Tortal started his solid training in Pekiti Tirsia Kali in 1984. Under the guidance of his uncle, Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr.
He, being under the direct and excellent training of Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr. has developed unwavering skill in the teachings and applications of the various facets of the Pekiti Tirsia Kali system.
One of his flag banners in training Pekiti Tirsia Kali is leading the program of the Philippine Marine Corps and Philippine National Police as a full Edged and Impact Weapons instructor, specifically on CQC (Close Quarter Combat). His PTK career further extended to the Presidential Guard of the Philippines and became also a consultant of the Philippine National Police Institute.
His quality teaching has spread more in making him an Honorary Member of the Texas Kali Association. He led the training of the US Special Forces of several states. It can also be mentioned that Tuhon Mel got exposed and taught by several international Forces like the Austria Cobra Commandos, German GsG9, US Marines Recon and several law enforcement units worldwide.
Founded the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Manila Pit-bulls which can be considered as the onset of his teaching to the public.
Chairman of Pekiti Tirsia Kali World Federation
Asia Pacific Representative for International Bodyguard and Security Services Association