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Pekiti Tirsia Kali is a system and technology of close quarter combat fighting with edge and impact weapons against multiple attackers. It encompasses all traditional weapon categories and is based on (1) principles of geometry and physics; (2) the study of human body, anatomy and movement; and (3) analysis of human behavior, perception and intent. The curriculum and teaching methodology emphasizes learning how to creatively adapt and apply these principles such that one is functional across all categories of weapons, ranges and environments.

Founded in 1897 by Grand Master Conrado B. Tortal, Pekiti Tirsia Kali was reserved as a family system to defend the Tortal land until the art was brought to the United States in 1972 by Grand Tuhon Leo Tortal Gaje Jr., the grandson of Conrado Tortal and heir of the system. Since then, PTK has expanded worldwide and influenced many other systems, including Dog Brothers Martial Arts (DBMA).

Pekiti Tirsia Kali is currently taught to the US Marines, US law-enforcement nationwide, Filipino Force Recon Marines, and various security, law enforcement, and military agencies internationally. It is one of the few remaining authentic and complete Filipino combat systems in existence today.