Leo T. Gaje is professionally recognized as the worlds leading authority on Edged-Impact weaponry and the Filipino Martial Arts. For more than three decades he has trained military, law enforcement, and private citizens worldwide in the combat Bladefighting system of Pekiti-Tirsa Kali. Mr. Gaje serves as Chairman and President of the Pekiti-Tirsia Global Organization and presides over national organizations across North America, Europe, and Asia.
In the early 1970’s Mr. Gaje pioneered the development of Defensive Tactics based upon safety and liability reduction with his introduction of the Safety Baton System tactical training and the first realistic and effective close-quarters knife and edged weapon defense with the Edged Weapon Awareness/Strategic Knife Defense program. As National Training Director for the Justice System Training Association and the United States Police Defensive Tactics Training Association he instructed these and other tactical skills nationwide to federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies. As testified by Dr. Kevin Parsons, a leading law enforcement legal authority and CEO of Armament Systems and Procedures (ASP) “These tactical training programs are the most progressive, effective and advanced methods for the application of intermediate force, liability reduction and officer survival available to the law enforcement community today” and that “The techniques of Leo Gaje have revolutionized the use of force”.
Mr. Gaje has developed military close-quarters combat skills programs and trained military special operations forces from across the world. Currently he serves as a senior consultant to the Philippine national government conducting training programs for military and law enforcement units engaged in joint allied counter-terrorism operations in the pacific region.
Mr. Gaje annually conducts worldwide training seminars and remains today one of the most sought after instructors and consultants on close-quarter combat, defensive tactics, and personal protection