Saturday, October 07, 2006

A Brief Side Trip to France

The other day I was surfing through cable channels and I came upon a FitTV show on "Deadly Arts." The show followed a woman through France meeting various practitioners of French martial arts. One segment of the show focused on French cane fighting, that is fighting with a cane or walking stick. Apparently there is a lively stick fighting tradition in France. What drew me in was the way they moved. Many of the moves are very similar to moves one might see in Tai Chi Sword. Their basic wind up to strike looks very much like a Dai parry, and their movement makes way for height changes, punches, and kicks, which seems to match the implied moves within the form. Here's a video:

And another by the same guys, called "Swordflasher Productions"