Pekiti Tirsia is a Filipino martial art of blades, sticks, knives, empty hands, and combinations of these weapons. This particular system favors close quarters training over long distance or medium range. Since leading a small class I have been gradually modifying the training content of my Pekiti Tirsia.
The single stick training follows the Doce Methodos outline. The Doce Methodos introduce the practitioner to the qualities, attributes, strategies, and survival concepts emphasized in Pekiti Tirisa. Angles of entries whether with your weapon, through your person, or both, manipulation of range and angulation, crucial targeting, sensitivity, etc. are introduced within the outlined methods. The Doce Methodos outline are as followed:
- Quatro Cantos
- Dakub y Punyo
- Tirsia Corto
- Tirsia Largo
One starts with the basic angles of attack, footwork, and body displacement to empower ones strikes, to dissipate ones opponent’s, and to establish a connection and rhythm between you and your target. The footwork is expressed through diverse triangles. It is underlined, elaborated, and maintained because Pekiti Tirsia is a blade system, despite its initial training with blunt weapons. It is a mobile system, structured to confront more than one armed assailant.
Brief “give and take” drills familiarize a student to the “defensive” approaches, combat skills, and execution style favored by Pekiti Tirsia. Some drills just give. Some of the “give and take” patterns will branch out into variations, interpretations, and options.Extensive attack combinations, counters, and recounters are part of the curriculum. Most of the Doce Methodos concepts guide the training progression in the categories of mano y daga, daga y daga, doble baston, etc.
Initially, it was a hesitant approach not wanting to alter what was taught to me. Now it’s an endeavor for diversity, flexibility, and realism. Still, the overall training progression and the “solo baston” outline taught to me by Tom Bisio is maintained. The modifications are from selectively added drills for isolated movements, and to further train the attributes that distinguishes Pekiti Tirsia from others.
Agapito Gonzalez, Tuhon Guro Bill McGrath, and Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr.