Texas Martial Arts Center,
LLC (TMAC) provides primary
training in karate, tae kwon do and kajukenbo
with supplementary training in judo/jujitsu and
their core, hard-style martial arts
(i.e., karate, tae kwon do, kajukenbo) are
about quickly ending a threat from an
aggressor with quick and powerful
blocking and striking techniques. TMAC
instruction emphasizes training in
realistic and practical self defense
through the mastery of blocking, punching,
kicking, and submission
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Wado-Ryu Karate is a
Japanese martial art founded by
Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei in 1934. Ohtsuka
Sensei developed Wado-Ryu after studying the
Samurai martial art of Jiu-jitsu, and
Shotokan (another style of Karate). This
combination, according to Ohstuka Sensei, is
a softer, more natural means of
The full name of the
style is Wado-Ryu Karate-Do. The
term Wado-Ryu means "way of peace"
or "way of harmony", indicating Ohtsuka
Sensei's original intention to use training
in Wado-Ryu as a means of solving problems
in a non-violent way. Karate-Do
means "way of the empty hand", as Karate is,
for the most part, studied without the use
Click here to see a video on the history and
foundings of Wado Ryu Karate or
here to read an account of the Wado Ryu
Tae kwon do traces
its roots back over 1,400 years ago to the Silla
Dynasty in the area that is known today as
as a military system of fighting for use in
battle, tae kwon do is now practiced by millions
of students in countries around the world.Tae kwon do is a challenging, fun, and
vigorous method of exercise and self-defense.Through the practice of tae kwon do,
students develop flexibility, coordination,
strength, and speed as well as aerobic,
physical, and mental conditioning.
Kajukenbo is "America's first martial art
system formed in what was then the U.S.
territory of Hawaii in 1947. The name "Kajukenbo"
is pronounced with and sometimes Romanized as
Kajukembo with an "m". The term is in fact an
acronym that defines its eclectic
characteristics as the original American mixed
martial art (MMA). The word Kajukembo stands for
Korean Karate (Ka), traditional Jujutsu and
modern Judo (Ju), plus Kenpo, also pronounced
with an "m" and sometimes Romanized as Kempo
(Ken), and finally southern Kung Fu or Chinese
Here is a video that shows
some kajukenbo techniques in action.
Just as there is no one "best" tool in a toolbox,
there is no one "best" style of martial art (click
here to see a scene from Jet Li's "Fearless").
In situations where a screwdriver is required to
solve a home repair project, the best tool is a
screwdriver. A hammer is best to use when
a hammer is required. Each tool in a
toolbox has its own purposes and is the best to
use when its particular strengths are needed by
At times, the "best"
martial arts style may be one that emphasizes grappling,
wrestling, and submission. In other
situations, it might be one of
redirection, imbalance, and control. And
in other situations, the most effective means of
defense might be striking with arms, legs,
hands, and feet.
TMAC students are taught to kick,
punch, and strike with tremendous power and
speed. They learn how to block, deflect,
and counter strikes and learn how to move their
bodies to avoid attacks and to position
themselves to counter-attack and control their opponents.
We acknowledge the
strengths of other styles and whole-heartedly
welcome practitioners of other traditions to
join our groupówear
your current belt and uniform to class meetings.
Through the study of the
philosophies and techniques of other martial
arts traditions, we all increase the inventory
of tools in our toolboxes.