Marines use home-grown combat-oriented martial arts to subdue BIFF fighters

A Force Recon Company from 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team of Philippine Marines, using darkness in their favor, sneaked into an outpost of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter at Barangay Liyab, Datu Piang, Maguindanao 3 am of Friday, March 6. Commandos caught four BIFF fighters in surprise. Four BIFF fighters were named as Aladin Panaydan, Daud Balogat, Ebrahim Oraw and Abdul Madalidaw.

The military reports that no single shot was fired during the operation.

Marine commandos used Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, a homegrown combat-oriented martial arts, to subdue the Moro rebels. This combat-oriented system is being taught to elite Philippine forces such as Force-Recon of Philippine Marine, Philippine Army Scout Rangers and Special Action Force.

Pekiti-Tirsia Kali has five main weapon categories: single sword, double sword, sword and dagger, dagger, and hand. This is the only Kali (knife) system recognized by the government being used to train Philippine elite forces. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali system started in 1897 used by Tortal family in Panay.