PEKITI-TIRSIA - AS A FAMILY SYSTEM
As written by Grand Tuhon Leo t. Gaje, Jr.
Pekiti-Tirsia as a family system under my Grandfather's technical management had brought a in-depth structure of discipline in the true indigenous traditional fighting system known to the Philippines.
It was a secret system only dedicated to the Tortal family that originated from Tigbawan in the Island of Panay. Due to the
transmigration movement of the people of Panay, the head of the family Segundo Tortal, the father of my Grandfather the late Supreme Grandmaster Conrado B. Tortal with his brothers Balbino, Teodorico and Francisco had settled in the town of Talisay, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
It was those times that the domination of the rich families managed to occupy vast track of lands at the point of a finger. Negros agricultural flat lands and few valleys and mountains were and still are ideal for Sugar cane Plantation. The Tortal family had one common principle and that the unity of family must be strongly maintained and that since they were not the member of the rich icon of Negros, their mode of living was to occupy a family land of about 24 hectares (1 hectare is equal to 2.47 acres) in Conception; Talisay as a settlement for the family to expand in little farming and gardening to support the growing family.
It was some dark days where the rich can point his finger and tell every one living in the territory close to his land, which as far as my eyes can see that is my land and all that lives within the site of my finger must vacate the land. Those who lived in these areas of about twenty families were told to vacate the area but not the Tortal family.
My Grandfather together with his brothers with the Ginuntings stood on the corners of the land and told the Administrator to get out or else we will chop all of you to pieces. With a truck load of men, the Administrator left and reported to the rich Haciendero what it took place. For fear the Haciendero offered my Grandfather to be the Administrator in an area of hundred hectares and a contractor for roads and bridges going to all the haciendas. The only family left in that area is the Tortal family.
Pekiti-Tirsia is a unique system practicing most of the ancient practices in which kali became a traditional fighting art with philosophical equivalents in the application of its technology with blades applied in close quarter combat.
Pekiti-Tirsia means, “to close in so close with the purpose to quarter the enemy in an area he cannot get out with multiple combinations of all offensive attacks leaving no quarter for the enemy to get out and survive.”
It is an artistic method of in-fighting technology that is considered the final chapter of the encounter.
Pekiti-Tirsia believes in the kali principles of survival indicated by the methodology applicable with the edged weapon and the intrinsic applications of knives as the most treacherous weapon used to surprise the enemy. Pekiti-Tirsia adheres to the old adage "that how effective it was, is how effective it is today.” Meaning the true elements of combat is embedded in every movement of the blades and every thrust, an impact of force meant a lot to be remembered.
The Pekiti-Tirsia school of Advanced Studies evolves in the principles of Geometrics which dominate the areas of control within the prescribed perimeters of offense and counter offense removing defense as the first line of approach. No avenues of entries allowing the enemies weapons to enter in a danger zones.
All for the learning process Pekiti-Tirsia remains educational and combative, It is an institution of the true Filipino fighting system and will stay pure and indigenous.