Grandmaster Bill Newman
Bill Newman became interested in the martial arts in the early 1960s. At that time no Asian martial arts other than Judo and Jiu-Jitsu were known in Europe. By chance he made the acquaintance of the martial arts pioneer Brian Jones, and became his private student, learning a mixture of Wado-Ryu Karate and Wing Chun and training with great enthusiasm every day for seven years. One day Bill Newman heard from his training colleague Dick Morris that the Escrima teacher Rene Latosa lived not far from his house, and held classes in Philippine weapon-fighting in his home. Naturally Bill Newman was immediately curious to find out about this exotic martial art, and started to learn from Latosa. Via Rene Latosa he got to know many of the great old escrimadores, e.g. Angel Cabales, Leo Giron and John Latosa.
For a number of years Bill Newman and Rene Latosa trained together, travelled around Europe and introduced the martial arts scene to this previously completely unknown martial art.
Having ended his military service in Europe, GM Rene Latosa returned to the USA and Bill Newman continued to teach Escrima in Europe under the aegis of the European WingTsun Organisation (EWTO). He regularly travelled to the USA to learn from the best Escrima teachers, so as to give his European students the highest possible standard.
GM Bill Newman was primary teacher of Grandmaster Lars Lind.