Texas Martial Arts Center, LLC (TMAC) provides primary training in karate, tae kwon do and kajukenbo with supplementary training in judo/jujitsu and weapons. 

At 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 techniques. 

For a list of Korean and Japanese terms, click here

Wado Ryu Karate

According to the Wado Ryu Karate Do Association website,

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 self-protection.

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 of weapons.

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 history.

Tae Kwon Do

Tae kwon do traces its roots back over 1,400 years ago to the Silla Dynasty in the area that is known today as Korea.  Originally developed 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.

Click here to learn about General Choi and here to read from the Encyclopedia of Tae Kwon Do.


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 boxing (Bo)."

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 the craftsman.

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.




Texas Martial Arts Center, LLC
1174 Butternut Street
Abilene, Texas 79602