PLIMSHOF Inductee #26
GM Mark Shuey Sr.
Originally from the San Fernando Valley, Southern California, Mark moved to Lake Tahoe in 1976 where he resides today. In high school and college his primary focus was on body building, wrestling and swimming. He began his martial art career in 1967 with the Chuck Norris system of Tang soo do.
He received his first degree black belt in 1978 under the direction of Master Harold Gross, Master Dennis Itichikawa, and Master Neil Citron. In 1979 Mark began teaching martial arts and in September of 1999 was promoted to 7th dan by the USMA and ICHF.
Mark has degrees in Tang soo do, Tae Kwon do, and Hapkido. He has a Master's certification with the USNKA (United States National Karate Assoc.)
American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts) United States Martial Arts Association,) He is a head instructor of Kosho Ryu and is on the Board of Directors for the World Head of Family Sokeship Council.
He is also a board member of the Independent Karate Association and the International Martial Arts Association. Mark is also the Head of Cane instruction and Nevada State Director for the International Combat Hapkido Federation and is certified by World Black Belt as Instructor for their "America Self Defense Program".
Mark has been a top competitor in the martial arts tournament circuit. He was rated competitor of the year 1994 with the National Coalition of Martial Artist. In 1997 he was rated #2 in overall points in the Pacific Rim Tour circuit. Also in that same year he was rated #1 in weapons and kata in M,A.R.R.S. for his age division and number 2 in overall points.
On November 14th in 1998 he attended the Unified World Martial Arts Federation tournament and walked away with 1st place in 4 different categories, Kata, Weapons, Sparring and overall Grand Champion in both weapons and forms.
In that same year Mark also took the Grand Champion in Kata held at Lake Tahoe for the Golden State Karate Association, as well as taken first place in the senior weapons and traditional open.
After taking the National title in senior weapons in IMAC, Mark was also awarded competitor of the year by ISKA. In 1999 Mark reached his goal of taking NASKA'S World and National Masters Weapon title and IMAC National title.
In 2000 he defended his World Champion title for NASKA and won top honors in the World for KRANE ratings. Then in 2001 Mark (three peated) in taking the National and World titles once again for NASKA.
In 1998 he was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters , Pioneers and Legends Hall of Fame as Master Instructor. The year 2000 saw Mark inducted into the USMA Hall of Fame as well as the prestigious World Head of Family Hall of Fame.
In 2001 he was inducted into Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame, International Association of Karate, Kobudo, Puerto Rico Hall of Fame. Also in 2001 Mark was honored with Martial Arts Pioneer" by the KenpoJujitsu.net HOF.
In 2002 Mark has seen inductions into the Universal Martial Arts HOF as Master of the year/Weapons. Cane.
He was also honored as GM of the year by the World Martial Arts League in Germany. One of his greatest honors was his induction into PLIMSHOF on the date of July 30th, 2002 -PIONEERS AND LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS SOCIETY HALL OF FAME!
Mark has been promoting tournaments in the arts since 1980, and has hosted over 16 tournaments of his own. Because of his love for the Cane , his weapon of choice , he was one of the founders and is now sole owner of Cane Masters.
This company has introduced the Cane to a greater audience in the martial art community , as well as senior citizens and the physically challenged. Mark travels the World giving seminars on the Cane as a weapon as well as good physical activity. In 2000 Mark formed the Cane Masters International Association for students of the cane and to certify instructors for his cane system.