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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommend, August 27, 2007
This review is from: The Stick And Cane In Close Combat: Jointlocks, Takedowns and Surprise Attacks (Paperback)
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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