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Thoughts on stick for city walking, possible defense applications

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I'm fortunate enough not to really NEED a stick to get around. . . but I'm 62, have a bad ankle, my eyesight isn't getting better, and I often walk my dog at light on potholed streets and uneven sidewalks, in an iffy neighborhood.

With this as background: what are your thoughts about a cane to use as a mobility aid with possible self defense applications? I'm thinking about woods, weight, types and shapes of handles, etc.
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Being 62, myself, I'm not unfamiliar with the issues presented when just leaving the residence. At our age movement of any kind is beneficial to one's well being. Walking is one of the best exercises that you can engage in.

The importance of being practiced when considering the employment of the cane for self defense simply cannot be overstated. It is for that reason that I have adapted a personal exercise program surrounding the employment of the cane. A good "body-type" punching bag can be used to practice pokes and strikes, as well as practicing your footwork. If you are like most seniors, it is imperative to start off slow and gradually build your stamina. You may be huffing and puffing like a steam engine at first, but after a while you will notice that your practice sessions increase in length of time. The main thing is to dedicate yourself to your practice...IT'S FUN!!!

The one man I know of who has dedicated himself to educating women and seniors in the use of the cane is Ted Truscott. I recommend that you look over his site at: http://raisingcanes.net/

I have absolutely no connection to Mr. Truscott other than admiring the work he is doing.

I hope this helps.
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Silenthunder: Good stuff! And I agree 100%! Thank you for the information and web page! I'm not a violent person, but I would not hesitate to use it to protect myself and my family -- besides, what you said about the practice being fun is true! Good to have you with us!
Thank you for your kind words. For me and my purposes my cane provides a great deal of deterrence. The thugs see it, and they know what it's there for; no one else pays too much attention to it. Thank you again.
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