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  • 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 “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 Ph...
  • PEKITI-TIRSIA INTERNATIONAL IN THE 21st CENTURY

    The practice of public or commercial teaching of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) is relatively new compared to the martial arts of northern Asia (K...
  • 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...