Dipita Schäfer is the head trainer at BerlinKaliSchool. Dipita was promoted to Tuhon 4th Hagdan in Pekiti-Tirsia by Grandtuhon Leo Tortal Gaje Jr. in 2018. As such, Dipita is the highest representative of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali in all of Europe.
Dipita has been practicing combat and martial arts since 1998. He also has extensive experience in Jiu-Jitsu, Vale Tudo, boxing, kickboxing, Thai boxing, and Krav Maga.
Dipita first became fascinated with Shaolin Kungfu, tai chi, and qigong during his sinology studies (with a focus on martial arts, movement art (Bewegungskunst), and healing arts). He received a scholarship to study and practice these arts in Asia for several years. In China, he trained under Shaolin and Wudang among others.
After watching a BBC documentary on Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, he decided to travel to the Philippines in 2009 and train under the guidance of Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. and his instructors.
The life philosophy and functionality of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali has resonated with him since day one.
“Training with weapons not only sharpens the mind, but also demands a smart way to protect yourself and others from harm. From the get-go, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali provides solutions to surviving threatening situations in which weapons are involved.”
“The Kali of the Tortal family closes the loop between combat and art.”
Dipita’s experiences has influenced his training on three levels:
The first level is martial arts. Martial arts teach students the skills and courage to defend themselves and their values. The core of martial arts lies in the belief in life as well as the readiness to protect it.
The second level is the art of movement (Bewegungskunst). Movement is life—one’s mobility directly affects the quality of one’s life.
The third level is the healing arts. Those capable of inflicting harm upon others must also learn how to heal to better understand the value of health and life.