Showing posts with label Kali in Seattle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kali in Seattle. Show all posts

December 11, 2013

Weapons Poll Results and Weapons Training

The results of my latest poll are back ("Do you carry a weapon for self defense?") and it is one of the largest responses I have ever had!  Over 26 of you chimed in and gave me some great feedback on your view of personal protection, which for the most part the majority of you prefer to carry some sort of weapon for self defense. 

No, I'm a pacifist
  3 (11%)
No, My Hands Are Lethal
  5 (19%)
CCW / Gun
  9 (34%)
  0 (0%)
Sap / Knuckleduster
  3 (11%)
Blade - Fixed
  9 (34%)
Blade - Folder
  14 (53%)
  2 (7%)
Baton / Stick
  5 (19%)
Cane / Staff
  2 (7%)

Votes so far: 26
It is interesting to note that Pekiti Tirsia Kali is a modern evolving martial art that includes handgun, shotgun, and rifle training along with bladed combat and empty hands.  Below is a great clip my coach Meynard Ancheta shared Ron Avery's clip on the draw stroke, which is arguably the most important (and common) movement you can do in self defense, empty handed or otherwise.  Study on this and stop by Three Harmonies Martial Arts to train Pekiti Tirsia Kali on Wednesday nights at 6 and Saturday morning at 9:

December 28, 2012

Brennan's Blades: The PNW Best Kept FMA Secret

Guro Scott Brennan is a 30+ year veteran of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), and is arguably the foremost authority in Lucaylucay Kali in the Pacific NW.  Being a Sheriff brings a whole new perspective to his teachings and training, as does being an amateur blade smith!  I was fortunate enough to host Scott last month for a introductory seminar on Lucaylucay blade work at Three Harmonies. 

First and foremost anyone interested in the FMA living up in the island counties of our great green state of Washington, look no further then Scott Brennan.  Sharp wit, laid back attitude, coupled with a knack for teaching and working with groups give Scott that needed bonus many look for in a teacher.  Though I only spent a few hours with him I have been around long enough to know if someone can teach or just preach.  Scott is without a doubt the former, offering insight not only into the techniques of Lucaylucay Kali, but more importantly the mindset and approach to training that Master Ted Lucaylucay imparted to Scott.  Peppered with stories throughout the workshop it was a pleasure to touch hands with Scott.

Now onto the meat of this review... Brennan's Blades, quality training blades.  Of course everyone says that, but what does it really mean in the end?  Typically you dish out good money for a trainer that hopefully is weighted right, has a solid fit handle wise, and holds up.  Rarely do you get the opportunity we did with being able to handle and work with all the blades Scott had for sale at the workshop.  I know I handled at least half a dozen different knife types and grips, and I was also lucky enough to take home a espsda y' daga set in the form of a Barong, as well as a Bolo shaped blade.

Bolo(L): $50 / Barong Espada y Daga Set: $75

Made out of quality aluminum with intricately cut handles made from actual iron wood (I believe) these trainers are simply the best weighted and highest quality in regards to grips!  Scott has spent decades collecting blades and blade patterns from all over the world and he has templates and designs to fit even the rarest of request.  That's right, got a blade you want a trainer for?  Send him the specs and he will make you a quality trainer for any style blade or cut you desire! 

I cannot comment too deeply on the durability of the trainers as I have not purposefully tried to thrash them, but even knocking them around with other metal trainers they seemed no worse the wear minus a few scratches.  High quality at an an affordable price, which of course varies depending on the piece(s) you are acquiring.

You can contact Scott Brennan at:
[email protected]

November 10, 2012

PNW Sceening of the "Bladed Hand" - Nov. 30th

The long awaited documentary on the martial traditions of the Philippines, "The Bladed Hand," is debuting with a screening at UW November 30th, 201.

Date: November 30th, 2012
Location: University of Washington - Kane Hall, Room 130
1410 Northeast Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195

  6PM - Doors Open
  7PM - Event Begins
  8:30PM - Q&A with Director, Jay Ignacio, and Co-Producers, Sonny Sison and Kent Vives

Price: $10 General Admission
Seats are first come, first serve



I have been looking forward to this documentary for a couple of years.  I plan on going as long as I do not need to work that evening.  


November 5, 2012

Sticks & Blades

Just a quick reminder of the Lucaylucay Kali seminar tonight with Guro Scott Brennan.  Come spend two hours with us learning the fundamentals of blade work as taught by one of Ted Lucaylucay's first students!  Oh, and did I mention it is FREE!?!?!?!? 

Join us tonight at 6pm at the NWJJA, 942 N 95th St. Seattle, WA.  Also Mr Brennan will have a full selection of trainer knives, swords, and live blades as well for purchase, so make sure you bring some extra cash and/or the checkbook.

Then you can join Guro Scott at the Hufana International seminar November 16-18 2012 at the Bellevue Martial Arts Academy.  Click here for more info! 

September 21, 2012

Gathering of the Pack 2012

I wanted to take a moment to wish all my Pekiti Tirsia Kali brothers best of luck this weekend as they fight the Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack Summer 2012!  Kick ass and take names!

And for those of you in the Seattle area who are interested in training some Pekiti Tirsia Kali come join us at Three Harmonies Martial Arts on Wednesday's at 7:15 and Saturday's at 12noon.  (classes held at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy: 942 N 95th St. Seattle, WA.)

Here is a clip from 2011's European Gathering of the Pack:

August 18, 2011

No Class Saturday...

August 20th for Three Harmonies Students nor NWJJA students.  Classes are back to regular schedule on Monday the 22nd.

February 18, 2011

Jogo Do Pau - Who knew!?

Quite by accident I stumbled upon this clip earlier today on the French Boxing blog:

The kids are cute, and this reinforces my opinion that all socialized citizens should be trained in weapon arts.

As you see there is no description, but the great thing about Youtube is the linked clips, of which I found these:

This is fascinating WWI training footage of soldiers!

Though not quite Pekiti Tirsia Kali I figured it would be a nice way to end the week and get prepared for our weekend with Guro Ancheta training the Doce Methodos.  Have a safe and fun weekend.  I will drop a full report on the weekend early next week!

Train Hard.  Train Smart.

January 15, 2011

All Star Fitness Schedule

I have expanded my teaching schedule at All Star Fitness located downtown at the Medical-Dental Building on 5th and Olive Way.  Take advantage of this awesome opportunity as classes are free to members of the gym, and they have all sorts of sign up specials happening right now!  Take a look at how many training sessions you have with yours truly:

- Kickboxing 12-1pm

- Advanced Kickboxing 12-1pm
- Pekiti Tirsia Kali 1-2pm
- Kickboxing 5:30 - 6:45pm

- Advanced Kickboxing 5:30 - 6:45pm
- Pekiti Tirsia Kali 6:45 - 8pm


- Advanced Kickboxing 12-1pm
- Pekiti Tirsia Kali 1-2pm
- Kickboxing 5:30 - 6:45pm

- Kickboxing 12-1pm

All are welcome to join us!

August 25, 2010

Last Call on Pekiti Tirsia Seminar!!

Guerilla's learning blade skills during WWII
Last call kids!  I have only a few spots left for Sundays session, and am almost totally sold out for Saturday.  If you are interested, or are planning on attending contact me ASAP!

Here is a great clip of Tim Waid demonstrating some knife work:

[email protected]

August 16, 2010

Pekiti Tirsia Kali

I trained in Modern Arnis for approximately 5 years with the late Professor Remy Presas in the mid 90's.  Simple curiosity led me to the first seminar and I was immediately hooked.  The Filipino martial arts are not only extremely practical for self defense, but they are also tons of fun!  I mean where else do you get to swing sticks at each others head and stab folks with fake knives!?!?  

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 ( 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.

July 19, 2010

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar - Aug. 28-29, 2010

For those interested in the Filipino Martial Arts, or simply for anyone that would like to improve their stick and knife skills, I proudly present (for what I believe is the first time in Seattle) a seminar on Pekiti Tirsia Kali as taught by Guro Meynard Ancheta. Meynard is a friend of mine and long time fellow student under Tim Cartmell so I am very happy to host him in Seattle for a great weekend of training. Hope you can join us!
Train Hard. Train Smart.
Jake B.

Three Harmonies Martial Arts Presents

A Weekend Workshop:

Pekiti Tirsia Kali

Traditional Filipino Martial Arts

W/ Meynard Ancheta

August 28 & 29th 2010

Sat. 1-5pm

Sun. 11am – 3pm

Seattle, WA.

(Location provided with registration)

1 day - $55

Weekend - $75

*Please bring your own sticks and a training knife. ABSOLUTELY NO LIVE BLADES! *

To register contact Jake Burroughs:

206-941-3232 / [email protected]

Your are invited to join us for a weekend of training in the beautifully effective art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, one of the native weapon and empty hand arts of the Philippines. This is Guro Ancheta’s first visit to Seattle, WA. and he will guide students through the “Doce Methodos” or Twelve Methods. These are the foundational

methods and techniques for every aspect of Pekiti Tirsia Kali (empty hand / single weapon / double weapons). All levels of experience are welcome, all we ask is you leave your ego at the door!

Students can expect to learn:

· Single and double stick methods

· Effective & Realistic knife fighting skills

· Brutal techniques meant for real combat, not sport

· Improve your timing, footwork, and understanding of range & distance

· Have fun learning a cultural treasure of the Philippines

“I want to share the traditional family system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK), and demystify some of the false idea’s about this effective martial art.” – Guro Ancheta

The Instructor:

Meynard Ancheta began his martial journey with Don Angier in Aiki Ryu Jujitsu & Kenjutsu. Shortly thereafter Meynard met Tim Cartmell and has been training with him in the arts of Bagua, Xing Yi, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past 10 years earning a brown belt in the art of BJJ. In 2004 he then began his foray into the art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali training privately under Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje. Furthering his training in the traditional family system of PTK under Mataas na Guro Tim Waid, Meynard continues to visit the Philippines and train. Meynard is a Dog Brother (c-Strawdog), and was recently promoted to Guro (instructor) by Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje. For more information on PTK visit

For more information or questions please contact Jake Burroughs at: 206-941-3232 or [email protected]