The American Martial Arts Institute is the East Coast Main Office 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. In 2010, the American Martial Arts Institute served as the production agency for 8 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.
The growth of the American Cane System is visible through the testings and new ranks that occur each year. With four individuals earning their black belt at the East Coast main location in 2017 alone, the necessity for written materials to help in this impressive move from brown belt to black belt became apparent. With Grandmaster Shuey’s support, Cane Master Instructor Stalloch, Senior Canemaster Crandall, and Senior Canemaster Jessee have written this brown belt to black belt workbook to assist future black belt candidates.
This workbook contains information about the American Cane System as a traditional school of martial arts including sections about the style’s founder: Grandmaster Shuey, the rank requirements for all 10 black belt levels, certified testing centers, instructor status, philosophy, etiquette, uniforms, belts, and patches, the International Headquarters, empty hand techniques, exercise system, and more.This workbook is intended to compliment the eight instructional DVDs of the American Cane System Ranking Series, which documents this style for the colored belt through first degree black belt levels. The workbook includes areas for the student to write their own notes. While intended for American Cane System students, this workbook is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the cane. American Cane System students of all ranks will find it beneficial as they train, speak with their instructor, and take personal notes.
EXCERPT FROM THE PREFACE:
"This workbook will assist the American Cane System's instructors and students as its brown belts prepare for the challenges of a first degree black belt testing. Earning a black belt is a significant accomplishment. As Grandmaster Shuey has said, by "becoming a black belt, first degree, you are a master of basics." This workbook provides space for you to write your own notes as you speak with your instructor and review the concepts and techniques presented on DVDs 1-8 of the American Cane System Ranking Series. Grandmaster Shuey reminds us that "this information is developmental and cumulative."
As you strive to "master the basics," keep in mind that the style is more than physical techniques. Grandmaster Shuey has often said that "the cane is not a crutch;" this means more than it being a tool for self-defense, but also a means of self-development and community involvement. He reminds us of this on DVD 2 in stating that "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." Those of you who have been fortunate enough to meet Grandmaster Shuey in person also know his passion for improving the lives of senior citizens, wounded veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others.
Left: Cane Master Instructor Stalloch
Right: Grandmaster Shuey
At the Cane Masters International Association's International Headquarters in Lake Tahoe, Nevada USA
It is hoped that black belt has become more than a goal. As you have seen Grandmaster Shuey say to you on the eighth DVD, "this is a traditional system, and you've come this far, don't stop. Enjoy teaching others; it is so important. You want to teach them the same way you've been taught, and tell them to teach it the same way they've been taught." This workbook includes information about becoming an instructor and the higher levels of black belt as you consider your own training and the style's future."
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. The workbook was published by the American Martial Arts Institute, the East Coast Main Office for the Cane Masters International Association.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS
Cane Master Instructor Eric Stalloch
Eric Stalloch is the Cane 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. He is also an eighth degree black belt and Master Instructor of American Eagle Style under Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr., the head 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 at AMAI-EagleStyle.Com
Senior Canemaster Lynn Jessee
Lynn Jessee is certified Senior Canemaster , eighth degree black belt, in the American Cane System. She is a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant in the State of New Hampshire who has worked with a large population of people with diverse needs. She is also a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a sixth degree black belt in American Eagle Style under Grandmaster Crandall. She assisted in the production of the instructional DVDs: Practical Cane Self-Defense, Volume 1, Cane-Fu Moving Beyond Disabilities, and the 8 DVDs of the American Cane System Ranking Series. Learn more at AMAI-EagleStyle.Com
Senior Canemaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr.
Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. is a 10th Degree Black Belt (Grandmaster) and founder of the American Martial Arts Institute. He has over 50 years of professional martial arts experience and has led American martial arts performance teams to Russian, Japan, Australia, Italy, and the Carribbean. He has authored nine books and produced numerous instructional videos and DVDs in the area of the martial arts and personal safety. He is co-founder of SecureLivingOnline.Com, has prodcued two martial arts and personal safety television programs, and more. He is a retired Superintendent of Schools with prior experience as a High School Principal, Elementary School Principal, and Teacher in the State of New York. He is the Educational Director for the American Cane System on the East Coast. Learn more at AMAI-EagleStyle.Com
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
CHAPTER 1: School of the American Cane System...Page 1
CHAPTER 2: Stances...Page 17
CHAPTER 3: Grips...Page 21
CHAPTER 4: Blocks...Page 25
CHAPTER 5: Strikes and Sets...Page 31
CHAPTER 6: Drills...Page 39
CHAPTER 7: Empty Hand...Page 47
CHAPTER 8: Self-Defense...Page 57
CHAPTER 9: Forms...Page 91
CHAPTER 10: Exercise System...Page 103
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