Switching a cane from one hand to the other is a major concept of Modern Arnis. Professor Presas stressed the importance of being able to fight with a stick in either hand and taught various ways to be able to switch a cane from one hand to the other in a smooth way. We have a number of “switching hands” drills in Modern Arnis. That said, they must be done smoothly and naturally. I often tell my students, “when switching hands, let the stick come to you; don’t force the switch.”
In this video, I illustrated a “bad switch.” This is bad in the sense that the switch is being done prematurely and is unnatural. If you’re caught in an unnatural position, your adversary will delightfully counter you. The below picture depicts a bad switch.
In this picture, I grabbed the top of the cane with my left hand, instead of waiting for the cane to come to my left hand naturally.In contrast, note that the stick is coming to my left hand and it is at this point where it’s most natural to make the switch.
Bottom line: if the available end of the stick is close to your hand, it’s generally a good time to make a switch. If it’s not close to your hand, it’s not a good idea to switch.