History

Survival Arts Grand Tuhon
 
 

Protecting the family since 1897.

Academy of Survival Arts was established in Bacolod City, Philippines to empower women and girls against all forms of violence. 

Now located in Los Angeles, California, Survival Arts teaches across the globe, sharing the knowledge necessary for survival in today's ever-increasingly violent world. Our knowledge is rooted in the indigenous Filipino blade culture called Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) is a sacred family system of Filipino fighting arts. Originating from Bacolod City in the Visayas region of the Philippines, this blade culture has protected the family since 1897. 

The Guardian of the system is Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr., a 3-time Hall of Fame awardee and Weapons Master Instructor. Grand Tuhon brought the Pekiti Tirsia Kali system from the Philippines to the Unites States in the 1970s. Teaching all throughout the world since then, the system now spans over 25 countries, especially within military and law enforcement groups in India, Asia, and Europe. Grand Tuhon’s contribution to the Filipino fighting arts and Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) community is unsurpassable, making him one of the greatest living legends of our time, and making Pekiti Tirsia Kali internationally-renowned for survival strategy and tactics.

Academy of Survival Arts leads the first PTK Women's group, teaching and training internationally. In 2018, Survival Arts created a Training Program for schools and communities to combat violence against women. Join the movement to make sure that all women and girls have the knowledge needed to protect themselves, and survive. 

Survival Arts is living history, herstory, our story.

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