Schools of Thought—and Action Jared Wihongi’s experience in the Pekiti-Tirsia…

Schools of Thought—and Action
Jared Wihongi’s experience in the Pekiti-Tirsia family of Kali is long and impressive. He also has an extensive background as a tactical operator. Jared brought all this together when he created the Pekiti-Tirsia Tactical Association, and through it he has been training operators in knife, baton and weapons techniques. Although originally geared toward military officers and tactical teams, his training also translates to the civilian world.

Meanwhile, Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny and the Dog Brothers Martial Arts are well known for the simplicity and real-world applicability of their teachings and, above all, for the short learning curve. Their Die Less Often series of videos is the epitome of simple and effective self-defense. There is no need to be a Kali expert in order to apply Marc’s techniques.


Gaining the Advantage
Marc’s emphasis is on what works “with the least amount of skill necessary.” In fact, he constantly points out the need for uncomplicated tactics that can be applied under high-stress and high-adrenaline conditions. The whole idea is to end the fight as fast as possible, which means that simplicity and efficiency reign—there is just no time to apply a complicated series of classical movements.


Starting with the unarmed defender, Marc points out the need to read the pre-confrontation signs. It is often difficult for good people to start the conflict. In fact, most often they are reacting to conflicts that have already started. By reading the signs, you’ll be able to get ahead of the curve. Hesitation will get you killed, so recognizing these signs is critical, whether or not you carry a weapon for work or self-defense. Many attackers will first clench their fists, look away from you or tense up. Someone taking a stance or martial arts posture is also a good pre-confrontation sign. Be aware, and give yourself as much time as possible.

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