CaneMaster Presents Seminars
for American Martial Arts Institute
January 10th, 2007
On January 10, 2007, Grandmaster Mark R. Shuey, Sr. presented two seminars in Central New York for the American Martial Arts Institute under the direction of Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. Grandmaster Shuey is known internationally as "The Cane Master," is the founder of Cane Masters International Association (CMIA), and founder and Grandmaster of the American Cane System style of martial arts.
Prior to the seminar Grandmaster Shuey and Grandmaster Crandall both participated in Action Martial Arts Magazine’s International Hall of Fame Induction in Atlantic City, New Jersey on January 6th. The Hall of Fame drew over 1,500 martial artists together from around the world for an exciting weekend of seminars, demonstrations, and recognition. Grandmaster Crandall and Grandmaster Shuey were inducted in 2000, and both have shared their knowledge, skills, and excitement from their martial arts schools.
The two seminars were presented exclusively for the American Martial Arts Institute, and over 30 instructors and students from across New York State and New Hampshire filled the gymnasium at the Mohawk YMCA that was reserved for the event.
The first seminar focused on self-defense and was open to adult students of any rank and brown and black belts of any age. After introductions by Grandmaster Crandall, Grandmaster Shuey, spoke about the cane and gave an overview of the seminar. Then the participants spread out and formed a ring around the circumference of the gymnasium and practiced a series of swings, strikes, flips, and twirls. Ranks ranged from white belt through sixth dan black belt, but Grandmaster Shuey spent time with everyone, sharing his knowledge and skill. The seminar then moved into self-defense against common attacks. Grandmaster Shuey stressed the importance of awareness, avoidance, and verbal responses before responding physically. He also stressed that the cane is a medical device designed to improve quality of life, whether it is for added stability, exercise, or to escape dangerous situations. Mr. Joseph Fiore, an American Martial Arts Institute instructor, was Grandmaster Shuey's partner for demonstrations. Techniques learned included a variety of defenses against punchs.
Grandmaster Shuey taught these same techniques
earlier in the day when he was filmed for upcoming episodes of the Safety
and Awareness Today Show, hosted by Grandmaster Crandall. The program airs
throughout Central New York on ABC, myTV, and Fox and features segments
for children, teenagers, women, adults, and senior citizens.
The second seminar was for black belts, and it featured teaching the Natural
Walk Cane Kata. This is an American
Eagle Style kata which Grandmaster Crandall taught to Grandmaster
Shuey during their exchange of knowledge prior to the seminar. Grandmaster
Shuey taught the participants the first part of the American Martial Arts
Institute’s school cane kata, while Senior Instructor Eric Stalloch,
a student of Grandmaster Crandall, taught the rest of the kata.
As the seminar ended, and the participants head home to their communities, it was clear that they were excited, and already they are sharing their knowledge, excitement, and experiences with their families, friends, and communities.