At the GAMMA facility, there are regular kali group classes of 90 minutes that are taught by high level instructors, including Tuhon Philip “Sled Dog” Gelinas himself. The classes follow the usual format of warm-up phase, footwork followed by drills from the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Doce Methodos with various ranges and set-up (from close quarter to long range, single stick, single knife, stick and knife, etc). The content of the classes can vary depending of the overall level of the group.
The end of the classes is usually reserved for sparring for whoever wishes to test and apply their techniques in a less restricted setting. Expect those sparring sessions to increase when an event such as a Dog Brother Gathering is looming around the corner!
Students are expected to wear comfortable sport clothes and to use rattan sticks (which are also available on the onsite shop). Aluminum training blades (blunt and non pointy blades and knives) can also be used during those training periods. However, in a sparring session, the use of protective gear such as fencing helmet and padded gloves is mandatory.
Come discover and study the world renowned style of Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Experiment, test your techniques and find your approach and strategy in a friendly, constructive and controlled environment. Confront and fight the heavy pressure in a stressful sparring round. Develop a good camaraderie with your peers and learn from your local training partners as well as meet other groups!
You could learn all the best swimming techniques in the world but it would be for nothing if you do not go in the water! Woof!