Why I Chose a Weapons Based Martial Art

Uncategorized May 12, 2020

Originally posted on May 3rd, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

"Fencing (Right honorable) in this new fangled age, is like our fashions, every day a change, resembling the chameleon, who alters himself into all colors save white. So fencing changes into all wards save the right. That it is so, experience teaches us, why it is so, I...

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10 Points to Consider When Selecting a Tactical Pen

Uncategorized May 11, 2020

 Originally posted on April 10th, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

When selecting a tactical pen, consider the following:

  1. Hold/grip as a self defense tool - thumb on top provides more support.  Some do not have a flat end or they have a push button to access the pen.
  2. Is it a multi-tool with more functions (glass breaker,...
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Why Drills? - by Guro Geoffrey Green - Guest Contributor

Uncategorized May 11, 2020

Originally posted on March 3rd, 2016 by Geoffrey Green

"The way is in training.  Do nothing which is of no value." - Musashi

PTK Core Combat Drills

1.  METHOD 4 - Dakup Y Punyo

2.  METHOD 5 - Fluid Five Attacks

3.  METHOD 5 - Break In/Out

4.  METHOD 7 - Sungkete

5.  METHOD 12 - Sagang Labo, Labo...

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5 Benefits of Scenario Training of Self-Defense Techniques

Uncategorized May 11, 2020

Originally posted on February 26th, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Confidence Building

What I mean by "Self-Defense Techniques" are those common attacks and self-defense techniques that you are taught regardless of the martial art that you may have practiced or still practice.  These include, but are not limited to grabs,...

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Keep Class Fun and Exciting with Multiple Opponent Drills

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

Originally published on January 31st, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Keep Moving

Pekiti-Tirsia Kali stresses the importance of maneuverability through footwork training.  Initially, the footwork is practiced solo to develop mechanics, attributes, precision, and cardiovascular fitness.  Eventually, striking with the...

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How to Select Hockey Gloves for Stick Sparring

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

Originally posted on February 8th, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Hockey Gloves and the Filipino Martial Arts

When I started training in Pekiti-Tirsia Kali with my first instructor Ricky Rillera, back in '91, we did a lot of stick sparring.  Of course, back then, it was not structured and we basically tried to beat the crap...

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Attack the Attack: The Hand Blade

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

Originally posted on January 25th, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Attack or Run, Don't Wait

Attack while being attacked.  The tip of his knife is heading toward your midsection.  He is already closing to land the thrust.  You side-step, counter the thrust with your hand blade, strike his ear with a left hand...

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Practical Close Quarter Fighting: PTK's Combat Drill - Dakop Y Punyo

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

Originally posted on January 17th, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Guerrilla Warfare

Quarter and punyo – this basic statement represents a defining strategy of the fourth method of PTK’s Doce Methodos.  The Doce Methodos represents a logical progression in the development of the kali practitioner’s...

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Order and Structure in PTK

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

Originally posted on January 17th, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Revisiting the Basics

For the past several classes, I have been teaching and reviewing Four Walls and Umbrellas. I don't seem to ever tire of coming back to these two methods (not that I would ever tire of exploring and re-exploring any method or any part of the...

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The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: PTK as a System

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

Originally posted on January 16th, 2016 by Dustin B. Denson

Whole and Sum

Everything fits together.  What makes PTK a system is that all of the pieces fit together to make a whole that is greater than its sum.  Consequently, building background knowledge and activating prior knowledge is essential and...

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