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"Techniques change when timing changes. You can debate techniques all you want, but if I have the footwork I can change the timing and rhythm of the fight, and I WILL. This is Pekiti-Tirsia, not 'Pekiti-Stand-Still' - We're always moving."
- Tuhon Tim Waid



Foundation System - Doce Methodos

Defined as "The 12 Methods Of Pasugat" or force on force engagement, Doce Methodos is the primary foundation system that our training is based upon.

Advanced Systems

In addition to Doce Methodos, we train in the advanced systems of Pasunod (Contradas System), Recontradas/Recontras.

Hastartes close-quarters weapons

Ranking Structure and Progression

Students will be awarded the appropriate rank as they progress further into our training, in accordance to the standards and stipulations established by Tuhon Tim Waid and The Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Global Organization. Ranking is based upon two things; 1) Physical ability to execute the combat principles in a tactical manner and 2) Intellectual understanding of the foundation system and training methodology. Testing will be conducted for individual students, who meet the minimum requirements to advance to the next level.

Distance Learning and Affiliate Program 

An online course for remote students and Affiliate Candidates, which covers the same traditional Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System taught to onsite students.

Hastartes long range weapons

The Hastartes [Pekiti-Tirsia Kali] Ranking System


Based on the original and simplified PTK-SMF ranking structure and maintaining the same high standards for proficiency but modified for our specific purposes. Our ranking system retains the same 4 Phases with three levels per phase. They are as follows;

Phase 1 (Level 1-3): Auditoris (probationary, novice in Latin) - A beginner student.

Phase 2 (Level 4-6): Disipulo (disciple in Tagalog) or Discipulus (disciple in Latin) - A foundation level student.

Phase 3 (Level 7-9): Kawal (soldier) or Bellator (warrior) - An advanced level practitioner with extensive sparring/fighting experience. Some experience in teaching the foundation curriculum.

Phase 4 (Level 10-12): Dalubhasa (expert, an adept in Tagalog) or Adeptus (expert, an adept in Latin) - An Associate Instructor role with advanced knowledge of the system and experience teaching a group of students. 

Students graduate to a fully certified Guro (teacher) upon successful completion of all 12 levels and passing of rank test.

Improvised Weapons


We train students how to properly identify and utilize common objects like flashlights, pens, books, keys, water bottles, clothing, belts, etc. as weapons of opportunity.

Standard Weapons


Edge-Impact Weapons: Edged weapons is the primary discipline of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System and it includes the ginunting short-sword, knives of various lengths, as well as sticks and other impact weapons.

Unarmed Combatives: Pekiti-Tirsia Kali has a complete empty-hands fighting system in the form of pangamut (open hand striking, trapping), sikaran (low-line kicking) and dumog (limb destructions, throws and takedowns). The PTK-SMF methodology teaches how to effectively execute these traditional principles in a devastating and ballistic manner.

Exotic Weapons


We also teach the following weapons in our curriculum; 

  • Karambit/Lugod (small sickle-shaped knives)

  • Palakol/Wasay (Tomahawks, small axes)

  • Malayu Sibat (long spear) and Bankaw (staff)

  • Dos Manos (two-handed swords)

  • Flexible weapons (steel chain, sarong, tabak-toyok aka nunchaku, 3-section staff, paracord, etc.)

"Our training is hard, demanding, physical, but ultimately rewarding - you WILL become competent in fighting." - Tuhon Tim Waid

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