Some major cities in the United States have begun offering a specialized self-defense program geared toward senior citizens. The popular martial arts class is referred to 'extreme cane defense', but is more widely and endearingly referred to as 'Cane-Fu'.
Yeah, that's right. And you thought it was just a crutch.
Cane-Fu teaches senior citizens how to use their canes to defend themselves from attackers and is inspired by martial arts such as Hapkido, Bartitsu, Eskrima, and Goju-Shorei Karate, all of which utilize the cane as a major part of its technique.
The inspiration for Cane-Fu came from Venice, Florida-based kickboxer Buck Buckmaster, who left the world of martial arts after he saw a need to teach the elderly the importance of knowing self-defense skills at their age:
"My mom was attacked here in Venice. She was working at a convenience store. She was 69. She was beaten and robbed. Martial Arts is about not fighting. It's about getting out of the way and not getting yourself in that situation, but once you do, knowing you have the confidence to protect yourself."
Cane-Fu has continued to grow as a recognized self-defense program here in the United States. One organization, Cane Masters, has even recently developed a Cane-Fu instructor certification program in Lake Tahoe, Calif.