One of the first Gentle Readers I noticed coming by my little scribblings on a regular basis was a LiveJournal blogger by the name of Jenna Magpie.
Today I learn from her better half (congratulations, you two!) that Jenna had a bit of excitement earlier.
I've mentioned in the past that I have a fondness for canes and walking sticks.
Her husband dropped me a note to mention that he and Jenna had purchased a City Stick and an African Walking Stick from Cold Steel, and that his lady was forced to use the City Stick today to good effect against a boor at a petrol station.
You can't see me sitting here at the desk smiling, but rest assured that I am.
Very well done, Ms. Jenna. Very well done.
Any Gentle Readers wanting to learn more about this very effective, very discrete weapon can find specialized instruction from CaneMasters.
The Korean art of Hap Ki Do has dedicated cane fighting techniques in it, as does classical Savate, WWII combatives and Japanese hanbo-jutsu.
While the standard cane is a bit longer than the sticks used in the Filipino Martial Arts, the techniques of Kali/Arnis translate to the cane/walking stick with minimum effort.
For a handy, low-profile weapon that can be carried anywhere in any state under just about any situation, I thoroughly recommend the cane.
That being said, I also thoroughly recommend at least getting familiar with the basic techniques of defence with said cane.
Again -- very well done.