Let me start by thanking Harm for all of his kind words, as well as seeing fit to include my humble scribblings here. It is certainly appreciated.
For 18 years, my private charity was a self defense course and home security upgrade for violent crime survivors. Eventually I came to specialize in the elderly and disabled, the most vulnerable people in our society. <a href="http://hellinahandbasket.net
" target="_blank">My blog[/url] originally was started to provide a way for my students to ask questions, but it has since turned into a place where anyone interested in self defense can reach me. And, of course, where anyone with an interest in sharing their own expertise can find a voice.
So far as limiting the purchase price of a cane, which was an issue Harm discussed, I'd like to point out that the vast majority of violent crime victims are dirt poor. Many people like to take me to task for focusing on less expensive options, insisting that I am doing my students no favors by urging them to use what barely works for the least amount of scratch when more capable options are available, but they simply don't have any money! I do the best I can for them by avoiding any insistence on what is perfect.
Beamish very kindly pointed out that Bart___u is a Victorian Era martial art that includes walking sticks for self defense. That is certainly true, and I have <a href="http://hellinahandbasket.net/?p=441
" target="_blank">mentioned Bart___u in previous essays[/url]. It is also not surprising that Bart___u is but one of many disciplines developed in Western martial arts to use a cane or walking stick to send an attacker packing, including an incredibly nasty school of Irish stick fighting where poking the eyes out of a violent criminal is considered to be a good start. Click on that last link to find out more.
So far as my own preferences are concerned, I have found that the Japanese fencing art of Kendo <a href="http://hellinahandbasket.net/?p=1486
" target="_blank">seems to work rather well[/url]. But that is probably because I already knew the basic moves, and didn't have to start at the end of the learning curve.
at any rate, thank you once again for finding some value in my blatherings!