The Blackbird Training Group uses the fighting system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali as the foundation of its training regimen.
Pekiti Tirsia Kali is a traditional family system of Filipino martial arts that traces its existence back to a time and place when the carry and use of the bladed weapon was common and required among most men. It is primarily a technology of combat fighting with the blade, but also includes flexible and impact weapons, empty hands, and firearms in its curriculum. The system originates from the provinces of Panay and Negros Occidental in the Philippines where it was formulated and perfected by the Tortal family. The system has been popularized worldwide by the head of the system, Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje.
Defense against an opponent skilled in the use of edged weapons demands technical excellence, and as a result training in Pekiti begins with edged weapons on day one. Beginners in Pekiti Tirsia Kali focus on three main categories; bladed weapons, impact weapons, and empty hands. Training consists of solo and partner drills that build speed, power, timing, fluidity, and tactile sensitivity. Practical application and effective use of these techniques is tested through regular sparring