Canne de Combat is a form of fencing with canes. The origins of the sport are ancient, going back to a time when gentlemen found they were not safe on the streets of Paris. Many took lessons in boxing and fencing as a form of self-defence. I have written a couple of articles on canne:
I hope you have time to check them out. This classic photo is by Ollie Batts, and was taken in Cambridge, at our gym.