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Eric Artzt

After all these years, why Latosa Escrima?

  1. The concepts-based teaching approach works well with my learning style, and is also the way that I prefer to teach.
  2. Latosa Escrima is easy on my body. I feel confident I will be able to practice well into my 70s.
  3. The art works, and it improves and extends what I had already.
  4. Stick, staff, longsword, asp, tonfa, sword and buckler, spear…
  5. Mr. Latosa is for us, a teacher, mentor and inspiration, both in terms of technique but also in terms of pedagogy (teaching approach).


Andrew S.

I was exposed to some exceptional coaches very young and have been training seriously in various martial arts since age 18- the last 21 years. As a child, I wrestled (poorly) through junior high, did a little Aikido with a family friend who was a student of the founder, and did a little fencing with legendary coach Lajos Csiszar. The during my second year of college at age 18 I started training in Okinawan Kempo with Ralph Buschbacher. For the rest of college I trained at University of Virginia’s Okinawan Kempo club and with Joe Aldridge at Aldridge Karate Institute. During that time I was exposed to Wally Jay’s Small Circle Jiu Jitsu, tuite, and Remy Presas’s Modern Arnis. (more…)


I’ve been doing an assortment of martial arts for the last 30 years, including a large amount of time learning and teaching Latosa Escrima, as well as Wing Chun and Hsing-I Chuan. When I’m not training fists and feet, sticks, staffs, and machetes with Seattle Escrima, I while away the time teaching a Germanic sword & buckler system from the early 14th century on Sunday mornings through theĀ Lonin (mostly) sword fighting club.