“Cane Fu” martial art teaches seniors that a cane is more than a crutch

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VENICE, FL – You know the game: Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Rock breaks scissors. Scissors cut paper. Paper covers rock.

But what about a stick? Or a cane? Or even a Kwai Chang Caine with a cane?

Grasshopper wouldn’t have to look hard to find senior citizens in Florida learning that a cane is more than a crutch.

They’re finding out that a cane is an effective weapon for self-defense.

Alice Hays is an 83-year-old grandmother who started out learning kickboxing. Now she’s moved on to what’s called “Extreme Cane Defense,” or if you would like: Cane Fu.

"Every time I come out of the grocery store I use my peripheral vision,” Hays said. “You never know who's going to be there."

Hays and the other senior citizens at Revolutionary Martial Arts in Venice, FL, are deadly serious about Cane Fu.

For them, it’s peace of mind, knowing they are not helpless old people who have to use a cane to get around.

And for instructor Buck Buckmaster, it’s not just a job. It’s personal.

"My mom was attacked here in Venice. She was working at a convenience store. She was 69. She was beaten and robbed."

Buck Buckmaster imparts the Shao Lin teachings to avoid a fight rather than engage in violence.

"Martial Arts is about not fighting. It's about getting out of the way and not getting yourself in that situation. But once you do knowing you have the confidence to protect yourself."

So, bad guys beware. That old lady with a cane may be a real bad mother, or grandmother, as the case may be.