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  • 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.

  • 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. 
  • UNIFIED FIELD THEORY OF FMA FOOTWORK

    I’ve been playing around for many years trying to draw a diagram with all the footwork patterns of Pekiti-Tirsia on a single grid. This experiment started after seeing so many FMA teachers adding various triangles, diamonds and other patterns to the floors of their schools to help their students understand FMA footwork. I thought it was a great idea and wondered if it might be a fun mental exercise to try and have as many patterns as possible within a single framework. Call it my Unified Field Theory of FMA/PT footwork.
  • ALPHABITO, NUMERADO, OFFENSA-DEFENSA IN THE PEKITI-TIRSIA SYSTEM (Leo stories part 2)

    This video contains samples from the Alphabito, Numerado and Offensa-Defensa sets; one of the last techniques I learned in the Pekiti-Tirsia syst...
  • CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT GRIP

    Back in the 1970s, when I first started learning Pekiti-Tirsia knife work, Tuhon Gaje had us do many exercises to strengthen our grip. Things like doing push ups while holding our rattan sticks with the butt end braced on the floor, as well as striking and thrusting our sticks full power into a stack of car tires.
  • HOW TO FIND YOUR PERSONAL FIGHTING STYLE

    While a fighter needs to know just a few good techniques that work for him and his own fighting style, a teacher needs to know many more techniques, since he can’t predict what type of fighter will come train with him.

    Here are a few ways to help your students refine their personal fighting style and which techniques, tactics and principles best fit that style.

  • HOW TO HIT HARD

    ( In this article I will discuss how to train using equipment such as the tire stack, heavy bag and focus mitts and which weapons are best trained on each training tool )
  • 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...
  • 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 “bok...
  • ISSUES REGARDING SELF-DEFENSE & THE LAW

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