THE PEKITI-TIRSIA PITBULLS BROTHERHOOD - "THE TRI-V of POWER"
"The TRI-V of Power" PTK brotherhood is a close-knit family of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali practitioners who all share a common passion - their love for the Filipino Art of Kali and the Filipino Culture that created it. I would like to dedicate this part of the website to my extended Pekiti-family - my seniors in the Art, for whom without without their support, friendship and love I would not be where I am today in the Art...love and respect always brothers.
Guro Douglas Marcaida, or 'Kuya Doug' as he is more affectionately known, is the one whom I consider my 'Big Brother' in the Art of Pekiti Tirsia. We first met some years ago, during the 1st Masters of Kali Joint Seminar in Toronto, Canada - which featured the united talents of Grand Tuhon Gaje (Pekiti Tirsia Kali) and Guro Jun De Leon (Kali De Leon System). I am not alone when I say that I consider Kuya Doug to be one of the most well-rounded, well-versed and practiced, and highly skilled practitioners, instructors and fighters I have ever had the privilage of knowing and learning from. Kuya Doug is one of the most fiercely driven Kali-men I have ever met, and I freely admit that his attitude and intellect in the areas of training and combat have heavily influenced my own learning, training and application in the Art of KALI. Kuya Doug is an extremely dynamic personality, incredibly warm and welcoming, and always willing to share any new innovations, methods, techniques that he has discovered in his own training with others who share in his passion for learning all there is to know about the Filipino Fighting Arts. Guro Douglas also leads one of the finest groups of Pekiti Tirsia Kali practitioners in the Rochester, New York PTK Pitbulls - whom we in Saskatchewan consider our extended famly in New York. Along with being skilled in the art of Pekiti-Tirsia under the instruction of Grand Tuhon Gaje, Kuya Douglas is also well-versed in other arts, among them the Indonesian/Malaysian Art of Silat. Guro Doug has studied under some of the finest instructors in the Southeast Asian Martial Arts - among them Guro Omar Hakim, William McGrath, and Guro Jun De Leon. I will always consider Kuya Doug as the standard to which I will try to uphold in terms of my own learning and progress in the Art of Kali, and I know that the Saskatchewan Clan also continue to look to him as a constant source of guidance and inspiration as they follow their respective path in the Art.
Guro Jeff Davidson, or 'Ka Jeff' as he is more affectionately known, is one of the most talented, skilled, and intelligent Pekiti-Tirsia practitioners and instructors it has ever been my pleasure to know. More importantly however, he is someone whom I consider to be among my closest friends and brothers - not just in the martial arts, but also in life. Our bonds of friendship and family are forever intertwined with Ka Jeff and his students - the Detroit MAPHILINDO's, thanks to our first meeting in Rochester, New York some years ago (again a special thanks to Kuya Douglas Marcaida for arranging our first face to face meeting). Upon first being introduced to each other it was as though we were brothers that had been reunited after so many long years apart - and that is the TRUTH. Our friendship was immediate and we both instantly knew we were kindred spirits. Ka Jeff not only possesses the unparalleled skills of a true fighter, but perhaps more importantly, he possesses the heart of a healer and is one of the most spiritual men I have ever been blessed to call a friend. His dedication to the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of the Art are similar to those of the Holy Men I have met during my time and travels in the Philippines, and he remains steadfast and strong in his dedication to refining his skills in these areas, under the guidance of Grand Tuhon Gaje, as well as his other instructors in the Arts, from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Africa. The privilage of having Ka Jeff as my brother in the Arts (as well as life) along with the Detroit Maphilindo's as our extended family is one of those rare gifts that one can only hope to experience during a lifetime of training in the Arts, and I say with all my heart, on behalf of myself, my father Leon Saludo Sr. (aka 'Tito Jun'), and the Sask. PTK family - that we remain forever indebted to Ka Jeff and the Detroit family for their heartfelt kindness, unfathomable generosity and above all else - their extended hands of brotherhood / sisterhood and FAMILY.
Maginoo Mandala Rommel Tortal, or 'Kuya Mel' as he is more affectionately known, is the nephew of Supreme Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, as well as one of the most talented, technically skilled and knowledgeable Pekiti-Tirsia Instructors and Fighters it has ever been our pleasure to meet and learn from. The Saskatchewan PTK Pitbulls consider the time they spent training with Kuya Mel in the Philippines as one of the highlights of our many martial art experiences. He is without a doubt, one of the BEST teachers we have ever learned from, blessed with a keen technical mind and unending patience, with a talent for explaining the most complicated concepts at their most simplest, Kuya Mel is one of the best teachers, not just of Kali, but of martial arts in general, that I personally have ever had the pleasure to witness. The skill, grace, precision and accuracy with which kuya Mel executes his techniques, as well as his teaching methodology, are a template for all who are looking to take their own personal training to the NEXT LEVEL in terms of their understanding and application of the Art. There are great fighters and there are great instructors, but rarely does one find both residing within the same individual. Kuya Mel is one of those very rare individuals. Maginoo Mandala Rommel Tortal remains amongst one of the finest Pekiti Tirsia Instructors that Grand Tuhon Gaje has ever produced and that is high praise indeed. Kuya Mel, along with his Pekiti Tirsia group based in the Philippines (among them Jay Bataclan and Jasper De Ocampo) have combined their respective talents and skills to train the Military and Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. in the skills of Pekiti Tirsia Kali and we all collectively salute their efforts in doing so, as they do their part to try and insure freedom and democracy in somewhat troubled times.