Stick Fighting Olympiads

Padded Stick Sparring for Youth and Adult

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Padded Stick Sparring for Training & Competition

The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts in Libertyville has been the Martial Arts Leader in Filipino Kali since it’s inception.  Under the Direction of NSA Instructor Tuhon Jesse, Chief of Staff for Pekiti Tirsia & Direct student of Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr., we are proud to bring you the best of what SFO (Stick Fighting Olympiads) has to offer.

What is SFO (Stick Fighting Olympiads)?

Aside from the self-defense and physical fitness implications, Sticking Fighting is becoming a premier sport for both Youth and Adult. Our Stick Fighting Olympiads Class Provides and opportunity to compete with Padded Sticks and Safety Gear in a Controlled and Supervised environment.  We build a team atmosphere in which our SFO  students apply what they have learned in class and compete at their best with classmates and other Martial Art schools from around the country.  SFO Students will EARN their victories… and grow from the losses.

Pekiti Tirsia – The SFO Way

Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is a style specific to Filipino Martial Arts. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali was founded in 1897 and is the system of the Tortal family. The sole heir and guardian of this system is Leopoldo T. Gaje, Jr. Pekiti-Tirsia is strictly a combat-oriented system, as opposed to a sport-focused fighting style. It is a fighting system that focuses on edged, impact and improvised weapons. PTK has been adopted as the preferred combative training program by elite military and law enforcement units around the world. It claims to be a very lethal fighting method for self-defense.


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Stick Fighting Olympiads

Youth and Adult Stick Fighting! Check out this video to see segments from a recent tournament held at Waucanda High School – Home of the Bulldogs.

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Tuhon Jesse - Head SFO Instructor

A Grandmaster in the Filipino Fighting Arts, Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Tuhon Jesse has over 45 years of Martial Arts experience. A direct student of GrandTuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr., he serves as the Chief of Staff for Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  Deployed with military forces around the world, he brings real world experiences in regards to combat and the fighting arts.


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Combat Geometry: Strategy

We deal with 2 things in Stick Fighting Olympiads: Strategy and Tactics. Strategy is a plan of action, derived from continous training, a conditioning to the various flows of attack. The principle of Stick Fighting Olympiads Strategy is attack — no defense. 

Combat Geometry: Tactics

A tactical move is how to make the attack effective and how to destroy the enemy. Our offense becomes a counter offense, which is the best defense. Stick Fighting Olympiads training is about speed, timing, power, accuracy, and precision.

R.O.U.T.E. Methodology

In Stick Fighting Olympiads we use our R.O.U.T.E. methodology (Range, Observe, Understand, Timing, Economy of motion). We cover several areas of Pekiti Kali; Solo Baston, Doble Baston, Single/Double Knife, Dumpag (Dumog/Pangamot), Sibat, and other traditional and improvised weaponry.

C.O.M.B.A.T Vision

The Stick Fighting Olympiads vision is to provide the Warrior the attributes of C.O.M.B.A.T.; Counter on Motion Before Attack Time.

Warriors Growth

We focus on our Warriors’ growth. We provide a positive and pragmatic environment, guiding you from Skill Development, to Expertise, to Mastery. 

Positive Mental Attitude

We believe in Life not Death. We believe in good Health not Sickness. We believe in Success not Failure. POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE IS OUR WEAPON!!!

Pekiti Tirsia Philosophy

We proudly promulgate the Philosophy, Ideology, and Attributes of Pekiti Tirsia Kali. As it was given to us by its Supreme Heir and to carry on his Legacy: GrandTuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr.


Our Stick Fighting Olympiads Class Provides an opportunity to compete with Padded Sticks and Safety Gear in a Controlled and Supervised environment.  

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Rank Certified Martial Arts and Self-Defense

The instructors at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts have trained for many years to make sure everything we teach is reality based. We’ve trained under some of the best martial artists in the world and are dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of REALISTIC martial arts training – for ourselves and for you!

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

Many times when we think about the benefits of martial arts – self-esteem, respect, self-discipline and focus – we generally associate them with children and not adults. The reality is that our martial arts programs have the same benefits for kids and adults alike. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, we believe all levels of martial arts are built upon the same philosophy …and… Nothing can take the place of the security in knowing that you can defend yourself should the need ever arise.

Improved Mental Focus & Increased Energy

Martial arts at The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts means much more than just self-defense. It also builds mental focus. Our Pekiti Tirsia Classes will help you maintain control over yourself and your environment. It teaches you to handle emotions, stay calm, be persistent and provides you with the tools and willpower you need to stay focused. The physical activity derived from our curriculum will help you find reserves of energy you didn’t realize you had. Through the discipline of our Pekiti Tirsia Program, you will learn to channel that energy into productivity at home… and in the workplace.

Strength, Conditioning and Endurance Training

Martial Arts… It’s not just for fighting: new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that people in their 30′s, 40′s and 50′s who regularly practice martial arts demonstrate astounding levels of physical fitness in comparison to people the same age who don’t exercise at all. The study subjects who practiced martial arts had 12% less body fat, were able to do twice as many sit-ups, had enhanced flexibility and leg strength, demonstrated a stronger immune system and showed greatly improved balance.

Full Body Flexibility, Balance & Coordination

These are some of the most overlooked benefits of our Pekiti Tirsia Program. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, you will achieve greater flexibility of your muscles, joints and ligaments. Flexibility is a positive “Double Edged Sword” with improvement to your posture and an enhancement to your ability to move through a full body range of motion. These Martial Arts benefits will also help you age in a healthier way while improving the overall quality of your life.

Weight Loss and Weight Management

Because of the greater intensity in the strikes of our Martial Arts Programs, you will be subjecting your body to more aggressive movements. This results in intense calorie burning… which then results in natural weight loss and an improvement in overall physical and mental health. Our Martial arts classes will teach you to practice your set of movements until you have the correct form down pat. This kind of mental focus and discipline can easily be carried over into forming the mental toughness you need to push yourself… while achieving your weight loss goals at the same time.

Reduced Anxiety and Stress Levels

Feeling stressed out? No need to look beyond our Pekiti Tirsia Program! Psychologists have found positive correlations between training in Martial Arts and lower levels of hostility, aggression …and better yet… higher levels of self-esteem and positive mental attitudes compared to any other sport. At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, we understand that cutting stress and learning to handle yourself both physically and mentally are important benefits that you can take advantage of in your everyday life.

Personal Attention & Having Fun

At The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts, We know the impact a good instructor can have on a student. Our Rank Certified Instructors are experienced, patient, enthusiastic, and teach with a perfect blend of discipline and fun. Every student receives the personal attention they deserve.  Keeping students interested in their Pekiti Tirsia training requires an element of fun. Traditionalists are usually only concerned with the discipline and structure of their training, but incorporating fun involving proper techniques will add to the value of training and keep students hungry to improve themselves even more.

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We encourage you to take advantage of our family discounts and free trial period…Try us out while meeting friendly staff, parents and students. Click here to get started with your free week trial period. If you have any questions about our programs, Please feel free to contact us at 847.573.1672. Thank you for your interest in The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts… We look forward to hearing from you!.



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