Pekiti-Tirsia Canada represents a national community of martial artists, fighters, instructors, and leaders in the Filipino combat system, the Pekiti-Tirsia System of Kali of Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje jr. The Canadian PTK community was founded in 1981 and is actively led by Mandala Tuhon Philip Gelinas of Montreal, Quebec.
Grand Tuhon Gaje is one of the greatest living grandmasters of the Filipino martial arts. He is widely known for his mastery of bladed weapons, particularly knife. Grand Tuhon serves as a Senior Advisor to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, training them in Close-Quarters-Combat utilizing the effective and sophisticated techniques of the Pekiti-Tirsia System of Kali.
Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is a Filipino fighting system that incorporates bladed, flexible and blunt-force weapons as well as firearms. It includes targeted training methods distinctly optimized for civilians, for law enforcement, and for military use. It has been translated to applications ranging from personal self-defense, to street-ready weapons-oriented martial arts, to constrained use-of-force for security and enforcement purposes, and to unconstrained tactical combat.