The Military



Tuhon Bill McGrath

Bill McGrath started his training in Pekiti-Tirsia in 1975 at the age of 14. In 1994 Bill McGrath was promoted to the rank of Tuhon Guro (Chief Instructor) by Grandmaster Leo Gaje.

The aim of Tuhon McGrath is that it be free from the politics and internal strife that  had seen plague so many martial arts and organizations down through the years. It seems that as an art grows in popularity it also grows in political intrigue and disputes over rank.

To accomplish this goal of a politics free environment, Tuhon McGrath structured Pekiti-Tirsia International in such a way that anyone can become legitimately trained and ranked in the system.


Tuhon Jared Wihongi

Jared Wihongi is a full-time international Tactical Combatives (Hand-to-Hand Combat), Firearms and Martial Arts Instructor/Consultant. His specialization is the tactical application and integration of empty-hand, edged weapons and firearms skills in extreme close-quarters. In addition to training thousands of security personnel, conventional police officers and soldiers in many countries, Jared has taught Hand-to-Hand Combatives tactics and Tactical Firearms to Elite Special Operations units and Trainers in the United States, Europe and Asia. His vast experience operating in the Real World as a SWAT Operator, Police Firearms/Defensive Tactics Instructor and street Patrol Officer has heavily influenced his approach to teaching, training and applying Combatives.


Tuhon Rommel Tortal

Tuhon Rommel Tortal began his training in the Pekiti Tirsia Kali system in 1984 under his uncle, Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. In 2002 he was tasked to teach Pekiti Tirsia to the elite Philippine Force Recon Marines, as the system was adopted as the unit’s edged and impact weapons system.

Shortly after that, Tuhon Tortal began conducting training classes for civilians, starting with the Manila Pitbulls group. He also founded the Pekiti Tirsia Kali training groups in the Philippine Police Special Action Force and other military units.


Coach Erik Paulson

Coach Erik is the founder of the CSW Association and the creator of the CDP – Coach Development Program. The CDP is a program specifically designed to bring up professional coaches that can deliver the various programs of the association. The program not only teaches the curriculum at an advanced level but also how to deliver it as a professional instructor.