Showing posts with label Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Show all posts

May 9, 2014

Pekiti Tirsia Kali DVD Review: "Advanced Footwork & Lost Secrets of the Filipino Martial Arts"

One of the greatest things Leo Gaje gave the west when he started teaching Pekiti Tirsia Kali was structure and order.  Many Filipino martial arts instructors are notorious for being completely unorganized with any kind of cohesive learning model, comparatively Gaje was ahead of his time.  Gaje's top student Tim Waid has followed in his teachers footsteps with his latest offering in his DVD series on Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) combatives; "Advanced Footwork and Lost Secrets of the Filipino Martial Arts."



This will be the third DVD in the series I have reviewed of Tim's, and as with all of his work technically these instructional's are top notch.  The production value is second to none with superb editing offering clean chapter breaks and no glitches across the 75 minute DVD.  As with previous productions the addition of the boom camera is one of the greatest aspects of Tim's DVDs.  Giving the student literally a birds eye view of the instruction enables one to get as close to 3D as possible via a 2D media outlet.  In an art as complex and involved as kali these innovations may seem trite to most, but to those of us who have been around the FMA for the past 20 years you know how important multiple angles and different views are when trying to learn such an advanced art.  Waid also incorporates the use of chalk lines on the floor of his training space.  These footwork diagrams certainly help the student. 

Tim Waid's entire life has been consumed by two things... training Pekiti Tirsia Kali and his service in the Marine Corp.  A full time instructor who just launched his new site PTK - SMF Waid's resume reads like a technical manual on combatives and strategy.  One must keep this in mind when viewing his DVD's as he is intense and rather militaristic in his delivery which coupled with diligent drilling ensures technical proficiency.  His analyzation of the footwork is amazing concise and keep in mind this is someone who has dedicated his ENTIRE martial arts life to a single sole system.  This is his pure expression of PTK as he knows it.



That said it is important for any potential buyers of this DVD to take the title seriously, this REALLY is advanced material!  The student must have a foundation in the footwork and basics of PTK specifically to get anything out of this instructional.  For instance the footwork you learn in Doce Pares will not suffice as a foundation for the work in this DVD.  It is not that the basics of any art are inefficient, just that you need to thoroughly understand the fundamentals of Pekiti Tirsia specifically to reap any of the benefits of Advanced Footwork.  Waid does show several repeats of the technique he just taught, but overall is moving rather quickly through various drills, illustrating the importance of understanding range and proper angling.  If you do not have the basics I would highly suggest purchasing the Basic Footwork DVD first and working these fundamentals thoroughly with a partner, otherwise you are wasting your pennies.

Broken into a half dozen chapter, Advanced Footwork offers the following scene selections:
  • Footwork Strategy
  • Counter-Offense System
  • Offense / Attack System
  • Lost Secrets 1-3
  • Lost Secrets 4-6
  • Lost Secrets 7-9
Each chapter has sub-chapters wherein lie the marrow of the lessons.  For instance Tim Waid teaches the universal evasion angle in the initial "Lost Secret" chapter.  Not only does he teach it, he EXPLAINS the reasoning WHY you step that direction instead of just any other angle.  Again this is a welcomed departure from 90% of the FMA instructionals out there where for the most part individuals show off and demonstrate but rarely actually teach and explain. 

The secrets are the training methods.  Not really a secret, nor lost, huh?  Anyone who has been in the martial arts for more then a few years should know that the sole secret in any art is training.  Waid offers insights into the intent of engaging with weapons at range which I also feel is a unique attribute of this DVD.  Retailing for $79.95 makes this one of the more expensive DVD instructionals on the market, and currently is not available for electronic download so you will need a DVD player. Though the price may be prohibitive this DVD (and honestly so far what I have seen of the entire series) is second to none.  There is absolutely no similar information available on the Pekiti Tirsia Kali system out there, and honestly I have not seen any FMA instructional come close to the quality and depth of Tim Waid's Authentic Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training Series.

So tell the wifey you need a small allowance, a free weekend, and get online grabbing yourself a great new blade such as the TROIKA as well as Tim's series of DVDs, and train your ass off!  A wonderful resource for those not close to an instructor or even veterans of PTK who wish to witness Waid's expression of the art. 

For more titles, or to order "Advanced Footwork" click here to be redirected to Tim Waid's brand new website!



April 18, 2014

Kali - Africa Stylee with the Spear and Rungu

The Maasai of East Africa have two main weapons, the spear and the rungu (Swahili) a wooden club used to bludgeon and throw.  Typically 18-24 inches long these solid clubs weigh no more then 20 ounces.  Exceptionally balanced with a solid ball on one end, the rungu is a weapon that begs to be swung and in the hands of trained Kali practitioner is a pure slobber knocker! 


I want to thank my girl for such a thoughtful and original gift from her travels abroad where she found a hand carved one.  It will be cherished for years to come. 

April 17, 2014

Guro Jeff Davidson and his Maphilindo Detroit Pitbulls

This past week I had the privledge and honor to train with Guro Jeff Davidson in Detroit, MI.  Jeff has been studying martial arts since he was a teenager, specifically over 26 years training in the ways of the blade via Kali.  One of Leo Gaje's earliest students here in the US, a disciple of Tito Jun, as well as being one of the only westerners I have ever heard of who has trained in West African Wrestling, Jeff's approach to the arts is unique and beautiful.  I wanted to publicly thank him for his time and teachings.  My Kali and grappling are better already! 

He heavily reminds me of my CMA teacher Mike Martello who passed a few years back, to the point he nearly had me in tears a couple times with how similar the aire about them is.  I have followed Jeff's blog The Balisong Journal for years, why this trip home I decided to reach out... I am not sure.  But I am sure of one thing and that is I don't believe in coincidences.  "No one finds me on accident" - Jeff Davidson

Though our time was brief I took away a ton from Jeff's teachings.  I can promise you will see more of him and his approach in the future.  In the meantime check out these videos which do not convey just how smooth and gentle Guro Jeff Davidson really is.  You will also see Guro Doug Marcaida with highlights from past Brotherhood of the Blade gatherings:






March 3, 2014

Gun vs Knife: Bringing a Knife to the Gun Fight

Ever hear the saying "Don't bring a knife to a gun fight?" It did not work out so good for the dude in Raiders even though that was more like a sword!

 Thanks to Big Stick Combat I stumbled across this video series brought to us by Funker Tactical and presented by Instructor Zero and Doug Marcaida. I am not familiar with either of these men nor their skills. I am not sure I would want to be hitting the ground with an armed attacker but these two present some interesting food for thought:









March 1, 2014

PTKGO Online Sale This Weekend Only: Pekiti Tirsia Kali DVDs 30% Off

Hey stickheads make sure to check out Professor Tim Waid's 30% off sale on Pekiti Tirsia Kali Global Organizations store page.  Tim Waid has been studying Pekiti Tirsia Kali for over 20 years and he is unique in the fact that he has never, EVER, trained another system of martial art or FMA!  A veteran of the Marine Corp Tim Waid has some of the best instructionals on the market.  I will be reviewing his "Advanced Footwork" here shortly.  In the meantime check out the 30% savings on DVDs and shirts by clicking here.





February 27, 2014

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Takedowns and Disarms

Bill McGrath showcases some disarms and fast takedowns from the Pekiti Tirsia Kali system of combat.  Pekiti is one of the most scientific in terms of the approach to real world combatives.  More and more I am hearing about weapon based attacks both locally here in the Pacific NW as well as globally around the world.  If you are interested in learning how to defend yourself in such situations come join us to train Wednesday nights at 6pm and Saturday at 9am.


January 29, 2014

Pekiti Tirsia Kali - Leslie Buck, Tactical Arts & Kali Gear.com

Leslie Buck runs the Tactical Arts Academy in Austin, Texas whom also runs Kali Gear dot com a great equipment and training source for the Filipino Martial enthusiast.  Buck has been a senior student of Leo Gaje's for decades now and brings a lot to the table when it comes to combatives in general and Pekiti Tirsia Kali specifically. Kali Gear offers protective equipment as well as some of the best blades out there by master blade-smith Jeff Crowner.  Here are a couple of video clips that offer the viewer a glimpse of Buck's approach to the arts and teaching.





I am going to make 2014 the year of the blade here on The Ground Never Misses with some exciting new things coming such as blade reviews, PTK DVD reviews, seminars and training opportunities, and a couple of writing projects as well.  In general I hope to offer quality information in regards to weapon based self defense from any angle that is logical (a powerfully needed filter in a world rife with fantasy).  So by all means please send me info and links to anything FMA related, does not have to specifically any one system. 

Also if you are interested in training in the most scientifically technical approach to the blade, then join us Wednesday night and Saturday morning for Pekiti Tirsia Kali here in Seattle, WA. Give me a call or email for more details.


January 16, 2014

The Ground Never Misses: Best Martial Arts Blog Online?

Photo by: Mike Baltierra Photography
I wanted to take a moment and thank my loyal readers and followers over the past five years of blogging, as I am constantly surprised at the support I receive. With some help from my homie Dutchess I can proudly say The Ground Never Misses will continue to be your premier go to source for all things martial.  2013 was my most prolific year in terms of posts, reviews, and dissemination of information, and we are trying to ensure 2014 is even better!

It is my goal with this blog to offer opinions, news, reviews, acting as a central meeting place for martial arts and grappling systems from all cultures worldwide.  A martial arts blog for martial artists with senses of humor and a dose of common sense. 

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December 16, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali In Action

Thankfully most practitioners of Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) are moral upstanding folk, so we do not have much in the way of "real" PTK be used in self defense on Youtube.  So the next best thing is full contact stick fighting, and we cannot speak of such competitions without mentioning one of PTK most talented and skilled fighters... Tom Bisio. 

One of Leo Gaje's earliest US students, Tom Bisio has since moved on to make quite the name for himself in Chinese martial and healing arts circles, but his slick style lives on in video.  Aggressive.  Strong.  Accurate.  Tom maintains a reputation well over two decades after his training in PTK!  Know your roots, and train. Here is why:






December 11, 2013

Weapons Poll Results and Weapons Training

The results of my latest poll are back ("Do you carry a weapon for self defense?") and it is one of the largest responses I have ever had!  Over 26 of you chimed in and gave me some great feedback on your view of personal protection, which for the most part the majority of you prefer to carry some sort of weapon for self defense. 

No, I'm a pacifist
  3 (11%)
 
No, My Hands Are Lethal
  5 (19%)
 
CCW / Gun
  9 (34%)
 
Taser
  0 (0%)
Sap / Knuckleduster
  3 (11%)
 
Blade - Fixed
  9 (34%)
 
Blade - Folder
  14 (53%)
 
Mace
  2 (7%)
 
Baton / Stick
  5 (19%)
 
Cane / Staff
  2 (7%)
 

Votes so far: 26
It is interesting to note that Pekiti Tirsia Kali is a modern evolving martial art that includes handgun, shotgun, and rifle training along with bladed combat and empty hands.  Below is a great clip my coach Meynard Ancheta shared Ron Avery's clip on the draw stroke, which is arguably the most important (and common) movement you can do in self defense, empty handed or otherwise.  Study on this and stop by Three Harmonies Martial Arts to train Pekiti Tirsia Kali on Wednesday nights at 6 and Saturday morning at 9:


September 10, 2013

Leo Gaje Teaches Pekiti Tirsia Kali in Seattle, WA.

We also have Leo Gaje's Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar at the end of this month.  This marks the very first time Leo Gaje has visited Seattle, WA. so lets make sure we give him a warm welcome to the Jet City!  For those who have never trained under Gaje, he is literally a living legend amongst martial artists.  Truly one of the 21st centuries most talented Filipino Martial Artists, don't miss this chance to train with one of the best.  Open to any and all levels and styles:

August 30, 2013

Filipino Martial Arts Legend Leo Gaje Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar in Seattle, WA.

For the first time ever Seattle, WA. will host Pekiti Tirsia Master Leo Gaje for a weekend of training in the bladed art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  Gaje is PTK highest ranked instructor and is a pioneer of the Filipino martial arts worldwide.  This is truly an opportunity to train with a living legend... you do not want to miss this regardless of your martial background.  Open to all martial artists and levels.



August 26, 2013

"Avoid the Blade, Take Your Opponent" A Great Weekend Training Pekiti Tirsia Kali in Seattle

I wanted to thank everyone who attended Meynard's Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar over the weekend, especially my students.  Everyone worked hard and came away with a much deeper understanding of PTK.  Meynard was quite happy with everyone's progression since his last visit, and he left us with plenty to work on until we see him next.

What makes Meynard such an exceptional teacher is not the amount of "tricks" he has up his sleeve (though those are impressive as well), but the method in which he teaches and disseminates the lessons.  A system rife with confusion and rabbit trails in every direction, PTK can often be hard for a student to organize and systematize in their head.  Meynard lays out a solid pedagogy that is centered around progressive stages of uncooperative drilling and sparring.  This is key to ingraining the techniques into our muscle memory.

Using the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) as a foundational base Meynard ran us through a number of drills and patterns designed to help us progress on our path to bladed combat.  Progressively we built on each successive movement using double and single stick for the most part.

For those interested in training in a traditional Filipino martial art, there is not a single one more advanced then Pekiti Tirsia Kali!  We train at the Three Harmonies Club on Wednesday nights at 6pm (get there a little early if you can) and Saturdays at 9am.  I am also available for private lessons if need be.  For students of mine keep on the lookout for Aaron Cole to come over and train with us everyone now and then, and I also hope to have Meynard back this winter for another seminar.


August 24, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar with Guro Meynard Ancheta Today

Grab a stick and a knife to come out and play with us as we get on the mat in just a few hours to train with one of Pekiti's best kept secrets, Meynard Ancheta!  Picked him up from the airport last night and he showed me some of what we will be covering.... GOING TO BE SICK!!! 

Don't miss out... still a few spots left.  Call Jake for more info: 206-941-3232




August 22, 2013

Six Hours with Rommel Tortal / Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seattle Seminar

I had the distinct pleasure of spending this past Sunday with Tuhom Rommel Tortal of Pekiti Tirsia Kali Manila.  A genuinely nice gentleman, Mr. Tortal is considered by many to be the heir apparent to the PTK crown under Leo Gaje who is Tortal's uncle.  Though my budget lately has been nada, I am glad I scraped the bottom of the cookie jar to go to the six hour seminar in Federal Way.

Tortal had us moving the whole seminar banging out footwork drills, contrada drills, and fundamental manipulation of single stick, double stick, single blade, as well as empty hand.  I believe he was a bit disappointed on the level of shape some folks were in so kept the pace clipping.  Whenever Professor Tortal would have drill, he would also show us the application and where these movements would come into play.  This is an important aspect considering many FMA teachers are drill happy to the point where they do not even know why they do certain drills!



This would be the first time I have ever trained in the Lukgood (the Malaysian's call it a Kerambit) and to be honest the training gave me a new found respect for the weapon.  Though I think in an actual encounter I would much prefer a regular knife, the Lukgood(?) is certainly a formidable weapon in close.  



We worked a number of basic single and double stick drills along with some applications, but the lesson always came back to two fundamental aspects: footwork and angles.  If either of these two principles was askew, the technique would fail!  That is what I like about Tortal... the emphasis on basic footwork and making sure we hit at the correct angle. 

Towards the end of the day we worked a bit of empty hand.  Again Tortal moves like a snake; fluid, fast, deadly.  Limb destructions and dumog were the topic of this section, and while many of the movements would require a completely willing opponent, the principles were none the less solid.  Get offline of the attack and counter! 

I want to thank Prof Tortal, Art Samson, and especially my good friend and training partner Russ Segawa.  Sorry I did not take more pics, we were busy training!  If you ever get the chance to train with Rommel Tortal make sure you do it!  He is one of the best Filipino martial artists I have ever had the luxury of training with!  I look forward to his visit to the Pacific NW next.  And if you are interested in training some Kali, then make sure to check us out this weekend where I have my teacher Meynard Ancheta coming in for our very own Pekiti Tirsia Kali seminar!  Contact Jake ASAP for more info: 206-941-3232

Cheers
Jake




August 18, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar This Weekend with Meynard Ancheta

Last call on our seminar this weekend with my friend and teacher Meynard Ancheta.  I just spoke with him and he is excited to once again visit Seattle, WA. and share his understanding of Pekiti Tirsia Kali. The seminar is open to any and all levels of experience, no prior Kali education is required. 


For more information click here! 

And I leave you with a clip of Leo Gaje who is Meynards teacher and heir apparent to the system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  Come join us August 24-25th 2013 to experience Meynards unique approach to the combative aspects of PTK.



August 12, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Seminar w/ Guro Meynard Ancheta Coming Up

Friendly reminder that we are under two weeks away for an awesome opportunity to sharpen your bladed weapon skills with my teacher Meynard Ancheta!  
Three Harmonies Martial Arts Presents
Pekiti Tirsia Kali:
Edge & Impact Weapon Fighting Concepts
w/ Guro Meynard Ancheta
August 24: 12-4pm
August 25: 10am-2pm
942 N. 95th St.
Seattle, WA.
$75 One Day
  $105 Entire Weekend
Open to any and all levels of experience!  
“Doce Methodos Progressions for Technical and Full Contact Sparring.”
In this seminar, students will learn blade combat flow and how to apply the "Methodos" in a dynamic and progressive way. The skills taught in this seminar will lay the foundation that will allow students to explore the principles of the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) while training with resistance and thereby develop true fighting ability with edge weapons.  Students will learn effective and proven techniques applied in real time against uncooperative and skilled opponents.  
 
Meynard Ancheta has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years.  A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as a dedicated student of Tim Cartmell’s for over 10 years in various disciplines, Meynard has comitted his life to training Pekiti Tirsia Kali under Leo Gaje.  He is head instructor of  PTK Southern California, and the PTK instructor for Three Harmonies Martial Arts in Seattle, WA.

For more info or to register contact Jake Burroughs:  [email protected] / 206-941-3232

July 23, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali: Edge & Impact Weapon Fighting Concepts Seminar August 24-25th 2013

I am very pleased to announce my Kali teacher returning to Seattle, to offer a two day workshop on Pekiti Tirsia Kali, one of the most beautiful and effective of the bladed arts.  All levels of experience are welcome, as Meynard will lead us through a progression of concepts that will be applied with moderate resistance. 

Also while you are stopping by make sure to vote on the poll to your right -> and let me know what martial art you would like to see covered here more?



Three Harmonies Martial Arts Presents
Pekiti Tirsia Kali:
Edge & Impact Weapon Fighting Concepts
w/ Guro Meynard Ancheta

August 24: 12-4pm
August 25: 10am-2pm
942 N. 95th St.
Seattle, WA.
$75 One Day
  $105 Entire Weekend
Open to any and all levels of experience!  

“Doce Methodos Progressions for Technical and Full Contact Sparring.”
In this seminar, students will learn blade combat flow and how to apply the "Methodos" in a dynamic and progressive way. The skills taught in this seminar will lay the foundation that will allow students to explore the principles of the Doce Methodos (Twelve Methods) while training with resistance and thereby develop true fighting ability with edge weapons.  Students will learn effective and proven techniques applied in real time against uncooperative and skilled opponents.  
 
Meynard Ancheta has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years.  A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as a dedicated student of Tim Cartmell’s for over 10 years in various disciplines, Meynard has comitted his life to training Pekiti Tirsia Kali under Leo Gaje.  He is head instructor of  PTK Southern California, and the PTK instructor for Three Harmonies Martial Arts in Seattle, WA.


For more info or to register contact Jake Burroughs:  [email protected] / 206-941-3232


March 29, 2013

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training at Three Harmonies Martial Arts

SOG's "Bluto" is legal size to carry on planes.

The TSA is loosening its restrictions on carry on knives, and with bladed attacks on the rise in the PAC NW, perhaps it is time to reconsider personal protection for you and your family.  Here at Three Harmonies Martial Arts in Seattle, we train Pekiti Tirsia Kali, a blade based Filipino martial art founded on principles of bio mechanics, and a fundamental understanding of combatives. 

Students of all levels and experiences are welcome to come down and check out a class on Wednesday nights at 7:15, or Saturday mornings at 9am.  PTK is perfect for women's self defense and can be applied with a blade, stick, pen, empty hands, or a rolled up newspaper.  We deal with all ranges and situations of personal protection.

For current students, a reminder to get some hand protection (lacrosse gloves) and start working towards getting a fencing helmet as well.

Here is video of tuhon Leo Gaje who is my teachers (Meynard Ancheta), teacher:



Train Hard.  Train Smart.
Jake

December 28, 2012

Brennan's Blades: The PNW Best Kept FMA Secret

Guro Scott Brennan is a 30+ year veteran of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), and is arguably the foremost authority in Lucaylucay Kali in the Pacific NW.  Being a Sheriff brings a whole new perspective to his teachings and training, as does being an amateur blade smith!  I was fortunate enough to host Scott last month for a introductory seminar on Lucaylucay blade work at Three Harmonies. 

First and foremost anyone interested in the FMA living up in the island counties of our great green state of Washington, look no further then Scott Brennan.  Sharp wit, laid back attitude, coupled with a knack for teaching and working with groups give Scott that needed bonus many look for in a teacher.  Though I only spent a few hours with him I have been around long enough to know if someone can teach or just preach.  Scott is without a doubt the former, offering insight not only into the techniques of Lucaylucay Kali, but more importantly the mindset and approach to training that Master Ted Lucaylucay imparted to Scott.  Peppered with stories throughout the workshop it was a pleasure to touch hands with Scott.

Now onto the meat of this review... Brennan's Blades, quality training blades.  Of course everyone says that, but what does it really mean in the end?  Typically you dish out good money for a trainer that hopefully is weighted right, has a solid fit handle wise, and holds up.  Rarely do you get the opportunity we did with being able to handle and work with all the blades Scott had for sale at the workshop.  I know I handled at least half a dozen different knife types and grips, and I was also lucky enough to take home a espsda y' daga set in the form of a Barong, as well as a Bolo shaped blade.

Bolo(L): $50 / Barong Espada y Daga Set: $75

Made out of quality aluminum with intricately cut handles made from actual iron wood (I believe) these trainers are simply the best weighted and highest quality in regards to grips!  Scott has spent decades collecting blades and blade patterns from all over the world and he has templates and designs to fit even the rarest of request.  That's right, got a blade you want a trainer for?  Send him the specs and he will make you a quality trainer for any style blade or cut you desire! 

I cannot comment too deeply on the durability of the trainers as I have not purposefully tried to thrash them, but even knocking them around with other metal trainers they seemed no worse the wear minus a few scratches.  High quality at an an affordable price, which of course varies depending on the piece(s) you are acquiring.







You can contact Scott Brennan at:
[email protected]
360-317-6221