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Pekiti Tirsia Kali

Filipino Combat Martial Art

We follow the curriculm of the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association. Designed for quick combat learning with extensive empty hand, blade and baton tactics. The PTTA has an actual pekiti curriculm to establish authentic Pekiti techniques. Curriculm developed by the PTTA & adopted for use by the Pekiti Tirsia World Federation Under Grandmaster Rommel Tortal whose family created Pekiti Tirsia.

Pekiti-Tirsia Kali basically means "close quartering." Pekiti in the Ilongo dialect means "to close" or "get in close," tirsia means to "quarter." The word tirsia is also derived from the medieval Latin tertiarius, meaning tertiary or "of a third."


Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is a proven system of combat strategy and tactics that provides protection from an opponent’s strikes and attacks.  It dominates a combat or self-defense situation with the counter execution of techniques that attack, quarter and neutralize single or multiple opponents quickly. These techniques include edged and impact weapons, firearms, hand to hand, ground combat and complex footwork. It is the most effective and complete system in the Philippines today. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is the indigenous close-quarter combat system of the Tortal family from Negros Occidental in the Philippines. Officially founded in 1897 and evidence of Filipino combat arts as far back as 1521 by the national patron of the Philippines Lau Pau Lau Pau against the Spanish explorer and conquer Fernand Magellen.  These Spanish conquers and army members were killed by Philippine warriors using Filipino combat arts that later evolved into the art today.


Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is the official martial art combat system of the Philippine Marine Corps and is the only Filipino Martial Art system approved by the Government for use by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).  Sport martial arts are considered martial arts in the inactive way as they are governed by rules, weight classes and unauthorized techniques and not true combat arts.  Pekiti Tirsia is an active combat martial art intended for individuals who want to learn to survive and dominate a self-defense situation. It is currently taught and used against violent individuals, terrorists and extremist organizations.  It is quietly used world-wide by elite military and security forces, law enforcement, special operations groups, presidential security personnel, etc., and anyone who wants to learn real protection for themselves or family. As tactics and weapons of war evolve, Pekiti Tirsia combat principles and strategies analyze and counter those tactical developments.


What does the system look like?

If you have seen the movies titled, "The Hunted", "Jason Bourne" series, "Taken", "Troy", "Deadpool" etc., then you have seen Filipino Martial Arts techniques including Pekiti Tirsia. In fact, most movies and TV shows fight scenes include Filipino Martial Arts due to the effectiveness and combat aesthetics. The public rarely knows this.

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