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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…

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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…

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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…

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Importance of Stretches

By Jo Gardner | September 27, 2021

One of the most beneficial exercises for the body, stretching relaxes tightly knotted muscles and helps increase blood circulation to those muscles.

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Cane Chi Exercise Manual for Wellness

By Jo Gardner | September 14, 2021

The Cane Chi exercise manual, available by contacting Grandmaster Mark Shuey is the go to system for rehabilitation and healing.


Training Manuals and Videos Coming Soon

By Jo Gardner | August 31, 2021

https://www.TheAmericanCaneSystem.com is opening a new shopping webpage for training manuals and videos!

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The Cane for Health

By Jo Gardner | July 29, 2021

First of all, always consult with a medical professional before taking on a new exercise program.  Even though these exercises use the cane for health, your physician can guide you on how much to take on. More than Mobility Aid But those who use a cane as a mobility aid, already know the cane has…

Something Cane-pletely Different

And Now for Something Cane-pletely Different

By Jo Gardner | June 29, 2021

Take a moment to consider that: GM Mark Shuey is an 8 times world champion competitor. Now consider the training system that is something “cane-pletely” different.

Begin Cane Exercise with Stretches

The Difference Between Cane Exercise & Other Workouts

By Jo Gardner | June 24, 2021

“Stretching is one of the most beneficial exercises for the body. It helps relax tight knotted muscles and helps increase blood circulation to the muscles.” – from The Cane Exercise, Wellness, and Rehabilitation Manual Vol. 1