Friday, December 29, 2017

Maryland Canne De Combat 2018 Training Schedule

Our training schedule will be changing in the New Year.  Starting January 17, Canne De Cane (french cane or stick fighting) practice will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8:15 PM to 9:15 PM at Cedar Lane Rec Center in Columbia, MD.  Instruction is offered to both beginner and advanced practitioners ages 14 and up.  In order to participate, you can register for La Canne classes online through Howard County Department of Parks & Recreation at

Monday, August 8, 2016

MD La Canne Club Featured in Howard Magazine

Recently, the MD La Canne Club was featured in an article from Howard Magazine titled Canne De Combat classes in Columbia teach locals how to duel.  While the article did have some inaccuracies, it is exciting to see this french weapon sport, and our club receive receive local exposure.

Thanks to everyone who participated and showed their support in promoting the sport of La Canne.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Inclement Weather Policy Update

There will be no La Canne practice, Thursday evening on January 28. La Canne classes at Cedar Lane Rec Center follow Howard County Public School's inclement weather policy.  Therefore, if Howard County Schools are closed due to weather, practice will be cancelled for that evening.  Classes will resume next week.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Canne De Combat 2016 Training Schedule

Happy New Year!  Winter session training in La Canne starts Thursday, January 14.  Whether you are a veteran or newcomer to this French weapon sport, all levels of experience are welcome.  Classes are held at Cedar Lane Recreation Center.  Click here to register for the class.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Canne de Combat World Championship Photos

If you weren't able to make it to St. Herblain, France last month for the Canne de Combat World Championships, we've got you covered. We have some great photographs of most of the fights over the course of the two-day tournament. We've posted them by country, so each match will have photographs in two folders, for each of the fighters.

We hope the photos capture the excitement of canne de combat! Please feel free to comment on any of the pictures and let us know what you think. We are also inviting the various teams to add competitor names in the comments, as there are way too many pictures for us to caption them all. Here are the direct links to each country's album:

And here's a photo of your very own Team USA:

From left: Laura Zeafla, Coach Steve Savoie, Stefanie Geaney, Jim Reiser, and Thomas Dardour

Friday, September 28, 2012

Team USA: Success and New Friends at the World Championships

Wow, what an intense weekend! The Canne de Combat World Championship was such a great experience for Team USA - as you know, we were the first U.S. team ever participating in this event, and that made it even more exciting. There were more than 45 competitors from 10 different countries, so we got to see a tremendous range of styles and techniques. Team USA got to fight teams from France (of course)/Reunion, Germany, Madagascar, Slovenia, Italy, Great Britain, Hungary, Canada, and Korea.

Since you are probably wondering about the competition results, here's how the U.S. team fared individually:
  • Thomas Dardour - 5th place
  • Laura Zeafla - 6th place
  • Steve Savoie - 13th place
  • Stefanie Geaney - 17th place
We were pretty proud of our performance, especially as first-timers. The Team USA crew needs a shout out too - Jim Reiser was a great coach and coordinator throughout the event (and was never slowed down by that walking boot!). Dave Geaney was the unofficial Team USA photographer; he took a mountain of photographs which we plan to start posting this weekend, so stay tuned! Bill Despeaux helped keep us organized as the matches were posted (and changed, and then changed again) and provided plenty of cheering and moral support in the crowd.

The team is now making its way back home. Some team members decided to check out the sights -- and food and wine of course! -- in France after the competition. As we get unpacked and settled, we'll start posting some photographs, and also do a few more posts about the event itself.

Go Team USA!