Jamie Yancovitz is a scholar, educator, and leader of warrior womxn. An Ilongga from the Bronx and instructor of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Jamie started Survival Arts Academy in Bacolod City, Philippines to help protect women and girls from violence and sexual assault.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught at universities and communities throughout the Philippines, New York, and Southern California. As an organizer, her experience spans from working with Cambodian refugees in Wisconsin to teaching in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
In 2018, she introduced the Survival Arts program to Los Angeles and Southern California’s indigenous women’s communities, training over 300 students in one year. Weaving the wisdom of her ancestors with a pedagogical praxis, her work is rooted in the belief that all women should have the knowledge to protect themselves and their families. Survival Arts works to create a safer world for all girls. survivalarts.org
Darcey De Los Reyes
Darcey De Los Reyes is a professional photographer and videographer born in Subic Bay, Philippines and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
As a freelancer with over 10 years of experience in fashion and portrait photography, DELOSPHOTO has created a name for himself as a shooter. Having shot the rising models of the fashion industry, Darcey has also worked with all the top tier clients, from modeling agencies to multinational brands.
As a Pekiti Tirsia Kali student, Darcey trained under Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. and the Ladra Brothers, Tuhon Bobby Ladra and Tuhon Apolo Ladra. As a practitioner, he believes in protecting the art and creating space for Pilipinx to connect to their own culture saying, “The purpose of the art is to protect the family. We should be teaching more women.” Currently based in Los Angeles, Darcey contributes his time and work into photography and videography for Survival Arts, while also serving as the official PTK photographer of Grand Tuhon. His work can be found on delosphoto.com and @delosphoto
Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr.
As the supreme grandmaster and guardian of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. is a 3-time Hall of Fame awardee, and Weapons Master Instructor across the globe. He has been featured on magazine covers since the 1980, most recently on the cover of Black Belt Magazine, recognized as Man of the Year 2018. Now in 2019, Grand Tuhon will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Martial Arts Supershow.
Grand Tuhon brought Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) to the United States in 1972, and has since then shared his family art with more than 25 countries around the world. His contribution to Close Quarters Combat and Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) community is unsurpassable, making him one of the greatest living legends of our time. PTK is so effective with the use of weaponry and blade technology, that it is sought after by military & law enforcement groups internationally, serving as the only official Filipino fighting system of the Philippines military, U.S. Special Forces, Indian Special Forces, and Austrian Special Forces.
Based in the Philippines, Grand Tuhon continues to teach all around the world, preserving the PTK technology, and protecting this indigenous Filipino fighting art that has survived the test of time, from ancient warfare to modern weaponry.
For inquiries about private bookings and events with Grand Tuhon, contact us.
Jade T. Gaje
Jade T. Gaje started training Pekiti Tirsia Kali at the age of 4 years old under her father and master, Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. and was initiated into the system at the age of 9 years old. One would expect the daughter of a legendary martial artist to go a different way with her knife skills, but Jade Gaje found her calling in cuisine while managing Silver Lake’s Gingergrass Restaurant and the famed Urth Café in downtown Los Angeles. She went on to enroll at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, and upon graduation in 2010, set about making her mark in the world of culinary arts as The Jade Chef.
Recently returned to Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Jade was fortified as the daughter and one of the rightful heirs to the system. As a mother of two warrior daughters, the most important thing is to protect the family.
Jade’s mission is to protect the PTK bloodline and secure the legacy of our sacred family system forever.