Grandmaster Rene Latosa
Grandmaster Rene Latosa founder of the Latosa Weapon System
Rene Latosa has been studying and teaching the Filipino martial arts of weapons and empty hand for over 40 years all over the world. He is, in fact, the first to bring the Filipino Martial Arts to England and Europe . He began his training at the Stockton Escrima Academy in Stockton, CA, in 1968, with Dentoy Revilar (Serrada), Maximo Sarmiento (Kadena de Mano ), Leo Giron (Largo Mano ) and Grandmaster Angel Cabales (Serrada and Father of Escrima in America). However, the most influential Escrimador in his life was his father, Juan Latosa. Renes initial exposure to the Filipino martial arts came through his ethnic and cultural environment in Stockton, a small faring town in central California , which at one time had the largest Filipino community apart from Manila.
Rene is now retired from the Federal Government after serving in the U.S. Air Force for five years and holds a B.S. degree from the University of San Francisco . He has taught martial arts to special police tactical units on the East Coast, special combat units within the Air Force, the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Probation Department, sheriff departments and various special police units in Europe . He has also designed several self-defense courses for women and children. Rene has several series of videos out on the market, published several books on the subject and has been the main theme for several major martial arts magazines as well as television stories both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.