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Real defense with a stick or cane!
on October 14, 2014
First it looks old and noy very slick, I did not like it at all at first sight. But if you really read it with care you will find ONE OF THE BEST self defense manuals in the market!
FIRST: It explains the guard on the old bartitsu cane photos, with your hand holding the stick raised behind your head. It looks ineffective but in reality is probably the best position if you have a cane or a stick.
SECOND: Addresses the fact that you do not have a sharp sword, so the fencing guards with your stick in front are mainly an invitation to have it grabbed, yes there are techniques to deal with that, but the chances are that you would have to end wrestling for control of your stick. If you have a sharp sword the damage that it can do and the fact that if you try to wrestle it from your adversary will cut your hands acts as a deterrent that does not apply to a stick.
THIRD: Deals with the fact that for a stick the main targets are the head, including of course the face, and the hands, yes all body is a target but if you hit a really strong man with a stick the damage will probably not disable him, and a solid hit will give him the opportunity to get hold of your stick. Also and this is the flip side of the real targets for a stick it put a lot of emphasis on the protection of your own hands and head.
FOURTH: This is very important most of the manual for the use of the stick are grounded on oriental martial arts, they might be really good, but they are not designed for the walking stick-cane, and many are made by martial artists from scratch and some times the techniques might not be as effective as they appear, also many of the techniques require hyperfit people and many people with canes are not in that category.
FIFTH: I have several very well made and beautiful canes, they are too heavy! With this system you can get results from a humble and very cheap aluminum orthopedic cane, or from a dirty cheap stick!
It will need a lot of close study, but if you persevere and do the exercises (they require a good deal of effort and time, and they can be very difficult at the beginning ) you will have a a very effective method of self defense, and a very nice way of passing the time when you walk with your stick. It is an old fashioned "constitutional" that will exercise the arms as well as the legs when you walk, and of course the exercises ahoild be done with both hands.