Ok, so we’re into week 3 of Kilted to Kick Cancer, and you guys have donated… nothing.
I’m going to blame myself for obviously not promoting it enough, and not having anything nifty to give away. A few folks on GBC have suggested that I threaten you with pictures of me in nothing *but* a kilt, But… uh… I think Wizard would hurt me for scaring off the few regular readers we have. That, and I’d rather not break one of my cameras.
So, if I’ve guilt tripped you into donating, you can do so for Livestrong here, or the Prostate Cancer Foundation here. Of course, you could always donate because you’re good people and their good causes. Right?
Ok, enough of that…
Here I am in my more dressy kilt. You can’t really see it, but the kilt and vest are pinstripe. I’m also carrying a cane that can be used to defend myself. This particular one would not be my choice for defense (I prefer something in oak with a crook), but it is, when it comes down to it, an aluminum pole that no one will question you carrying around. This is especially useful when you’re, say, in downtown Atlanta attending a convention with roughly 52,000 other geeks and the rules say no guns.
It’s interesting that the cane as a defense tool seems to get rediscoverd ever-so-often. While I was at Dragoncon, I attended a panel discussing Bartitsu and A.C. Cunningham’s thoughts on the matter. Of course, any proper fan of Sherlock Holmes has heard of Bartitsu, but A.C. Cunningham was an American Naval officer that wrote about adapting spear and saber techniques to the cane. Of course, during that time, most gentlemen carried canes as a fashion item whether they needed it or not. Something I don’t think I’d be upset about should it come back into fashion (although I doubt it will).
While, sadly, both Bartitsu and Cunnigham’s teaching have faded away, there are a couple options for the modern gentleman to learn how to effectively use the cane. There are a few traditional martial arts that have used the cane for some time. The most prominent in my mind is Hapkido. For a modern art dedicated to the walking cane as a weapon, I’d have to go with the Goju-Shorei system. Of course, the fact that my instructor is the director of the weapons system might make me a little biased.