How Simple Cane Moves Turn Into Effective Self Defense
What’s the hottest topic in cane self defense today? Well from surveying the troops and general interest, it’s what is known as the Cane-Empty Hand Translations that come from CaneFlow or the “dance”. CaneFlow is the non-choreographed movement based art where the cane self-defense applications are “hidden” in the dance-like movements with the cane. The same movements are performed empty hand and referred to as FistFlow in ACSD. The moves can actually be adapted to any tool in hand. In ACSD, it’s important to understand the basic premise which is, the cane teaches the empty hand and not the other way around. So if this is new to you, just know in ACSD the Cane movements have an empty hand equivalent and it was was the way it was originally put together three decades ago by American Cane Self Defense/CaneFlow founder Joe Robaina.
You can get a better understanding of ACSD’s CaneFlow art here:
Take a look at the first move in the video and you’ll see how a simple downward movement with the Cane shaft/tip common in CaneFlow and Sobrevivencia and seen by onlookers as a simple, non-aggressive exercise, not only doubles up as a potential strike with the Cane, but a defelction, claw grab and lock with the empty hand. Notice how the movement is the same with or without the Cane. ACSD follows the same formula for dealing with incoming attacks for both Cane and Empty Hand: Deflect, Connect, Control. The ACSD Empty Hand system consists primarily of palm heel, hammer fist, clawing motions, and one knuckle hand formations. The strikes are directed to weak areas of the opponent’s anatomy and those most effective at shutting down the nerve system. In the video, you’ll see an exmaple of the deflect, connect, control formula using a seizing/twisiting claw. ACSD 2 main types of empty hand claws which require specific exercises to condition clawing hand.
In the second example in the video, you’ll see how the deflect-connect-control formula works when your opponent is attacking with a quick punch to the face. Because of the speed of the incoming blow, you wouldn’t be a ble to just “catch” the punch. Pay close attention to the inverted raising of the Cane movement (known in ACSD as PS5) translates into a seizing/twisting claw which allows access to the oppenet’s vital targets of the eyes and throat. The claw grip targets nerves in the wrist which weaken the fist. Notice also how the dynamics of the application throws off the opponent’s biomechanics bringing their head below thier waist, negates the effetiveness of any counter on their part. The claw’s thumb to the eye takes advantage of your opponent’s autonomic response causes them to pull their head back exposing their throat for a follow up if necessary.
In summary, in ACSD the Cane teaches the Empty Hand and a vast repertory of self defense application is hidden in the CaneFlow dance. Caners worlwide will be able to learn this unique Cane system of self protection and health enhamcement in person with the founder at the Miami, Florida HQ at Winter Cane Immersion 2024 (Feb. 20-23). Call ACSD HQ 800-289-8188 for details!