TAMA, which opened in 2006 and features Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (JKD) and Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) instruction, recently completed renovations worth thousands of dollars and have added new classes, including Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW).
"We wanted to attract more people to our school and show that we provide the highest training possible," said Sifu Adrian Tandez, the founder, president and chief instructor of TAMA. "We need to show we are the best in the Bay Area."
The renovations include new training mats, new heavy bags and additional storage space. The school has also placed padding on the walls, and there is now a wall-mounted television for enhanced instruction.
Over the years, Sifu Adrian has continually brought in new offerings to the school’s reality-based fighting curriculum. The latest is CSW, which combines kickboxing, clinching and ground fighting. CSW was developed by Erik Paulson, a five-time World Light Heavyweight Shooto champion in Japan and trainer of world-renowned mixed martial arts prizefighters such as Brock Lesnar, Josh Barnett and Ken Shamrock.
"CSW is for people who want to improve their grappling skills," said Sifu Adrian, who is training and earning his Pro Coach ranking at Paulson’s CSW headquarters in Fullerton, Calif.
Bringing CSW to TAMA is also an example of Sifu Adrian’s desire to share what he has learned with others. "As I continue my training, I learn more and want to teach people what I’ve learned," he said.
Another new program at TAMA is the Fight Club, which offers students realistic sparring with the use of proper safety gear. Students compete in two-minute rounds, testing their boxing, kicking and grappling skills as well as their conditioning. TAMA also offers stick and knife sparring.
"What’s unique about TAMA is it’s for the streets," Sifu Adrian said. "We try to simulate a real street fight, but we also train with safety, care and respect."
Besides regular classes from Monday to Saturday, TAMA often hosts special seminars such as the upcoming one on Balintawak Arnis with Grandmaster Crispulo "Ising" Atillo.
On Nov. 10-11, the grandmaster will demonstrate this powerful Filipino martial art that focuses on close-quarter, no-nonsense fighting with empty hands, sticks and bladed weapons.
Past seminars delved into Filipino boxing called Panantukan, defense against multiple attackers, the use of the Indonesian knife known as karambit, and other subjects and training.
Unlike many other schools that profess to teach authentic Jeet Kune Do, TAMA – which has 80 to 100 students - has direct lineage to Bruce Lee, the founder of JKD. That is because Sifu Adrian is a certified instructor under legendary martial artist Guro Dan Inosanto, who arguably was the only person certified by Lee to teach JKD.
TAMA also promotes Guro Dan’s FMA system and is an official Bay Area representative of the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. Moreover, TAMA through Sifu Adrian is authorized under Guro Dan to teach Maphilindo Silat, a martial art that combines influences from Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
"We want people to know we provide certified programs that teach actual authentic training," Sifu Adrian said.
That training is for children, women and men, Sifu Adrian added, and it can be tailored to an individual’s physical condition.
"Our training is really suited for all types of people," he said. "Even people with disabilities and senior citizens can benefit here."
Sifu Adrian’s long-term vision for TAMA includes bringing in more students and developing a solid group of dedicated, qualified instructors. He also hopes to move the school into a bigger facility but keep it in the San Francisco Peninsula.
In addition, he plans to continue to do seminars throughout the Bay Area for schoolchildren, law-enforcement members and anyone else interested in learning practical self-defense.
"One of my philosophies is that your self-defense is your responsibility,"
About the Tandez Academy of Martial Arts:
The Tandez Academy of Martial Arts (TAMA) is the San Francisco Bay Area's premier self-defense training center. TAMA offers certified training in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Maphilindo Silat and Combat Submission Wrestling. The school promotes physical fitness and conditioning as a requirement for progression and practices light- to full-contact sparring in protective gear. Students train and spar in kickboxing, clinching, ground fighting, stick fighting, knife fighting, and various weaponry against one or more attackers and under different scenarios. For more information, visit the school’s website at http://www.jkdkickboxing.com, or contact Sifu Adrian Tandez at 408-373-0204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. TAMA is located at 1931 Old Middlefield Way, Unit C, Mountain View, CA 94043.