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Anatomy of a Fighting Cane – More Than a Crutch

By Jo Gardner | April 19, 2022 |

A fighting cane is more than a crutch. It is a wonderfully inconspicuous, highly effective and sometimes, a deadly self-defense tool once you learn to use it. Yet, when people have to use a cane for mobility, their egos have a huge adjustment to undergo. Perhaps they don’t realize the statement a fighting cane can…

How old is too old for martial arts

How Old is Too Old For Martial Arts?

By Jo Gardner | March 28, 2022 |

You are going to love the answer for “how old is too old for martial arts?”!  There is NO MARTIAL ARTS AGE LIMIT!  Anyone can benefit from the training. The key is to work with an instructor who will help you carefully build up strength, endurance and agility.  Exercise is important at any age, but…

from cane-shy to bring it!

Don’t be Cane-Shy Anymore!

By Jo Gardner | March 11, 2022 |

How many cane-shy seniors do you know who won’t use a cane, because they see it as a sign of weakness?

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The What When and Where of the American Cane System

By Jo Gardner | February 25, 2022 |

The American Cane System Beginning Grand Master (GM) Mark Shuey, of The American Cane System, is devoted to his passion for helping the disabled regain mobility and confidence. It became clear incredibly early to GM Mark Shuey, that the cane was a wonderful self-defense tool.  The cane was an especially great weapon for seniors who…

Workout fun for Seniors

A Little Workout Fun at the Dojo

By Jo Gardner | February 21, 2022 |

Now is the right time to consider your fitness and how you could learn a safe form of self-defense. Even more important, you deserve to bring a little workout fun back into your life; you deserve the American Cane System Dojo. The Dojo Mark Shuey, founder of The American Cane System offers an entire range…

Cane Chi using Cane for strength

Cane Chi Uses Canes to Build Strength

By Jo Gardner | February 1, 2022 |

Canes as strength building device Pick up your cane!  Seniors who hated the idea of using the cane as a mobility device have discovered a way to own it!  By using the cane in Cane Chi and Cane Fu exercises, students of The American Cane System are gaining health and mobility.  Every day, Grandmaster Mark…

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First, Full Yogic Breath

By Jo Gardner | January 27, 2022 |

Cane Fu, But First, Breathe Before you kick, before you learn defensive arcs with your cane, learn to breathe.  “Of course I’m breathing; I’m alive,” you react.  We’re not talking about the light breathing of regular living.   We’re talking about the kind of breathing that strengthens your lungs and gets the toxins out.  Full yogic…

New Year's Resolution

New Year’s Resolutions or Not

By Jo Gardner | December 31, 2021 |

Fun New Year Facts Here’s a fun New Year’s Fact for you: Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are lose weight, get organized, spend less, save more, stay fit and healthy, and quit smoking.  Whew!  No wonder a quarter of those making resolutions give up on them by the second week…

healthy for the holidays

Healthy for the Holidays

By Jo Gardner | December 14, 2021 |

Hanukkah is past and Christmas is just around the corner. Though this is usually a wonderful time of year for friends and family to gather, there are additional health risks during the Christmas season.  Some are accidents, but others are consequences of physical and emotional stress.  There are holiday health risks, but you can help…

Advancing Level by Level in The American Cane System

By Jo Gardner | December 1, 2021 |

The American Cane System is an internationally recognized martial arts system which teaches the students self-defense techniques with the cane as major tool.  If you don’t use a cane, it’s ok, since empty handed techniques are taught as well.  Students in the American Cane System are advancing level by level, belt by belt.  If you…