The American Cane System

The American Cane System is a martial art founded by Grandmaster Mark R. Shuey, Sr. that uses a walking cane for blocks, strikes, kata, and self-defense.

The system has been internationally recognized and demonstrated, including articles in the Wall Street Journal, features on CNN, the CBS Early Show, Fox News, and major martial arts magazines.

The system is documented in a series of eight instructional DVDs. American Cane System allows men and women to train for personal development or to become instructors offering cane programs in their community or at martial art schools.

To assist in the spread of the American Cane System, Grandmaster Shuey founded the Virtual Dojo, an online training center where hundreds of hours of instructional videos can be viewed, live webinars are held, and private lessons via video are conducted. For more information visit CaneMastersDojo.Com.

Grandmaster Shuey is recognized internationally for his cane programs, and his support in the development of cane programs under the umbrella of the American Cane System.

American Cane System Philosophy:
The cane is more than a crutch. It is a powerful, portable, adaptable tool for self-defense, exercise, health, rehabilitation, and personal empowerment. We believe that self-defense training with a cane will increase your chances of surviving an aggressive attack. The American Cane System is designed to increase focus, balance, and flexibility, reduce stress and raise self-confidence. It helps our students become masters of their own well-being.

The American Martial Arts Institute is the East Coast Help Center for the American Cane System
On the East Coast of the United States, Grandmaster Shuey has certified three Senior Canemasters to assist him with the promotion of the American Cane System. This location serves as an official American Cane System help center. This allows the Senior Canemasters on the East Coast to assist members of the American Cane System and make recommendations to Grandmaster Shuey.

The American Cane System

East Coast Help Center Senior Canemasters( Left to Right):

Eric Stalloch: American Cane System Master Instructor (9th Dan / Successor);
Clifford C. Crandall, Jr
.: Grandmaster of the American Martial Arts Institute (10th Dan) / American Cane System Senior Canemaster (8th Dan);
Mark Shuey, Sr.
, Grandmaster of the American Cane System (10th Dan);
Lynn Jessee, American Cane System Senior Canemaster (8th Dan)

Grandmaster Mark Shuey Sr.

The American Cane System is under the direction of its founder, Grandmaster Mark R. Shuey, Sr. Grandmaster Shuey holds an 8th Dan in Hapkido, a 7th Dan in Tang Soo Do,a 6th Dan in Taekwondo, and numerous other distinctions. His certified position as the the founder and 10th Dan of the American Cane System has been recognized by numerous Grandmasters and organizations including the World Head of Family Sokeship Council, the most elite and prestigious Grandmasters' council in the world.

The Cane Masters International Association International Headquarters in located in Lake Tahoe Nevada, which oversees the American Cane System globally. Grandmaster Shuey is also the founder of Cane-Fu, Cane-Chi, Cane-Ja, and Yoga Play. He has produced numerous instructional DVDs and oversees the production of high quality hand-crafted canes. Learn more about Grandmaster Shuey Here

Master Eric Stalloch

Eric Stalloch is the Master Instructor of the American Cane System (9th Dan) and Grandmaster Shuey's designated Successor. He co-produced the eight instructional DVDs of the American Cane System Ranking Series, which documents the system up to 1st Degree Black Belt. He is also an eighth degree black belt and Master Instructor of American Eagle Style under Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr., the head and founder of the American Martial Arts Institute. He is the co-founder of SecureLivingOnline.Com, the co-author of two instructional martial arts books, and the proprietor of a full-time training hall for the American Martial Arts Institute.Learn more here.

Training and Testing

Those who are interested in the American Cane System are encouraged to join the Virtual Dojo at CaneMastersDojo.Com where they can received instruction from Grandmaster Shuey. All American Cane System members must be registered with Cane Master International Association. Members who are looking for additional help in person may contact the East Coast Help Center. In addition, they may receive consultation by appointment at this location. All rank certifications and instructor certifications are done directly by Grandmaster Shuey. Testings occur through Grandmaster Shuey through the Virtual Dojo, in person, or with DVD submissions.

Do you offer American Cane System Classes at the East Coast Main Office?
No, the American Cane System is not taught in regular classes at this location. Instead, it supports Grandmaster Shuey and serves as a help center.

However, it does offer the AMERICAN EAGLE CANE SYSTEM classes three times each week. The American Eagle Cane System is not part of the American Cane System under Grandmaster Shuey, rather it is a separate style founded by Masters Clifford Crandall, Eric Stalloch, and Lynn Jessee. Grandmaster Shuey has recongized this as a separate style and offered his support.







CaneMasters International Association East Coast Help Center
American Martial Arts Institute
8382 Seneca Turnpike:
New Hartford, New York 13413


American Cane System