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The Raising Canes Club: A Fight Club for Seniors

"Grey on Top, with FIRE in the Heart?" asks Ted Truscott on his website,, as if in challenge.

He is a man with over 30 years of martial arts experience, a man who maintains that, if you can play tennis or if you can dance, you too can learn the use of the cane for self defence.

Ted is the founder of The Raising Canes Club, a club for seniors which offers training in a "legal and 'invisible' weapon". Those who pass the tests of this club learn "how to hit with power" and "the strikes with various parts of the cane".
In Truscott's well-known essay "The Fighting Cane", he explains the strategic advantage of relying on "the invisible weapon":

Your hometown may be a peaceful and beautiful place to live and to raise children, but if you travel, whether for business or retirement pleasure, some destinations you reach are not so hospitable. A stout cane may be the only weapon allowed as a carry-on on every aircraft since 9-11. That is because it serves a legitimate purpose other than self defense though it is very useful for that purpose. Whether you prefer the elegant styling of a straight walking stick or the more dangerous curved fighting cane, you are better prepared to face anti-social encounters. I have visited court rooms and other high security areas and have gone through many airports with my stick and never has it caused a really is the invisible weapon.

Truscott offers a $25 US instructional video about the art of cane fighting.

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