Friday, September 19, 2008

Seeing is Believing

At a recent class, we were working on Pekiti-Tirsia's "3d Hand" principle against multiple knife thrusts. The usual plan is to render the opponent blind, or otherwise knock him senseless and then range-out in an explosive manner to "welcome" the next opponent. For this particular class however, I decided to show how kuncian (locking) from Silat Kuntau Tekpi could be applied against a knife attack. After waylaying the knife, instead of ranging-out you immobilize, then lock him down from his core. Some of the newer students were seeing (and feeling) Silat Kuntau Tekpi for the first time.

The next day, one of the students sent me the following note:


After bugging you for awhile to demonstrate Silat Kuntau Tepki to me, now that I have seen it, I am almost sorry I asked. I can only describe this martial art in one word, cruel.

I have been exposed to joint locks, but it appeared that almost every technique you demonstrated worked on destroying the entire body rather than focusing on a single point.

The interesting thing about this was the simplicity of getting the opponent - actually victim - into the positions you want them in. Unlike some of the grappling arts I have seen, most of these moves happened without any setup, you just went directly into them.

After seeing this I must say that I would rather be beaten with a stick or cut up with a knife than face a Tepki practitioner and have my body broken in this ferociously painful manner.

With all of this being stated, I will say that everything I was shown was brutally effective. If a person wanted to end a fight immediately in such a way as to make even the onlookers wince in pain, then this is the art to use.

Just my thoughts on what I witnessed.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Take note

It’s Thursday night. You put on your black BDU/cammo pants, or maybe some sweats. You run downstairs to that pile of clothes near the washing machine - surely there has to be one Pekiti-Tirsia t-shirt in that pile that doesn’t still reek from a previous training session. Ah - this one isn’t so bad! Now, step into those comfortable training shoes and you’re ready to proceed...

You give your gear bag a quick once-over: sticks (check); training knives (check); folding knives (check); balisong (check); tekpis (check); long staff (check); bolo (check); gloves (check); eye protection (check); mouthguard (check); bottle of water (check); notebook (check); money to pay dues (check); money for going out after class (check); You make a mental note to wash your mouthguard tonight...

Ignoring the nagging feeling that you forgot something, you hurl your gear bag in the backseat and take off like a bat-out-of-hell for class. You want to get there on time, because you know what happens to people that arrive after warm-ups have started. Your mind is racing...’what will we do in class tonight?’ Will it be knife-tapping? Footwork? Maybe those double-stick drills we’ve been doing all summer? Or perhaps tonight’s class is going to be one of those ‘burn sessions’ that push your endurance to the edge. Good thing you didn’t eat before training. You silently hope that one of the instructors will finally teach you that hand combination you got creamed with last week.

Great! You pull up to the training hall with 15 minutes to spare. Why is it so easy to find a place to park tonight? You sprint toward the door, wondering who is already there warming up. Why isn’t the back light on? Something’s not right...With a sense of urgency you try the door - only to find that it’s locked! What? Hello? It is’s 7pm...did they cancel class? Did I miss a call?

No. You just forgot that starting this week we will training at the Philippine American Community Center in Southfield on Thursday nights! Class is 7:30-9pm. See you there...