PTI Blog

  • Notes on blade design: Bowie, Kukri & Hand Axe.

      Learning Through Comparisons. Notes on blade design for knifemakers: Bowie, Kukri & Hand Axe. Your bladed tool should be:1.  Legal in your a...
  • WHAT TO TEACH AT THE 2023 PTI CAMPS?

    It’s time for the senior instructors and I to begin planning next year’s schedule and curriculum. We need input from PTI members and others who have attended our camps. What would you like to see taught at the 2023 camps?
  • WEAPON DISARMS IN THE PEKITI-TIRSIA SYSTEM

    Disarms in Pekiti-Tirsia are not taught as “goal” techniques in a fight. The goal is not to disarm an opponent, but to safely move past him, after reducing (even temporarily) his ability to pose a danger to you. A disarm is simply one tool in your toolbox to help you get to your goal.
  • EDDIE JAFRI AND THE GOLOK (Eddie stories part 3)

    The Golok of Indonesia is a large, stout knife, comparable in use to the Parang of Malaysia and the Bolo of the Philippines. While Google and Youtube will translate golok as “machete,” it’s really a different tool than what we in the west would think of when we use that term.
  • LEARNING THROUGH COMPARISONS PT 2 DRAWING THE WEAPON

    The purpose of this series is to learn how to learn; ie the teachnique of learning something new. One way human beings do this (especially when young) is by learning through comparisons. In this essay we will examine the differences in drawing three categories of weapons; the bowie, the kukri and the hatchet/tomahawk.

  • Understanding Distance Control and Timing through Drills.

    The main factors that separate beginners from experienced fighters are the latter’s level of understanding of distance control and timing.
    Distance control in striking arts is usually accomplished via footwork: while timing is the ability to use specific elements of fighting at the correct time.
    Getting good at these skills helps you be in the right place, at the right time and using the right tools to accomplish your goals.
  • PEKITI-TIRSIA EMPTY HAND VS KNIFE: OVERVIEW

    The main purpose of Pekiti-Tirsia hand vs knife training is NOT to end the fight against a knife with your bare hands. The purpose of any good hand vs knife system should be to buy you enough time to make the fight your weapon vs his weapon as soon as possible.
  • THE PEKITI WAY: Teaching the Pekiti-Tirsia system, then and now.

    Here are two lesson plans for teaching the Pekiti-Tirsia system; the Classical way, which Grand Tuhon Gaje learned as a child in the Philippines (...
  • Five teaching methods for the martial arts instructor

    This essay will examine five methodologies of teaching techniques and principles for the martial arts instructor. The five methods we will discuss are:

    1.  AUDIO-VISUAL-KINESTHETIC
    2.  4 ACES
    3.  3 SUPERHEROS,
    4.  GO ASK SOCRATES
    5.  STRESS TRAINING
  • How to design a FMA based Self-Defense/Defensive Tactics Drill.

    The drills described in this article come from two sources. The first are the fighting principles found in the Pekiti-Tirsia system of Filipino martial arts. The second are the teaching methods I learned during my time as a defensive tactics instructor for my department.

    I began training in Pekiti-Tirsia in 1975 and began teaching defensive tactics for the NY State Court system in 1987. Both of these have contributed to my understanding of how to teach this material to a wide variety of people. I have tried to structure this article so it can be adapted to any martial arts or defensive tactics program.

  • The “Thought Provoking Process.” Leo Stories Part 3: (AKA “Go ask Grandma.”)

    Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje used to tell us some interesting stories about his training under his grandfather, Conrado Tortal. Several of these were about Conrado’s teaching methods.

    One of these stories that I found the most interesting was about the “Thought Provoking Process.” This was a somewhat Socratic method of teaching, in that a student was asked a question about a subject, rather than being given the answer from the start. It began like this:

  • PTI ADVANCED HAND VS KNIFE: Part 2

    The way I teach Pekiti-Tirsia advanced hand vs knife has evolved over the years.

    When I first learned the system from Grand Tuhon Gaje, hand vs knife was divided into two stages: