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.