The other night after cane class, a martial arts student made a comment regarding the simplicity and effectiveness of the cane self defense techniques. “They’re so to the point” he said. I believe he meant in comparison to conventional martial arts applications. I explained that American Cane Self Defense (ACSD) is about ending the confrontation immediately with or without the cane.
The applications are1-3 moves and take no more than 3 seconds to execute. The greatest misconception the public has regarding this American Cane Art, is that it only teaches self defense with the cane. They don’t understand that cane practitioners develop devastating hand to hand defenses. ACSD practitioners are some of the most adept empty hand self defense civilians anywhere.
Part of the reason is ACSD applications require minimal coordination. That’s why the masses can quickly learn the applications and be effective immediately. How many martial arts or self defense systems can truly make that promise? While most martial arts system require years to master, ACSD practitioners can become proficient in their art in about 1/3 of the time of a traditional martial art. “Proficient” means able to defend themselves against most forms of physical aggression. How fast can an average “Joe” or “Mary” learn to defend themselves with our method? How about 30 minutes? Don’t believe it? Self Defense tools provide leverage beyond anything an empty hand art could hope to. It’s that simple.
You can teach your pupil your best empty hand striking, locking, kicking, joint locking, or grappling moves and they’ll still have to run away from the non-stop power shot assault of my 30 minute novice. Furthermore, the easy learn/teach system ensures that generations will be able to confidently pass on these life saving skills. When it comes to self defense for today’s world, keeping it simple is vital for learning, applying, and retention.