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Bill McGrath

Bill McGrath
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Bill McGrath is a forty-three year practitioner of the Filipino martial art of Pekiti-Tirsia and a veteran law enforcement officer. He has traveled across the U.S. and Europe teaching martial arts and police defensive tactics (techniques and principles of which find themselves in the fight scenes of his novels). He has written his fantasy novels seeking to emulate all those classic books he read in his teens that gave him a life long love of reading.

Bill McGrath: Pekiti-Tirsia

Tuhon Bill McGrath began his training in the Pekiti-Tirsia system under Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje in 1975 at the age of 14; and...

EDC Women’s Self Defense Knives

Photo Above: Spyderco Endura (old model) Spyderco Endura (new model with the steel clip and Emerson wave feature) Cold Steel Black Talon II Spyderco Resilience In this article Bill...

Tuhon Bill’s 2018 Every Day Carry Knives

I was asked recently for my recommendation for Every Day Carry Knives (a.k.a. EDC). The parameters were that this knife should be capable for...

Us vs Them Mentality in Martial Arts

When I started training in the Pekiti-Tirsia system in 1975, I was 14 years old. It very quickly became a major part of my...

Why use Rattan Escrima Sticks?

Most blade based martial arts have included wooden swords as part of their training. The samurai had oak training swords called “bokken” and european swordsman...

Issues Regarding Self-Defense and The Law

The following is adapted from the lecture I often give as part of my job as a firearms instructor for the New York State...

What is the Best Knife Grip for Combat?

“What is the best knife grip for combat?” I get asked that question a lot at seminars. I usually respond by saying “Well, show me...

Controlled Human Aggression For The Martial Artist Part 2

How does an understanding of Controlled Human Aggression aid the modern martial arts instructor in his ability to teach his students the vital survival...

Controlled Human Aggression For The Martial Artist Part 1

I have titled this article controlled human aggression because I wish to emphasize that word control. Anthropologists tell us that mankind began its history as...

Survival Gear List

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin Many of the survival articles I read from the 1970’s up until 2000 (when...