By Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven.
“It matters not whether you’ve ever served a day in uniform. It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation or your social status. Our struggles in this world are similar. And the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward, changing ourselves and changing the world around us will apply equally to all… the little things matter; if you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.” – Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven.
If you wanna change the world;
- Start off by making your bed.
- Find someone to help you paddle.
- Measure a person by the size of their heart, not by the size of their flippers.
- Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
- Don’t be afraid of the circuses.
- Sometimes you have to slide down the obstacles head first.
- Don’t back down from the sharks.
- You must be your very best in the darkest moments.
- Start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
- Don’t ever… EVER, ring the bell.
“Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when the times are the toughest; face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and never ever give up. If you do these things, the next generation and the generations that follow, will live in a world far better than the one we live today. And what started here will indeed have changed the world for the better.”
Brief history and milestones of PTK-SMF Peninsula;
By: William Schultz (Originally published 02-10-2005)
Guro, PTK-SMF Rhode Island/Mongrel Combative Arts
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(Mandala) Tim Waid
What is it about the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System that produces such competent and skilled fighters, technicians, and instructors? The Pekiti-Tirsia system of Kali, as taught by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr., combines beauty of motion with practical and effective combat techniques. Yet Pekiti-Tirsia stands out from the myriad of other styles as a complete well-rounded system known for its power, versatility, and effectiveness. From its ranks have come a number of highly skilled instructors and fighters.
It is the system’s ingenious structure and training methods, rather than any group of techniques that produces such skilled fighters. The three principle systems of Pekiti-Tirsia; the DOCE METHODOS, Advanced CONTRADAS, and the CONTRA-TIRSIA DUBLA-DOS are designed to teach an orderly progression of skills. Each step adding to the foundation laid down by the previous steps. The essence of that teaching can be found in the maxim: Learn the drill, Master the drill, Dissolve the drill. While the training method itself is unique to Pekiti-Tirsia, its principles can be applied to almost any combative art. Upon close examination, you will see that the stages the student progresses through during his or her training are much the same as those all truly advanced martial artists experience.
HOW TO DISTINGUISH THE GOOD OR BAD TECHNIQUES OF FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS
By: Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr. (Originally published on 01-27-2007)
Suddenly some of the Instructors of Filipino Martial Arts that came out in the 80’s and 90’s were so impressive like they know everything about Filipino Martial Arts. After they studied two to three years from somebody in the Philippines, they think they are already Masters. Showing some fancy techniques in disarming, blocking, stances, katas with the stick. They came to the United States and started to do some publicity in the Inside Kung Fu and Blackbelt magazines and took some students and started to show techniques like the numbering systems, and the history about the Philippines which a copy of the history books can be bought in any bookstore. They buy some video tapes produced by Dan Inosanto, Doce Pares, Modern Arnis and some half-baked Instructors who can talk a lot and can convinced that their technique can work. My first time in New York City in the early 70's nobody ever heard of Arnis, Eskrima or Kali as a Filipino Martial Arts, until I boldly came out and introduced the Filipino art to a veteran Martial Artist.
By: Mataas Na Guro Dino Martinez (Originally published 09-08-2009)
Chief Instructor PTK-SMF Tampa Bay, Director PTKGO
It should be stated that, despite the misinformed view of some, the 64 Attacks and the Doce Methodos of Pekiti-Tirsia are not “pretty much the same thing”, nor are they “just the basics”. Such statements indicate a gross misunderstanding of the PTK system, and uninformed generalizations should really not go unchecked.
There are three facets to the PTK system of blade combat. The first is guided by the principle of Pasugat, representing ‘force on force’ (direct offense) strategies for edged or impact weaponry. This is better known as the foundation system of the Doce Methodos - a methodology for presenting every possible manner of utilizing a long, bladed weapon such as a ginunting. The Doce Methodos comprehensively addresses combat targeting, angulations and energy, combat range and measure, and attacks according to weapon anatomy and manipulation – in adherence to the Pasugat Principle. This is the foundation for all progress in the system due to the fact that it teaches the necessary strategies, tactics, mechanics and attributes that will later apply to every weapon category, thereby allowing for what is known as transferable technology and parallel methodology.
By: Ferd, PTK-Peninsula/PTK-SMF
Here's an example of a Pekiti-Tirsia tactic being properly executed at the appropriate range and timing - Guro Randy of PTK-SMF San Jose (tan shirt) scores a perfect florete #1 to my hand. We're both at what we call tirsia largo range but Randy had superior timing, therefore scoring a beautiful hit.
By: Ferd, PTK-Peninsula/PTK-SMF
Here's a short clip of an introduction to Pekiti-Tirsia Kali knife-tapping principle during our Magkatipunan Sa PTK-Peninsula event last year. I am assisted by my friends Joe and Buddy.
By: Ferd, PTK-Peninsula/PTK-SMF
Here's a short clip of a successful bridging entry with a broken/fluid angle 1 - I feint with a broken 1 to measure the range and timing, and to draw my opponent's strike. I then immediately follow up with a fluid 1 to the head as I execute take-off footwork quartering to the left.