-The Seguidas

…seguida meaning “bridge”. These are three sets of twelve techniques each that emphasize certain methods of attacking within a given range. It is here that the Pekiti-Tirsia advanced single stick work begins. The first set puts the practitioner in “largo mano” or long range. This is the distance in which one can hit only the opponent’s hand with the tip of the stick. Hitting to the opponent’s hand in this range has several advantages. Evasion of the opponent’s weapon becomes significantly easier. Hitting your opponents hand often can result in an immediate disarm of his weapon, thus potentially shortening the conflict and making more injury to any party unnecessary. “Largo mano” entries, combinations and responses to the opponent’s attack are the flavor of this set.

The second set involves techniques designed for “medio”, or medium range. The standard for this range is that although the practitioner is still able to hit with his stick, the stick is now able to hit the opponent in the head. This also means that the practitioner is now able to use his free hand (also known as the “alive hand”, “checking hand” of “third hand”). The alive hand will be able to engage the opponent’s weapon hand control it in varying degrees.

The third set takes place in “corto” range, or short range. This is the range where punches, elbows and knees can all happen. This is also where chokes, neckbrakes, locks and takedowns will occur. The third set emphasizes the multitude of stick chokes in the Pekiti-Tirsia arsenal, as well as opportunities for takedowns.