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Turning A Sign of Weakness Into Show of Strength

As martial arts go, cane do is a relatively new one. It uses something that many seniors already have, a cane, to give them something many are lacking, a sense of security

By Garvin Thomas
|  Friday, Mar 1, 2013  |  Updated 5:03 PM PDT
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As martial arts go, cane do is a relatively new one. It uses something many seniors already have, a cane, to gives them something many are lacking, a sense of security.

As martial arts go, cane do is a relatively new one. It uses something many seniors already have, a cane, to gives them something many are lacking, a sense of security.

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Bob Worthington is 78-years-old and carries a cane. Which, it should be noted, is different than walking walking with a cane.

Bob, you see, doesn't use the cane as an aid to mobility. It's an aid to self defense. He is a teacher of the, relatively new, martial art of cane do.

Bob teaches weekly classes in cane do to other East Bay seniors. The concept is simple: use something many seniors already have, a cane, to give them something many are lacking, a sense of security.

Bob, and other cane do instructors, say they have seen the practice change the lives of many seniors. People who were afraid to walk the streets of their neighborhoods now have the confidence to do so.

Bob says the confidence and freedom he sees older people get from cane do, has inspired him to train as many people as he can.

Watch Garvin Thomas' story above.

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