South Texas Kali

South Texas Kali


Steven M PT
Steven M PT


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Lakas Katorse FMA - Well Rounded Filipino Fighting "Blade non- Bladed" and Cross Fitness

If inside the home is unsafe, it is more dangerous to walk out of the house because of the exploiters, thieves and addicts because of this LKFMA intensifies the training of bladed non-bladed weapons such as the Pangamut - Hand to hand combat , Panambuno - wrestling, grappling and locks, Arnis, and Sipa. The video shows defense and offense methods fundamental fight training but very effective, concise and short cut. Regular and intensive training is a way to protect yourself friends and love ones. Join the training now
Our first martial arts workshop was held last Saturday. It included T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Filipino martial arts, Shao Lin Kung Fu. and Brazilian Capoeira. Featured schools and instructors of the workshop: Good Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan - San Antonio, Texas, FMA Defensive Combatives Group, San Antonio Shaolin Kung Fu; Capoeira Luanda & Ilê Bahia de San Antonio. It was an all day wonderful mix of martial arts that highlighted the common thread of understanding one's self and developing awareness, learning body flow and mastering angles of defense and counter attack. It was also a learning experience in the expression of the different cultures where these arts developed: from China, to the Philippines, to Afro-Brazil.

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The late Antonio Tatang Illustrisimo (the man in the plaid pants) and one of his top guys the late Tony Diego. This is such a great video. It captures FMA in its rawest form of application. No drills, just application of some very basic striking principles and footwork. Tatang was the real deal having had used his skills in several life or death encounters. Beautiful to watch.
excellent video covering some neat things to incorporate into your FMA training.
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There are still seats available for our upcoming Texas CHL course on the 10th and 17th
My first pekiti tirsia instuctor Tuhon Leslie L. Buck Jr. (with the knife) demonstrating basic knife tapping
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Host of "The Sticks and Blades Podcast", Offering private training in Filipino martial arts (Kali) i Kali is the indigenous combat art of the Philippines.

This is our main focus and the foundation of our training methodology. Our personal expression of Kali is a blend of several fighting systems of the Philippines such as Pekiti Tirsia Kali and Kali Illustrisimo to name a few. Our training methodology consist of :

Single and Double Stick
Sword & Dagger (Espada y Daga)
Empty Hands (Silat, Dumog, Pangamut)
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Operating as usual


I haven’t posted here in a while. Been busy but things are starting to stabilize a bit. Last week I was given a promotion and it was incredibly humbling and gratifying. This helps to validate over 2 decades of continuous study in I love. All this means is that I need to train and teach MORE. With the pandemic slowing I think I may be open to sharing the art with the right people who are indeed serious about learning and training.


Sunday morning vibes. Here with my only student who is 65 years old. He shown up every week over the past few months and is coming along nicely. You can really develop learning in a 1 on 1 private training atmosphere versus group classes. Notice our speed. Nobody is going crazy. I’m bringing him along in a way that will allow him to self correct, improve his timing, and really get to see and begin to understand the “why” instead of just the “how”.


To all my FMA people out west particularly in Las Vegas this is a seminar you so not want to miss with Tuhon Bill McGrath and Tuhon Jared Whiongi. Both are top notch instructors in the Pekiti Tirsia Kali System. All the info you need on this event is on the flyer

Photos from South Texas Kali's post 09/11/2021

It’s been a long time since my last post. This month I have released the newest episode of my show “The Sticks and Blades Podcast” and this month I welcome Filipino martial arts practitioner and historian Julius Francisco. This episode we talk about the truth about FMA. I know y’all are gonna live this episode. You can listen on Spotify and wherever you listen to your podcast.

Arjan Arlan "Salty Dog" Sanford 05/05/2021

Arjan Arlan "Salty Dog" Sanford

The newest episode of The Sticks and Blades Podcast is available NOW on all podcast platforms. This month I talk to one of the founders of the Dog Brothers Arjan Arlan Sanford. You will LOVE this special episode

Arjan Arlan "Salty Dog" Sanford Listen to this episode from The Sticks and Blades Podcast on Spotify. This month I welcome one of the founders of the legendary Dog Brothers Arlan "Salty Dog" Sanford.

Allen Elishewitz by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor 03/08/2021

Allen Elishewitz by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

A new Episode of the Sticks and Blades Podcast is available NOW on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and all podcast platforms. This month I welcome knife maker Allen Elishewitz. We discussed what makes a superior blade, the knife world/gun world disconnect and things to consider when using a blade for self defense.

Allen Elishewitz by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor I welcome world famous knife maker Allen Elishewitz to the show. Allen discusses what makes a superior blade, the disconnect with the gun world, martial artist, and the knife world. We also discuss his 40 plus year journey in the martial arts.

Guro Doug Pierre by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor 02/01/2021

Guro Doug Pierre by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

The newest episode of the sticks and blades Podcast with Guro Doug Pierre is available now on Spotify and all podcast platforms

Guro Doug Pierre by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor For Black History Month 2021 I welcome Guro Doug Pierre to the show. We discuss his time in the Philippines with various legends in the Filipino martial arts and more specifically the time he spent training with Antonio "Tatang" Illustrisimo. There's a ton of knowledge on this episode and alot of tr...


Sen. Migz Zubiri shows off his arnis skills

Guro Dean Franco by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor 01/12/2021

Guro Dean Franco by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

The newest episode of my show “The Sticks and Blades Podcast” is available now. This month I welcome the host of FMA Discussion Dean Franco.

Guro Dean Franco by The Sticks and Blades Podcast • A podcast on Anchor We kick off 2021 with Guro Dean Franco. Guro Dean is the host of the popular Youtube show FMA Discussion and is an accomplished Filipino martial arts stylist with a background in AMOK, Abenier Kalis, Kali Illustrisimo and Burton Richardson's Battlefield Kali.


Very interesting. When you get these grandmasters by themselves they will tell you the truth.

The one and only Tuhon

I will NEVER call any one in Pekiti Tirsia Kali a tuhon! To me there is ONLY one Tuhon and that is Leo T. Gaje, my teacher. In my opinion, every "tuhon" was titled out of needs and necessity instead of actual skill in the art. Tuhon Gaje told me that he does not promote people out of what they have accomplished, but rather, for what they have the potential to do (become). I then asked him, who's the closest to becoming an actual Tuhon. He said, no one, they all have yet to prove they understood the art in its entirety. My reply was to ask: how could they when you give different pieces to each one and yet promote them to tuhon? His reply was: well... they have to figure that out. He added, if they truly understood it they will figure it out and if not they will simply come out with their own versions up to the point of their understanding. He further stated: In truth, I have already given out the art in its entirety. They just don't recognize it and I will not spoon feed it to them. They have to figure it out and show me, not me show them everything, that is the way. I followed up with this question: what if nobody figures it out and you passed away and all these tuhons are only half-baked. He said: that is no longer my problem. It seems to me that he's burying that sword in the stone! The crown goes to no one and true heir of Pekiti Tirsia Kali will have to pull that sword out. Good luck to all the tuhons. Remember, your skill is not your rank. Your rank only signifies a possibility that you may be the one to have the skill worthy of a Tuhon. Suffice it to say, you are no Tuhon to me (with the capital "T"). I will gladly pledge my allegiance to anyone who can pull that sword out of that stone.


Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm central standard time I will be going LIVE for a free training session. I will be covering my take on the 5 attacks sub system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali. You will need 1 rattan stick and if you have a training partner it will be even better. I will also answer any questions towards the end of the session.


Sunday at 4pm central standard time I’m teaching a zoom class. Who’s down to train?


After attending a few, I’ve been toying with the idea of doing Zoom training sessions. Who would be interested in doing a few of these with me?

Photos from South Texas Kali's post 09/01/2020

The newest episode of my show The Sticks and Blades Podcast is now available on Anchor, breaker, google podcast, Apple podcast, overcast, pocket casts, radio public, and Spotify. This month I welcome the LEGEND Punong Guro Tom Bolden to the show and his story is AMAZING! You can listen here: and


Back to the basics this morning. Felt great getting back to training after months away due to covid.

‎The Sticks and Blades Podcast on Apple Podcasts 06/21/2020

‎The Sticks and Blades Podcast on Apple Podcasts

‎The Sticks and Blades Podcast on Apple Podcasts ‎Health & Fitness · 2020


SPOT BAD GUYS Looking for Fight | CRITICAL Body Language Indicators [Street Fight Analysis]

Pre incident indicators. Learn them! Free advice, don’t look them in the eyes. Look at their chest. Eyes can lie, a persons body can’t hide their physical intentions

Photos from South Texas Kali's post 06/09/2020

My show the sticks and blades podcast is really picking up some steam and being heard in a lot of places. I’m humbled and excited that the stories of my guest are being heard giving them the proper recognition that they deserve for their contributions to the Filipino martial arts. Have you listened to any of the episodes yet? You can listen here: thanks for the support and hopefully more sooner than later I will be able to get back to teaching


Just released a BONUS episode of the sticks and blades podcast with the great and controversial Paulo Rubio of Funker Tactical. We take a DEEP dive into pekiti tirsia kali and common errors Instructors make when dealing with law enforcement and military clientele. I was gonna sit on this episode but it’s too damn good not to share with y’all right away. You can hear it here:


Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars for June 27th as I will be a guest on the popular Filipino martial arts show on YouTube “People Talking Kali.” We will be discussing pekiti tirsia kali, my journey in it over the past 18 years and my up and coming show “The Sticks and Blades Podcast”. It will be a fantastic episode. This show has had some heavy hitters on it and I’m honored to have been considered as a guest.


Episode 4 of the sticks and blades podcast is available now on Spotify and apple podcast. This month I sit down with Guro Alessandro Ashanti Bovoso of Serrada Escrima as we talk about our time with Grandmaster Chaka Zulu, how he discovered Serrada and NY martial arts in the 80s. This is by far the BEST work I’ve done thus far in my opinion. Listen here:


Episode 4 of the sticks and blades podcast is available now on Spotify and apple podcast. This month I talk to Guro Alessandro Ashanti of Serrada Escrima. You can listen here:

Photos from South Texas Kali's post 05/31/2020

New month, new episode of my show the sticks and blades podcast. This month I talk with Guro Alessandro Ashanti we discuss our first time meeting, the HUGE influence that Grandmaster Chaka Zulu has on us and what led him to begin his journey into Serrada Escrima. Episode is available now on Spotify and apple podcast


GGM Pedoy demonstrating W-E-W.

Timeline photos 05/18/2020

A must see episode of people talking Kali. Leslie L. Buck Jr. was on fire.

The wisdom and experience shared in this interview must be heard by students, instructors, and passionate students of PTK. Tuhon Leslie L. Buck Jr. is a distinguished master teacher, yet humble, down to earth, and relatable. This was one of our more interactive interviews, and you the viewer helped make it so special. Saltue to all and thank you again to Tuhon Leslie! Watch here:

# ptta


The newest episode of the sticks and blades podcast is now available. Download and listen now


I’ve been on a double stick kick lately for some reason. Starting to figure a few things out that have helped my overall coordination and weak side improve.


Episode 3 of my show “The Sticks and Blades Podcast” drop on Monday May 4th and it’s going to be epic. My guest will be the talented and powerful Mr. Da'Mon Stith. Me and this brotha go way back to the early 2000s and since then he has been a contestant on the wildly popular show Forged in Fire on the history channel and Man at Arms: Art of War on the El Rey Network. We will be talking about his experiences on the shows and also about his journey into the bladed arts of Africa. The show is available on apple podcast, Spotify and wherever you get your podcast.


Spent this morning doing a zoom session with the great and powerful Tuhon Brandon Jordan and he brought some pretty deep insight into espada y daga. Instead of stick and knife he took us through actually using the long blade and short blade and it was eye opening even over zoom.


Some espada y daga work for y’all. Use the star pattern footwork. Move offline and STRIKE! Every time your foot hits the ground you should be striking.


Go hard

Last time you were with your group or teacher did you go hard? I’ve never the current state of the world many of us find ourselves eager to get back to some degree of normalcy and that includes training with our groups. Question, last time you had class did you just show up or did you come ready to work? Going forward make sure you give your all.


Free training video. Use your umbrellas to move offline and counter attack high and low. All you need is a ladder, some sticks and an imagination. Go create! The system is the blueprint but the art is your own. Enjoy

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Go hard




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