Showing posts with label Leo Gaje. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Leo Gaje. Show all posts

May 9, 2014

Pekiti Tirsia Kali DVD Review: "Advanced Footwork & Lost Secrets of the Filipino Martial Arts"

One of the greatest things Leo Gaje gave the west when he started teaching Pekiti Tirsia Kali was structure and order.  Many Filipino martial arts instructors are notorious for being completely unorganized with any kind of cohesive learning model, comparatively Gaje was ahead of his time.  Gaje's top student Tim Waid has followed in his teachers footsteps with his latest offering in his DVD series on Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) combatives; "Advanced Footwork and Lost Secrets of the Filipino Martial Arts."

This will be the third DVD in the series I have reviewed of Tim's, and as with all of his work technically these instructional's are top notch.  The production value is second to none with superb editing offering clean chapter breaks and no glitches across the 75 minute DVD.  As with previous productions the addition of the boom camera is one of the greatest aspects of Tim's DVDs.  Giving the student literally a birds eye view of the instruction enables one to get as close to 3D as possible via a 2D media outlet.  In an art as complex and involved as kali these innovations may seem trite to most, but to those of us who have been around the FMA for the past 20 years you know how important multiple angles and different views are when trying to learn such an advanced art.  Waid also incorporates the use of chalk lines on the floor of his training space.  These footwork diagrams certainly help the student. 

Tim Waid's entire life has been consumed by two things... training Pekiti Tirsia Kali and his service in the Marine Corp.  A full time instructor who just launched his new site PTK - SMF Waid's resume reads like a technical manual on combatives and strategy.  One must keep this in mind when viewing his DVD's as he is intense and rather militaristic in his delivery which coupled with diligent drilling ensures technical proficiency.  His analyzation of the footwork is amazing concise and keep in mind this is someone who has dedicated his ENTIRE martial arts life to a single sole system.  This is his pure expression of PTK as he knows it.

That said it is important for any potential buyers of this DVD to take the title seriously, this REALLY is advanced material!  The student must have a foundation in the footwork and basics of PTK specifically to get anything out of this instructional.  For instance the footwork you learn in Doce Pares will not suffice as a foundation for the work in this DVD.  It is not that the basics of any art are inefficient, just that you need to thoroughly understand the fundamentals of Pekiti Tirsia specifically to reap any of the benefits of Advanced Footwork.  Waid does show several repeats of the technique he just taught, but overall is moving rather quickly through various drills, illustrating the importance of understanding range and proper angling.  If you do not have the basics I would highly suggest purchasing the Basic Footwork DVD first and working these fundamentals thoroughly with a partner, otherwise you are wasting your pennies.

Broken into a half dozen chapter, Advanced Footwork offers the following scene selections:
  • Footwork Strategy
  • Counter-Offense System
  • Offense / Attack System
  • Lost Secrets 1-3
  • Lost Secrets 4-6
  • Lost Secrets 7-9
Each chapter has sub-chapters wherein lie the marrow of the lessons.  For instance Tim Waid teaches the universal evasion angle in the initial "Lost Secret" chapter.  Not only does he teach it, he EXPLAINS the reasoning WHY you step that direction instead of just any other angle.  Again this is a welcomed departure from 90% of the FMA instructionals out there where for the most part individuals show off and demonstrate but rarely actually teach and explain. 

The secrets are the training methods.  Not really a secret, nor lost, huh?  Anyone who has been in the martial arts for more then a few years should know that the sole secret in any art is training.  Waid offers insights into the intent of engaging with weapons at range which I also feel is a unique attribute of this DVD.  Retailing for $79.95 makes this one of the more expensive DVD instructionals on the market, and currently is not available for electronic download so you will need a DVD player. Though the price may be prohibitive this DVD (and honestly so far what I have seen of the entire series) is second to none.  There is absolutely no similar information available on the Pekiti Tirsia Kali system out there, and honestly I have not seen any FMA instructional come close to the quality and depth of Tim Waid's Authentic Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training Series.

So tell the wifey you need a small allowance, a free weekend, and get online grabbing yourself a great new blade such as the TROIKA as well as Tim's series of DVDs, and train your ass off!  A wonderful resource for those not close to an instructor or even veterans of PTK who wish to witness Waid's expression of the art. 

For more titles, or to order "Advanced Footwork" click here to be redirected to Tim Waid's brand new website!

March 1, 2014

PTKGO Online Sale This Weekend Only: Pekiti Tirsia Kali DVDs 30% Off

Hey stickheads make sure to check out Professor Tim Waid's 30% off sale on Pekiti Tirsia Kali Global Organizations store page.  Tim Waid has been studying Pekiti Tirsia Kali for over 20 years and he is unique in the fact that he has never, EVER, trained another system of martial art or FMA!  A veteran of the Marine Corp Tim Waid has some of the best instructionals on the market.  I will be reviewing his "Advanced Footwork" here shortly.  In the meantime check out the 30% savings on DVDs and shirts by clicking here.

December 16, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali In Action

Thankfully most practitioners of Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) are moral upstanding folk, so we do not have much in the way of "real" PTK be used in self defense on Youtube.  So the next best thing is full contact stick fighting, and we cannot speak of such competitions without mentioning one of PTK most talented and skilled fighters... Tom Bisio. 

One of Leo Gaje's earliest US students, Tom Bisio has since moved on to make quite the name for himself in Chinese martial and healing arts circles, but his slick style lives on in video.  Aggressive.  Strong.  Accurate.  Tom maintains a reputation well over two decades after his training in PTK!  Know your roots, and train. Here is why:

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:

August 30, 2013

Filipino Martial Arts Legend Leo Gaje Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar in Seattle, WA.

For the first time ever Seattle, WA. will host Pekiti Tirsia Master Leo Gaje for a weekend of training in the bladed art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  Gaje is PTK highest ranked instructor and is a pioneer of the Filipino martial arts worldwide.  This is truly an opportunity to train with a living legend... you do not want to miss this regardless of your martial background.  Open to all martial artists and levels.

August 18, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar This Weekend with Meynard Ancheta

Last call on our seminar this weekend with my friend and teacher Meynard Ancheta.  I just spoke with him and he is excited to once again visit Seattle, WA. and share his understanding of Pekiti Tirsia Kali. The seminar is open to any and all levels of experience, no prior Kali education is required. 

For more information click here! 

And I leave you with a clip of Leo Gaje who is Meynards teacher and heir apparent to the system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  Come join us August 24-25th 2013 to experience Meynards unique approach to the combative aspects of PTK.

August 12, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar w/ Guro Meynard Ancheta Coming Up

Friendly reminder that we are under two weeks away for an awesome opportunity to sharpen your bladed weapon skills with my teacher Meynard Ancheta!  
Three Harmonies Martial Arts Presents
Pekiti Tirsia Kali:
Edge & Impact Weapon Fighting Concepts
w/ Guro Meynard Ancheta
August 24: 12-4pm
August 25: 10am-2pm
942 N. 95th St.
Seattle, WA.
$75 One Day
  $105 Entire Weekend
Open to any and all levels of experience!  
“Doce Methodos Progressions for Technical and Full Contact Sparring.”
In this seminar, students will learn blade combat flow and how to apply the "Methodos" in a dynamic and progressive way. The skills taught in this seminar will lay the foundation that will allow students to explore the principles of the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) while training with resistance and thereby develop true fighting ability with edge weapons.  Students will learn effective and proven techniques applied in real time against uncooperative and skilled opponents.  
Meynard Ancheta has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years.  A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as a dedicated student of Tim Cartmell’s for over 10 years in various disciplines, Meynard has comitted his life to training Pekiti Tirsia Kali under Leo Gaje.  He is head instructor of  PTK Southern California, and the PTK instructor for Three Harmonies Martial Arts in Seattle, WA.

For more info or to register contact Jake Burroughs:  [email protected] / 206-941-3232

August 29, 2012

PTKGO New DVD Previews

Tim Waid over at Pekiti Tirsia Kali Global Organization  has been working hard on his next series of DVDs covering Espada y Daga techniques, and a complete instructional on the footwork (arguably what sets PTK apart in my opinion) and subsequent drills for footwork.

Click here to be redirected for ordering.


January 11, 2012

DVD Review - "Sword and Impact Weapons" w/ Tim Waid

Hot on the coat tails of their first release, "Strategic Knife Defense" the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Global Production crew has released "Sword and Impact Weapons" with Tim Waid presenting the first DVD in a series on the authentic Pekiti Tirsia Kali system.  The goal of Tuhon Tim Waid and his teacher Leo Gaje Jr.  with releasing these DVDs is to present the authentic art of PTK as it was handed down within the Gaje family, and provide a clear training progression and curriculum to follow.

The foundation of PTK is found within the Doce Methodos, or Twelve Methods, and Waid presents the first 6 methods in some of the best instructional material I have ever seen representing the Filipino Martial Arts, not to mention Pekiti Tirsia Kali!  Contrary to what many may assume, it is not the bevy of techniques nor the complexity of flashy movement that makes this DVD stand out.  Rather it is the approach and method in which Tim Waid has organized and presented the 50 minutes of material.

Here is a great 5 minute preview of the DVD:

When I first started training the FMA it was the early 90's with Prof. Remy Presas who was a pioneer in Arnis, as well as being one of the first to produce a series of instructional VHS tapes ("Google" it kids!). I mention this for a couple of reasons; one being how far the technology of recording equipment and organizing content has come in the past 20 years.  Tim Waid and the PTKGO has set a new precedence with these DVDs!

   Tim starts off the DVD offering the definition and philosophy of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  He does not delve too deeply into the origins and technical meaning of the literal translation Close Thirds, but stresses the foundation of PTK: life / success / good health, throughout the instructional.

Lessons 1-2:

  • Abecedario's (12 Attacks Instruction)
  • Target Areas
  • Principle of three angles of attack
  • Abecedario solo form

Lessons 3-4:
  • Payong (Umbrella)
  • Dakup y Punyo (grab and hit with the punyo)
  • Quatro Cantos (Four Walls)
Lessons 5-6: 
  • Tirsia Corto
  • Ranging and striking drills
  • Five fluid attacks
Advanced Combat Methods:
   Technically there is no instruction in this section, but Tim showcases free flow and technical sparring as well as live blade sparring.  

   Arguably the gem of the DVD in regards to historical footage.  Here we have about 10-15 minutes of Abecedario instruction from Leo Gaje Jr. circa 1981!  Considering it is over 30 years old the footage is fantastic and the instruction is clear where Gaje demo's the Abecedario target areas on a student and then has the student do a basic set of calisthenics.    

  Filmed in an all white room with dark clothing on the participants makes movements and weapon arc's very clear and easy to follow even with full speed sparring.  During the instructional segments Tim Waid is exceptionally clear and concise with his verbage, offering definitions where needed and not wasting time nor opportunity to regale the viewer with stories (which I am sure he has, but that is not the context of an instructional DVD.  A pitfall MANY teachers fall into when they find themselves on camera!).  

  Tim's approach to training and demonstrating is second to none from what I see (caveat; never personally met nor trained with Mr. Waid) on this DVD.  Tim is a man of slight nature but purposefully choose his biggest and strongest opponents to demonstrate on with this instructional.  Lets face it... this is not often the case, where instructors "show off" on a smaller / weaker / very willing partner.  Demonstrating that proper application of angles and execution of technique will trump strength and size every time!  

   Along the same line I liked how all instructionals and much of the free sparring is repeated in slow motion.  This is crucial when teaching ANY weapon, as the angle and application are often lost in the speed and suddenness of the attack.  And lets not overlook the fact that they are free sparring on this DVD!  A standard in Pekiti Tirsia Kali is unrehearsed levels of uncooperative drilling including full contact sparring.  Waid offers the basic foundation to safely and intelligently drill your techniques with partners.  

   2012 is looking very positive for practitioners of Pekiti, as well as all FMA fighters, as Leo Gaje and Tim Waid (PTKGO) are on tract to release some of the best instructional DVDs you will ever own.  Essential viewing by practitioners of Pekiti Tirsia worldwide, these instructionals (look for the solo knife DVD review in the future here on The Ground Never Misses) are a steal at $40 each and can be ordered here:

December 28, 2011

DVD Review - "Strategic Knife Defense w/ Leo T. Gaje Jr."

The Pekiti Tirsia Kali community at large has been patiently waiting for lineage holder Leo T. Gaje Jr. to produce a series of instructional DVDs to accompany his already crazy busy seminar teachings.  Well my steel wielding carvers your wait is up as Tim Waid in conjunction with his teacher Leo T. Gaje Jr. have released the first DVDs to be produced by the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Global Organization.  Volume one in the classic series is "Strategic Knife Defense: Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement"

With the goal of presenting the authentic Pekiti Tirsia Kali system of combat blade fighting, this "classic" DVD is an absolute must have for anyone interested in not only blade fighting, but just the historical footage of Leo Gaje teaching back in 1987 is priceless!  I have heard there is tons of footage of Gaje teaching seminars, private lessons, etc. throughout the decades he has been teaching the world over.  Waid and Gaje have decided to release these teachings and footage for practitioners to see the authentic system of Kali as it was handed down to Gaje, whom in turn hands it down to his senior most students.

   As stated above this video footage was taken over 25 years ago where it seems this was to be the first in a series of instructionals geared towards the law enforcement community, so though the quality is not the HD crystal clear image we all have grown accustomed to, the producers and editors did an amazing job of restoring the footage and transferring it to DVD.

  Again basic editing was involved in this recording back in the day, but there are a few moments where camera angles change or they zoom in where needed.  Overall the quality of the instructional is not affected by any of the video technology.  Sound quality is excellent as well, as I never found myself straining to hear anything explained.

Beginning to end the disc runs an hour long and has an easy to navigate menu where the DVD is broken into six basic categories:

  • Intro / Knife Attacks
  • Counter Knife Attacks
  • Knife Jabbing Attacks
  • Knife Tapping
  • Baton Tactics
  • Empty Hand Tactics
  Aimed as a basic introduction to the knife and bladed combatives for law enforcement personnel, "Strategic Knife Defense" is a great starting block for anyone new to bladed weapon arts, or situations where one may encounter a bladed aggressor (security / LEO / military / bouncers etc.).  To quote Gaje:

  "The purpose of this video is to get the officer acquainted with edged weapons, and to understand principle movements and strategy of knife fighting."

Drawn from the fundamental principles of PTK, Gaje takes viewers through the common attacks someone wielding a knife would use, as well as the fundamental counter movements to these most common slashes and thrusts.  These angles of attack are common movements we use in everyday life, yet when we look at them in a martial context we see the reason why our predecessors created the art the way they did.  

By no means is this a collection of techniques thrown into an hour long video, actually quite the contrary.  Gaje takes the time to explain exactly why someone will attack in this manner, and why you respond the way you do.  Throughout the video he shows a number of various counter strikes, joint locks (some seem a bit flashy as I doubt they would be very high percentage on a fully resisting opponent), and a couple of take downs.  Overall the message is clear... a large repertoire of techniques is useless without the fundamental building blocks to execute said techniques.  

The "Knife Tapping" chapter, though only a few minutes long, offers some very interesting insight into Leo Gaje's teaching methodology.  In this chapter he emphasizes acceptance of the blade being the primary focus of knife tapping drills.  Though just touched upon it is interesting to note the wisdom in the young Gaje's experience where he was talking about combat psychology and blade psychology way before it was a cool subject on internet chat rooms.  

If the purpose of this DVD was to inform LEO about the dangers and benefits of edged weapon defense, and lay down the foundation for future training volumes then Gaje succeeded in his endeavor.  I am not sure if this series will continue on with his teachings of strategic knife defense, but in the baton chapter Gaje mentions future volumes.  

Historians, teachers, or practitioners of Pekiti Tirsia Kali will not want to miss this volume simply to see there grand teacher moving and training 25 years ago.  A classic by all means and at $40 it is a hell of a steal!  

Train Hard.  Train Smart.
Tim Waid (L) alongside his teacher Leo Gaje. 

January 14, 2011

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Interview with Leo Gaje

Here is a great interview from 2004 from


What is the strategy of Pekiti-Tirsia?
 We only deal with 2 things, strategy and tactics. Strategy is a plan of action, derived from continuous training, a conditioning to the various flows of attack.
 The principle of Strategy is attack-- no defense. I don't teach defense. A tactical move is how to make that attack be effective and how to demolish the enemy. My principle of strategy is Offense, no defense. My offense becomes a counter offense, which is the best defense.
 If you teach your people to do defense, they become more static, they become rigid, they become immobile and they freeze and all they remember is how to defend themselves against powerful blows.
 My training is about speed, timing, power, accuracy and precision. . All of these do not involve defense, there is no strategy of defense there, defense per se- meaning disarm, meet force with force and try some technique. It will never work. The word defense has no meaning in Pekiti-Tirsia. The strategy is offense, counter offense, and functionability.

So how do you defend yourself?

You learn offense!
 You cannot learn defense, there is no such thing as learning defense. It's all offense. The other concept is all defense, self-defense. There is no such thing as self-defense.  It is a misunderstood word, self-defense.
 How many battles in history are there where a castle stood in the middle of the field and was able to win the war?  Always the invading forces are winning. Why? Because you are there in defensive position and when the enemy surrounds you for one year and cuts off the water and food, he cuts of the means of exit, when he catapults stones and shoots arrows over the wall every day?  How will you survive? How much food can you store in there?

So defense has no meaning in terms of warfare.

 When you are on the defensive, you are static, your movements limited, and you have no liberty as far as escape is concerned.
 Is the typical martial artist prepared for a knife on knife or knife vs. empty hands encounter?
 If he is more oriented on empty hands and has no knife training, no he is not. Knife culture is much different from empty hands. All the empty hands came from the knife. The empty hands are very inferior; the person who has only empty hands knowledge has no chance against a knife. No empty hands guy can dislodge the knife from someone trained in the knife, except maybe somebody that is not trained or is drunk. It is impossible for him to subdue a guy trained in knife.

 What do you think about most disarming techniques?

 That is fancy stuff.  That is defeating the purpose. Introducing that sort of technique will get somebody killed. It is impossible. If you are trained on knife techniques and know knife offense, maybe you can use counter offense to survive by getting out with timing to strike the eyes or the head and remove his presence of mind. Then you might have a chance to dislodge the knife.  If it is knife on knife, then there is offense and counter offense. There is no such thing as defense. Knife vs. empty hands, will never work. Disarms and empty hands against the knife, these are Hollywood style techniques. It will never work.

 Should they run away?

 First they should have an equalizer, a gun, knife, stick, anything. If you pull an equalizer, you have at least a 50/50 chance to survive, a deterrent. If someone is trained in only the empty hand and someone pulls a knife, he tends to give his hand to the attacker and gets cut. If you are trained in the knife and have an equalizer, you will respond via training to pull your equalizer. The strong take advantage of the weak. If you have no equalizer, you will lose.  If they pull a knife and you pull a longer knife, you have a better chance. If you have a knife, he has to wonder if you might be better than him. If you have no knife, he will have no fear and run after you and hurt you. Having a knife or equalizer is a reminder to be alert at all times. The less aware you are the more likely you are to be attacked. When you are not careful is when it happens.
 Even if you are on an airplane and the terrorists come, there are equalizers available and instead of them taking you hostage, you take them hostage, but people do not know about how to do this.

 What about guns? Do martial artists need to adapt to the gun?

 A martial artist is someone who is training to be prepared against someone who might attack them. You train for someone who will surprise you and might take your life. Martial arts have to do with weapons as well as empty hands. The gun, and other tools-- stick, and knife- anything, the martial artist must be proficient in all weapons and empty hands. What if you do disarm him of a gun but don't know how to operate it? How can you make use of it? He is going to come with a second attack and perhaps other guys who possibly have weapons.
 If you go into your house and someone is inside and you take hold of a broomstick, you must know how to use it. A gun is an instrument that allows you to equalize another weapon. You need a well-rounded knowledge. Whatever we do in this world has to do with survival.

 You must be skillful in all the tools of the martial arts, knife, stick, sword, gun, a kitchen knife and ballpoint pen; whatever can be used as a weapon. That is the discipline of yesterday; today it is just empty hands.  People are afraid to learn weapons because they say it is dangerous.
 Pekiti-Tirsia is a combat art. The culture is combat culture. PT is directed to follow the old tradition to carry on as a legacy. The gun is a tool like a knife, an instrument of peace.  It is wrong to use the gun as a weapon of violence. If you make peace with the gun you make peace with others.
In the advanced levels of Pekiti-Tirsia, guns are covered in depth and training is based on quick response and counter offense. We deal with all kinds of weapons. I encourage my students to study all types of weapons.  If we remove our concept of combat, we are not teaching martial arts. We would be teaching conditioning. We follow the old traditions, which by philosophy embrace all weapons. Anything you take hold of and becomes a part of you, the tool becomes part of you. The weapon is a protective reminder that keeps your security consciousness alive. You try to avoid all that might irritate other people but you are more confident because of your equalizer. The weapon plus your martial arts training gives you confidence.

 How have some of the other arts lost their way and ended up overly focused on empty hands or sport oriented and lost the focus on combat?

One of the problems is liability. Why has the reality of combat or trueness of the art been lost? There are prohibitions, legal prohibitions that you cannot do this or do that. Why are they afraid to be involved in combat?  Their training is not focused on offense and counter-offense; it is more on defense.   When you are defensively oriented then you are going to suffer, the guy is going to bombard you with multiple kicks and punches and you will be in trouble.
 Their training is not focused on offense and counter offense.
 But if you are trained on counter offense, then you have equalization against someone who attacks you with multiple attacks, kicks and punches. You have the principles of footwork, strategy and tactics, evasion and escape, and the principle of counter offense against offense.
 Much has been lost, because they have removed the whole secret of the tradition. Those Masters of Kung Fu and Karate they will not teach you the secrets of their systems. Do you think I will teach you the secrets of my system?  They teach only the surface. You master the kata that you repeat and repeat and then you become a black belt, then a little sparring.

 This UFC style of sports came into existence because, for many years there has been a loss of a realistic approach of what combat is. But if the system operates within the system of combatancy, and the training is developing somebody on the principle of offense and counter offense he will be more technical, if they are both technical then there is less damage.  I started full contact stick fighting in the US in 1982, since then all my guys involved in full contact stick fighting-- they have not been hurt. The reduction of damage is done by the principles of strategy, the principle of movement, fluidity, and distance. In so doing, they adapt that as part of their techniques. As far as damage, it is very minimal. There is only damage when someone stands there and he is bombarded. There are no such things as pre-arranged techniques in the martial arts.
 What do you think the martial arts are missing today?

 Compared to the martial arts today, the martial arts of yesterday were more traditional and more disciplined. They were based on mental development. The discipline of the mind was more emphasized than the physical. First you developed the mind and then the body.  It was a belief in the early days that if you were strong mentally then you were strong physically.
 Today martial arts are more based on the physical-- forms and things that will fascinate the students. In the past it was based on discipline, in the early days you had to be able to stand against pain.  They had to stand on the threshold of pain. The discipline of pain. If the master said to stand there for 10 hours you have to stand there for 10 hours doing nothing.

 Today we are losing the value of discipline and the elements of combat have been reduced, for fear of being hurt or insurance problems. In the early days in the Philippines the karate guy had to hit the makiwara until blood came out of his fists. The same in the art of Kali, you are bombarded with pain. If you cannot stand pain you have no reason to stay in the martial arts. The path of mental development to physical development is what is lacking today.
 What do you think about the mixed martial arts?

 Mixed Martial arts is a fad today. They mix because they want to learn how to respond to certain techniques.  I want to learn too, I cannot blame these people. But if you mix your martial arts, you have a tendency to develop bad habits. Bad habit because what they give in one martial art may not be workable  in another martial art.

 Why do you want to mix?

 We follow the angles of attack; once you fall into the perimeter of the line of defense, whatever comes in we have to destroy. So why do you want to mix? If the system is equipped with combat technology, you have no reason to mix.
 Many times the person that trains them has no concept of what combat is, he only has limited knowledge, or he is out there for sports and to make a living teaching.

 How long will you master each mix? 

 When you mix in ingredients, you have to know the elements of what you are mixing in.
 I'll give you an example about mixing, you eat Thai food, American food, Mexican food, Filipino food, kosher food; your stomach will be fighting all night. Sometimes you can mix things that are not compatible.
 So the same thing with the mixed martial arts, if someone pulls a knife you don’t know which martial art you are going to use. You hesitate; you can’t decide which technique to use.

 Rolling stones gather no moss. Mixing is not a very sophisticated thing to do. You collect another bad habit here; you collect other bad habits there. All the bad habits put together is what you end up with. 
 I experience this in my seminars, I have mixed martial artists there, you tell them to relax and they tense up. From hard empty hands to weaponry is a very hard thing, they contradict.

 Yin and yang, you have to learn how to be soft and when to be hard. One problem is that many teachers do not have sufficient experience in combat.
 There is a big movement to mixed martial arts.. .it is ok...What is your common denominator, what is your target?
 You have to be accurate and you have to be precise, any mistake you commit during an encounter is a big problem. The game is lost.
 If you are a soldier you have to accurate and precise. The same for a painter, sculptor, and carpenter. If you are making a doorknob it must fit in the door. Everything must be accurate and precise.

What do you think about so-called “Reality Based” martial arts?

 It depends on how they define their reality. What is the reality?
 If anybody comes to me and asks me what reality is, I will stab him, I will slash him and I will see how good his reality is. You cannot talk reality until you have 10 or 15 years experience. What is reality? That is just a marketing word. The traditional knowledge in terms of martial arts has been there long, long…many years ago. The people had practiced and practiced and used this in terms of how many empires and generations of invasions and fighting. This has been tested and proven over and over again.
 They haven't even tested their system? Nobody tested it? Does it work? Reality of what?   Where did you come to reality?
Thats not a knife... this is a knife!

But if we talk about combat, it is a different concept

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.