Review: The Stick And Cane In Close Combat: Jointlocks, Takedowns and Surprise Attacks
Today I’d like to review an excellent resource for the stick fighter, Tom Lang’s The Stick and Cane in Close Combat. Mr. Lang uses a 36 inch stick throughout, and while I may not agree with every technique, you will find interesting techniques that you haven’t seen before.
Although I’m not a believer in stick grappling, you need to be prepared.
What I appreciate most is Lang’s realistic sense of what will work. I get the feeling that this guy has actually tried techniques and found out that they don’t work as advertised. In fact, one of the most interesting sections of the book features commonly seen techniques that just don’t work. One example of an often-seen (yet crappy) technique is using a cane to throw an opponent by hooking his neck. Mr. Lang shows and explains very clearly why this won’t work. He shows some very advanced thinking in looking for the flaws and vulnerabilities of various techniques.
There is also a bibliography section that lists scores of stick fighting resources, which the serious student will find valuable.