Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Training Guideline

Progression of Exercises

Counter against a Jab-Cross-Combination In the Pekiti-Tirsia Europe organization Kali is taught systematically: In a logical order the student learns first the important then the less important, progressing from the simple to the more complex. Thus every Kali-student can grow into the system and understand the practical use of the exercises from the very beginning.

The Kali Training Guideline is divided in Basic Level, Intermediate Level and Advanced Level with 10 grades altogether:

Basic Level "Foundation"

In the basic level a compact and easy-to-apply system for self-defence is trained, which in it's final stage becomes part of a "conflict-management system" that develops naturally from a complete understanding of fighting and self-defense.

This basic level contains reality-tested methods for counter offense (defense) against empty hands and weapon attacks. For those who are used to the Japanese Ranking scheme: Completing this level can be compared to acquiring a black belt (1.Dan) of the Japanese graduation method. But in Pekiti-Tirsia Kali there are no belts or sashes.

Intermediate Level "Technician"

Based on the knowledge and training of the basic level, the strategies and techniques of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali are further developed. This level can be compared to an "University" of Kali. A lot of emphasis is given to technical variety. Also in this level particular attention is given to training by use of flow-drills.

Advanced Level

The techniques are further developed while doing so, the knowledge of the variety enables the adaptation of methods and tactics to the individual needs of the fighter. This allows the fighter to adapt better to the always changing situations in reality.


The Fighter League is a continuation of the Training Guideline for all those who want to test their Courage and Fighting Skills with reduced protection. The fighter-level determines the kind of protection gear and rules used. In Europe fights are done until only head protection (no glove, no body protection) is used. In the highest level of the Fighter-League, fighting without any protection can be done in the Philippines, following the Total Submission Policy of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.

This European grading scheme translates into the Traditional Kali Ranking System of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, which is used by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje and by Pekiti-Tirsia Europe. The first rank of the Traditional Kali Ranking System, Manunudlo "Advanced Instructor", corresponds to the first rank of the advanced level but it is not automatically achieved. It can only be granted by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr. - the highest authority of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.

Gradings in the Pekiti-Tirsia Europe Organization

If you practice Kali in the Pekiti-Tirsia Europe Organization it is your individual decision if you want to do gradings and receive a rank or not. If you decide to undertake gradings, you can benefit in that grading offers orientation and training for grading enforces a systematic training. If desired, the candidate can receive a detailed report about his performance in the graduation. Thus he knows about his specific strengths and he can improve on his deficits.

If a student wants to become a certified Kali-Instructor (for Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Level), he must acquire the graduations of this level plus the according Trainers Certificate.

In special cases the student can qualify to become a part of the Instructor Candidate Program of the Pekiti-Tirsia Europe Organization. This program is designed to help especially interested and gifted students to intensify and focus their training. More info on the Instructor Candidate Program you'll find here: Instructor Candidate Program

What is examined during a graduation

Because grading in the Pekiti-Tirsia Europe is voluntary we are able to ensure a high standard. To achieve a rank you have to train hard and diligent. According to the desired grade, the student must be able to fight intelligently by use of effective techniques. He must be able to judge situations accurately and to exercise courage with reason and not by emotion. In short he needs to be able to apply theory and practice of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali in combat and in the exercise of the methodology for peace and harmony.

Examinations will test for:

  • Body coordination and technical ability
  • Theoretical knowledge, understanding and Kali culture
  • Ability to apply techniques in combat / practical self-defense
  • Training attitude and physical fitness

Trainers additionally need to show extraordinary ability in the art of teaching accurate techniques, that are classified to be useful and effective for the student. So students will know and understand and in turn become effective fighters and trainers / instructors. Also trainers need to show extraordinary ability in preserving the system, its purity, genuineness and traditional practices without mixture and impurities.


How to achieve a graduation

In order to avoid that knowledge and abilities only exists at the day of examination, grades are given after two examinations:

First Examination: If the candidate reaches at least 85% of the maximum available points, he receives the ranking with a time-limit of 9 months.

Second Examination: To achieve the ranking without time limit the graduation has to be repeated in a time period from 6 to 9 months after the First Examination. If this second examination is passed with at least 90% of the available points, the graduation is given without time limit. But if a severe lack of ability or knowledge is detected in one of the preceding grades, the person is asked to work on this. If sufficient competence is not demonstrated within 3 months, the person is downgraded one rank This ensures that Rankings from the Pekiti-Tirsia Europe reflect actual skill.

Advancement in the Fighter-League: The fighter-grades are received through actual fights. When in the advanced level one can apply for admission to the fighter-league. The examination consists of fights between the new applicants and fights between applicants and fighters of the fighter-level. The fighter-level determines the kind of protection gear and rules used. The fighters of the according level decide in secret vote if the candidate is accepted. Also expulsion out of a fighter-level is decided in secret vote.


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