I wanted to thank everyone who attended Meynard's Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar over the weekend, especially my students. Everyone worked hard and came away with a much deeper understanding of PTK. Meynard was quite happy with everyone's progression since his last visit, and he left us with plenty to work on until we see him next.
What makes Meynard such an exceptional teacher is not the amount of "tricks" he has up his sleeve (though those are impressive as well), but the method in which he teaches and disseminates the lessons. A system rife with confusion and rabbit trails in every direction, PTK can often be hard for a student to organize and systematize in their head. Meynard lays out a solid pedagogy that is centered around progressive stages of uncooperative drilling and sparring. This is key to ingraining the techniques into our muscle memory.
Using the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) as a foundational base Meynard ran us through a number of drills and patterns designed to help us progress on our path to bladed combat. Progressively we built on each successive movement using double and single stick for the most part.
For those interested in training in a traditional Filipino martial art, there is not a single one more advanced then Pekiti Tirsia Kali! We train at the Three Harmonies Club on Wednesday nights at 6pm (get there a little early if you can) and Saturdays at 9am. I am also available for private lessons if need be. For students of mine keep on the lookout for Aaron Cole to come over and train with us everyone now and then, and I also hope to have Meynard back this winter for another seminar.