Escrima, the Spanish word for "fencing," is the name given to both armed and unarmed applications of the Filipino martial arts. In learning a battlefield art which only recently developed into a sport, the Escrima student begins with single or double weapons and gradually learns to apply the same techniques empty-handed.
A deadly serious approach to fighting, Escrima is known for lighting fast self-defense and simultaneous counter-attacks and blocks. Each of these DVDs teach different aspects of the Latosa Escrima System as taught in his schools. The videos complement each other but also stand on their own as complete training aids.
RENE LATOSA has been actively teaching the Philipino martial arts since 1968. He was strongly influenced by his instructors at the Stockton Escrima Academy in California, including Grandmaster Angel Cabales, Max Sarmiento, Dentoy Revilar and Master Leo Giron, as well as the teachings of his own father. Latosa has received full instructorship certification in the Serrada system and Cadena de Mano. He is the only person ever to be certified in Cadena de Mano by Max Sarmiento.
Latosa went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force which brought him to many different places around the world. During his travels, he has taught Escrima to SWAT teams and elite military units. Latosa is credited with helping to introduce Filipino martial arts to England and Europe. Presently, there are thousands of students practicing Latosa Escrima in Europe alone.