Bill McGrath: Be careful...Latorre cracks the whip on spelling; can't be sure how he responds to syntax. First, we are going to differ right off the bat. The conviction of many, myself included, is that PTK is not a Martial Art but a Combat System. The view of PTK as the plaything for artisans is what is fast destroying its efficacy, legacy and chances of ever seeing the future. I have interfaced with enough of your ex-students to know that your claims of fidelity to the "exact" teachings of Tuhon and his material are overstated and far from accurate. The PTI curriculum is chock-full of your own manufacturings, constructed as you see fit. Which, granted, is your prerogative, since its yours. But that cannot legitimately carry the same name and title as the actual system you have altered. What Tuhon Gaje did not teach and has never taught: 526 plus techniques for single stick 48 techniques for double stick 144 techniques for sword and dagger work 144 plus variations in knife 144 disarms 5 attack sub-system a 3rd set of Espada y Daga Seguidas in Pakal Grip Progressions in which each technique has 7, 8 or 9 variations and derivatives. This is contrary not only to the manner in which Tuhon Gaje has traditionally taught, it flies in the face of any real Filipino Martial Art systemology. As to your YouTube video of endorsement by Grand Tuhon Gaje, it surprises me that you would think to post evidence of an endorsement that was retracted almost as quickly as it was received. If you are reaching for that evidence, consider this... Lionheart Tournament. Fax from GT dated July 18th, 1997, wherein it states "...what happened to the tournament? Why PTK lost? You have deviated from my teaching...stop using blocks, stances and take out that kickboxing thing..." Or yours, dated July 28th, 1997, wherein it states "...it will be best if [we] divest all former ties..." Or the one from February 1, 1998 wherein it is stated "...I, Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr., Sovereign Grandmaster of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System do hereby withdraw the title and rank of Master and "Tuhon" Sa Mataas Na Hakbang (Master Instructor) from William R. McGrath." It is assuredly more comfortable to close our eyes to an unpleasant truth, hold hands and throw around words like brothers this-and-that, but the idea of what is "authentic" regarding this system is absolutely vital to its perpetuation and continued effectiveness in the field of battle, wherever that may be.