Pekiti Tirsia Kali Hangkilan

The Pekiti Tirsia Kali strategy is based on mobility, counterattacking and triangular movement and clearly comes from the era when when it was common for Filipino men to carry swords and knives based on what they used predominantly in farming.

Pekiti Tirsia Kali is a Filipino close quarter fighting system that focuses on edged weapons. It encompasses a wide range of traditional weapons and tactics, namely:

  • Single stick (single sword)*
  • Double sticks (two swords)*
  • Single knife
  • Double knives
  • Espada y Daga (long blade and knife)
  • Sibat (spear)
  • Empty-handed techniques and grappling (dumpag and dumog)

Sticks are used in training in place of swords

The system originates from the provinces of Panay and Negros Occidental and was created by the Tortal clan. The family patriarch and Grandmaster of Pekiti Tirsia, Grand Tuhon Conrado B. Tortal, passed the system to his only grandson Grand Tuhon Leo Tortal Gaje, Jr.

Grand Tuhon Conrado B. Tortal, like the other family leaders before him, further developed the system through the testing and the research of technique and strategy. Practicing within the family, duels with other systems and actual combat continuously honed and validated Pekiti Tirsia as an effectives and deadly fighting system. The current headmaster of the system, Grand Tuhon Leo Tortal, inherited the system from his grandfather Conrado Tortal. Grand Tuhon Gaje began to study the system at the age of six and eventually learn it in its entirety.

Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje inherited the system at the passing of his grandfather. As with family tradition, he practiced and kept the system within their clan. When Grand Tuhon Gaje immigrated to the US in 1972, he realized the potential of sharing the family system to others and began teaching the system to a select number of martial artists.

Grand Tuhon Gaje is widely recognized as one of the top edged weapons instructors in the world, and served as a technical advisor for theSurviving Edged Weapons law enforcement training video.

(Sourced from Buddy Acenas, founder of Pekiti Tirsia Manila at

Pekiti Tirsia Kali – Hangkilan is the training group led by instructor, Mataas na Guro Patch Caballero. With the blessing and guidance of Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje jr., supreme grandmaster of the Pekiti Tirsia Kali System and Tuhon Rommel Tortal, founder and chairman of Pekiti Tirsia Kali Asia Pacific Confederation. Dedicated in propagating the Filipino fighting system here in the Philippines to fellow Filipinos and to other nations abroad. “Hangkilan” which means “Ferocious Warrior” in hiligaynon is the name given to the group by Tuhon Nonoy Garrucho in 2011.


Mandala Maginoo Nonoy Garrucho(L) with Mataas na Guro Patch Caballero also Pekiti Tirsia Hangkilan Instructor (R)

Mandala Maginoo Nonoy Garrucho(L) with Mataas na Guro Patch Caballero also Pekiti Tirsia Hangkilan Instructor (R)

Me (L) with Mandala Maginoo Nonoy Garrucho (R)

Below is a clip of one of our sparring sessions back in Pekiti Tirsia Manila. The exercise was between me and fellow practitioner Zaldy,  I realized I had to improve my leg work more and apparently my cardio. Sparring exercise are intense with sudden bursts of speed and strength from both practitioners making it really tiring.

I miss getting back to training, looking forward to train with my buddies in PTK Manila and PTK Hangkilan soon.

Pekiti Tirsia Hangkilan Training schedules are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00pm – 10:00pm at the covered court area of Brgy. UP village, Diliman, Quezon City. Saturdays (optional) from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

For more information:
Mobile number: +63.922.581.2525


4 thoughts on “Pekiti Tirsia Kali Hangkilan

  1. Woww.. nice to know that aside from arnis, we have this more deadly/ferocious kind of martial arts. But I’m having a hard-time memorizing this name, at first it seemed to me like an Indonesian/Thailand language. 🙂

    BTW, when is this photo of your Kuya Boy? You look gorgeous 😉

  2. Hi Boy ! This is Joy (TBR3 batchmate). Wow nice to know that you are into this. I just started arnis lessons from the Arnis Pasindo Eskrima. Is PTK different from Arnis? We’re also training with swords and knives.

    • wow great to know youre into martial arts! more so into FMA (Filipino Martial Arts). IMHO, each style may have their own but being under Filipino Martial Arts and which has its roots in Arnis, is clearly effective in practical self defense and combat, be it hand to hand or armed. I miss training in PTK I really should get back to it. I feel more proud of our history and heritage when I started studying Filipino Martial Arts. Arnis or Escrima, wooden stick, was a way for our farmers to defend themselves when it was banned by the spaniards. Arnis movements are actually lethal bladed movements.. which are actually extension of our hands. So filipino martial arts is not just about arnis, as others would think but equally effective in hand to hand as well.

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