Vigny Cane Vs. Doble Bastón

La canne vigny vs kali doble bastón.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op vrijdag 24 november 2017

In this experimental sparring match, Chilean Andres Morales (in the fencing mask with the white trim) employs the Vigny cane style opposed to the doble bastón (double stick) sub-system of Filipino stick fighting.

Training/Sparring Canes Return to Purpleheart Armory

We’re happy to announce that, after a brief absence, the Bartitsu/Vigny training and sparring canes have returned to the Purpleheart Armory catalogue.

Made of combat-worthy rattan and featuring solid rubber ball handles, these canes effectively simulate the asymmetrical balance and handling characteristics of the fighting canes originally designed by Pierre Vigny and used at the Bartitsu School of Arms circa 1901.

Extreme Stick Fighting

Worth bearing in mind when one’s martial practice starts to become too academic; there is gently going through the motions, and then there is Extreme Stick Fighting. These two combatants demonstrate impressive toughness and courage in fighting full-contact and unarmoured, with very few apparent rules, on uneven, natural terrain.

While it can be argued that, for example, a classic Vigny cane would be expected to do more damage than a shorter, evenly-weighted rattan stick, it’s also important to note that adrenaline can allow a fighter to ignore many strikes that might be assumed to be fight-stoppers under less extreme circumstances.  It follows that grappling, including ground-fighting, is a crucial skill.  Endurance, luck, improvisation under pressure and will-power are all important factors in surviving, let alone winning, a combat of this nature.

Vigny/Bartitsu Stickfighting in Chile

La canne vigny vs stickfighting

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op vrijdag 20 oktober 2017

In the above experimental sparring bout, Andres Morales (wearing the fencing mask with white trim) sticks closely to the Vigny style in contending with an opponent fighting in a more generic, free style.

La canne vigny.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op maandag 23 oktober 2017

In the second video, Andres and his sparring partner both employ the Vigny style.  Note Andres’ tactical advantages in switching between the double-handed, rear and front guards, employing ambidextrous striking and even some double-handed strikes:

“Hit Him Rapidly” and then “Belabour Him as You See Fit”

La canne vigny.

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op dinsdag 10 oktober 2017

Andres Morales of the Santiago Stickfighters Club in Chile – a prize-winner in the international Bartitsu Sparring Video Competition – demonstrates rapid, powerful strikes from the Vigny front guard.

As Captain F.C. Laing wrote in The Bartitsu Method of Stick Fighting (1902):

Assume “first position,” guard head, then, before he has time to recover himself, hit him rapidly on both sides of his face, disengaging between each blow as explained; the rapidity of these blows will generally be sufficient to disconcert him.

La canne vigny

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op woensdag 11 oktober 2017

In this excerpt from a sparring match, Andres (left) executes an impressive double-handed guard > bayonet thrust > belabouring sequence.

Drilling Vigny Stickfighting vs. Two Knifemen (updated)

La canne vigny

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op zondag 8 oktober 2017

The prolific Andres Morales of Santiago, Chile demonstrates the use of Vigny stick fighting against two sparring partners armed with training knives. Although there are records of similar stick vs. knife demonstrations by Pierre Vigny himself circa 1900, no such scenarios were recorded in any detail during the heyday of his style.

Walking stick vs two knife men

Geplaatst door Andres Pino Morales op vrijdag 13 oktober 2017

Note the effective use of the double-handed guard and the key tactics of both baiting an attack via positions of invitation and striking pre-emptively, making use of the cane’s superior reach.