PTI Blog

  • KARAMBITS & MAGIC SWORDS

    “Smell the blade.” said my Indonesian Penchak Silat instructor, Suryadi “Crazy Eddie” Jafri.

    “Why?” I replied, not understanding what this had to do with the question I had asked him.

    “Billy, just smell the blade.”

    Eddie had given me a small Indonesian knife, with a pistol grip and a 3 inch, leaf shaped blade of black damascus steel. It had a strange, elongated hole that looked to be deliberately forged into the center of the blade. The whole thing was small enough to fit into the palm of my hand.

  • SURVIVAL DRILLS – BEYOND SPARRING

    Basic symmetrical sparring, with two evenly matched opponents, each using the same evenly matched weapon, is a great way to introduce students to m...
  • LEARNING THROUGH COMPARISONS VS. RULES (and how to combine them)

    I read an interesting article several years ago on an experiment computer scientists did to test an artificial intelligence program. The scientists...
  • MEET THE MASTER OF DRILLS

    by Jack Billington In our weekend and four day self-defense programs a typical class sometimes may include three or four school owners, about an e...
  • EDC Knives for Women’s Self Defense

    Photo:Spyderco Endura (old model)Spyderco Endura (new model with the steel clip and Emerson wave feature)Cold Steel Black Talon IISpyderco Resilien...
  • TUHON BILL’S 2018 EDC KNIVES

    I was asked recently for my recommendation for an Every Day Carry knife (a.k.a. EDC). The parameters were that this knife should be capable for sel...
  • NEW TUHONS!

    TWO NEW TUHONS FOR PEKITI-TIRSIA INTERNATIONAL This week I promoted Guros Scott Faulk and Jack Latorre to the rank of Tuhon Guro “Chief Instructor...
  • Think before you post a knife video

    Dear FMA, Silat and Edged Weapon Instructors, There have been three terrorist attacks in the last two days in Europe. Two were in Spain and the ot...
  • PEKITI-TIRSIA INTERNATIONAL KNIFE OUTLINE

    PEKITI-TIRSIA INTERNATIONAL KNIFE OUTLINEBy Tuhon Bill McGrath (originally published in the 1998 PTI newsletter) The following structure closely f...
  • HOW BIG IS YOUR “US”?

    When I started training in the Pekiti-Tirsia system in 1975, I was 14 years old. It very quickly became a major part of my life. You know how it’s ...
  • WHY RATTAN?

    Why use Rattan? Most blade based martial arts have included wooden swords as part of their training.The samurai had oak training swords called “bo...
  • ISSUES REGARDING SELF-DEFENSE & THE LAW

    The following is adapted from the lecture I often give as part of my job as a firearms instructor for the New York State Court system. I am not a l...