By "TMA" he means theory-based martial arts like bad karate, bad kung fu, the Booj, etc. The bottom line is that theory-based martial arts need to drop their approach to techniques. Once they accept that to learn fighting, one does not think about fighting, or talk about fighting, but rather, practices fighting and has fights (preferably safe ones in competition), the disparity between techniques dissolves away nearly immediately. It happened for Motobu's ryukyu kempo, it happened for Kyokushin, it happens for all the good kung fu.
So what you are saying is that TMA should stand for Theoretical Martial Arts now?
I like it.
So what would be the other group of martial arts? We can't use competitive martial arts as the acronym CMA is taken. Sportive Martial Arts (SMA)?
Is there a working definition for TMA? It seems like it gets used as a blanet term for arts taht get little or no respect on bullshido,
Even things like the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biathlon, javelin and archery are also derived from combat.
At least, that's the way I used to interpret the term combat sports.
The Vale Tudo short shorts are basically boxer briefs, so that counts too.
(This tangent has really gone on too far.)