La Canne Royale, my translation into English of two French cane training manuals, has hit the virtual bookshelves and is available for purchase. If you are interested in the history of stick fighting or the early development of modern physical education, this is the book for you.
Here’s the blurb from the back of the book to whet your appetite.
La Canne holds a unique position in the development of martial arts in the nineteenth century. It was at once a weapon for self-defense taught in the boxing and savate clubs across France and Belgium as well as a tool for gymnastics and physical education. The canne was taught to the officer class in military academies and to children in public schools.
This volume presents two mid-century methods for learning the canne which encompass both these aspects of its use. Larribeau’s 1856 A New Theory of the Art of the Canne concentrates more on self-defence and introduces lessons against a mannequin as a teaching method. Humé’s 1862 Treatise and Theory of La Canne Royale centres more on the gymnastic and athletic aspects of the canne. Both provide a fascinating insight into the canne before it was codified by Vigny and incorporated into the composite English martial art of Bartitsu.
Authors: M. Larribeau, Eugène Humé, J. Renkin
Translator: Slee, Chris
Publisher: LongEdge Press
Published: 1 June 2016
Paperback: 104 pages (15.24 cm x 22.86 cm, 0.21 kg)
eBook: ePUB, MOBI