Grandmaster Shuey names American Cane System / Cane-Fu Successor
On Sunday, March 20, 2016, Grandmaster Mark R. Shuey, Sr., the founder of the American Cane System, promoted Eric Stalloch to the rank of Ninth Degree Black Belt and designated him as his successor for the style. There can only be one Grandmaster in a traditional style of martial arts and with that position comes the responsibility to maintain the style, its integrity and its traditions. Also on the Grandmaster's shoulders lays the responsibility to choose a successor that will maintain these qualities in the style after they have passed.
WKTV, a Central New York NBC affiliate covered the promotion ceremony in a feature story which can be seen below. Action Martial Arts Magazine and other publications have indicated that they, too, will be featuring this promotion.
Master Stalloch is a seventh degree black belt and Master Instructor of American Eagle Style under his instructor Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr., the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and American Eagle Style. Master Stalloch began training under Grandmaster Crandall in 1989, and through his support Master Stalloch began training under Grandmaster Shuey. After many years, Master Stalloch earned the position of Canemaster and seventh degree black belt in the American Cane System. In 2010, he helped Grandmaster Shuey to document the American System in a series of eight instructional DVDs with Grandmaster Crandall (who is also a Senior Canemaster), and Canemaster Lynn Jessee. Additionally, Master Stalloch co-produced the DVDs Practical Cane Self-Defense and Cane-Fu: Moving Beyon