Item description for Raising Cane - The Unexpected Martial Art by Octavio Ramos, Jr....
When you think of a cane, do you think of an elderly person walking down the street, using the "stick" as a crutch? When author Octavio Ramos Jr. sees a cane, he sees a hard-hitting self-defense weapon with a crook and horn capable of incapacitating any opponent within a matter of seconds. This book teaches the art of one of the most unexpected self-defense tools ever created. Carried anywhere--into almost any situation--the cane rarely attracts undue attention...until you need it to.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.5" Height: 9" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 28, 2006
Publisher Velluminous Press
ISBN 1905605102 ISBN13 9781905605101
Reviews - What do customers think about Raising Cane - The Unexpected Martial Art?
Basic Cane Defensive Course Sep 8, 2008
This is an excellent book for the beginner looking to use a good crook street cane for self-defense. The stick-figure drawings are easy to understand and follow. I use this book for the basics when I can't use my training DVD's from Dr. Joe Robaina at canedokaiusa dot com. Dr. Joe's DVD's are tops.. Still, this Raising Cane book is one of the easier and simplist to use and it works well when all of the electronic gadgets are not available.
Worthy despite shortcomings Aug 5, 2008
"Raising Cane" (RC) documents the pedestrian and much underestimated art of cane defense. What could be more familiar than a crook-necked cane, or as accessible as 36" of hardwood resting at the ready in your dominant hand? Neither a knife nor gun has this advantage and the cane can be taken almost everywhere by old or young.
Topics covered: Basic terminology, stances, footwork, power strikes, flexibility (redondo) strikes, thrusts, blocks, use of the crook, use of the alive(free) hand, fighting scenarios, combinations and flows, disarms, conditioning/weight room work and a section on cane vs. knife. This is an ambitious undertaking in just 176 pages.
My first hours with this text were frustrated by the sometimes confusing illustrations employed to convey technique. I'm not sure if I'm doing the beginning strike series (Cinco Tiros) correctly. No doubt it is a challenging task to portray the dynamics of any martial art with static illustrations. And the style chosen--stick figure drawings viewed from a single vantage point--leave much to be desired. I simply could not decode some of the drawings, e.g. strong-side high-level strike (p48) and weak-side corkscrew thrust (p50). Both seem impossible as illustrated. In many illustrations there are missing critical frames showing the path the cane should take, thus leaving the reader to guess, fill-in or draw upon previous experience. Some drawings are mislabled (p117) and do not coordinate with text--poor proofing. (-1.5 stars)
RC desparately cries out for a companion demonstration DVD. All is not lost, the author does direct the reader to the Canemasters website where one can find instructional DVDs, which are not inexpensive, as well as a selection of robust canes which put to shame anything else I've been able to find.
A valiant effort but unnecessarily difficult to decode (3.5 stars).
Great Book! Mar 26, 2008
As someone who has had to use a cane at different times, I loved it. I had tried to adapt Escima (stick fighting) as a defensive option when I had to use the cane with not much luck. I feel a little safer and will continue to use the workouts. Thanks
Raising Cane The unexpected Martial Art Sep 6, 2007
The book is excellent to read andwas imformative on how if you used a cane for walking if you were attacked how to stop the attack from the perpetrator and being able to walk away without harm. A must read for anyone that needs a cane to walk with to learn defense moves that will save your life.
Nice Introduction Aug 25, 2007
I was interested in finding some techniques to use with a walking stick when I stumbled on several variations of cane fighting. After some research, I went with this book. I'm not at all disappointed. It very directly and clearly lays down a foundation for using a cane as a fighting weapon. It covers all the basics quite well. The illustrations and directions are informative enough for most of the techniques in the book. I've shown it to my instructors and they were impressed with the material as well. The one shortcoming I found was that the stick figures used to illustrate the techniques couldn't always clearly show what was happening to the cane in the hand. Still, overall a wonderful read providing some great information.