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Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) is a combat blade-fighting system of Filipino Martial Arts that employs all edged and impact weaponry as well as empty-hands combat that integrates seamlessly with the use of modern firearms.  This close-quarters combat system is based upon the use of the blade which provides protection from all strikes and attacks, destruction of opponent’s weapons, and domination of any combat or self defense situation.


Grandtuhon Leopoldo T. Gaje, Jr., the grandson and heir of the Great Grandtuhon Conrado B. Tortal, is the present Keeper of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System and the training director of Pekiti Tirsia Kali DC/MD/VA.  Interested in training with us? Click here.



A pioneering figure in the Pekiti Tirsia Kali community, she holds the distinction of being the first woman to achieve the rank of 'Tuhon' (Master Instructor) in Pekiti Tirsia Kali, as recognized by Grandtuhon Leopoldo Gaje. Her journey began in the Philippines, where she was immersed in the rich traditions and intricate movements of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) from a young age. This deep-rooted connection to her cultural heritage is evident in her groundbreaking manual "Visualizing Flow: A Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training Companion," which is a cherished resource among her students, valued for its innovative approach to learning and teaching. Her profound cultural and personal background is seamlessly interwoven with her expansive knowledge in internal arts, enriching her teachings with a blend of external mastery and internal wisdom.

Her innovative teaching methodology transcends conventional approaches, skillfully deconstructing complex Pekiti Tirsia techniques into their core elements. This process not only ensures precision and economy of motion but also fosters a profound understanding of the art. Her approach is both straightforward and deeply insightful, marking her as a unique and invaluable guide in the world of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.


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As a former U.S. Marine, he seamlessly integrates his extensive background in Law Enforcement and Corrections Tactics with a rich 30-year history in martial arts, spanning Tae Kwon Do, Filipino Martial Arts, line training, and kickboxing. His multifaceted career, which includes both practicing and teaching these disciplines, as well as refereeing, has deepened his mastery in martial arts. This varied experience manifests in a training style that is both vigorous and demanding. His approach, firmly rooted in the belief that physical rigor and mental tenacity are essential, elevates his teaching beyond mere technique to an ethos of discipline.

His guiding principle, "discipline transcends routine," underscores the idea that discipline goes beyond repetitive actions, focusing instead on fostering a mindset of persistence, focus, and continual improvement. Specializing in offensive and counter-offensive strategies, particularly muscle-tendon destruction techniques, he equips students for real combat situations. His contributions are pivotal to our Pekiti Tirsia curriculum, integrating a deep respect for martial traditions with contemporary tactical knowledge.

Our mission


The Pekiti-Tirsia Kali - Kaluyugan de Palares (PTK-KDP) training group intends to promote the Pekiti Tirsia Kali System and to unify its practitioners in an atmosphere of mutual cooperation and respect.  We encourage the advancement of our scientific and cultural awareness by creating an organized and impartial training environment as well as by recognizing each other's talents and skills.  We strive to foster organization, integrity, and excellence.


"Never unprepared."


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"Instructors are very nice and helpful, and the training environment is very friendly. I strongly recommend this class to anyone who wants to improve the self defense knowledge and knife/sticks skills!" (F.K.)

"This Filipino Martial Arts School has become a close knit community and welcomed me from the start. I have been with Pekiti Tirsia Kali Kaluyugan De Palares School for over a year now. Some highlights would be: authentic advancement protocols, economy of movement, training with multiple range weapons, transference of skills from weapons to empty hand and grappling/joint manipulation, excellent fundamental skill building with applications for the advanced practitioner. All our instructors are knowledgeable and wise; Tuhon Arlene and Tuhon Malcolm pull from a wealth of years of experience training with Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr. Some people can be good coaches, but it takes special people to be excellent teachers, and that is what our Tuhons bring to the table. They have a clear curriculum, modules and cycles that develop well-rounded fighters, and have multiple opportunities for in-person and Virtual learning. Train with us and find out more!" (N.J.D.)

"Excellent instruction. Great support and encouragement from fellow students and instructors regardless of skill level. A true feeling of family and I will be forever grateful for the experience." (C.B.)

"This is an exceptional PTK school. It is more like a family where members of the family or carefully vetted. The atmosphere is conducive to learning and comradery. Tuhon Arlene is very knowledgeable and she is proficient at teaching any level. I highly recommend this school." (W.B.)

​"This is a great martial arts school with top notch instructors." (L.P.)

"Excellent curriculum that promotes progressive skill development using modern training methods.The instructors are world class and each brings their own focus and flavor to the art. They create a challenging and safe training environment for all skill levels. If you’re coming from another art, PTK will likely accentuate your existing skills. I saw significant improvement in my footwork, ranging and fluidity in one year of training. PTK teaches stick, knife and empty hand skills all the way to the ground and as such is a very well rounded art." (T.A.)

"Excellent school with amazing teachers that care deeply about providing quality instruction for their students. Coaches and many training partners are serious martial artists, but treated us newbies like family. Extensive resources and training options were made available to facilitate our progress." (D. E.)

I have been practicing with my tribe going on 3 years now. As I continue to learn more about my heritage, I am becoming more proficient and confident in the art that is Pekiti Tirsia Kali. The instructors are phenomenal people. They do an outstanding job in developing an training atmosphere whether it is virtual or in-person. From the lucky few, who are selected as students, to the senior student instructors, this has become my extended family. The virtual aspect is excellent, but if you are able to touch sticks in person, there is nothing else like it! (J.J.)

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