And last week, as I was invited to witness more than 2000 police trainees celebrate their annual Sportfest at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna, I also get a broader knowledge of the Filipino Martial Arts that they call Pekiti-Tirsia Lakan Kali.
As Grandtuhon Gaje says, "Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is the Art of Modern times in the living past!" In Pekiti-Tirsia Kali updated (martial) arts technology merges with lived tradition! The practical use and counter offence against impact and edged weapons has always been and still is the focus of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali training. That's why Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is today as up-to-date as it was 50, 100 or 300 years before.
Aside from the demonstration showed to us by the police trainees, trainers also demonstrated to the 5 main weapon categories that includes the human body - Solo - Single stick, sword or spear, Doble - Double stick or sword, Espada y Daga - Sword and Dagger, Daga y Daga - Knife to Knife and Mano y Mano - Hand to Hand.
This just made more proud as a Filipino. And I think, for something like this, it is just rightful to get everyone's attention to help this spread out and let everyone be taught of this technique to protect themselves from all the danger in our environment.