After receiving permission from Tuhon Apolo and the iKali Community we have just become an authorised study group under iKALI. iKALI was founded by Tuhon Apolo Ladra and it’s foundation lies in PTK (Pekiti Tirsia kali).
Tuhon Apolo Ladra
Apolo Ladra, a native of the Philippines and Master (“Tuhon”) of the indigenous art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, holds to the mantra “Learn to teach, teach to learn.” What have more than 40 years of training taught him? Here are some distillations.
Tuhon Apolo Ladra was born in Batangas, Philippines, and came to the United States at age five. He holds an ATA 6th-degree black belt, 7th-degree WTF black belt, and the rank of Master at the Ernie Reyes’s West Coast Tae Kwon Do Association. A student of Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr., heir and guardian to the Pekiti Tirsia style of Kali, Ladra’s Kali-4-Kids, KaliCombat, and KaliFitness curricula are used by tens of thousands of students worldwide. When Tuhon Apolo entered his twenties he felt a strong pull toward the Philippines, specifically his homeland’s heritage in the martial arts. Developed and passed down through families for so many hundreds of years, there are literally thousands of sub-disciplines of Filipino martial arts, from ancient weapon-based styles from remote areas in the south to the urban skirmish arts of self-preservation in Arnis and Eskrima.
He felt a need to learn and to teach from the deep well of Filipino martial arts, specifically Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Tuhon Apolo has have been fortunate enough to train directly under the tutelage and watchful eye of Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr. For more than twenty years.
Is a highly effective close-quarters fighting art indigenous to the Visayan region of the Philippines. Based on tactics and strategies derived from edged weapons, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is a complete system incorporating both weapons and empty hands methods. Designed for both single and multiple attackers, Pekiti-Tirsia is an ancient art that has evolved to stay relevant for modern combat and self-defense scenarios.
Who is iKALI?
iKALI is a premier online community for practitioners, instructors, and martial arts schools teaching the Indigenous Art of KALI leveraging the key principle of, “Learn To Teach, Teach To Learn”. It’s a place where you can learn how to develop your skills as a solo practitioner, complement your existing program, connect with other iKALI students and instructors, and get the lessons, feedback, community and tools you need to support your program. With thousands of customers in multiple countries around the globe, we’ve become one of the world’s most trusted voices sharing what works to spread the Indigenous Art of the Philippines.