What is Latosa Escrima?
The Latosa Weapons System of Escrima is a brutally efficient Filipino fighting art that specializes in blunt and edged weapons. Abbreviated as Latosa Escrima, its purpose is to equalize a disadvantaged violent situation that involves weapons or superior numbers. We use concepts to empower the user, whether it be with traditional blunt and edged weapons (stick and knife), improvised weapons, or empty hand techniques. We emphasize brevity and power, but routinely test balance, timing, speed, and distance.
Escrima concepts mirror those of Wing Chun and make it an ideal ‘armed’ complementary art. (Especially when you consider Wing Chun weapons are taught last and are not practical in the modern sense (8 foot pole and short swords)).
Like Wing Chun, Latosa Escrima prefers to use movements that are dual purposed: a block must also threaten the attacker. This eliminates several possible responses, leaving us with a very short list of qualified movements. Additionally, our selected responses must adapt dynamically to the moment.
For example, each of our strikes is easily used offensively and defensively at all ranges, from long (Largo Mano) to medium (Medio), and short (Corto). To borrow a Strength Training expression, we are training Specificity with Variety, which builds muscle memory.
Also like Wing Chun, we have a very small batch of movements that we use very well in a variety of situations. Latosa Escrima is characterized as a Five Strike (Cinco Terro) system that uses a box method of blocks and finds efficiency through a figure 8 weaving pattern.
Latosa Escrima has its roots in the famed Stockton Escrima Academy of the 1960’s. It was there that legends Angel Cabales, Leo Giron, Max Sarmiento, and Dentoy Revillar held court, each with a different specialty. Grand Master Rene credits his late father, Juan, for revealing the concepts that would become the foundation of his unique system.
Grand Master Rene is thought to be the first person to publicly teach the Filipino Martial Arts in England and Europe while stationed there with the Air Force in the early 1970’s.