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The Stick And Cane In Close Combat: Jointlocks, Takedowns and Surprise Attacks Paperback – June 30, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Unique Pubns (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865682577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865682573
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first big plus that this book has in it's favor is the author himself.
David A. Naess
Although most people who will be using a cane, will not be attempting the joint locks and takedowns.
karen
The techniques are well described and the pictures are clear and well sequenced.
kungfu_fightin

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Dughi on August 27, 2007
Tom Lang's book lays the out stick and cane techniques in a format that a beginner can follow and understand, but he doesn't talk down to the advanced students. The format of breaking down the techniques into steps is not new, but adding a list of common mistakes and adding his personal commentary is more what I expect in a training seminar rather than a book. This format makes this book far more user friendly than the other books on stick and cane in my collection.

The illustrations include excellent close-up shots of hand and wrist position which reduces some of the uncertainty for the beginner and the number of techniques presented provides a good core of locks, chokes, takedowns and disarming techniques for beginning and intermediate students.

For the students looking for more intermediate/long range techniques, the Tom Lang Martial Arts web site has information on striking techniques.

I just wish Tom had expanded on his chapter on "less than reliable techniques." After spending quite a few years working with a cane and finding out the hard way how many of the techniques taught are too slow, complicated or easily countered, this type of information is invaluable and saves precious training time and effort.

The book is not error free and even with the Errata provided, some of the publishing omissions may confuse a beginner until they think about. For someone with a background in stick and cane, these publishing related errors may not even be noticeable because we're used to filling in the blanks when we run into them. These are minor problems, but probably obviously frustrating to any author.

While the cost is a little bit more than I would like to pay, I see it as money well spent. I will definitely recommend this to my students and will be using much of what I learned from Tom Lang's book in future training.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kungfu_fightin on January 6, 2008
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This book is really great. The humility of the author and his writing style are excellent. The techniques are well described and the pictures are clear and well sequenced. The high point of this book is the author's exploration of techniques that are questionable or perhaps weak combat techniques. The reality of this sort of discussion is that it exposes the depth of his knowledge, which can only come from trying a technique over and over with different training partners.

There is lots to play with here, so be prepared to spend time to learn the material. You will not be disappointed. It's a great follow on to Hatsumi's book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wood Wren on March 1, 2009
I own several different books covering this subject and this one is by far the most comprehensive and understandable. This one is good for both beginners in the art and for those who have more experience. Like other reviewers here, I found the material which covered the less effective techniques to be one of the strong points of the book. The author presents these weak techniques in a logical way and when you actually think about them, his observations and recommendations make a lot of sense which helps cut down on training time and practice. I walk a lot, both trail walking and public path. I always carry a walking stick; something odd for someone my age, but I feel so much more secure. This is a great book. If you learn just a few techniques it is well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Covington on January 12, 2009
Great book - exactly what it says it is! Helpful for any style martial arts.
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