Using a cane isn’t a disability, according to the Tigers Way Martial Arts School of St. Petersburg. It’s an advantage.

Tigers Way specializes in teaching self-defense for use in real-world situations, including a cane, if attacked.

The cane can offer the victim a two-foot extension to his or her reach, said Tony Billota, lead instructor at Tigers Way. The cane may be especially handy for a senior.

A caregiver may realize a loved one is afraid to go out alone. Grand Master Mark Shuey developed the Cane Master system, after he observed seniors and their use of canes, according to an ABC News report on 20/20.

Shuey’s dad would not use a cane due to the stigma associated with using it. During the same time period, several seniors were robbed while using their canes near West Palm Beach.


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