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, that is the foundation of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali (PTK). The Doce Methodos (12 Methods) is the foundation system of PTK. Through the study of the 12 Methods you will learn strategies and tactics that you will enable you to engage one or multiple opponents at both close range and long range using a variety of weapons and improvised weapons, and all of the natural weapons of the body for personal protection.
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 practical and effective as it is fun to learn.