AMERICAN MARTIAL ARTS INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS

American Cane System: Ranking Series
Levels 1-8
(DVD series)
By: Mr. Eric Stalloch, Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr., and Mrs. Lynn Jessee
With: Grandmaster Mark Shuey, Sr.

The American Martial Arts Institute is the Northeast Headquarters for the Cane Masters International Association, teaching the American Cane System, founded by Grandmaster Mark Shuey, Sr. The American Martial Arts Institute offers three distinct martial arts styles: American Eagle Style (empty-hand), Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido (sword), and the American Cane System (cane). Grandmaster Crandall is the head of the American Martial Arts Institute, and under his supervision, two of his black belts, who are also American Eagle Style instructors, are certified Cane Masters in the American Cane System: Mr. Eric Stalloch and Mrs. Lynn Jessee. Grandmaster Crandall is also a certified Cane Master.

The American Martial Arts Institute has served as the production agency for 8 new instructional DVDs documeting the core knowledge and skills required to test for every rank up to and including 1st degree black belt in the American Cane System. Each DVD documents the requirements for one entire belt rank including that rank's philosophical concepts, stances, empty-hand techniques, blocks, strikes, drills, self-defense techniques, katas, exercise system movements, and more.

The first four DVDs are now available. DVDs 5-8 are currently in production and will be avaialble in November 2011.

These DVDs were filmed using multiple camera angles and professionally lit and edited. The DVDs were produced by Mr. E. Stalloch, Grandmaster Crandall, and Mrs. Jessee. These three instructor's also appear as instructors in the videos along-side Grandmaster Mark Shuey, who participated in all 8 videos. DVDs 7 and 8 also include Canemaster Mark Shuey, Jr.

The DVD comes shrink-wrapped in a full protective plastic case. The DVD may be purchased at the main location of the American Martial Arts Institute, at Canemasters.Com or online at Amazon.Com.

These videos also permit those individuals who wish to train in the American Cane System, but who cannot get to classes regularly due to the fact that classes are not offered in their area, to learn the fundamentals and practice until they can get to an instructor who will oversee their training. Those who achieve the rank of 1st degree black belt may request from Grandmaster Shuey, through one of the Cane Masters International Headquarters, to become a certified instructor and teach the style. There are 10 degrees of black belt and the title of Cane Master is earned at 4th Degree Black Belt. Contact CaneMasters.Com for more information.

The American Martial Arts Institute offers American Cane System classes 3 days each week, offers training and testings for those who are learning through the video series, and offers seminars on a variety of topics. Contact us to learn more.

The American Cane System: Ranking Series is intended for American Cane System students, but is beneficial for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge in the cane and its uses for self-defense and exercise.

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LEVEL 1 introduces the new American Cane System student the style’s fundamentals including an overview of the system and its founder, safety and training recommendations, parts of the cane, and how to work with and without a training partner.  The student will learn three fundamental grips, four stances, five empty-hand basics, ten required blocks, twelve striking angles, five methods of punching with the cane, the single-handed jab set, side twirls, kicks, and more.  The student will also learn the introductory level of the cane exercise system which includes proper stretching and strength training, which will develop control, power, and speed for cane techniques.  There are 100 fundamental self-defense techniques (CTs) that must be learned in order to test for black belt.  This DVD presents the first three CTs (cane techniques).  The DVD concludes with the style’s first required kata, Reflection 1.  The kata is presented at power and speed, and from Front, Side, and Back views at half-speed.  The kata is then broken down into segments which clarify important subtleties and practical applications of the defensive scenarios.  This DVD was professionally filmed and edited using three different cameras and documents the material required to test for yellow belt.

LEVEL 2 builds on the American Cane System student’s level one knowledge introducing the philosophy of the American Cane System and traditional martial arts concepts including style structure.  New topics include training on a heavy bag with a cane and partner drills (blocking and striking cane-against-cane with a partner).  The student will learn two new grips, one stance, punching with and without a cane, eight fundamental blocks, swing strikes, double-handed jabs, figure-8 swings and flow drills, six double-handed crooks strikes, crook strike combinations, and more.  The exercise system adds new strength training sets including stretches to improve shoulder mobility and lower body stretches.  The student’s self-defense technique repertoire expands to include four more techniques (CTs 4-7), which deal with punches and a bear hug, and an introduction to the 11 elements of self-defense.  The DVD concludes with instruction in the required kata Reflection 2.  The kata is presented at power and speed, and from Front, Side, and Back views at half-speed.  The kata is then broken down into segments which clarify important subtleties and practical applications of the defensive scenarios.  This DVD was professionally filmed and edited using three different cameras and documents the material required to test for orange belt.

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DVD 3 Cover

LEVEL 3 expands beyond the American Cane System student’s fundamentals in blocks and strikes to include more self-defense techniques and advanced skills.  Grandmasters Shuey and Crandall introduce the student to new traditional martial arts philosophy and concepts including the relevance of time, repetition, and the “three eyes” of the student.  New bag drills are introduced.  Students will learn proper cane care including how Cane Master canes are hand-crafted.  The exercise system adds exercises for new muscle groups.  Among the advanced blocks and strikes are the accelerated torso block, helicopter twirls, reversing the horn (flipping the cane), and more.  Thirteen new self-defense techniques are presented (CTs 8-20) including defenses against punches, bear hugs, frontal bear hugs, sleeve grabs, kicks, and more.  This segment expands on the elements of self-defense.  The partner drill sets are expanded and new empty-hand techniques are presented.  The DVD concludes with instruction in the required kata Reflection 3.  The kata is presented at power and speed, and from Front, Side, and Back views at half-speed.  The kata is then broken down into segments which clarify important subtleties and practical applications of the defensive scenarios.  This DVD was professionally filmed and edited using three different cameras and documents the material required to test for green belt.

LEVEL 4 prepares the American Cane System student for the advanced material and concepts that exist at levels 5-8.  The emphasis for quality in the material at levels 1-3 continues, and 13 new self-defense techniques are added (CTs 21-33) which include throws, defenses against kicks, punches, grabs, attacks from behind, and attempts to take your cane.  As with each level, Grandmasters Shuey and Crandall introduce the student to new traditional martial arts philosophy and concepts including the student-instructor relationship.  The exercise system now includes the introduction of resistance bands that will allow the student to accelerate their training in the system.  Some exercises include triceps extensions, the back squat, curls, and more.  To better develop cane control and flow, new grips and shifting between grips are explained in detail.  New empty-hand techniques, stances, cane blocks, and cane strikes are presented, expanding the student’s fundamental knowledge.  The single-handed and double-handed partner 8-point partner drill sets (cane-against-cane) are completed.  The DVD concludes with instruction in the required kata Reflection 4.  The kata is presented at power and speed, and from Front, Side, and Back views at half-speed.  The kata is then broken down into segments which clarify important subtleties and practical applications of the defensive scenarios.  This DVD was professionally filmed and edited using three different cameras and documents the material required to test for blue belt.

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LEVEL 5 continues the American Cane System student’s training with a focus toward self-defense, teaching 14 new techniques (CTs 34-47), which involves more complex joint locks and counters.  Grandmaster Shuey discusses representing the style, including through tournament competition and Grandmaster Crandall presents advanced concepts regarding tradition.  The exercise system expands into front and lateral raises, wrist flexion, the front squat, leg abduction, and more.  17 vital striking targets are demonstrated and explained, 8 double-handed striking angles are taught, 7 new blocks and 4 new strikes are introduced, spinning back kick is demonstrated, and new drills are added.  In addition, 3 styles of crane stance and more empty hand techniques are explained.  The DVD concludes by presenting the last of the Reflection family katas, the required kata, Reflection 5.  The kata is presented at power and speed, and from Front, Side, and Back views at half-speed.  The kata is then broken down into segments which clarify important subtleties and practical applications of the defensive scenarios.  This DVD was professionally filmed and edited using three different cameras and documents the material required to test for purple belt.

LEVEL 6 marks a shift in the American Cane System student’s training from “scientific/systematic” skills toward self-defense.  This is strongly presented in both the techniques and kata.  17 new self-defense techniques are taught (CTs 48-64) involving joint locks, double-punches, cane retention, disarming an attacker (such as wielding a stick or pipe), defense against underhand and overhand knife assaults, and more.  The video begins with an in-studio interview with Grandmaster Shuey, introducing the student to more information about the style’s founder and his background.  The exercise system adds the overhead press, row, lat pull-down, Romanian dead lift, good morning, band twists, and more.  New blocks and strikes are added, and combination techniques are introduced.  The standard 12 block partner drill and the 12 block variations partner drill are presented.  Other areas include empty-hand techniques, back kick, bag work, and more.  The DVD concludes with instruction in the required kata Natural Walk.  The kata is presented at power and speed, and from Front, Side, and Back views at half-speed.  The kata is then broken down into segments which clarify important subtleties and practical applications of the defensive scenarios.  This kata is a fighting form and does not follow the pattern or symmetry of the previous 5 Reflection katas learned.  This DVD was professionally filmed and edited using three different cameras and documents the material required to test for tan belt, one step below brown.

LEVEL 7 prepares the American Cane System student to test for BROWN BELT, one step below 1st degree black belt.  The DVD begins with an outdoor interview with Grandmaster Shuey, filmed as television coverage of the system, and it presents some of Grandmaster Shuey’s philosophy and beliefs for the style’s future.  The exercise system adds new exercises such as the inverted row, floor press, overhead lunge, leg raises, and more.  14 new advanced self-defense techniques (CTs 65-78) are taught including seated self-defense, throws, headlocks, and many other scenarios.  New empty-hand techniques, strikes, and self-defense concepts are presented.  The focus of the DVD is to prepare the student to become a brown belt, ready to learn the final content required to test for black belt.  The 12 standard double-handed partner drill is presented.  The DVD concludes with instruction in the required kata Autumn Wind.  The kata is presented at power and speed, and from Front, Side, and Back views at half-speed.  The kata is then broken down into segments which clarify important subtleties and practical applications of the defensive scenarios.  This DVD was professionally filmed and edited using three different cameras and documents the material required to test for brown belt, one step below black belt 1st Dan.

LEVEL 8 prepares the American Cane System 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.  The DVD begins with a special introduction by Grandmaster Shuey.  Those who earn 1st Degree black belt may have the opportunity to become certified American Cane System instructors.  This DVD 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.  The exercise system is completed with advanced stretching techniques, hybrid exercises and complexes, progressions and scaling for individual training, and 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 DVD concludes with instruction in the required kata Old Man with a Cane.  The kata is presented at power and speed, and from Front, Side, and Back views at half-speed.  The kata is then broken down into segments which clarify important subtleties and practical applications of the defensive scenarios.  This kata is performed and instructed by Grandmaster Shuey, and it is also demonstrated in its full competition version as an added bonus.  This DVD was professionally filmed and edited using three different cameras and documents the material required to test for 1st Degree Black Belt.

The American Cane System is a traditional martial art style founded by Grandmaster Mark Shuey, Sr. (10th Dan) that uses a cane to strengthen individuals mentally, physically, and emotionally.  Grandmaster Shuey is the head of the Cane Masters International Association and holds advanced black belt ranks in Hapkido (7th Dan), Tang Soo Do (6th Dan), and Tae Kwon Do (8th Dan). The American Cane System has 8 levels from white belt up to first degree black belt, followed by ten levels of black belt, including the title of Cane Master.  This instructional DVD series was created as a means of documenting the core of fundamental information required to test for each level up to first degree black belt.  While intended for American Cane System student, this series is beneficial for anyone wishing to learn more about the versatility of the cane as a tool for self-defense and exercise. 

The series was produced by the American Martial Arts Institute, the Northeast Headquarters for the Cane Masters International Association, under the direction of Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr.  Grandmaster Crandall has over 48 years of traditional martial arts experience.  He is the founder of the American Eagle Style (empty-hand martial art style), a certified Cane Master, and a retired superintendent of schools in New York State.  Eric Stalloch and Lynn Jessee are certified Cane Masters in the American Cane System and students of Grandmaster Crandall.  Mr. Stalloch is a 6th degree black belt in American Eagle Style with over 21 years of training and is a permanently certified high school teacher in New York State.  Mrs. Jessee is a 5th degree black belt in American Eagle Style with over 28 years of training and is a physical therapy assistant in New Hampshire.  Together with Grandmaster Mark Shuey,Sr., they have combined their skills to document the American Cane System’s fundamental techniques required for to test for 1st Degree Black Belt.  For more information, classes, seminars, and contact information visit www.canemasters.com and www.amai-eaglestyle.com.