By: Ferd, PTK-Peninsula/PTK-SMF
Prior to this trip, most of us have only trained with him through various seminars and workshops in the US. So it' very exciting to have this opportunity to train with him as a small group on the island resort of Boracay, Philippines. A place filled with sun, white sands, clear waters... and girls of different nationalities in sexy bikinis, ^_^.
Before I continue, I wanna quickly thank my instructor, Mike Shimer of PTK SF - for 2 months prior to departing for Philippines, he’s been training and helping us prepare specifically for this camp. Tim really challenges you whenever you train with him and I think I would've struggled even more if not for Mike’s dedication and help. I also wanna give a shout of thanks to Guro Dino Martinez of Florida PTK, for coming to the Bay area the week before our trip and giving us a great seminar on the basics, which built up from the material he taught us last year.
Now back to the topic...
Tuhon Tim referred to this camp as immersion training or the lab. Basically, anyone who comes to attend should already have good foundations skills in PTK. Tim did briefly review the basics, but he did not spend a lot of time on them as his agenda for each day was primarily focused on the combative and tactical execution of the principles in the doce methodos system.
Promo for the next Boracay Camp with highlights from our recent training there.
In this camp, Tim heavily evaluated every individual's performance and practical knowledge of the system - basically if you simply pride yourself being a "master" at performing fancy drills that is so common in FMA but lacked the ability to apply those principles in a dynamic and combative manner, you found out real quick what you've been doing wrong and why you need to not only train hard(er), but correctly. This was definitely an intermediate to advanced workshop, but it’s also an opportunity for people to find out about the gaps in their knowledge and learn from each other as well.
Boracay was a great place to conduct the training. We worked out on the beach in the morning and evening sessions, trained in the shade for the afternoon, and we went swimming in the warm, clear blue water in between training sessions. Tim was very organized and thorough about providing information for booking our transportation and hotels in Makati and in the resort, which made planning the trip a breeze, at least for me.
Moving around on the sand was very challenging - it’s a good thing I’ve been wearing my vibram fivefinger shoes all year round, which helped condition my feet and legs. Sparring on the beach really gives you an intense workout. The weather was generally very warm, so everyone stayed pretty loose and no one pulled a muscle while sparring or doing drills. The other nice thing about training on the resort is there are masseuses available all day to ease your sore muscles after each workout session.
During those 10 days, Tim watched each individual’s performance like a hawk. It's not unusual to get one on one interaction with Tim because he likes to work directly with everyone - even in a seminar with a group of 40+ people he would make sure he had interacted with each person and helped him/her with each drill. This time it’s a much smaller group so his attention on you is really focused. There was a lot of emphasis on footwork, weapon control and tactics, so having your foundation skills dialed in is really essential.
Unlike many instructors I've trained with prior to joining PTK, Tim isn't satisfied with just doing a bunch of drills and then calling it a day. Several times during the camp he had everyone sparring with him and making us apply the tactics we just learned into a combative flow. When he pointed at you and said “let’s go,” it’s time to work. We’ve done technical sparring with solo baston/ginunting trainer, knife, and espada y daga... he'd even chase you around with his Eriksen ginunting and you see just how imperative it is to be able to maneuver and not get killed by a live blade. A bunch of guys swinging sticks and aluminum blades at each other certainly drew a crowd, many of them taking our pictures and shooting video. However, we had to exercise extreme caution as some of these tourists aren't too bright and would wander right into the middle of the danger zone when we’re sparring.
The time we had on the island was really fun and there was a lot of great camaraderie within the group. Although the daily training was very intense, we also enjoyed equal amounts of R&R - swimming, hitting the nearby clubs and bars, and we made sure to consume healthy doses of tanduay superior, or what Jamie Hutchins referred to as Method 13 of PTKGO, ^_^.
Tuhon Tim did a fantastic job and the Boracay training camp is a huge success. Everyone had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the training and R&R. And for someone like me, who returned to his motherland for the first time in nearly 30 years it was a great opportunity to train in the indigenous Filipino martial art in its country of origin, visit my relatives in Makati and I've made new friends. I even got to hang out with Tuhon Rommel Tortal briefly and finally met some individuals I previously only knew on facebook, namely Tuhon Jasper De Ocampo, Mandala Buddy Acenas and famed PMC master sergeant Manuel S. Prado (he's the guy who fought one of the hosts in the Discovery Channel show Fight Quest, Episode 2: Kali).
Tuhon Tim Waid definitely has a signature and it is stamped on his movements, training methods and the people he teaches. I never get tired of saying this, but I'm very fortunate to be a member of PTKGO and training with the people in this organization. If you're serious about learning the true authentic combat system of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, I highly recommend attending future workshops with Tuhon Tim Waid next time he conducts another one in Boracay or anywhere else in the Philippines. It’s a perfect combination of boot camp/vacation trip.
Once again, I give my sincere gratitude to Tuhon Tim Waid for having this workshop and to my brothers who came out to play in the sands of Boracay!
- SAEVIO MILITARIS FABER -