I have recently become interested in the use of a cane for self-defense. Partly this is due to still having a slight limp after an auto wreck, and partly just because a cane seems like an excellent tool for those situations where you're not justified in using "lethal" force. I'm still trying to do some basic research on the subject and I'm having trouble selecting some good training DVD's (and/or books). It seems that most of the "Cane Fighting" training is geared toward the Martial Arts. While some of the Martial Artsy stuff is certainly applicable to self-defense, much of it is not. For example: The Martial Arts videos will show someone grabbing your shoulder from behind. The conditioned reflex taught is to first break the hold and then immediately swing at their head. Well, if the person that grabbed your shoulder turns out to be a "harmless" panhandler, then you'd better have a really good explanation to the Judge & Jury as to why you thought it was necessary to fracture his skull. The standard Martial Arts maneuver to move in and "finish off" an opponent who's already down (with a potentially lethal or crippling blow) could have unpleasant legal consequences afterwards. One video demonstrated a choke hold where you hooked the cane around the back of your attacker's neck, then drew his throat forward against your opposing forearm. With all due respect toward the otherwise knowledgeable Martial Arts master, if your opponent had any kind of knife, he'd gut you like a fish before he passed out from the choke hold. I know very little about the Martial Arts, but common sense suggests that there are some big differences between a street fight and a tournament. On the other hand, "Martial Cane Concepts" by Michael Janich is geared toward actual self-defense. It teaches a simplified system of one basic stance, with a limited number of practical moves. So you're not left trying to figure out which of the dozens of possible counter moves that fancier systems teach to use when someone takes a swing at you. The heart of the system is to get in one good blow aimed at your opponents lower leg/knee/shin bone (to keep him from chasing you) and then retreat as quickly as possible. While I'm sure that won't win you many points in a Martial Arts tournament, it seems more likely to help you both survive the immediate threat, and be able to justify your actions afterwards. Again, sometimes an all out counter attack is necessary. But there are other times when smacking an attacker on the leg with a stick is a lot easier to explain than shooting them. So, does anybody know where to find good Self Defense training DVD's for a cane? I already have the excellent Janich DVD. I know Gunsite has a Cane video, and some of the videos at Canemasters look appropriate. But most of them are $40, so I'd rather not buy a dozen looking for the 2 or 3 that are actually what I need. btw – I know that some of this training is best done with a live instructor. But right now, I"m still trying to sort out what to even ask for.