Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr (Right) With Mandala Allen J. Sachetti (Left)
Pekiti-Tirsia is a Malay Art from the Island of the Negros Occidential in the Philippines. Proven over centuries of actual warfare against the Chi-nese, Spainish, Americans and Japanese in WW2 it continues to be used by Elite Military Units around the world.
Developed by the Tortal family of Negros it was first brought to the U.S. in the 1970’s by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. where among his many ac-complishments he was a major contributer to the Police Training Film called “Surviving Edged Weapons”.
Grand Tuhon Gaje returned to the Philippines in the early 90’s where he met Allen J. Sachetti in 1991 and took him on as an apprentice. Man-dala Sachetti lived in the Philippines until 1995 where he moved to Delaware. Frequently travel-ing back and forth to the Philippines Mandala Sachetti and Grand Tuhon Gaje continue their close friendship to this day.
Pekiti-Tirsia Training Options
Empty Hands Called Dumpag
Imagine Movement Good Enough To Beat A Seasoned Boxer. A Base Good Enough To Stop A World Class Wrestler And A Ground Game That Literally Destroys Even The Best BJJ Practi-cioners. That Is Dumpag.
Unique Whipping Strikes That Deliver The Most Power To The Weakest Areas Of The Human Body Practiced Against Both Single & Multiple Attackers
A Different Kind Of Grappling That Destroys Even Solid Wresters By Executing Unique Mus-cle/Tendon & Limb Destructions With Effective Counters Into Compression Strikes & Finishers.
Dumpag Is Not For Sport, It Is A True Battefield Art That Is Taught To US Special Forces And Other Elite Military Units Around The World.
Taught To More Military And
Special Forces Than Any Other Art
Navy Seals, Green Berets, Austrian Cobra Commandos, Indian Black Cat Commandos, Philippine Force Recon Marines, Philippine Scout Rangers, PNP And More
Seen above Mandala Sachetti is with the Filipino Force Recon Marines at Fort Bonifacio in Metro Manila where he was teaching them Pekiti-Tirsia Edged Weapons and Dumpag.
Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. &
Mandala Maginoo Allen J. Sachetti
Seen to the left with Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. (on right) Mandala Allen J. Sachetti (on left) was promoted by Grand Tuhon because of his Dedication to the practice of the complete Pekiti-Tirsia System for Performance.
Mandala Sachetti pursues an uncompromising course of technical excellence, physical & mental condiitioning for the instinctual, practi-cal application of Pekiti-Tirsia against real threats.
This dedication is what has led him to create the Pekiti-Tirsia Warrior’s Corp for the true preservation of this way of life.
The Pekiti-Tirsia Warrior’s Corp
Practicing Pekiti-Tirsia For Peformance
The Pekiti-Tirsia Warrior’s Corp led by Mandala Allen J. Sachetti is not just a group of martial artists. We are a dedicated Unit of sincere Christian men and women who Believe in the Scripture:
“Blessed be the Lord my Rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle”
– Psalm 144
Scripturally we know that Christians are NOT excluded from defending themselves and in fact we are told in the face of threats to:
“Fear Not”- Isaiah 41:10
So we do not practice Pekiti-Tirsia to just mem-orize forms or look pretty in a technical spar-ring demo. No, we practice it for the FIGHT!!
For when the Fight comes all you have are your Instincts at the moment of the attack and your reactions at that moment must be right. Your technique must be excellent and your condi-tioning must be superb.
If training in these things are of interest to you for the protection of your life and the lives of your family members, then come learn with Mandala Sachetti.
Working with the Short Sword you will develop a far greater dexterity, speed and reaction time than start-ing with Empty Hands alone.
These unique drills develop your muscles and ten-dons at a “Repetative Velocity” where they are con-stantly reaching extremes to then retract to extend out again.This creates what we call Elastic Power
You will also gain a Fluid Movement in both your Body Core & Footowrk with an increased sense of Range and Timing.
This will make it very hard not only for armed attack-ers to slash or thrust you but also for empty handed attackers to strike, grab, clinch or shoot on you from all levels while you in turn can attack with Speed, Timing, Precision, Accuracy & Power.
Real Life Knife
Talk to anyone who has been stabbed or slashed and they will ALL tell you the same thing: “I never saw the knife??” DO NOT BE THAT GUY!! You must be ready BEFORE you face someone with a knife.
Once the blade is drawn and coming at you, it is like nothing else!! Don’t be like those idiots that say “Oh I’ll just use my gun”, Yeah?
Do you carry it ALL the time? Do you practice to draw and fire it against someone GOOD who is coming at you FULL SPEED with a knife?
What you need are Proper, Effective Blade Techniques that you can do instinctively with your Empty Hands as well as with Weapons.
These Instincts alone are what will save your life. Because when the Blade is coming at you if you move wrong, YOU DIE. There are things you can do, but you must be taught properly and you must practice them.
The Complete Pekiti-Tirsia System
Taught With All Requirements For Authentic Ranking
Lakan Guro 1-4
Mataas Na Guro 1-5
Hangkilan – Makilas 1-4
Mandala Mandatus 1-5
Mandala Manginoo 1-6
Mandala Tuhon 6-10
Having spent a large portion of my adult life training directly under Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje and having lived in the Philippines and spoken to relatives and direct witnesses of Conrado Tortal I can write with a degree of un-derstanding about Pekiti-Tirsia.
In the early 70’s and 80’s Grand Tuhon Gaje brought Pekiti-Tirsia to the US where he taught first what was called 64 Attacks. Later he expanded to teach the 12 Methods or Doce Methodos of Pekiti-Tirsia which is a collection of 12 different bodies of material that start first with preset repititions and then expand later into variations. The purpose of the 12 Methods or Doce Methodos is for the construction of different tools that one can use in the fight. From Grand Tuhon’s own lips: “The Doce Methodos is the construction of the Hammer and Nails, but it does NOT really teach you how to build the house”
Now I am in no way attempting to say any thing negative about the Doce Methodos as it is part of Pekiti-Tirsia and I have used it myself in fights. It just becomes obvious to anyone who practices the Doce Methodos that each part, of any element in it works for a specific “preset” attack or counter. You are practicing repetitions of “fixed” attacks and counters that always occur at the same range and timing. For example I love “Break In – Break Out” and it develops certain skills for certain attacks, but it only works if I get that specific attack launched at me in the range that the preset drill has trained me to react in. A good tool for sure, but I must be confronted by that attack at that range in order to use that tool. What if your opponent does not use that attack, mixes it with other attacks, fakes or diverts?
That is why Grand Tuhon brought to us what his Grandfather called the “Tatlong Palapag” or Tri V which again in Grand Tuhon’s own words is: “more on building the house”, or for this analogy “making the fight”. The Tri V takes now all of the Footwork, Body Mehcanics, Attacks, Counters and Recounters you have learned and goes far beyond now into much more of a live action free flow. Here the student develops the Instincts, Movement, Range & Timing he needs to fire the weapons from “Multiple Loads” as he reacts and changes to a variety of different attacks in different situations. At the end of the day it is all about you gaining the ability to “React The Right Way” against whatever Attack, Fake, Pattern, Diversion, Counter or Recounter you experience with the most effective “Non Counterable” response.
With the Tri V you will engage in more free flowing, random drills from the Long, Mid and Close Ranges as well as from different Depth (Standing, Kneeling, Sitting and Laying confrontations). Here the more advanced tech-niques really begin to grow as you experience greater variations of Attacks, Counters and Recounters. You will start to think less and become more “triggered” by the action of the attacker. This helps immeasurably before you spar and more so after you are sparring to improve any areas you have holes in.
Beyond the Tri V as we continue in Pekiti-Tirsia we then get to experience the Qol Demamma (Advanced Double Knife), Capsula Methodica (Capsule Method), Lima-Lima (Principles Of 5), Contra Tirsia Doble Doz (Weapon & No Weapon Contact) and Pekadum Trigo (Blade Geometrics) which are even moe advanced areas of study in Pekiti-Tirsia – Mandala Allen J. Sachetti