The Art of Stick Fighting is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of self-defense with a walking stick, cane, or umbrella. These everyday implements are legal to carry and can be wielded just as effectively as a Japanese bo, a wooden staff, or a Brooklyn baseball bat. You will learn how to select a "stick," grip it correctly, and apply simple but effective self-defense techniques against a variety of attacks. Stick fighting self-defense can be mastered by anyone who has the diligence to gain the necessary skills, and The Art of Stick Fighting is your roadmap to getting started down this path of self-defense.
Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman commenced his extensive career in the martial arts in 1958, when he began studying karate on Okinawa while serving in the United States Air Force. He became one of the first U.S. Air Force karate instructors under the auspices of the American Karate Federation, accredited by the prestigious Japan Karate Association. Kaufman began teaching in New York City in 1961 and continues to this day, making him one of the "founding fathers" of American karate.