Friday, February 11, 2005

Attitude in Pekiti-Tirsia Kali

This is a response to one of my students questions posted on the PTK Pitbull forum from Guro Doug Marcadia (sorry if I speelled you last name incorrectly bro ;-) )


>>>In Pekiti we use little blocking but counter and re-counter. Does this depend on speed and physical attributes? Are there other factors in addition to speed that makes our art a formidable one?


Hello Jack!

I'm sure Guro William will be giving you his invaluable input on this topic, but I thought I would share with you some of the thoughts regarding PTK Pitbulls that I have gained from my time with Tuhon Gaje...

You are correct in that there is very little 'blocking' per se in PTK, as well as we emphasize countering our opponent(s) actions or reactions to us...superior speed and timing are two very important aspects of our training that make us (as PTK Pitbulls) effective in combat, but another important attribute that is common among Tuhon Leo's more experienced fighters and instructors is the attitude with which they approach a combat/self-defense situation.

Tuhon Leo always says that Pekiti-Tirsia is an art of action, not reaction in combat, becasue before our opponent has even made his first move on us, our attitude and fighting spirit dictates that we have already counter attacked him before he has completed his 'attack'. We are proactive in combat, meaning while we might not have been the ones to attack first, we will be the ones to HIT first.

Proper training (techniques, methods, etc.) is a large part of the equation to be sure, but as Guro William has pointed out previously, the mental component (intellect, intelligence, tactics, strategy, guts, etc.) are also just as important. If your mind is strong, the body will follow. If you believe in your training, your techniques, your skill, then the hard part (mental freezing) is already passed - you know what to do in a crisis because you've trained properly for it. Nothing comes as a surprise to you, you just 'go with the flow' as they say in the Filipino Fighting Arts.

Anyways, I'll stop yakin' now, and hopefully Guro William will provide you with more insight as to what makes PTK (and being Pitbull) such an effective and superior combat system.

Stay safe, train hard bro!

Guro Doug