What others say about our La canne DVDs

 

” an excellent learning resource”

In my opinion La canne Vol.2 is an excellent learning resource, along with Vol. 1, for La Canne. This video is clear, concise and covers all of the skills required to gain a good understanding of the weapon and the ability to put it into practice. It’s easy to follow and has the benefit of close-ups and slow motion to highlight certain more intricate aspects. I have started to train myself with the walking stick and have used Craig’s video to aid me in my study…. and it has to be said that if it weren’t for the video I would never have picked up the stick in the first place!

Overall this is a first rate video with high quality production, clear technical description and a distinct lack of the ever so popular self gratifying waffle. I’ve recommended it to friends who have an interest in anything martial and will continue to do so.

James Farthing, UK

” they actually instruct”

To all serious martial artist, I highly recommend Craig Gemeiner’s Volume 2 La Canne training video. What’s special about his tapes is they actually instruct and anyone armed with two canes…and a training partner will learn from these outstanding videos.

Brian Jones, TX , USA

” he has covered the full range of the system”

Craig’s tapes are well produced and edited ; the style of explanation is very clear and easy to understand . I for one had a very difficult time reproducing the techniques in Lang’s book based solely on what was written. Craig’s videos bring to life that which to me was near indecipherable. He demonstrates a clear calm and evident martial skill, walking the viewer through the techniques in stages, from explanation to slow demonstration to full speed. He has covered the full range of the system presented in the book and then some more. The production value of volume 2 is very good, clear color and sound, clean editing, very good choice of camera angles and distance, providing the full view of the body in action so essential for all martial artist in the learning process.

All in all this is a really excellent set of tapes.

Noah G , Israel

” we see the essence of what this method is about- fighting! “

Craig Gemeiner is a very talented Savate instructor from Australia, and on this first video he shows you the Vigney System of stick fighting. This method is a mix of singlestick, saber, boxing, and Savate that was created in the 19th century and perfected by Savate Master Pierre Vigney. It was popular in both France and England, and in the 1920’s was taught by H.G. Lang to the police force in India where it became their standard training.

From the moment the tape opens, we see the essence of what this method is about – fighting! Throughout the tape, Mr. Gemeiner has footage of he and a training partner using this style of stick fencing at full speed and power, and this footage should leave no doubt in the viewers mind about the practicality of the method.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say.

Though the running time of the video is only 33 minutes, every second is packed with information. There is no fluff or wasted time, and more learning to be had here than in many 1-hour tapes I’ve seen.

You will need to watch it several times and take notes if you want to get all the drills and variations presented, so don’t let the apparently short length throw you off. The drills and progressions on this tape could take months to get good with for the beginner, and even the advanced stick fighter will find some new tricks here.

If you have any interest in stick fighting, the walking cane, or Savate, then get this tape. You will be glad that you did. This is a practical method of stick fighting that is just as effective today as it was 100 years ago.

Volume two starts off with a short techno-music video montage of cane fighting, and then gets right down to business. Craig starts of with a very quick review of the one-handed cane strikes and blocks from volume one before settling into the meat of volume two which is the two-handed cane. The method demonstrated is very simple and effective for fighting, while still maintaining a solid defensive base.

In addition, many advanced single-handed applications for the cane are shown. These include new strikes, combinations, and integration with both the two-handed method and unarmed fighting techniques. Craig frequently starts from unusual guard positions and other “non-classical” positions, such as with the cane at the side, or over one shoulder. These are deceptive on the street, and can confuse even people skilled with stick fighting from Asian martial arts. What they don’t know in this case can hurt them!

Throughout the tapes, we get to see Craig work both slowly and at full speed and power with his partner wearing appropriate armor. Craig’s image as a soft spoken Australian (he does all the narration himself) is immediately shattered the moment he starts to move. His actions are crisp and powerful, full of aggression and forward energy. Great stuff.

Closing out volume two is a series of closing maneuvers for times when you need to fight at close distance. They integrate all the blocks and strikes with one and two hands along with unarmed fighting, takedowns, and disarming tricks. Preemptive striking is encouraged again, as it is throughout this tape!

Volume Three – Situational Self Defense

Volume three is included as a bonus on the video and deals with situational self-defense using the cane. The video opens like volume two with a techno music montage featuring shots of the video over some footage of vigorous full-contact staff fighting.

In this tape, Craig liberally mixes kicks, stomps, chin jabs, headbutts, knees and elbows in with the cane to telling effect. He also demonstrates a simple and vicious methods using an umbrella that is worth the price of admission alone. He shows work when you are pinned to a wall and when sitting in a chair, as well as defense against holds, punches, and kicks. These short fighting combinations are an excellent starting point for self-defense, as they give you a number of vicious responses to open up an engagement with figuring that after 3-5 moves you’ll have to improvise anyhow.

Craig really packs a lot of stuff into this bonus volume, including a sneak peek at his next video on Street Savate. Craig’s emphasis on street (as opposed to ring) Savate is evident in the way he utilizes such improvised weapons as a jacket and his emphasis on low kicks and ankle stomps to prevent an opponent from regaining their feet!

Renato Feo and Jon Dye do a superb job in assisting Craig throughout the video, and take all the lumps so you at home don’t have to!

Summary

Overall, this tape is a must have for anyone interested in Western stick fighting, self-defense, or Savate. If you ever carry a cane (or umbrella) then you need this tape. Along with volume one it is a fast road to real self-defense skill.

Technical Notes:

This tape is very well produced, featuring nice graphics throughout letting you know which technique is being taught. This aids in finding a specific section while fast forwarding or rewinding and is quite useful. I only once had trouble in reading the small print on-screen (the work “Flick” looked like quite another word entirely the first time I saw the tape)

The editing is smooth and the transitional effects are nice without being over done. Craig’s voice-over makes learning easy, and the ambient background music is good without ever being too loud or annoying.

Pete Kautz –  Alliance Martial Arts

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