Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Training Guideline
Progression of Exercises
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:
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.