Showing posts with label Tim Waid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tim Waid. 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!



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.





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 29, 2012

PTKGO New DVD Previews

Tim Waid over at Pekiti Tirsia Kali Global Organization  has been working hard on his next series of DVDs covering Espada y Daga techniques, and a complete instructional on the footwork (arguably what sets PTK apart in my opinion) and subsequent drills for footwork.

Click here to be redirected for ordering.





Enjoy,
 Jake

January 11, 2012

DVD Review - "Sword and Impact Weapons" w/ Tim Waid

Hot on the coat tails of their first release, "Strategic Knife Defense" the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Global Production crew has released "Sword and Impact Weapons" with Tim Waid presenting the first DVD in a series on the authentic Pekiti Tirsia Kali system.  The goal of Tuhon Tim Waid and his teacher Leo Gaje Jr.  with releasing these DVDs is to present the authentic art of PTK as it was handed down within the Gaje family, and provide a clear training progression and curriculum to follow.


The foundation of PTK is found within the Doce Methodos, or Twelve Methods, and Waid presents the first 6 methods in some of the best instructional material I have ever seen representing the Filipino Martial Arts, not to mention Pekiti Tirsia Kali!  Contrary to what many may assume, it is not the bevy of techniques nor the complexity of flashy movement that makes this DVD stand out.  Rather it is the approach and method in which Tim Waid has organized and presented the 50 minutes of material.

Here is a great 5 minute preview of the DVD:



When I first started training the FMA it was the early 90's with Prof. Remy Presas who was a pioneer in Arnis, as well as being one of the first to produce a series of instructional VHS tapes ("Google" it kids!). I mention this for a couple of reasons; one being how far the technology of recording equipment and organizing content has come in the past 20 years.  Tim Waid and the PTKGO has set a new precedence with these DVDs!

Content:
   Tim starts off the DVD offering the definition and philosophy of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  He does not delve too deeply into the origins and technical meaning of the literal translation Close Thirds, but stresses the foundation of PTK: life / success / good health, throughout the instructional.

Lessons 1-2:

  • Abecedario's (12 Attacks Instruction)
  • Target Areas
  • Principle of three angles of attack
  • Abecedario solo form

Lessons 3-4:
  • Payong (Umbrella)
  • Dakup y Punyo (grab and hit with the punyo)
  • Quatro Cantos (Four Walls)
Lessons 5-6: 
  • Tirsia Corto
  • Ranging and striking drills
  • Five fluid attacks
Advanced Combat Methods:
   Technically there is no instruction in this section, but Tim showcases free flow and technical sparring as well as live blade sparring.  

Extras:
   Arguably the gem of the DVD in regards to historical footage.  Here we have about 10-15 minutes of Abecedario instruction from Leo Gaje Jr. circa 1981!  Considering it is over 30 years old the footage is fantastic and the instruction is clear where Gaje demo's the Abecedario target areas on a student and then has the student do a basic set of calisthenics.    

Breakdown:
  Filmed in an all white room with dark clothing on the participants makes movements and weapon arc's very clear and easy to follow even with full speed sparring.  During the instructional segments Tim Waid is exceptionally clear and concise with his verbage, offering definitions where needed and not wasting time nor opportunity to regale the viewer with stories (which I am sure he has, but that is not the context of an instructional DVD.  A pitfall MANY teachers fall into when they find themselves on camera!).  

  Tim's approach to training and demonstrating is second to none from what I see (caveat; never personally met nor trained with Mr. Waid) on this DVD.  Tim is a man of slight nature but purposefully choose his biggest and strongest opponents to demonstrate on with this instructional.  Lets face it... this is not often the case, where instructors "show off" on a smaller / weaker / very willing partner.  Demonstrating that proper application of angles and execution of technique will trump strength and size every time!  

   Along the same line I liked how all instructionals and much of the free sparring is repeated in slow motion.  This is crucial when teaching ANY weapon, as the angle and application are often lost in the speed and suddenness of the attack.  And lets not overlook the fact that they are free sparring on this DVD!  A standard in Pekiti Tirsia Kali is unrehearsed levels of uncooperative drilling including full contact sparring.  Waid offers the basic foundation to safely and intelligently drill your techniques with partners.  

   2012 is looking very positive for practitioners of Pekiti, as well as all FMA fighters, as Leo Gaje and Tim Waid (PTKGO) are on tract to release some of the best instructional DVDs you will ever own.  Essential viewing by practitioners of Pekiti Tirsia worldwide, these instructionals (look for the solo knife DVD review in the future here on The Ground Never Misses) are a steal at $40 each and can be ordered here:



December 28, 2011

DVD Review - "Strategic Knife Defense w/ Leo T. Gaje Jr."

The Pekiti Tirsia Kali community at large has been patiently waiting for lineage holder Leo T. Gaje Jr. to produce a series of instructional DVDs to accompany his already crazy busy seminar teachings.  Well my steel wielding carvers your wait is up as Tim Waid in conjunction with his teacher Leo T. Gaje Jr. have released the first DVDs to be produced by the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Global Organization.  Volume one in the classic series is "Strategic Knife Defense: Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement"

With the goal of presenting the authentic Pekiti Tirsia Kali system of combat blade fighting, this "classic" DVD is an absolute must have for anyone interested in not only blade fighting, but just the historical footage of Leo Gaje teaching back in 1987 is priceless!  I have heard there is tons of footage of Gaje teaching seminars, private lessons, etc. throughout the decades he has been teaching the world over.  Waid and Gaje have decided to release these teachings and footage for practitioners to see the authentic system of Kali as it was handed down to Gaje, whom in turn hands it down to his senior most students.

TECHNICAL REVIEW:
   As stated above this video footage was taken over 25 years ago where it seems this was to be the first in a series of instructionals geared towards the law enforcement community, so though the quality is not the HD crystal clear image we all have grown accustomed to, the producers and editors did an amazing job of restoring the footage and transferring it to DVD.

  Again basic editing was involved in this recording back in the day, but there are a few moments where camera angles change or they zoom in where needed.  Overall the quality of the instructional is not affected by any of the video technology.  Sound quality is excellent as well, as I never found myself straining to hear anything explained.

Beginning to end the disc runs an hour long and has an easy to navigate menu where the DVD is broken into six basic categories:

  • Intro / Knife Attacks
  • Counter Knife Attacks
  • Knife Jabbing Attacks
  • Knife Tapping
  • Baton Tactics
  • Empty Hand Tactics
INSTRUCTIONAL CONTENT:
  Aimed as a basic introduction to the knife and bladed combatives for law enforcement personnel, "Strategic Knife Defense" is a great starting block for anyone new to bladed weapon arts, or situations where one may encounter a bladed aggressor (security / LEO / military / bouncers etc.).  To quote Gaje:

  "The purpose of this video is to get the officer acquainted with edged weapons, and to understand principle movements and strategy of knife fighting."

Drawn from the fundamental principles of PTK, Gaje takes viewers through the common attacks someone wielding a knife would use, as well as the fundamental counter movements to these most common slashes and thrusts.  These angles of attack are common movements we use in everyday life, yet when we look at them in a martial context we see the reason why our predecessors created the art the way they did.  

By no means is this a collection of techniques thrown into an hour long video, actually quite the contrary.  Gaje takes the time to explain exactly why someone will attack in this manner, and why you respond the way you do.  Throughout the video he shows a number of various counter strikes, joint locks (some seem a bit flashy as I doubt they would be very high percentage on a fully resisting opponent), and a couple of take downs.  Overall the message is clear... a large repertoire of techniques is useless without the fundamental building blocks to execute said techniques.  

The "Knife Tapping" chapter, though only a few minutes long, offers some very interesting insight into Leo Gaje's teaching methodology.  In this chapter he emphasizes acceptance of the blade being the primary focus of knife tapping drills.  Though just touched upon it is interesting to note the wisdom in the young Gaje's experience where he was talking about combat psychology and blade psychology way before it was a cool subject on internet chat rooms.  

If the purpose of this DVD was to inform LEO about the dangers and benefits of edged weapon defense, and lay down the foundation for future training volumes then Gaje succeeded in his endeavor.  I am not sure if this series will continue on with his teachings of strategic knife defense, but in the baton chapter Gaje mentions future volumes.  

Historians, teachers, or practitioners of Pekiti Tirsia Kali will not want to miss this volume simply to see there grand teacher moving and training 25 years ago.  A classic by all means and at $40 it is a hell of a steal!  


Train Hard.  Train Smart.
Jake 
Tim Waid (L) alongside his teacher Leo Gaje.