Founder of the American Cane System

Grandmaster Mark R. Shuey, Sr. is the head and founder of the American Cane System. He has been presented certificates by the Grandmasters of other traditional martial arts styles recognizing him as the founder, Grandmaster, 10th Degree Black Belt of the American Cane System. Grandmaster Shuey is the sole owner of Cane Masters International Association, the organization he helped to establish. He is also the founder of Cane-Fu, a term first coined in a feature article about Grandmaster Shuey in the Wall Street Journal.

The American Cane System is a young style in the history of the martial arts, but its strong traditonal foundation stems from Grandmaster Shuey's heritage in decades of empty-hand martial arts training. Grandmaster Shuey began training in 1970 in the Chuck Norris System of Tang Soo Do where he received his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1978 under Master Harold Gross and Master Neil Citron. In 1979, he started teaching martial arts. In 1999, he was promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do by the USMA.

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Grandmaster Shuey holds advanced black belt ranks in Hapkido (8th Dan), Tang Soo Do (7th Dan), and Tae Kwon Do. He has a Masters Certifcation with the United States National Karate Association, the American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts, the United States Martial Arts Association, and the Independent Karate School Association. He is the Head of Cane Instruction and the Neveda State Director for the International Combat Hapkido Federation. Grandmaster Shuey began training with the cane in 1983 during preparations for his 3rd Dan test in Hapkido.

Grandmaster Shuey is also well known in the martial arts community for his years as a top competitor and champion on the martial arts tournament circuit. His decision to compete again was motivated by a desire to demonstrate the versatility of the cane and the hope that it would assist in promoting its use by other martial arts schools. In 1994, he was rated competitor of the year with the National Coalition of Martial Artists. In 1997, he was rated number two in overall points in the Pacific Rim Tour Tournament Circuit. He was also rated number one in weapons and katas for his age division in M.A.R.R.S. In 1999, he took NASKA's World and National Masters Weapons Title, and IMAC's National title. In 2000, he defende his world Champion title for NASKA and won top honors for the World for the KRANE ratings. Satisfied that he had fulfilled his goal of raising awareness of the cane's potential as a tool for self-defense, he retired from competition to focus full-time to teaching the cane.

In 1998, he was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers, and Legends Hall of Fame as a "Master Instructor. In 2000, he was inducted into the USMA Hall of Fame and the prestigious World Head of Family Sokeship Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and in 2003, Black Belt Magazine Honored Grandmaster Shuey with Weapons Instructor of the Year. He has been inducted into numerous other halls of fame, and received similar recognitions.

As the sole owner of Cane Masters International Association, he oversees the production and design of official Cane Master canes. These hardwood canes are handcrafted from oak, hickory, cherry, or walnut and have been recognized as among the highest quality in the world. Specifically designed for self-defense and fitness, they are used in the American Cane System and other martal arts organizations around the world.

Grandmaster Shuey has produced numerous DVDs, videos, and training manuals on the cane. These are available through, and he has supported the production of cane videos by other martial artists. He has appeared on national television, magazines, and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, USA today, Readers Digest, AARP magazine, featured on CNN, the CBS Early Show, Fox News, and several major martial arts magazines, including Inside Kung Fu, Combat, Black Belt Magzine, and others. In 1985, Grandmaster Shuey began practicing yoga and has produced several videos for his company YogaPlay.

As the Grandmaster, founder, and head of the American Cane System, Grandmaster Shuey is the only individual with the authority tor grant rank in the American Cane System. His top students, who have fullfilled his requirements, are recognized by him with the title Canemaster. These individuals are authorized to recommend rank promotion to students under their supervision. The rank and certificate, however, are granted by the organization's head, Grandmaster Shuey. As the Grandmaster, he continues to teach the American Cane System as he travels the United States and the World.

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