I've had to use a stick for walking recently, but ended up really enjoying carrying one around. Here's an index to some recent writings.
Prologue: Sticks and Dogs A simple observation leads to a change in perception... unleashed pets rarely attack people, but I've had it happen twice. A simple stick is an effective distancing tool.
Why I like the cane: It strengthens walking, but also loosens up and develop the back and shoulder muscles. And just as it protects against wild dogs, it protects against wild people, too.
Stretching with the cane: This is what sold me on carrying a cane. With a stick, the two hands are united, in variable resistance, encouraging greater joint range.
Defense, and the cane: The biggest step in staying safe on the street is awareness of surroundings. If you do get caught in a situation, then the cane provides very effective self-defense. But just knowing that you're physically safer provides the confidence to increase the chances for verbally defusing the situation. Technique serves best when you end up not needing to use it.
Defensive possibilities of the cane: There's a great range of techniques available. A newbie would use it as a baseball bat... others a sword, or a distancing tool... I think the experts use it as a lever. The use can be tuned to the need; there's less risk of using disproportionate force.
Types of canes: Buying considerations.
Grips with a cane: How to hold it.
What's twirling? The most addictive aspect for me. A cane can be twirled and spun, in great combination. It's like a yoyo, except it's always in your hand. (My wrists and forearms have gotten so much bigger!)
Two moves and a spin: An incidental essay, with some ways to move a cane around.
More to come.