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.