Group Legacy 

PTKCOP was formed in 2013 under the blessing and supervision of Tuhon Rommel Tortal. Angola Tafari has been a practitioner of Pekiti Tirsia Kali since early 2005 and studied with First Generation student Tuhon Akmeed Boouraca, in the Doce Methodos System of PTK. Angola met Tuhon Rommel at a 2013, and Tuhon Rommel encouraged Angola to begin a study group with the expectation he would learn the Tri-V System. Angola's wife, Jenna, Ricky Mel and Kingyatta Richardson began to train, forming the core of the group. PTKCOP were fortunate to meet various Tuhons, Mandalas, Group Instructors, and practitioners who all provided great support and contribution to growth over the years. Angola met Tuhon Jared Wihongi in 2014 and also became affiliated with his Pekiti-Tirsia Tactical Association (PTTA). 

In August and November of 2015, PTKCOP hosted the GrandTuhon Leo Gaje, Jr. It was a great honor to have the Grandmaster of the Pekiti Tirsia Kali System share his wisdom in Philadelphia and with the group. He presence for those months became a memorable experience for the group and instructors. 

In 2016, Angola and Jenna traveled to the Philippines where they received the new group name, PAGSIBOL DABA-DABA, direct from Tuhon Rommel Tortal and Tuhon Baldwin "Nonoy" Garrucho. 


Pekiti Tirsia Kali is an indigenous, highly effective, close quarters, in-fighting system of combat from Negros Occidental in the Philippines. Pekiti Tirsia is a complete system that incorporates both weapons and empty hands methods designed for both single and multiple attackers. It is a primarily Blade Culture, deriving it's tactics and strategies from edged weapon encounters. It incorporates however all manner of weapon from stick, sword, blade, spear, staff, firearms, and empty hand. It was brought to the U.S. in 1972 by Grand Tuhon Leo Tortal Gaje Jr., the grandson of Conrado Tortal and heir to the Pekiti Tirsia System. Since then, Pekiti Tirsia Kali has expanded worldwide. The system is currently propogated by the Grandtuhon's nephew, Tuhon Rommel Tortal. PTK is currently taught to the US Marines, US law-enforcement nationwide, Filipino Force Recon Marines, and various security, law enforcement, and military agencies internationally. 

Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is combat oriented, not for tournament or sports. It is based on geometric physics and science, the study of anatomy and the human body, and an analysis of behavior, emotions, and sensitivity to intent. It is grounded in philosophy, logic, and reason. The philosophy is "We believe in Life, We believe in Health, We believe in Success." So our combat principles are grounded in a love for life, health, success for ourselves, family, and neighbors. Character development is as relevant as skill development, and they system will not be taught to those who demonstrate poor character and disregard for his or her neighbor. All of this rooted in the culture of the Philippines. Understanding and respecting Filipino culture and history, it's diversity and it's unity, the language, as well as the ancient indigenous way.   

PTK-COP Pagsibol Daba-Daba follows this respect for the ancient, indigenous way of the Filipino culture and people. Combat-oriented, we bring an urban perspective and edge to our training. We know how the city life can present many dangers for women, men, and families. Our Pekiti-Tirsia Kali follows the traditional authentic way. Yet also explores the many reality and possibilities the concrete jungle can bring. From surprise, street attacks, to home invasions. We have heavy emphasis on dynamic, explosive footwork, and dynamic, aggressive counter attacks. 


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