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Marin Self Defense Solutions

Filipino Escrima & Jujitsu

Address: 555 Francisco Blvd E, #12
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: 415-686-6539

Marin Self Defense Solutions 



Filipino Boxing, Stick & Knife Training

Martial Arts Instruction

At Marin Self Defense Solutions, we are not only interested in fighting skils, with Jujitsu and Escrima but in the development of each person as a whole.  As a famous teacher once said, " these are the tools of everyday life, what you learn in here, you can apply elsewhere..."  Nowwhere is this more important than in our self defense instruction, where we realize that we must embody the very same principles that you as parents are trying to instill in your children.

A Modern Approach to Self Defense...

Although our Jujitsu and Escrima techniques are based on century old knowledge, it is our application of that knowledge that sets MSDS apart.  We realize that each of you possess different natural abilities; size and strength will vary from person to person, etc.  That is why once you have acquired a strong foundation and ability in the basics our program is individualized to match your physical capabilities in order to maximize your Escrima and Jujitsu Self Defense skills should the need ever arise, you will possess a firm understanding of exactly what it takes to both mentally and physically defend yourself or your loved ones. 

MSDS teaches an approach and system of  Modern Self Defense that is ideal for restraining opponents with minimal injury to them.  Yet in the environment of Self Defense MSDS use of Escrima and Jujitsu empty hand arts or weapons based training highlights the true understanding of Practical application.  While blending Jujitsu techniques and Karate with the flow and power of Filipino Escrima, MSDS applies necessary skills from each system for our brand of realistic self defense.  Our expertise with weaponry enhances our students application of defense strategies in life threatening situations.   

A positive self image leads to victory.  If you want to prevent an assault you must hold a positive image of yourself.  One is not naturally born with a positive self-image.  It must be learned and practiced.  Studying self defense is an excellent way to enhance your pride.  The motivating force of pride will allow you to avoid conflict and resolve crisis situations with the least force possible.

Filipino Boxing, Stick & Knife Training

Latosa Escrima is a very dynamic and logical Escrima system. The system keeps developing and progressing into the future. The system progresses as students develop their technical competence. Latosa Escrima is the study and development of the best concepts and strategies of many systems. It is the idea of understanding what you do, how you do it and why it is done. The system is an education in body motion and weapon efficiency, not just physical movements attached to techniques, just to keep students busy. Latosa Escrima main goal has always been to keep it honest and real.

In Latosa’s early stages of developing Filipino martial art concepts, the movements or techniques were considered key, and the idea of using concepts was secondary. This proved effective and contributed to the fighting reputation of many of Rene’s Latosa's students. However effective, the system did not seem complete. There was a missing element that distinguishes the Filipino art from the other martial arts. It was not the techniques that set the Filipino arts apart, since most systems utilize techniques. It was not the ability to change from empty hand to sticks and bladed weapsons. What exactly was it? This search for the answer became the driving force in Latosa’s quest to develop the Filipino martial art further. The answer was within the fighting concepts, and how they played a rolein the effectiveness of the Filipino martial arts. As the concepts of power hitting, blocking hard, balance, and attitude, became more dominant, the Latosa system developed a new focus. Rene restructured his technique drills to impart the importance of concepts.

Today, the basic principals of the Latosa Escrima system rests within the concepts of balance, speed (timing and distance), power, focus, and transition. However as advancement continues, so does the progressiveness of the system.

Hawaiian Jujitsu - Danzan Ryu Jujitsu


Jujitsu is a Japanese philosophy of martial arts, relying on skill and technique rather than strength and size. Judo is the practice of the Way of Jujitsu. It is the elevation of one's total self by understanding and adopting the principles of Ju into your manner of being. Professor Okazaki referred to his style of Jujitsu as "Judo" because he believed it was a path to greater self-awareness and health.

Judo/Jujitsu training is systematic and comprehensive. It involves learning to roll and fall (Sutemi), to move and balance (Tai Sabaki), to escape from grabs and manipulate joints (Yawara), to throw & project (Nage), to submit an opponent (Shime), to counter and transition (Oku), to reverse damage and heal injuries (Seifukujitsu), as well as many other in-depth areas of focus.