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Basic Walking Cane Self Defense Techniques
Copyright Pete Kautz 2011/17
 

The walking cane has become a popular choice for self defense in recent years.  It offers numerous advantages over empty hands, especially in defense against weapons.  Plus the cane can be invisible in the sense that if you look like you should be carrying a cane, it might not be obviously seen as a weapon.

(Of course, this can work against you if you're young. When I was in my early 20's with long hair and a leather jacket yet needed a cane after surgery people would look at me suspiciously and even cross the street to get away! But today at nearly 50 with grey hair it would look more normal and not raise an eyebrow.)

In the general sense, knowing how to use the cane will allow one to use any medium length stick, pipe, broom handle, piece of rebar, and so on.  Cane tactics that rely on the hooked "crook" top for control are not emphasized in our programs because we want the material to be more universal in nature and not be limited to one specific kind of tool.

In learning the basics of the cane for defensive use (as opposed to stick fighting against another skilled exponent who is equally armed) the training progression is relatively short.  It emphasizes using basic blocks, strikes, releases with one or two hands and then applying them in self defense scenarios.

Here is a basic outline of the skills I'll typically present in such short-term courses:

* Legal use of force in self defense
* Specifics of using the cane & anatomical targeting
* Gripping the cane, 1 & 2 handed methods
* Basic strikes, thrusts and patterned actions, 1 & 2 handed methods
* Applying strikes, thrusts and patterned actions on targets, 1 & 2 handed methods
* Basic blocks, 1 & 2 handed methods
* Blocking and counter striking, 1 & 2 handed methods
* Releases against grabs, 1 & 2 handed methods
* Using strikes, blocks, and releases in self defense scenarios
* Countering the knife in self defense scenarios
* Using the cane from a seated and grounded position

In a matter of hours a person can learn all this material and become quite competent with it.  With a minimum of work they can easily maintain these skills.  There is no high level of athleticism required, no spinning kicks or leaping.  Just simple techniques that one can practice alone or with a friend.

Why not take this outline and have some fun working through it the next time you train?  I trust that everyone out there is smart enough to understand basically what kind of skills I'm referring to here.  Use this structure plus your own creativity and see where it takes you!

Once you've gone through the progression, figure out how this same shell could adapt to other tools and self defense skills.  Then "add what is specifically your own" to make it work best for you!

All my very best to you,

Pete Kautz

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