Kali (aka: Filipino Martial Arts, Escrima or Arnis) – is a weapon art primarily concerned with close quarters combat. It is taught to and utilized internationally by elite military forces for its practicality in self defense and combat. Developed for facing multiple attackers, as well as single opponent confrontations, the training teaches environmental awareness to students. They will enhance their coordination, range, and timing by using empty hands, as well as long and short rattan sticks to replace swords, knives, and spears. In addition, everyday objects become effective means of self-defense in the hands of a practitioner.
The Pekiti-Tirsia system of kali (PTK) is primarily concerned with close quarters combat and employs the traditional full-length stick, typically 30 inches in length or more. The system originates from the provinces of Panay and Negros Occidental and was created by the Tortal clan. The family patriarch and Grandmaster of Pekiti-Tirsia, Grand Tuhon Conrado B. Tortal, passed the system to his only grandson Grand Tuhon Leo Tortal Gaje, Jr.
Vitalic Combat Arts is home to PTK Vermont, PTK Boston ‘Bone Crushers,’ and PTK Arkansas Makusog. Under Tuhon Rommel Tortal’s direct guidance, we carry on the Pekiti-Tirsia tradition of vigorous training, complete tactical awareness, and values of life, success, and good health.