Pekiti Tirsia is an edged weapons system and thus, must have its root applications based on “No Trade”. You must have a safe entry, control of opponents blade, a finishing attack, and safe exit strategy. If all these elements are not mastered, then you are just trading stabs and slashes, and you lose!!!
Keep this as the main thread in your training, and never forget it.
Use only what works and drop the rest.
Don’t just do drills, and think they are the fighting applications, the fighting applications are what works during full contact, full resistance fighting used in class, under the supervision of a certified instructor whose job it is to test the effectiveness of these applications, and keep what works, and eliminate what doesn't.
Remember, when training, that techniques will not work the same for all students, and must be adjusted to fit each student according to size, strength, speed, etc., to develop them into the best, most effective fighter.
That is the challenge to a system, to assure that the material is passed on to a student, and that the student becomes proficient and effective enough to defend against a knife wielding attacker. That is the purpose of training, just effective results, no more, no less.
Training is the key.
Practice as often as you can, with as many different people as you can. Use sparing as a tool to get the best results out of your training. The more diverse the training, the more prepared you will be. We are training to be ready in the event of a knife attack, and hope it will never happen.
** Remember, if someone attacks you with a knife, he intends to kill you! **