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Simplistic Pangamut and Dumog in Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.
Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Empty Hand Drills
Demonstrating two basic empty hand drills we often do at SENTE™ – from Pekiti-Tirsia Kali. Clip 1: Forehand slap with and without dynamic footwork. Clip 2: Hack/parry, trap opponents guard, forehand slap while flanking using dynamic footwork.
MIL PTK-CQC & Authentic PTK Weekend Intensive in Philadelphia with Tuhon Tim Waid.
Tuhon Tim Waid in Philadelphia with our group as well as others from up and down the east coast. The MIL PTK-CQC and Authentic Pekiti-Tirsia Kali training intensive held Aug. 3-4, 2013. SENTE™ is the official source in the area for both Authentic PTK and the Military PTK-CQC system.
Tactical flashlight techniques with Tuhon Tim Waid.
Tuhon Tim Waid, president of PTKGO demonstrates some dynamic self-defense techniques with Nitecore Tactical Flashlights along with our friends at SuviTac. Learn the same tactics here at SENTE with Pekiti-Tirsia Kali (Philadelphia) and the Military PTK-CQC system.
Pekiti-Tirsia Military PTK-CQC System

A preview of Tim Waid's new DVD of Military PTK-CQC, also taught here at SENTE™.

Military PTK-CQC is the only system in existence today that fully integrates individual combat weaponry (Bolo, Knife, Bayonet), Empty-Hands Combat, and Tactical Firearms employment through the application of the same tactical techniques - the system of the Edged Weapon.

2013 PTKGO Instructor Camp
An intense 3 days training Pekiti-Tirsia Kali with Tuhon Tim Waid at the 2013 PTKGO instructor Camp in Dallas, Texas. We racked up 20-24 hours of training.
SENTE™ Environmental Combatives Training, v1

Level 1 Series of SENTE™ Environmental Combatives Training, v1. An example of using basic self-defense combatives (including striking, kicking, shielding, dynamic footwork, running, improvised weapons, exit strategies, etc) against multiple attackers while strategically leveraging the surrounding environment and looking for any equalizers. Students were encouraged to be creative with their surroundings. This drill will reveal what your strengths and weakness are, how to adapt, and how to train going forward.

SENTE™ Environmental Combatives Training, v2
Level 1 Series of SENTE™ Environmental Combatives Training, v2. A continuation of basic/intro-level self-defense combatives within an environmental scenario. The object was to strike first and fast when engaged by multiple opponents (but do not engage for too long), leverage environment, and escape. An added element to this version was a stop-hit strike from the ground with a tactical get up. Part of the drill was to scan your environment for possible threat, exits, angles of opportunity, barriers, and any improvised/environmental weapons when entering a room (i.e. house, bar, store, street, etc).
Single-knife intro & intermediate-level knife sparring.
A short clip of novice & intermediate level Pekiti-Tirsia Kali single-knife sparring. Training held in the Philadelphia, PA area, home to PTK Philadelphia.
Advanced Pekiti-Tirsia Footwork
In his latest DVD (and as he does during his seminars), Tuhon Tim Waid breaks down advanced Pekiti-Tirsia footwork.
Tactical Flashlight for Self-Defense

Full video coming soon. A 200 lumen tactical flashlight with a striking bezel is a nice self-defense tool, especially at night. Be careful not to flash yourself while using high-output lights. The bounce from shining it on a white wall at night at close-range, for example, can disrupt your own vision. If you've ever been on the receiving end of a high output light, you know how disturbing it is.

It'll temporarily blind your attacker giving you enough time to run, or follow up with a kick to the groin, etc. It also provides you with an impact weapon or an equalizer in other self-defense situations.

Another great thing about a tactical flaslight is that it's legal to take on a plane and legal to carry in New York City.

SENTE™ Self-Defense Combatives Training

Here's a short video clip of a few basic drills of SENTE™ Combatives training. It includes empty hand self-defense, knife vs. knife, stick vs. knife; stick vs. stick.

Beyond the development of practical basics, SENTE™ Training is about a condensed matrix of simplistic combatives from specialized martial systems that share strategic overlapping similarities: (1) Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, (2) Muay Thai, (3) Specialized Kenpo, and (4) Ground Combatives – in addition to Environmental Training.

SENTE™ Training provides a specific timeframe to embodiment and gives distinct context to various high-percentage environmental scenarios. Mastery training in specialized systems to be more well-rounded is also a goal. However it involves a long-term strategy. Having a set of simplistic high-percentage techniques to fall back on and successfully execute is just as important as long-term development.

It's important to note that the best counter to another weapon is sometimes another weapon – This process is referred to as having an "equalizer". So it's important to have appropriate training with practical weapons (i.e. self-defense tools).

The stick can be any impact weapon in your immediate environment – a tactical flashlight, pen, umbrella, hammer, or other implements from your tool shed, kitchen, workplace, etc. In the right hands, even an ink pen can be an equalizer for a knife. For edged weapons, it doesn't always have to be a knife. An X-acto® blade works well, broken glass, or even a credit card. Be creative.

More to come.

Pekiti-Tirsia Kali
Clips of Tuhon Tim Waid in action in his Footwork DVD.
Grant Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr., Senior Grandmaster of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali system. This special instructional video was filmed in 1987 at the JSTA National Law Enforcement Training Conference. The Supreme Grandmaster of the Pekiti-Tirsia system presents his groundbreaking Strategic Knife Defense training program for law enforcement officers, and is released to the general public only now. Featured subjects include; Knife Attacks and Counter-Knife Tactics, Empty-Hand Knife Defense, Baton Tactics, Empty-Hand Tactics, and other special instructional segments. Purchase at the Online Store at www.ptkgo.com
Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Global DVD on Edged/Impact Weapons featuring former marine and military tactical instructor, Tuhon Tim Waid. Purchase at the Online Store at www.ptkgo.com
Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Global DVD on combat knife tactics, featuring Tuhon Tim Waid. Purchase at the Online Store at www.ptkgo.com
SENTE™ Combatives Program & Pekiti-Tirsia Kali
Philadelphia at Balance Chestnut Hill.
Warming up with Pekiti-Tirsia Kali footwork at Balance Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia, PA)
Handgun Self-Defense/Combatives
A photo of a few of our attendees during one of our Concealed Carry/Handgun Combatives seminar in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Outdoor SENTE™ Combatives & Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.
SENTE Outdoor Self-Defense Combatives
Pekiti-Tirsia Kali hits the Philadelphia scene. Join SENTE™ Martial Systems for Indoor/Outdoor Combatives Training every weekday and weekend in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Practical edged and impact weapon counters, hand-to-hand self-defense combatives, as well as conditioning.
Muay Thai at Five Points Academy, NYC.
Had a fun session at Five Points Academy in NYC with Arjan Jud. Such a friendly guy and great trainer. Arjan Jud has trained top Muay Thai fighters such as Buakaw, Namsaknoi, Chok Dee, and many more.
Experienced in Muay Thai / MMA Training.
Joel LeVan Kickboxing at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu
It's important to research and understand a variety of martial systems.
Joel LeVan Kickboxing at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu
  Joel LeVan Kickboxing at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu
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Philippines 2010
Joel LeVan and Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr. In the Philippines, 3/9/10
A blade to the hand. Grand Tuhon demonstrating the target area.
Practicing a knife counter-offense drill. Philippines March 2010
A view of the mountains of Bacolod (Philippines) just before training. March 2010
More mountains of Bacolod (Philippines) just before training. March 2010
A snapshot of Bacolod City, Philippines. March 2010
Some locals in the Bacolod suburbs.
A view of some countryside homes seen during the ride before we trained. Note to self: Don't ever complain about a 2,000 sq. ft. house again.
Grand Tuhon's back yard. Training aid for power development and body/arm/leg conditioning. (Plus, it gets really hot there.) Also shown is the infamous sparring circle located on the dirt spot.
After hitting these a few thousand times with a heavy 3-foot piece of pipe you begin to appreciate Kali conditioning. In Pekiti-Tirsia, tire training is a staple.
Stone signs marking the Mambukal Resort area where we trained.
Don't let the serene visual of this pool fool you. It's a "training area" too. Pictured above is at the Mambukal Resort where we trained knife techniques and grappling in the pool. Yes, in the pool. You just never know when you'll be in a particular environment, (water in this case) and need to know how to manage your skills. (i.e. fighting in water.)
Just above the pool... Giant fruit bats. aka Flying Foxes.
Some tools of the trade.

Holding a Barong. It just feels deadly. This was definitely a tool for war.

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Pennsylvania Mountains //
PTK-PA Training Camp 2009

Knife counter-offensive flow drills. One hundred reps several times a day.

Close-up of a counter-offensive drill
Two of my Pekiti-Tirsia Kali instructors – Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr., and Tuhon Tim Waid. 2009. © Photo by Joel LeVan
In the mountains of Pennsylvania with Grand Tuhon, and Rob Walker (not shown). 2009.
Grand Tuhon gave me a once over on the tire. August of 2008, Pennsylvania. Knees, elbows, hacks (knifehand), palms strikes, headbutts, grabbing and pulling. "C'mon! Hit hard! HIT HARD!"
Practicing Dumog (a form of filipino grappling). 2007
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The Kenpo days

(Left to right) Dennis Nackord, John Van Cleve, Joe Ciccarone, and Joel LeVan (me). Hanging out after winning a Kenpo tournament. Spring of 1997. Just before my 1st black belt test.





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