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La canne Vol.1
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The original and still the best DVD presentation of the Pierre Vigny method of “Walking Stick Self Defense”


By the late 1800s Pierre Vigny created arguably one of the most complete and effective European stick fighting systems ever devised. During the early to mid- twentieth century a number of military, police and martial arts establishments utilized the Vigny system for their own use. These groups included the Kapap and Palmach Special Forces along with the inclusion in a 1940s supplemental manual for the United States H2H combat teams.
During the early 1920s Superintendent H. G. Lang of the Kathiawar Agency Police introduced a training syllabus for his men based on the Vigny method. Over the course of time this syllabus would become the standard method of stick fighting for the Indian Police Force.
In volume 1, La canne and savate instructor Craig Gemeiner reveals the long forgotten techniques of this amazing art and presents detailed instructions in its fundamental skills.

While professionally edited the film quality of la canne volume-1 is not studio quality. Dont let this put you off as la canne volume -1 is without doubt one of our most sought after DVDs. If youre after a gold mine of information on the Vigny and Lang method of stick fighting this is the DVD for you.
< Contents>
  • History
  • Grip assessment
  • Dexterity exercises
  • Stance
  • Footwork
  • Front guard
  • Rear guard
  • Cross guard
  • Body & flank guard
  • Hand & wrist guard
  • Knee guard
  • Point guard
  • Hand cut
  • Upper cut
  • Face & neck cut
  • Body & knee cuts
  • Point attacks
  • Clearing exercises
  • Combinations
  • Parry –riposte
  • Full contact sparring

Read what others have to say about La canne Volume 1, 2 & 3


“An excellent learning resource”

In my opinion La canne Vol.2 & 3 is an excellent learning resource, along with Vol. 1, for La Canne. This DVD 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. Its 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 Craigs DVDs to aid me in my study…. and it has to be said that if it werent for the DVD I would never have picked up the stick in the first place!
Overall Vol 2 & 3 are first rate with high quality production, clear technical description and a distinct lack of the ever so popular self- gratifying waffle. Ive recommended all three DVDs to friends who have an interest in anything martial and will continue to do so.

James Farthing, UK 

“Top Exponent and teacher of the Vigny method of cane fighting”   

Craig Gemeiner, who produced these DVDs, is the top exponent and teacher of the Vigny method of cane fighting.

Tony Wolf, USA
Bartitsu forum Feb 2008

“Top reconstructor of Pierre Vignys street-oriented stick fighting system”

Gemeiner is the top reconstructor of Pierre Vignys street-oriented stick fighting system, which has quite a colourful history.

Tony Wolf, USA
Bullshido Forum Sep 2009



“They actually instruct ”

To all serious martial artist, I highly recommend Craig Gemeiners  La Canne training DVDs. Whats special about his DVDs is they actually instruct and anyone armed with two canes…and a training partner will learn from these outstanding DVDs.

Brian Jones, TX , USA


“He has covered the full range of the system”

Craigs DVDs 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 Langs book based solely on what was written. Craigs DVDs 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 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 DVDs.

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 DVD( Vol-1) he shows you the Vigny 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 Vigny. 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 DVD 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 DVD 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 Ive seen.
You will need to watch it several times and take notes if you want to get all the drills and variations presented, so dont let the apparently short length throw you off. The drills and progressions on this DVD 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 DVD 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 dont 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. Craigs 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. Pre-emptive striking is encouraged again, as it is throughout this tape!

Volume Three – Situational Self Defense
Volume three deals with situational self-defense using the cane. The video opens like volume two with a techno music montage featuring shots of the DVD 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 youll 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. Craigs 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 DVD, and take all the lumps so you at home dont have to!

Overall, this DVD 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: 
Vol-2 & 3 are 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. Craigs 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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