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The Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System of Martial Arts


The Pekiti-Tirsia system of Kali originates from the province of Negros Occidental in the Philippines and was formulated by the Tortal family of Negros and Panay islands.  The family patriarch, Conrado B. Tortal, passed this system and its attributes onto his only grandson Grand Tuhon Leo Tortal Gaje, Jr.

Blade fighting at close range.  That is the hallmark of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.  It teaches you how to engage opponents at close range.  Various methods and strategies are learned and practiced to enable you to overcome any opponent at close quarter.  Pekiti also teaches long range fighting.  Both close range and long range fighting methods are taught to make you a formidable opponent.  Utlimately, you become proficient at all ranges.

Instruction begins with footwork, proper body mechanics, and basic strikes with the single stick, single knife, and empty hand.  Emphasis is placed on the importance of footwork and proper body mechanics, in addition to basic striking.  Categories of instruction include single stick, double stick, stick and knife, knife vs. knife, and empty hands.  The weapon is learned first followed by the other weapon categories.  Empty-hands is traditionally taught last.  However, you’re actually learning empty hand fighting skills while learning weapon-fighting skills.  Weapon fighting skills transfer to empty hand fighting skills.  This is not true of the reverse.Pekiti Tirsia Kali is a complete martial art system.  Armed or unarmed you learn how to protect yourself effectively.  Pekit-Tirsia Kali is as deadly as it is fun to learn.

The Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System is a close quarters combat system. Its specialty is close quarters fighting. It was founded by Conrado B. Tortal from Negros Occidental. The Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System is composed of primarily five weapons categories:


  1. Solo Baston - Single Stick/Sword
  2. Double Baston - Double Stick/Sword
  3. Daga Y Daga - Knife vs. Knife
  4. Espada Y Daga - Stick/Sword and Knife
  5. Mano Y Mano/Pangamut - Empty Hands


Auxiliary categories include:


  1. Bankaw - Staff
  2. Malayo Sibat - Spear
  3. Flexible Weapons
  4. Projectile Weapons
  5. Firearms


These techniques are learned in the Doce Methodos or "12 Methods" - the 12 Subsystems of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System. Expertise in these categories allows one to employ almost any object or weapon efficiently.