Level 8 prepares the student to test for the prestigious rank of 1st Degree Black Belt. As a black belt candidate, the student is both reminded of the importance for proper martial arts attitude and etiquette, but also for quality of technique in all 8 levels. Those who earn 1st Degree black belt may have the opportunity to become certified American Cane System instructors.
The Level 8 curriculum completes the documentation of the first 100 required cane self-defense techniques with 22 new techniques (CTs 79-100) which include defenses against punches, grabs, knives, guns, from a seated position, and much more. New empty-hand techniques, strikes, and concepts are introduced. The last of the 11 elements of self-defense is explained, including concepts for defending against a gun. Continuous blocking drills are explained and demonstrated (cane against cane blocks and strikes that are not pre-determined, similar to sparring.
The exercise system is completed with advanced stretching techniques, hybrid exercises and complexes, progressions and scaling for individual training, and more.