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Club History

The beginning

The school was originally founded by Sijo Ross Whitby with a group of friends in 1990. The group all trained in different disciplines including Kung Fu, Kick Boxing, Judo, Taekwondo, Aikido, Karate & Jiu Jitsu and without even realising it, they were doing MMA, 3 years before the entrance of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships)

In 1990 the classes were on Tuesdays for 2 hours but by the time Sijo Ross went travelling in 1997 they ran from 17:30 – 23:30 and involved body conditioning, gymnastics, trips & throws, ground work, pad work and sparring.

The next stage

In 1999 classes started at St Crispin's in Wokingham and Loddon Valley in Lower Early, teaching Kung Fu, Kick Boxing and MMA. Each year more classes were added to the timetable and in 2005 Coma Gym at Reading Rugby Club was opened. This venue now boasts a 16ft MMA cage.

The TMAS philosophy is training SPORT martial arts to help with the street situations. Being used to weekly stepping into the cage to box, kick box and grapple means being one step closer to being more capable in dealing with a street attack. Traditional martial arts were designed for street attacks and are pressure tested in the cage. TMAS covers Western, Chinese and Japanese Martial Arts with the ability to fight standing and from the floor back to standing against 1-on-1 and multiple attackers, unarmed and armed.

The other side of our training is building confidence, through peer to peer learning in class and helping lead warm ups and cool downs.

A confident (not cocky!) person is less an easy target.

Feedback from our kids classes tell us that our students perform better in school as their ability to pay attention increases and their confidence grows. Our kids are first to put their hands up and join in with opportunities given to them.

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Martial Arts submission technique - Arm Bar from Guard Henka

Martial Arts submission technique - Arm Bar from Guard Henka

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Junior & Senior Christmas Party 2018

This year we all start at 17:30 with a very active hour long session at Red Kangaroo in Reading. See our news page for more info.


Senior Grading

The Senior Grading for Brown Belt curriculum includes the 3 minute 'Brick Hold'. A picture tells a thousand words... Read more about our gradings on our news page.


Junior Grading - Sunday, 11.11.18

Congratulations to the 22 students who passed Yellow to Purple Belts Black Stripes gradings in Kung Fu and Kickboxing on Sunday, 11.11.18 at COMA Gym. A special shout out to our ...


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Marcelo Copa

A great seminar with a BJJ World Champion, looking at how the little details can give better effectiveness of technique. We covered side control with a strange variation on the ...


Thai Kik Jitsu Brown Belt for Jimmy Petrus' Stunt Register

Jimmy Petrus recently completed his Brown Belt which forms part of his Stunt Register qualifications. Look out for him in Star Wars and Ready Player 1.


Kung Fu Hung Choy Black Belt Training

The 'Kung Fu Crew' meet us every quarter for a special training session (open to all Kung Fu students). It is always good to see Stefan Weger (an ex TMAS student who now lives ...


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