By: Ferd, PTK-Peninsula/PTK-SMF
PTK-SMF is Tuhon Tim Waid's official trademarked brand. "SMF" stands for Saevio Militaris Faber, which is Latin for "To RAGE violently in a precise MILITARY method, with MASTER skill." It is a clear indicator of what our training philosophy is like and how it sets us apart from other Pekiti-Tirisia Kali organizations. Our standards is the proficiency and skill with the live blade with dynamic authority and lethal precision, regardless of what weapon is being used.
The Doce Methodos or the 12 Methods of Pasugat (contact) is the primary foundation of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System, which defines the full spectrum of striking systems and applications based on the single long blade and also serves as the guide for all other weapon categories. In the more advanced levels, the principles of Seguidas (continuous center line attacks) and Pasunod (contradas, recontras, recontradas) are also learned and applied.
Pekiti-Tirsia Kali's sophisticated footwork system is one of the main distinguishing features that sets it apart from other Filipino martial arts in that it teaches the ability to out maneuver, quarter and bridge on your opponent, and range back out without getting hit. Almost every style of Filipino Martial Arts have some form of triangular footwork, but none of them have the training methodology or the ability to execute it in a dynamic and strategic fashion especially in sparring, where it really counts. Many FMA's have even gone as far as copy the footwork and stances found in other Asian martial arts or in Western boxing because they lacked the understanding of their own traditional footwork. One can simply go on YouTube and find numerous examples of FMA stick-fighters just walk up, flail their weapons and lunge at each other in straight lines while absorbing hits upon themselves in futile attempts to hit their opponent - something is fundamentally wrong with your training method if you're taught to fight in mutual destruction.
Pekiti-Tirsia tactics and techniques are very specific and are based upon human form and function. Striking angles and energies are very precise and are executed with the proper strategy, timing and at the appropriate range to be effective. Impact weapons are regarded with the same lethality as the blade, so we don't flail it about with little or no regard as to how and where it lands.
"Strategy without tactics is the slowest road to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."
- Sun Tzu
Sparring is a VERY necessary part our training and development. Doing drills is great when learning the proper footwork, timing and mechanics behind techniques, but eventually you have to be able to apply all the tactics and strategies you learned with an opponent who will NOT cooperate with you or play by your rules - real combat is chaotic and unpredictable, as everyone knows. You must have both the skills and endurance to finish your opponent(s) and continue fighting the enemies that remain and dispatch of them as well. Sparring is conducted in the following formats;
"Technique changes when the timing changes. You can debate technique all you want, but if I have the footwork I can change the timing and the rhythm (of the fight), and I WILL. This is Pekiti-Tirsia, not "Pekiti-stand still" - we're always moving." - Tuhon Tim Waid, President/Chief Instructor PTK-SMF