Christopher “El Capitan” Latino
Born: August 8th, 1974
Belt Rank: BROWN Promoted December 17, 2011
Chris grew up loving all sports and excelled in football and baseball. His passion for athletics led to a football scholarship at Cal Poly S.L.O., coaching and playing football in Cologne, Germany, coaching high school sports (Football, Baseball, Wrestling, Track & Field, and Golf) since 2000, and high school athletic director since 2009.
Latino started training Jiu Jitsu, in January 2007, as a new years resolution to get in shape and get back involved in competition. After his first class with Andre’ Glodzinski, he was hooked. Began competing in local (Northern California) tournaments after only 5 months of training and finding early success, 1st Place – Heavyweight – Rumble in the Redwoods, 2nd Place – Heavyweight – Ultimate Fitness/Cia Paulista internal Tournament, and was awarded his blue belt in 1 years time. As a blue belt, 1st Place – Medium Heavyweight – 2nd Place – Open – 1st America’s Cup, 1st place – 185lb – 2nd place – Open Division – Capital City Grappling Tournament, 1st place – 185 lb intermediate – Pancration Tournament, 2 Pro fights – Gladiator Challenge, 2nd place – Medium Heavyweight – 2nd Americas Cup, and a 2nd place – Medium Heavyweight Pan American Championships. After 2 1/2 years at blue belt and the outstanding performance in the Pan American Championships was awarded his Purple Belt. As a purple belt, 1st place – Medium Heavyweight – 1st Place – 185lb No Gi -Grappling X Tournament, 2nd Place – Medium Heavyweight 4th America’s Cup, and is looking forward to finishing the tournament season with an impressive showing at the U.S. Open in October and chasing his Brown Belt.
“Training at Cia Paulista has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Sensei Andre’ Glodzinski is masterful in his ability to teach competition level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and to motivate you to train hard all the time. I am so excited to teach classes on a regular basis and share the knowledge that has been so integral in my personal journey through the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranks.”
Chris Latino training with his daughter on the mats!!!