FMA Terminology Archive

Discussion in 'Filipino Martial Arts' started by ap Oweyn, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    Hope this is the right place to post this.

    What does 'tersia' mean?


    only Tersia strikes at pre-selected targets
  2. embra

    embra Valued Member

    I'd forgotten what a gem of a thread this one is.
  3. embra

    embra Valued Member

    No idea Boris, but Stuart, Simon or Pat will tell you soon enough.
  4. ap Oweyn

    ap Oweyn Ret. Supporter

    I think Citom might be a better resource. But I assumed that it came from the Spanish "tercia." In which case, it means "third." As in "the third part."

    Now, it may be a faulty assumption on my part. But given the frequency of number references in FMA style names, drills, etc., I'm fairly confident.
  5. embra

    embra Valued Member

    I think you may be onto something there Stuart. Tersia->tercia->3 sides of a triangle.
  6. blindside

    blindside Valued Member

    The direct translation for Pekiti-Tirsia is "close thirds," so I certainly agree with the "thirds" translation, but I don't understand how that would be used in the context of the askers quoted line.
  7. Citom

    Citom Witless Wonder

    I agree, context is everything. One might *assume* that he is referring to the "Tersia" portion of "Pekiti-Tersia". And as previously stated, "tercia" in Spanish means "third" with "tercia" being the feminine version and "tercio" being the male variant. However, some judicious googling revealed the following:

    This is how "tercia" is defined in the context of Lightning Scientific Arnis..
  8. Bozza Bostik

    Bozza Bostik Antichrist on Button Moon

    Thanks all.

    I should have mentioned that I found the term on the Heyrosa de Cuerdas site. I'll know to include that info next time.

    So, I wonder what 'tercia' refers in that school as it seems both 'flicky' and relatively close. Sparring starts at 04:09.


    Those cats were fast as lightening!!!
  9. Simon

    Simon Administrator Admin Supporter MAP 2017 Koyo Award

    I need some help please.

    I'm looking for a spelling. There word is pronounced "pittau" and I believe it means "sticking".

    You hear this in knife drills and I can't find the answer using Google.

    Can anyone help please?

    I have a video ready to go, but can't title it.

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