Grand Tuhon in Lethbridge

We really appreciate Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje flying to Canada. It is also his first time in Alberta. After training with the team in Edmonton, GT and Agalon Herald drove 6 hours to Lethbridge, AB.

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Lethbridge is a small city with under 100,000 people. It’s close to the Montana, United States border. Lethbridge and area offers plenty of summer activities. Golfing, horseback riding, live theatres, cultural festivals, and Waterton National Park is only an hour away.

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Kuya Daryn mano GT

Lethbridge is also the home of the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Lethbridge and Magrath Training Groups. This may be the newest PTK training group in Canada. The moment GT walked in he was welcomed by an energetic round of applause!

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Nobody was left behind.

Even though training was only for three hours, it was intense. There were some folks that have never seen Pekiti or any forms of FMA before. Intense footwork, angular strikes, and passion is something that Grand Tuhon instilled in everyone.
Many were sore yet still happy for the opportunity to train with the Blade master.

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Inspired Kali Kids meeting GT.

GT took the time to shake everyone’s hand and give them words of encouragement. He signed autographs and welcomed photo ops to everyone.

The kids loved this opportunity. They really made the effort to learn and get better. Way the go Kali Kids!

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One PTK in Lethbridge & Magrath.

As a token of appreciation Kuya Noel and myself awarded Grand Tuhon the Filipino Martial Arts in Canada the Life Time Achievement Award.

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Words cannot express my gratitude for GT's love for us.

Until next time Grand Tuhon, we will train by the hours not by the years. Next time you visit you can up the intesity some more. Safe travels. From your training group in Southern Alberta. One PTK!

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From Canada to Manila Part 7

The last day of the PTK Conference was just as intense. The sun was out but the cool breeze made things comfortable. Especially us Northern folks. I am grateful to have been a small part in this event. I want to thank Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje for leading the One PTK movement. I also want to thank our friends from all over the world who flew to the Philippines. I cannot forget the armed forces of the Philippines, whom we trained with. You put your lives on the line everyday to defend the Motherland. All of you have my respect.

We closed with sparring. It was a lot of fun and I got hit the giblets. I find it funny now!

The 6th PTK conference was a success. New friendships were made and old friendships renewed. I hope to be a regular part of the ONE PTK movement. After all, Pekiti Tirisa Kali is Grand Tuhon’s family cultural discipline. There is no other source of this art but him.

To all my friends and family in the world of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, I miss you. Until we meet again. ONE PTK!

From Canada to Manila Part 6

Right after breakfast we were back at it. I do apologize for not having a lot of pictures. The training was intense and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity. We were divided into smaller groups, instructors and intermediate. Under the guidance of Grand Tuhon, Tuhon Mick, Mandala Kanishka and other leaders the quality of training did not loose a beat. There were blisters, sore muscles and all sorts of aches. However, the smiles on people’s faces did not go away.

The evening ceremonies was very special. Here we learned about the history of the Philippines before the Spanish influence. Did you know that the Philippines was originally called Maharlika? They also had an indigenous writing called Baybayin. It’s unfortunate that scholars are now scrambling to recover this language.

Learning about Baybayin got my interest! I hope to learn more about my ancestral language. It’s sad that the Spanish was successful in destroying this language. However, they could not destroy KALI!

There were individuals that moved up in rank. It was great to see their hard work recognized. I was fortunate enough to be one of them. Please see our Facebook page to see more pictures. https://www.facebook.com/fmaincanda/

I have a lot of respect for these men and women. They are an inspiration to me. The standard of my training has been raised to a much higher level thanks to them. I look forward to continuing the tradition and the love for the Filipino cultural discipline.