Pekiti Tirsia Kali Lessons

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Lessons

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The system of PTK-SMF allows its users to be lethal with nearly any object(s) - a pocket knife, two lead pipes, or maybe even a pencil. The system also heavily deemphasizes the training of technique, while accentuating the training of various methods, which can be applied to an infinite number of situations based on the variables of distance and timing. 

The system is predominantly oriented towards blade/weapon fighting, but also contains a complete and highly effective empty hands component which is quite distinct in appearance from any other martial art (as our empty handed movements are nearly identical to our movements with weapons, with the only major difference being range).

These are just a few of the many unique characteristics of the system which make it optimal for those living in urban environments.

Here's another way of thinking about it: Pekiti is to Math as other martial arts are to Geography or History.

One of the many things that I love about the art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali is its uniquness. The art, when executed properly, has a fluidity and beauty that is truly unlike anything else out their today. I've attached a link below to a video of my instructor, Mataas Na Guro Clinton Grumbles, and myself technical sparring which I believe demonstrates this point well. In this particular sparring session, we restricted our manipulations to only basic broken, fluid, and circular strikes, and we emphasized our line recognition, timing, and distance regulation.

Here is another example, this one is a knife flow.

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  • Troy A

    Bad situations happen when we least expect them and the first several seconds of an encounter is the most critical. Being self reliant and confident in your own personal skill is the best way to overcome these situations. Through years of mastery in the traditional Pekiti Tirsia Kali system, Bennett has become tactically proficient in firearms, edge, impact, and hand to hand weaponry. Bennett is a phenomenal instructor who can quickly assess a persons skill level and tailor his teaching methods to best suit the students needs. With a strong emphasis on footwork, body mechanics and mastery of the fundamentals, Bennett can quickly take new students to a capable level of skill in a limited amount of time. I have been very fortunate to train with Bennett over the last several years and highly recommend him to any individual who is looking to invest time in their own personal protection.

  • Brett S.

    Ben is one of the most highly knowledgeable and skilled practitioners of Pekit Tirsha in North America. No joke. We are lucky to have him here in Texas. If you want to learn from one of the best give Ben a try.

  • Frank Spingola

    Ptk is an excellent complete combat system,this is not a sport!!! From weapons to open hands . Ptk fighting system will enhance any fighting system you’ve trained in or if your your starting your martial arts journey. My Kenpo training will always be with me,Pekiti Tirsia is my primary combat system for the rest of my days!! 👊⚔️

  • Brad Fishlock

    Do you want to learn how to fight like Jason Bourne? Ben could take him. I’ve trained with Ben the past two years and he has taught me how to move and fight. This guy is very technical, which means you will learn and understand from the best. I’ve seen PTK online trained very “sloppy”. You will never get that with Ben. He will stop everything and work with you to make your technique right. I always enjoy sparring with this man...he teaches me.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Contrary to the structures of many other contemporary martial arts, the traditional curriculum of Pekiti Tirsia Kali actually begins with the long weapon, and ends with empty hands.

The thought process behind this is that the greater the length of the weapon, the greater the difficulty of distance and timing recognition, and so by training the most difficult weapon category first, we increase our skill in every weapon category (especially those which require less skills to use, such as empty hands).

As you can see from my example videos above, footwork is integral to the proper execution of the system and is also taught from the first class onwards (as we almost always move as we strike). Once a new student has a grasp of the fundamentals, they’ll be taken through the entirety of the Doce Methodos System, as well as the Contradas System (these two are referred to as systems, but really they are subsystems).

Of course significant fighting skills can be developed relatively quickly, and knowledge of the entire system is not necessary to be a competent fighter.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a certified instructor under Tuhon Tim Waid and Mataas Na Guro Clinton Grumbles. I currently hold the rank of "Guro".

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $80 an hour for lessons.

How did you get started teaching?

I began training at the age of thirteen, and progressed fairly quickly. Before I knew it, the adults in the class were asking me questions about the system. I would say that I have been teaching regularly for about four years.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with both men and women.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would advise that student to look for an instructor who can demonstrate their actual fighting skills (maybe with a video), and to avoid those instructors who will only ever teach or demonstrate drills or forms. A flow isn’t a flow if you know what your opponent is going to do, and odds are you won’t know what your mugger is going to do either.

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