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Hapkido Weapons: The Cane

2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-9991213552
ISBN-10: 9991213554
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Kwang Sik Myung (December 1990)
  • ISBN-10: 9991213554
  • ISBN-13: 978-9991213552
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,732,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the books I heard about from various people over the years, but had never been able to actually get a copy of. My son managed to find one somewhere and gave it to me as a holiday present. It may have been my expectations or the fact that what was `state-of-the art' in the late 80's is now old stuff, but I found the book a bit disappointing.

Part one gives background on the author and Hapkido in general. Some of the photos in this section are very will done and the general information is still useful today in spite of the fact that Hapkido has become better known in the United States.

Part two which covers cane techniques is broken into four chapters: Basic techniques, Cane attack techniques (basic strikes and joint locks and throws), Defense against punches (strikes and joint locks and throws) and Defense against kicks.

The material presented is very basic and after the first chapter somewhat repetitive. Many of the techniques are show the techniques first without a partner and then in later chapters with a stationary, passive partner. The same techniques are then shown being applied to a partner who is actively attacking.

While I believe in repetition to learn and refine a technique, the repetition presented here took up valuable space. In a book like this I expect to see more techniques demonstrated.

I was familiar with most of the joint locks and throws in the books. Many of the techniques shown are acceptable for drills and look great in demonstrations with a cooperative partner, but are either easily countered or too complex to use in self-defense situations. This not to say that there aren't some very solid techniques presented, but that the overall quality is below current standards.

While I welcome this book into my collection as a revolutionary and important book for its time, there are much better books, videos, and seminars on cane techniques available today.
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As a Hapkido instructor I found this a reasonable guide to Cane techniques by GM Myung of the World Hapkido Federation when I used it as a source of information in the early 1990's. There was also a video by the same author which was very useful along with the text. Some of the approaches to executing the techniques are dated and not useful. For example lifting up the leg high at the start of executing a technique has many shortcomings. Some of the punching techniques are equally amusing with the leg lifted up at the start of the punch (drawn from variations of the punching technique found in Tae Kwon Do and many Karate styles). Some of the stances such as horse riding stance shown in some photos don't meet modern needs and applications either. Also, What is needed is a description of the cane (size (ex. usually 36 to 42"), weight, size of curved handle, etc.). For example speed is drastically reduced when a heavy hardwood cane is used (sold in many MA supply Co.'s). Speed is a very important factor when using these techniques in an actual self defence application. Though the weight of a cane certainly adds to the power of the strike it should be remembered that the energy of the strike goes up as the square of the velocity. Faster speeds make it much harder to counter a technique. As a note: no countering techniques are shown nor are there any drills shown to develop power and accuracy in the striking techniques or any of the techniques - and rarely is this found in today's sources of information. The size of the curve is usually large for hapkido canes and is not seen in actual canes purchased in pharmacies. This is so the size of the curve can accommodate some takedowns and locks.Read more ›
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