Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Did Somebody say Stick Fighting?

The fire-burnt rattan stick is an instrument that has been a symbol to our culture and heritage, one that is commonly appreciated but widely misunderstood. It is easy to speak of a weapon-based system that catered to the archaic need for warfare, but what does it truly mean to grasp the arnis stick?

It is not unusual to hear that the blade or the stick is the extension of our arm, and it is also not unusual to ask why we train first with the extension in the first place. A simple analogy: a child uses training wheels when she learns to ride a bicycle, to get an easier grip of the dynamics of balance. We are such children enamoured with these training wheels, and we have grown up to be lovers of trikes. But why this attachment? The extension is actually a tool, adding distance, leverage and damage.

As mentioned before, the training stick is also a historical reflection of our nation’s ancient past time of tribal or clan wars, and the pragmatism that comes with it. Our ancestors would have been trained immediately for warfare, and would only sharpen his empty hand skills as he advances, or as he needs it. But in the short run, he need to be proficient with his blade to be useful to society.

Of course, it is implied that the extension is an impermanent tool for technique, as it also has its weaknesses, especially in the grounds of disarming, which leads to hand to hand (mano y mano) combat. It is, by all accounts, true that an arnisador who confines his technique to the stick does not fully understand the totality of his style.

But in fact, there are a few criticisms to this query. Some styles profess a stick-oriented or tournament-oriented approach. Of course these are specialized styles with their own pragmatic utility, but my previous query was about the older tribal or clan styles that have survived today, like Dekiti Tirsia Siradas. As such, there can be no doubt that the ascendants of these specialized styles have also well-rounded and complete formulations on technique that demonstrate my query.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Summer 2012

Here is a montage of the summer activities of DTS.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bacolod Blades

Negros Occidental is famous making some of the finest Filipino bladed weapon such as the Talibong and Kerambit which is a staple for DTS practitioners. Here is a short photo essay on Ilonggo blade making. If you are interested in purchasing, please email me at genfil@gmail.com.

The "Panday" or blacksmith prepares the  raw  blade

Apprentices attach the handle

Panday pose with his masterpiece

Close up of blades and handles

Almost finish product

Finished long blades

Collection of GM Nene Tortal
displayed in his home office

Friday, March 16, 2012

Self-defense Class by International Trainor in Los Baños

There is growing number crime in Los Baños particularly knife stabbing and citizens are looking for way in which they can protect themselves. In reponse, Upper Limits Gym in Los Baños offers summer classes on self-defense and anti-rape. Teaching the class is International Trainor and Martial Arts Expert, GM Jerson Tortal Jr. GM Jerson is the Grandmaster of the Dekiti Tirsia Siradas System, an Filipino indigenous fighting art with a  rich history of combat that span more than a hundred years and is taught to various military and law enforcement such the FBI, Spetnaz and SWAT just to name a few. In particular, GM Jerson specialty is self defense against knife and stick.
Summer classes will start this coming April. For more information please call / text 0939-720-6064 or 0916-427-2752. Also please visit our website at http://dekiti.tk

Thursday, March 15, 2012

DTS Joins Laguna Sports Program

Janfel Villahermosa accepts certificate
 in behalf of Grandmaster Tortal Jr.
A Dekiti Tirsia Siradas (DTS ) delegation lead by Grandmaster Jerson Tortal Jr. went to the Capitolyo of the province of Laguna, Philippines to be affiliated members of the Laguna Sports Development Council last Monday, March 12 2012.
Mr. Albert A Abarquez, Head of the the Provincial Sports and Games thru Arnis Coach Mr. Sherwin Calatin invited DTS to be part of the council as representative of the Arnis Sector.
GM Jerson Tortal Jr. and members of DTS gave a demonstration that trilled the audience. This impress Governor Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan and express his support the programs of Arnis and DTS.
Oath Taking of the Laguna
Sports Development Council
Also on that day members and the new officers were recognized and took oath before Governor Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan durning the PSGDO hosted flag raising ceremony.
The activity was part of the Gov ER Batang Laguna Program aim to produce world class athletes and to make Laguna become the country's next sport capital

Friday, March 9, 2012

DTS Trains ABS-CBN River Warriors

Grandmaster Jerson Tortal Jr. trains ABS-CBN' river warriors in the their family martial arts "Dekiti Tirsia Siradas" to fight the enemies of ecology particular freshwater rivers.

For more info, click on the link below.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New DTS Training Center

Facade of Building

Upper Limits Gym is now the newest training center for Dekiti Tirsia Siradas. It is located at3rd Flr, Aqua ALTRIA Bldg (Near Nagcarlan Bank) 1068 Brgy. Antonio National Highway, Los Baños, Laguna. Grandmaster Jerson Tortal Jr. is teaching the full DTS Course in stick, knife and self-defense course. You can Call/Text Cora 049-536-2758, 09487536367 or GM Jerson 09164272752. 

Inside the Gym
DTS Class for the Youth

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New DTS DVD is out!

Dekiti Tirsia Siradas DVD is now out. Grandmaster Jerson Tortal Jr. teaches their legendary family art in this exclusive DVD. This was filmed in Los Baños and produced by Imagin Art. In the Philippines, can email me at genfil@gmail.com for your order. For our international friends,  you can place your order here. Available in English and French.

Friday, January 7, 2011

DTS Grandmaster featured in TV Patrol

Grandmaster Jerson "Nene" Tortal was featured in the  Philippine local tv news. The report was broadcast in Illongo, the native dialect of GM Tortal.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year Special: Hot Filipina Fire Dancers

In celebration of the New Year, we kick off 2011 with a video of awesome Filipina Fire Dancers. I got this footage when I attend the New Year Party of TRACE College
Although not strictly FMA, these ladies show some awesome sinawali like skills.with their fire manipulation skill. And they are just as awesome to watch...enjoy.. Click here to watch the video.