Cane Self-Defense Workshop

by Ken Ryan on March 19, 2013

April 13, 2013 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness #301
Bowdoin College
5000 South Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Ken Ryan

Martial Arts Cane Seminar

Cane Form for Health & Self-Defense

Rural China throughout most of history exemplifies the dangers of gun control. Not permitted to have formal weapons, the citizens had to learn to defend themselves with their bare hands and any crude weapons they could fashion from every-day tools.

A case in point: for most of history the cane was primarily a weapon.  It has only been in the last few hundred years that it became a medical device.

In the last 2 decades the cane’s defensive potential has been rediscovered, and a new martial art has emerged, built on ideas from other self-defense systems, but also capitalizing on the unique qualities of the cane.

On April 13, Rol Fessenden, MCT member and 3rd Degree Black Belt will offer this introductory seminar on the martial cane, open to the MCT membership and, space permitting, to the general public. Beginning with safe cane handling, and some basic defensive techniques, Rol will then teach a complete cane form that incorporates many cane-handling strategies, blocks, and strikes.

The cane makes a very cool weapon (or do you prefer safety enhancement?). This workshop will be safe and fun, appropriate for all ages and levels. The material presented can be practiced at home at slow speeds to build strength, agility, and endurance, while furthering mastery of the techniques. The form can also be practiced like other Taiji practice sets such as saber and sword, the weapon extending the energy and connecting the whole body.

Bring a cane if you have access to one; some practice canes will be provided. Or splurge on a practice cane of your own by going to the Canemaster website (




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