Pekiti Tirsia Kali in Southern Alberta Part 2

The last half of the PTK seminar consisted of knives and dumog. As per usual, the footwork was not neglected. It’s amazing how footwork can make a difference between executing a proper technique. We emphasized on double knives from the beginning. Over the course of an hour or so, the team started seeing the patterns on movement. It’s what you’d cal the “aha!” moment.


The double knives showed the team the importance of controlling hand movements. Since knives are much shorter than sticks, they had to focus more on their entry skills. Once in, their previous training kicked in. The 6 strikes, aka Heaven 6 started going into play. It didn’t take them long to start using their newly acquired skills to do some take downs.


The training group had their first taste of what dumog was about. With limited time, Guro Herald demonstrated some of the techniques to the members. Lakan Peter took the brunt of the beating. Yes, he had a lot of fun feeling the pain.  IMG_0390

Dumog was a fantastic way to end the seminar. It inspired the group to train more. It also showed them that there’s a lot more to learn and they’re all looking forward to it. Instead of writing about the dumog introduction, like they say “pictures tell a thousand words.”

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Dumog left a really positive impression with the group. It was the most talked about part of the seminar. We have a lot of work to do but it’s a lot of fun. Time was almost over so we wrapped up by giving the participants their certificates and announcements.

This was a great experience for the training group. Especially to those who have never been.

To be continued on part 3.


Pekiti Tersia Kali in Southern Alberta Part 1

WOW! That was my first impression. Today Guro Herald Casana and his wife drove five hours from Edmonton to train the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Lethbridge and Magrath Training Group. They left Edmonton really early to arrive in Lethbridge before 10:30 AM. For those who do not know, Edmonton and Lethbridge are a little more 500 kms/300 mi apart. So we really appreciate the sacrifice they made today.


We started the class with a short meet and greet. It’s nice for the rest of the team to finally meet Guro Herald. It was also good to see both training groups in the same room. Since there’s about 35 kms between Lethbridge and Magrath, this gathering is not a common sight.


This was followed by Guro Herald teaching us the history of PTK, footwork, single stick, double sticks, knives then dumog.

I would also like to mention that the training groups consists of friends, and fathers and sons. It’s nice to see that they’re creating new memories to cherish. They inspire to be a better person, not just a PTK practitioner.

Guro Herald took the time to draw the footwork on paper for visual references. The team drilled footwork for over half an hour. This is the foundation of many sports and martial arts is no exception.


Using the Tri V system, we then trained on the basic strikes with single stick. The emphasis was still footwork and the flow of the strikes. The team has come a long way since they first started training with me in February. I took a few seconds to appreciate their hard work and dedication.


With the basic single stick done, we moved on to bridging the gap. This is an important skill to learn. Bridging the gap improves timing, accuracy and control of the bad guy’s weapon hand. This then leads to take downs among other things.


We then moved on to double stick. Many of the team have done double stick work. However, Guru Herald threw in some new patterns that made neurons to start firing. Coordination was not quite there in the beginning. Eventually everyone started to get the new patterns. This is what we will work on next week, too.

End of part 1.