Jared Wihongi


Jared Wihongi’s law enforcement background spans 15 years, and he credits this background with shaping his professional persona. His vast experience working as a SWAT Operator and Street Patrol Officer has heavily influenced his approach to developing, teaching, and applying his combatives and close-firearms programs.

Jared Wihongi, Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Tactical Kali, Law Enforcement, LE, Military, Armed Forces, hand to hand, combatives, tactikaliJared began working as a Deputy Sheriff for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and then went on to work for the Salt Lake City Police and South Salt Lake Police Departments. He spent 10 years as a SWAT Operator, and worked a full-time assignment as the Head Use-of-Force Instructor in the Salt Lake City Police Academy and Training Unit. He currently serves as a Reserve Police Officer.
Jared maintains memberships in the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). He has been a guest instructor at multiple international law enforcement conferences, including the European Police Trainers Conference, International SWAT Round-Up, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association conference, and the Mock Riot.


Law Enforcement Awards & Schools include:

  • Graduated Top of Class “Blue Shirt” Award, Salt Lake City Police Academy
  • Graduated Top of Class “Jim Cawley” Award, Salt Lake City SWAT School
  • Graduated Top of Class, South Salt Lake Police SWAT Selection
  • Utah Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Firearms (Handgun) Instructor Course
  • Utah POST Shotgun/ Less Lethal Munitions Instructor Course
  • Utah POST Carbine (Rifle) Instructor Course
  • Utah POST Defensive Tactics Instructor Course
  • Utah POST Impact Weapons Instructor Course
  • Deftec OC (Pepper) Spray Insructor Course
  • Taser Instructor Course
  • Monadnock Expandable Baton Advanced Instructor Course
  • Viking Tactics CQB/Shoothouse Instructor Course
  • Tony Blauer S.P.E.A.R.™ System Instructor Course
  • Cutting Edge Training™ Real-World Weapon Retention Instructor Course


Law Enforcement Accomplishments include:

  • Developed the complete Defensive Tactics program for the Salt Lake City Police Academy/ Training Unit.
  • Developed the CQ-FIT (Close Quarter Force Integration Tactics) portion of the Salt Lake City Police Training Unit firearms
  • programs.
  • Rewrote the Utah State Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Impact Weapons Instructor course, and taught the
  • Instructor Course on many occasions.
  • Developed the SMARTLOCK (aka CAMLOCK or EKA) International Expandable Baton Instructor program of instruction
  • for the German company BONOWI IPE, and has taught the course on several occasions around the United States, Asia and Europe.


Some Past & Present Law Enforcement Training Clients Include:

  • Multiple Federal, State and local Law Enforcement Trainers in the USA
  • Multiple Federal, State and local SWAT/Tactical Team members in the USA
  • South Korean SWAT & Special Sea Assault Team members
  • Republic of Korea Central Police Academy
  • Brazilian police firearms instructors and Special Operations Group members
  • German Police Academy Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructors, Hessen
  • German Police tactical team members (SEK), Hessen
  • German Federal Police (Bundezpolizei) Firearms Instructors, Lubeck Germany
  • German Federal Air Marshalls and GSG9 Instructors, Lubeck Germany
  • Mongolian National Police
  • Philippine National Police (PNP) Academy Defensive Tactics Instructors
  • Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) Commandos
  • Philippine Presidential Security Group (PSG)
  • Manila, Philippines SWAT Instructors
  • Philippine National Police Crisis Response Group (CRG)
  • Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (ASG) Anti-Hijacking
  • Utah State Police Academy
  • Weber State University Police Academy (Utah)
  • English Police Trainers
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Police tactical unit members

Jared Wihongi’s relevant background in the Private Sector is a story of hobby turn profession. At the age of 11 while growing up in New Zealand, Jared began training in the Japanese martial art Shorinji Kempo, and later transitioned to boxing in his teenage years.

From 1994-1996, Jared lived in the Philippines where he was introduced to the Filipino martial arts, much known for their combat focus and emphasis on edged and impact weapon application. This became a real passion where Jared placed a lot of his physical energy, and over the years he has moved up to the rank of Tuhon in the art of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.
A lifelong student of the combat arts, Jared has also taken the opportunity over the years to study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and the Polynesian martial arts of his native New Zealand (Mau Rakau), to name a few. While working his way through university in Hawaii, and prior to becoming a Police Officer, Jared worked as a Bouncer in a Honolulu night club. It’s during this time that he started figuring out ways to make the martial arts he had been training work in this real-world and often violent environment.
Jared is the Founder and President of the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association, an international martial arts organization dedicated to teaching and training the Filipino combat art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, with an emphasis on tactical application. He spends much of his time traveling throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and South America teaching civilian martial arts seminar through this association.
He is fluent in Filipino (Tagalog), Brazilian Portuguese, and has a Bachelors Degree of Science in Business with a major in Accounting (BYU-Hawaii and the University of Phoenix).

Jared has conducted civilian Martial Arts Seminars in the following countries:

  • The United States
  • New Zealand
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Bulgaria
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Singapore
  • The Philippines
  • Brazil

Jared Wihongi has developed a strong following in a number of military units and other armed forces worldwide.

Some of the events and units Jared has provided training for include the following:

  • US Army Special Forces weekly Combatives and event training ’05-‘14
  • US Army Special Forces Group Training Detachment (GTD) Combatives Train-the-Trainer.
  • US Army Special Forces Basic Combat Course (SFBCC)
  • US Army Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat (SFAUC)
  • US Department of Defense Joint Information Operations Warfare Center (JIOWC) Sole Operator Survival (SOS) training
  • Philippine Marine Force Reconnaissance Battalion
  • U.S. Army Military Police in Europe
  • Singapore Armed Forces Military Police
  • Republic of Korea joint military training (including members of 707th Special Forces)

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