PTI Blog

  • CHOPRA FAMILY CHARITY RAFFLE

    *The contest has ended. If you would like to make a donation directly to the Chopra family, please contact Tuhon Bill McGrath for details.

    On May 13th I received extremely sad news from PTI’s India Director Sahil Chopra. His wife Smarika had passed away that day from Covid-19, just 20 days after giving birth to their second child. You can imagine what a devastating effect this must be having on Sahil and his family. His oldest son is just 4 years old. Sahil is serving in the Indian army and can be called away from home as the needs of the army dictate. Please pray for them.

  • MATAAS NA GURO DAN TERRELL - MARTIAL ARTS BIO

    MATAAS NA GURO DAN TERRELL - MARTIAL ARTS BIO: Coach Danny Terrell began his training at 11 in boxing at the Iberia Boxing Club and 2 years of wre...
  • QUESTIONS ON THE DOCE METHODOS

    During my research into the Tri-V formula, I was asked about the Doce Methodos (DM), as this material is often referred to as the older teaching system used for Pekiti-Tirsia when instructors are learning the Tri-V. I recall seeing two lists of the Doce Methodos from Grand Tuhon Gaje (GT), around 1976 or 77 during the days of his first organization, the Arnis America Organization. 
  • PEKITI-TIRSIA IN MARTIAL ARTS MAGS 1970s & 80s

    Here are some scans from old martial arts magazine articles. I believe all of these magazines are out of business, so there should be no copyright issues with my posting them here. In some pictures you will see a skinny kid with a mop of black hair on his head acting as a target for Grand Tuhon Gaje. Good times.
  • PTI FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS

    Several PDFs and JPEGs of important PTI documents did not make it over to the new web service when we had to change services this September. Here are some of them all in one spot for ease of viewing. 

  • PEKITI-TIRSIA INTERNATIONAL MISSION STATEMENT

    There are No Secret Techniques in PTI: If all techniques are listed in the course outline it keeps the instructors honest. An instructor cannot say to a student “Do this for me (pay for private lessons/bring a large group to my seminar/etc) and I will teach you these secret techniques.”
  • 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...
  • HOW BIG IS YOUR “US”?

    ( Originally printed in the Winter 2000 PTI newsletter ) When I started training in the Pekiti-Tirsia system in 1975, I was 14 years old. It very q...
  • HOW TO STRUCTURE A MARTIAL ARTS ORGANIZATION

    The practice of public or commercial teaching of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) is relatively new compared to the martial arts of northern Asia (Karate, Kung Fu, etc). For centuries in the Philippine Islands, teachers would only teach their own sons, grandsons or nephews or perhaps boys from their own village. There was no ranking as such. A man taught what he knew to his relatives and that was it.  No one questioned that the boys received the full teaching from their father or grandfather (and very often the very fact that they were being taught at all was kept a secret).