Captain O wrote:
Nice selection, Jerry. What I like about the United Defense Cane is that it won't deteriorate or rot. It may dent, but in a self-defense situation, that's about it. I'm also looking at Cold Steel's self-defense "walking stick". It had an aluminum knob on the end and can be shortened from 37" to 34" inches so that I can take it when I'm "putting on the ritz".
Captain O, I think it's great that you think about self protection as with the cane you purchased and self-defense. I read the entire thread, I may have not soaked up every single word but I captured the important things, and I saw the videos (yours and the youtube one provided by deo-pa) on cane techniques as well. I studied Aikijujutsu for many years, touched on just about all the weaponry old and new, and leaned towards the most practical rather than what was traditional or most popular with instructors and students alike, as students will usually go with the personal favorites of their instructor(s). I'm a certified instructor in this ancient art form designed for real life as well. It's a very well rounded art beyond anyone's imagination. Not like your present type newer arts that are mainly for sport and/or competition. Most of which are bits a pieces of Aikijujutsu. The cane you purchased - if used as the youtube video shows - is not the best most practical way for a cane.
A cane, actually, would not be my weapon of choice but so be it. The best way to use a cane in self defense is to hold it with both hands at all time when in close range situations - as with the youtube video - to apply quick strikes or maneuvers as with a redirecting technique. Consider that what you strike with you are also giving that part of your cane to your attacker. The attacker - unlike in the youtube video - will use the other hand as well, thus, the video is not true to real life confrontations. A strong stance and good grip with both hands is the best way to block & strike. Unless the opponent is at a distance and aggressively approaching. You can strike with either end of the cane - with one hand or two but at the risk of losing that end to the attacker - and block mostly with the mid area but ends can used as well for upper strikes and kicks.
Consider your attacker will probably want to grab the cane from you at all times. If he grabs one end and you have both hands on your cane a quick small circle rotating the cane's end over the back of his hand with the looping movement to the outside over his picky finger is the best way to weaken his grip and will put him at a disadvantage followed by a quick but strong poking strike that will break the grip free or snap his wrist - before he knows he no longer has control of the cane - do damage to that part of his body at the same time. Hopefully you'll hit a sweet spot - mid section, ribs, etc., if that is what he is giving you by opening up.
Teaching someone Aikijujutsu techniques online is not the way to go to begin with, however, do not overestimate the cane's ability to be a viable weapon. And never underestimate your opponent no matter his size. Good luck and if you have any questions do not hesitate to message me.
jerryd6818 wrote:I think I'd just as druther walk over to the wall and grab one of these. And if one of those doesn't suit me, there's more under the bed.
JerryD, I like the canes.
Especially the ones with no hook handles for self defense. If I had to pick one I would select the taller one in the middle or the one over the next with the white tip/handle, if sturdy enough. However, if I had to choose a stick, any stick, I would go with an old tapered axe handle over a knife, Bo or Jo.