Though I continued to train on my own I did not train under anyone after I moved to New Mexico. Focusing on the Chinese arts I put my stick and knife work on the back burner until moving up here to Seattle four years ago. My desire to get better at a weak area of my practice (knife work) had me looking for Kali / Escrima / Arnis teachers in the area. For me finding an instructor is much more than just giving money to some guy to show me random techniques. I have always, and will always, choose those I train with very carefully with great diligence to a number of factors to ensure the relationship and the training would mesh. Quite simply our individual personalities do not always play well with others, and when it comes to something as serious as weapons training I want someone with similar views, opinions, and outlooks on reality and training as I do!
So when some ask me "Why Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Jake?" I must give the honest answer... the style does not matter to me nearly as much as the teacher. Hence my careful choosing of Meynard Ancheta to continue my training in the FMA. Meynard and I share teachers with Tim Cartmell, as well as sharing idea's and attitudes to our approach when it comes to no non-sense blade training. Really all it took was the first factor of being one of Tim's top student, but it just so happens that Meynard trains Pekiti Tirsia Kali because he feels it is one of the most natural, simplest, most effective blade arts in the world.
Here is a clip of Leo Gaje offering a comprehensive introduction to PTK. "This is a combat system, not sport!"
Here is Meynards teacher Leo Gaje (who BTW will be in Vancouver, BC Sept. 24-25) offering some insight into the system of PTK:
Another one of Meynard's teachers, Tim Waid, is considered by many to be the most knowledgeable student of Leo's in regards to the traditional familial style of PTK (which Meynard will be teaching us). Here Tim Waid offers some various drills and free sparring from PTK:
So for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge of personal protection, The Filipino Martial Arts, or those wanting to improve such attributes as timing / footwork / range / hand - eye coordination etc. please join us August 28-29th here in Seattle, WA. for Guro Ancheta's first weekend seminar in the PAC NW!
I am capping the seminar to ensure safe space and personal attention from Meynard. Registration is already over 1/2 full! Email or Call me today to register!
I urge any potential attendees to spend some time on the Pekiti Tirsia Kali website (www.ptkgo.com) as their is a ton of information on the site. Look into the training manuals and articles (especially on the Doce Methodos, or 12 Methods) that are all over the site.
Hope you can join us for a great weekend of Kali training!
Train Hard. Train Smart.