PTI Blog

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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 many of the skills they need for combat. They can even stay in this symmetrical mode their whole martial arts careers, if the only place they will ever fight in are tournaments.

    Things are different in a real fight though.

  • 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 scienti...
  • 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 Resil...
  • 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 “bok...