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  • HOW TO AVOID BECOMING A “KNIFE CULT”

    Knife work is inherently "dark" and it is all too easy for your students to go over to "The Dark Side" while training in it. While I want my students to take their training seriously (and the consequences of their actions VERY seriously), I don't want them to take themselves or even me too seriously. Here is the danger I am trying to avoid. What should be a defensive tactics class that simply focuses on one practical defensive tool, can easily be turned into "The Cult of the Knife.”
  • 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...
  • 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 “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...
  • PTI ADVANCED HAND VS KNIFE

    Pekiti-Tirsia Empty Hand vs Knife technique is based on the following principles: Train as if your attacker has been trained in knife work: The ...
  • What is the best grip for combat with a knife?

    I get asked that question a lot at seminars. I usually respond by saying “Well, show me your knife.” Which grip is best will depend on the knife. B...
  • CONTROLLED HUMAN AGGRESSION FOR THE MARTIAL ARTIST PART 2

    CONTROLLED HUMAN AGGRESSION FDR THE MARTIAL ARTIST PART 2by Tuhon Bill McGrath How does an understanding of Controlled Human Aggression aid the mod...
  • CONTROLLED HUMAN AGGRESSION FOR THE MARTIAL ARTIST PART 1

    CONTROLLED HUMAN AGGRESSION FOR THE MARTIAL ARTIST Part 1by Tuhon Bill McGrathCopyright 1999 William R. McGrath Anthropologists tell us that mankin...