Pekiti Tirsia Kali

Pekiti Tirsia Europe HQ brings interested people together in the idea and spirit of making friends and not enemies. A place where we share the practical way of self defense that is the indigenous filipino martial art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, as well as cultivate the positive awareness and the wisdom given to us by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje and Tuhon emeritus Uli Weidle.

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Leo T. Gaje

Grand Tuhon


Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr., the grandson and heir of the Great Grand Tuhon Conrado B. Tortal, is the present Keeper of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System.

Grand Tuhon Gaje pioneered the teaching of the Martial Art Kali on the east coast/USA and introduced real contact stickfighting across the United States. He is awardee of the Karate Hall of Fame (1988) - a special achievement, since Grand Tuhon Gaje is the only Non-Karate Awardee. Grand Tuhon Gaje is also an awardee of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame (1987). He is certified by the US Criminal Justice System Training Association and of the United States Police Defensive Tactics Training Association.

Grand Tuhon Gaje is internationally well known for his work as technical advisor (and his personal appearance) in the Police Training Video "Surviving Edged Weapons", which has been classified in reviews as "the finest law enforcement training video ever made".

Uli Weidle

Full Instructor
Tuhon Emeritus
Reutlingen, Germany

Uli Weidle is ranked Tuhon Emeritus in the Pekiti Tirsia system. In the year 1996 Uli Weidle has been assigned by Grand Tuhon Gaje to represent him and the Pekiti Tirsia system in Europe and to be the Managing Director of the Pekiti Tirsia Europe organisation.

Uli started the adventures of martial arts as a young child and practised various Martial Arts systems for over 40 years. The last 20 years he's been focusing on Pekiti Tirsia system, whereof the last 15 years he was travelling more then 25 times to Philippines studying the culture and training as a direct personal student of the Pekiti Tirsia heir and supreme grandmaster Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje. 
In the year 2011 Grand Tuhon Gaje awarded Uli with the Rank Tuhon in the Pekiti Tirsia system. This is the highest rank ever given outside the Philippines to a Pekiti Tirsia practitioner. Uli is the only Tuhon of Pekiti Tirsia in Europe.

Grand Tuhon Gaje provided opportunity for Tuhon Uli to exchange skill and experience with other weapon experts in the Philippines. In his journeys to the Philippines, Tuhon Uli Weidle has been active as a close quarter combat trainer for the prestigious Force Recon unit of the Filipino Marines, the Intelligence Group of the Philippine National Police and the Security Group of the President of the Philippines.

In Europe, Uli Weidle is the Training Consultant for Military Commando and Police SWAT / Task Forces from various countries. He is teaching Self-defence, Fitness & Hilot to civilians of all ages. He is also conducting Leadership Development and Conflict Solutions Training Program for the Upper Managements, Executives & the CEO's of International Companies.

On the occasion of his 50th birthday in March 2016, he changed to the state Tuhon Emeritus and handed over the responsibility and the leadership of the Pekiti Tirsia Europe to the next generation of Pekiti Tirsia instructors. At the request of the Pekti Tirsia Europe Council, Tuhon Uli is still as a trainer and consultant available.

Helmut Bauer

Maginoo Mandala 5th Hagdan
Bamberg, Germany

Next to my training in PTK, I am instructor for Ving Tsun, Qigong, and Taiji. I trained in Karate for some years, and I have a black belt in Aikido.
Pekiti-Tirsia-Kali is the essence out of all my experience brought together. There are three important basics in Pekiti-Tirsia for me:
Philosophy, Functionality, Family.

Thomas Müller

Osnabrück, Germany

I started martial arts with “Chi Sim Ving Tsun” in 1994 at Helmut Bauer in Bamberg.
I started to train in October 1995 in Würzburg/Germany at a seminar with Greg Alland who called his art “Sina-Tirsia-Wali” or “Kali”. He was one of the first students of Leo Tortal Gaje (Grand Tuhon of Pekiti-Tirsia) in the early 70’ in New York/USA. On this seminar I met Uli Weidle from Reutlingen also the first time. I kept on training at other seminars, in Helmut Bauer’s “TAO”-School in Bamberg and at other places until now.
At the start of my training I was just impressed by the powerful and dynamic movements of Kali. From the standpoint I came from I didn’t understand its logic in the techniques and teachings right away, but made me curious kept me thinking. After a while I also understood that Kali is even more than just self-defense techniques. It’s about going out in the world and belief in success. Especially in the modern world with its multimedia where extreme things are spread very fast and get the most attention it is valuable to behave during showing and training in a social accepted manner as I believe in goodness.
Martial arts is a well-loved hobby for me, professionally I work as an engineer in the automotive industry.

Petri Vaittinen

Mandala Mandatus 5th Hagdan
Tampere, Finland

A Sports massage therapist who likes hit with sticks. I also have qualifications on kettlebell lifting, functional training and as a personal trainer. I like PTK because it's very easy and very simple.

Urheiluhieroja joka tykkää tykkää lyödä kepillä, Omistan myös pätevyydet kahvakuulaohjaukseen, toiminnalliseen harjoitteluun ja personal trainerina toimimiseen. Tykkää PTKsta koska se on simppeli ja yksimkertainen systeemi.

Bernd Altenhöfer

Maginoo Mandala 5th Hagdan
Würzburg, Germany

Pekiti-Tirsia ist einfach, geradeaus, effektiv, anders und vor allem cool. Das waren die Gründe weswegen ich mit Pekiti-Tirsia begann. Im Laufe der Zeit fand ich heraus wie durchdacht und ausgeklügelt dieses „einfache“ System eigentlich ist und entdeckte Raffinessen, die man nicht nach ein paar Trainingseinheiten entdeckt. Dieses „Verstehen“ dauert noch heute an, und lässt mich immer neue Zusammenhänge erkennen.  Das ist einer der Gründe, was dieses System so interessant macht, und mich bis jetzt in seinem Bann hält. Was mich aber zu einem loyalen Tirsianer macht, ist die Philosophie, die Pekiti-Tirsia, und insbesondere die Pekiti-Tirsia Europe vermittelt. Ich glaube an das Leben, nicht an den Tod. Ich glaube an die Gesundheit und nicht an Krankheit. Ich glaube an den Erfolg und nicht an den Misserfolg.
Die Tatsache, dass ich in der Pekiti-Tirsia Europe, diese Philosophie auch permanent spüre, und dort Menschen kennenlernen durfte und nun zu meinen Freunden zählen darf, denen diese Grundsätze und deren Konsequenzen daraus genauso wichtig sind wie mir, lässt mich auch in Zukunft ein loyales Mitglied der Pekiti-Tirsia Europe sein.
Dieses Gedankengut versuche ich auch bei uns in Würzburg im Kali-Fighter e. V. zu verankern.
Seit seiner Gründung im Jahre 2002 findet man im Kali-Fighter e. V. ein authentisches und effektives Training der philippinischen Kampfkunst Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, und durch deren Philosophie ist unser Gym zu einer großen Familie herangewachsen und wurde somit ein Ort der Begegnung und der Freundschaft.

Weitere Qualifikationen:
QiGong Lehrer
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Fascial Fitness Trainer

Janne Muhonen

Agalon 4. Hagdan
Jyväskylä, Finland

My first contact with the martial arts was a one year Judo experience in 1985, when I was eleven years old. Since 1989, I practiced many different martial arts,
e.g. Aikido (2. dan) and B.I.F.F. Escrima (two systems which I also taught), furthermore HYR Bojutsu, Jujutsu, Iaido and Wudang Tai Chi.
From the year 2002 on, I mainly focused on Pekiti-Tirsia - the system where I felt that it combines the all elements, which I had been searching in my martial arts training.And with awesome people and great friendship!

Ensimmäinen kontakti kamppailulajeihin tapahtui vuonna 1985 yhden vuoden Judo kokemuksella, jolloin olin yksitoista vuotias. Tämän jälkeen harjoitellut useita erilaisia kamppailulajeja vuodesta 1989 lähtien kuten esim. Aikido (2. dan) aj B.I.F.F Escrima, systeemejä joita myös opetin. 
HYR Bojutsu, Jujutsu, Iaido ja Wudang Tai Chi.
Vuodesta 2002 lähtien lähinnä pääasiassa keskittynyt Pekiti-Tirsiaan. Systeemiin missä tunsin kaikkien elementtien yhdistyvän joita olin kamppailulajeja harjoitellessani etsinyt. Sekä mahtava porukka sen sisällä ja ystävyys.

Johan Kanberg

Mandala Maginoo

Started to train Pekiti-Tirsia Kali with Michael Marlow in 1999 and has been training and teaching in Stockholm since then. 

Jörg Exler

Maginoo Mandatus 4 Hagdan
Böblingen, Germany

Jörg started his athletic career in the area of athletic sports and fitness. After years of lifting weights, the time for a new challenge had come. During a brief stopover in judo and traditional vietnamese kung-fu training, questions about the dealing with weapons such as knives or bludgeons arose. In 2004 Jörg found the answers in the Pekiti Tirsia Kali of Grand Tuhon Gaje and his representative in Europe, Uli Weidle. After more than 10 years of intensive training in the Fechtgesellschaft Reutlingen (fencing company Reutlingen), Jörg works as a trainer of PTK Europe and is in charge of the kali training in the VdkK e.V. Böblingen.

Roland Roppelt

Maginoo Mandala 5th Hagdan
München, Germany

Roland ist seit über 10 Jahren Leiter und Trainer der Pekiti Tirsia München. Als einer der renommiertesten Trainer der Pekiti Tirsia Europa gibt er regelmäßig Seminare und Trainings im In- und Ausland.
Roland ist direkter Schüler von Tuhon Uli Weidle. Seit der Emeritierung von Uli Weidle 2017 ist er gemeinsam mit zwei anderen internationalen Instruktoren Vorstandsmitglied der Pekiti Tirsia Europe.
Seit 2015 ist er offizieller Lehrer des ganzheitlichen Fitness- und Gesundheitssystems TACFIT und bildet sich regelmäßig auf Seminaren und Workshops weiter. Seine Liebe zur Kettlebell intensivierte er durch eine Kettlebell-Zertifikation bei Steve Maxwell 2016. Privat widmet er sich zusätzlich dem BJJ, dem Yoga und der Meditation.

Matthias Geertsema

Apprentice Instructor
Agalon 1st Hagdan
Stuttgart, Germany

When there is no wind - row! 

I'm interested in hard and effective training. During our workouts I enjoy to switch off the daily routine with the sound of striking slaps, authentic training partners and the smell of burned ratan. I build a new group in Stuttgart to share my good experiences with the PTK family and the simplicity of the PTK system.

Marc Mayer

Mandala Mandatus 4. Hagdan
Reutlingen, Germany

Working full time as a teacher I use Kali for covering violence prevention, self-defense and assertiveness at schools. When I first came across it in 2002 it was immediate love and I’ve stayed with it ever since.

Uwe Müller

Agalon 3. Hagdan
Reutlingen, Germany

Uwe kam über einen Freund zum Verein, mit dem er dann gemeinsam Ving Tsun trainierte. Bald wurde er neugierig auf das Stocktraining der Nachbargruppe und stellte nach einem Jahr parallelen Trainings fest, dass seine Leidenschaft nun doch am Kali hing. Begeistern tut ihn neben dem kompletten Selbstverteidigungssystem das Ganzkörpertraining. Er schätzt besonders die positive Lebensphilosophie des PTK, die weit über das Training und den respektvollen Miteinander in der Gruppe, das Leben beeinflusst.

Uwe ist Trainer für die Jugendlichen und Young Adults und bei gelegentlichen Vertretungen im Erwachsenen Training. Berufstätig ist er als Arzt.

Christoph George

Apprentice Instructor
Agalon 3. Hagdan
Bad Hersfeld, Germany

Next to the fun that martial arts training with friends gave me, three core questions guided my martial arts path: - Does what I train work without a Gi and matts? - Does what I train work when my training partner resists? - Does what I train work when weapons are involved?
For me I only found a satisfying answer in the Pekiti Tirsia Kali to all three questions: "The circle is round!". Not only the great sophistication of the martial arts system but even more the people who practice it make me feel as having arrived.
On martial arts path I trained Ju-Justu, Judo, Keysis Fighting Method, Capoeira and Tea-Kwon-Do.

Ferdinand Kluge

Apprentice Instructor
Stuttgart, Germany

Martial arts weren’t really my thing until I began to study - My only other relevant qualifaction are the 10 years of fieldhockey I played when I was between 9 and 19 years old. Back then I also used sticks to hit stuff, there was the occasional brawl, and I thrived to become faster, stronger and fitter.
In my second semster at the university, I searched for a contact sport to burn some energy and by sheer chance stumbled into a Pekiti Tirsia course. The next one and a half hours of this first exercise managed to install an addiction in me that is still flourishing. Pekiti Tirsia, for some reason still unknown to me, immediately made sense and until this day I never felt the need to train anything else.

Jan Rino Humlekjær


Jan Rino has a long history in martial arts. He started training Shotokan Karate in 1979, and is now head instructor of the biggest PTK group in Norway. Furthermore, he is instructor for Imua Shantung Kuntao (van der Groen linage).

Martin Arzt

Apprentice Instructor
Agalon 3. Hagdan
Chemnitz, Germany

Pekiti Tirsia was the reason to finish my studies in sports science and not in politics, ­ my original subject. I was in love with the movement culture and the training spirit of PTK, and I wanted to further explore movement science and surrounding topics.
Even more important to me is the logical, friendly and peaceful approach to confrontations in the Pekiti Tirsia Europe: Getting out of trouble alive and hopefully without violence. This attracts people you can train AND talk with, and that is what I like.

Laura Wedler

Apprentice Instructor
Agalon 1st Hagdan

I started Pekiti Tirsia Kali in the youth training in Reutlingen under the direction of Uli Weidle, Sixt Wetzler and Olaf Lorenz. Already as an adolescent, Pekiti Tirsia Kali fascinated me due to its realistic self-defence as well as the great people who I can call my friends nowadays.
Additionally to my experience in Pekiti Tirsia Kali, I was able to learn Penchak Silat during a perennial study in France. During this time I could advance to the rank of yellow belt in Penchak Silat.

Lukas Hauser

Apprentice Instructor
Mandala Mandatus 5th Hagdan
München, Germany

To believe in life, health and success is just one important reason why I decided to keep on training Pekiti Tirsia Kali and to join the instructors of the Pekiti Tirsia Europe. Back in the days when I was searching for some sports to grow up properly I luckily started training in the Martial Arts Center in Reutlingen. Right from the early trainings under conduction of Uli Weidle I was able to develop solid Pekiti Tirsia skills: Being able to fight, knowing what itm is worth fighting for and achieving sustainable solutions. For me, especially the hard to learn but easy to use fighting art of Pekiti Tirsia is the reason why I’m training with fun and ambition. It supports me to live healthy and become a better person every day. Since 2016 I’m a proud member of the Pekiti Tirsia Europe’s instructor program with the vision to enthuse students with the spirit of this art.

Seek for knowledge! Join the movement!

Arne Güttinger

Mandala Mandatus 3. Hagdan
Reutlingen, Germany

Arne was doing sports since childage (with more or less success): soccer, swimming and taekwondo. After an almost 10 year long abstinence from organised sports, he found his way to the Pekiti-Tirsia training in the Reutlingen Kampfkunstzentrum in 2007 through a good friend.
His search for sports, exercise and espacially for a reality-orientated self-defence system came to an end very quickly. Arne's enthusiasm was (and still is) in the first place about the immediat application of the learned material, the training methods and the Kali philosophy. This one accompanies him until today in everyday life, studying and work.

Arne is responsible for the „morning Kali“ unit in Reutlingen, from time to time you will meet him as an stand-in trainer in the evenings. At the moment he is studying Social Work in Esslingen. Besides that he is a trainer in the political education with teenagers and adults and positive about respect, solidarity and human rights.

Arun Michael Trefz 


Arun Michael Trefz is a passionate mover.
Swapping for years between martial arts and dance he teaches Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Contact Improvisation & Contemporary dance in various settings, projects and contexts.
In Pekiti Tirsia he ranks as "Agalon", a title given to him by GrandTuhon Leo Gaje.

Jörg Knyrim

Apprentice Instructor
Agalon 3. Hagdan

Jörg has always been interested in practical self-defence, but the most martial arts he came in contact with were too much focused on competition. He searched for a really applicable martial art without embellishment, which should work in situations without rules.
After some detours he found Pekiti-Tirsia Kali and got what he searched for: a tangible art of living for every day use.
Here the philosophy of the art became more to him than just words. The positive, life-affirming and problem-solving basis of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali helps him in every single day.

Dominik Muschweck

Mandala Mandatus 5. Hagdan

Dominik is doing martial arts for 15 years. His path led him to
karate, Muay Thai, MMA and Jiu-Jitsu (2nd Dan)  until he found
Pekiti Tirsia Kali. For  self-defense for him and fundamentally different teaching
methods of the PTK from other martial arts, he takes the long way
to Bamberg, the Tao eV, to train with his mentor Mandala Helmut
Bauer. For him there is no Martial Art for self-defense more effective and fundamentaly different in teaching methods than PTK. That's why he takes for many years the long road to Bamberg to the Tao eV, to train with his mentor Mandala Helmut Bauer. In 2011 he finally founded the Pekiti Tirsia group in Fürth (near Nuremberg, Bavaria).
Since he discovered Kali, he has devoted himself
exclusively to this martial art. Dominik trained regularly with style
keeper Grandtuhon Leo Gaje JR. and European head coach Tuhon Uli
Weidle. In February 2013 he spent several weeks at Grandtuhon Leo
Gaje on the Philippines in order to learn at the source.
Dominik's goal is to get people actively engaged with the theme
"violence". Violence is omnipresent: from the television series to
the news. The path, which is gone by many - just shut the eyes,
look away and think "this does not happen to me" - is in his
opinion the wrong way. In turn even prefer to grab sooner than
later to violence is no solution either. Dominik has been searching for a long time in various martial arts for answers and found this ultimately only in
Kali. Protect yourself and others is the big goal. In his opinion violence begins
long before the physical confrontation and is afterwards far from over.

Lars Schönemann

Apprentice Instructor
Halle / Saale, Germany

As a biochemist I'm interested in the molecular mechanisms that give raise to life. In addition I'm particularly excited about body mechanics and principles of movement. Close to the end of my studies I discovered Pekiti Tirsia and have been hooked by the beauty and effectiveness of this art since. Pekiti Tirsia rapidly grew to an important part of my life and enriches it extraordinarily everyday. Due to Pekiti Tirsia, I met a lot of kind and interesting people, particularly since I'm able to share my wisdom and passion about this martial art with others as a trainer. 

Andreas Düresch

Apprentice Instructor
Aschersleben, Germany

Ich begann 1990 mit Karate und Kickboxen. Seit 1993 trainierte ich WingTsun und Escrima, 
dabei gab es auch Trainingsausflüge ins Thaiboxen, sowie ins Luta Livre,
Durch meine Tätigkeit in der privaten sowie behördlichen Sicherheit kam ich mit Krav Maga und Kapap 1999 in Berührung und bin dort ebenfalls Instruktor. 
Seit 2015 trainiere ich PTK regelmäßig direkt bei Tuhon Uli Weidle und versuche auf Seminaren auch von den anderen Klasse Instruktoren zu lernen.

Joachim Garcia Capitan

Ich habe Erfahrung im Wing Tsun, Muay Thai, Luta Livre und Krav Maga.
Der PTK Unterricht findet im Schulungszentrum für Sicherheit,Kirchstr.12 in 37441 Bad Sachsa statt.
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