The Philippine Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is a system of combat-proven strategy, tactics, and techniques executed through the principle of offense, counter-offense, and recounter-offense. Training instruction will provide students with clear and concise knowledge, understanding, and skills in blade fighting and its application to empty-hand as well as all-edged and impact-weapon combat. Training will cover the foundation methods of Pekiti-Tirsia and progress to advance application.
A practitioner will need to be able to apply theory and practice of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali in combat and in the exercise of the methodology. Different to other systems, Pekiti Tirsia Kali does therefore not offer colorful belts or fancy sashs for graduations, but you are preferred to seek the knowledge, skills and mindset required to preserve your and other people’s life and health in adverse situations.
Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is taught systematically: In a logical order the student learns first the important then the less important, progressing from the simple to the more complex. Thus every Kali student can grow into the system and understand the practical use of the exercises from the very beginning.
Beginners train a compact and easy-to-apply system for self-defense, which in it’s final stage becomes part of a “conflict-management system” that develops naturally from a complete understanding of fighting and self-defense. We train reality-tested methods for counter offense (defense) against empty hands and weapon attacks.
Intermediate students develop the strategies and techniques of Pekiti Tirsia Kali further. A lot of emphasis is given to technical variety. Also in this level particular attention is given to training by use of flow-drills.
Advanced students‘ technical knowledge of the variety enables the adaptation of methods and tactics to the individual needs of the fighter. This allows the fighter to adapt better to the always changing situations in reality.
As Instructors, we teach to learn and learn to teach. Transcending knowing beyond doing enables understanding, which will make you an efficient practitioner and instructor at the same time. Logically, the first step is to start teaching as Lakan Guro, as Co-Coach of the Guro, with the privilege and pleasant obligation to teach and maybe guide your own group as Instructor soon. Trainers additionally need to show extraordinary ability in the art of teaching accurate techniques that are classified to be useful and effective for the student. So students will know and understand and in turn become effective fighters and trainers / instructors. Also trainers need to show extraordinary ability in preserving the system, its purity, genuineness and traditional practices without mixture and impurities.