center in the Miami Valley!

Wesley Calton


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Award Winning Children's Karate

Ribbon1753 WOODMAN DR.

Phone: 937-253-9966