Gichin Funakoshi The History of Cane Weapons Systems


Originally from the San Fernando Valley, Southern California, Mark moved to Lake Tahoe in 1976 where he still resides. In high school and college, his primary focus was bodybuilding, wrestling, and swimming. Starting Martial Arts in 1970 in the Chuck Norris System of Tang Soo Do, he received his 1st degree Black Belt in 1978 under Master Harold Gross, Master Dennis Itchakawa and Master Neil Citron, and started teaching the martial arts in 1979. In September of 1999 he was promoted to 7th degree by the USMA and ICHF.

Mark has degrees in Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and Hapkido. He has a Master's Certification with USNKA (United States National Karate Assoc.), ATAMA (American Teacher's Assoc. of the Martial Arts), USMA (United States Martial Arts Association), head Weapon Instructor for Kosho Ryu, is on the Board of Directors for the World Head of Family Sokeship Council, the Independent Karate School Association, and the International Martial Arts Association, and the World Budo Association. In March of 2002, Mark was promoted to 10th Degree Black Belt for Cane Master by the International Martial Arts Council of America (Headfounders/ Grandmasters Association). October 2002 he was inducted into the Golden State Karate Association Hall of Fame. 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 a Certified Instructor for their “America in Defense” program.

Shuey is a top competitor in Martial Art Tournaments. He was rated competitor of the year in 1994 with the National Coalition of Martial Artists. In 1997, he was rated number 2 in overall points in the Pacific Rim Tour Tournament circuit. Also in the same year, he was rated number one in weapons and katas in M.A.R.R.S for his age division and number two in overall points. On November 14th, 1998 he attended the Unified World Martial Arts Federation year end banquet, and walked away with 1st place winnings in each of 4 categories: Forms Katas, Weapons, Kumite (sparring), and won overall Grand Champion in both weapons and forms. Within that same year, Mark also took the Grand Champion in Kata's at the finals held in Lake Tahoe for the Golden State Karate Assoc. (GSKA) as well as taking first place in the senior weapons and traditional open. After taking the National title in senior weapons in IMAC, Shuey was also awarded Competitor of the Year by IKSA. In 1999, Mark reached his goal of taking NASKA'S World and National, Masters Weapons Title, and IMAC'S National title. For 2000 he defended his World Champion title for NASKA and won top honors in the World for the KRANE Ratings. Then, in 2001, Shuey "three-peated" taking the National and World titles once again for NASKA. Once again in 2002, he holds the 2002 world title for NASKA in the Senior Master’s Division.

In 1998, he was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers, and Legends Hall of Fame as a "Master Instructor", as well as 1999. The year 2000 saw Shuey inducted into the USMA Hall of Fame, as well as the prestigious World Head of Family Sokeship Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was honored by induction to the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame, International Association of Karate, Kobudo, Puerto Rico Hall of Fame and USMA. Also in 2001, Mark was made “ Martial Arts Pioneer” by the Kenpojujitsu.net HOF. 2002 has seen inductions into the Universal Martial Arts HOF as Master of the Year/Weapons, World Martial Arts League in Germany honored as Grandmaster of the Year/Weapons/Cane.

Mark has been promoting tournaments in the martial 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 now sole owner of "Cane Masters". This company has introduced the Cane to a greater audience in the martial arts community, as well as senior citizens and the physically challenged. Furthermore, Mark travels throughout the world giving seminars on using the cane for self-defense as well as exercise. At the start of 2000, Shuey formed the Cane Masters International Association for students of the cane and to certify instructors for his system, and is currently focusing his attention on teaching senior citizens, the military, police departments, and the disabled.


9th degree Black Belt, Master Dave McNeill, started his study of Goju-Shorei Karate in 1971 under the tutelage of Grand Master Alexander Archie.

In the mid-80s it was decided that the Goju-Shorei System needed a fresh approach in the teaching of weapons. It was noted that all of the so-called traditional weapons were illegal in most, if not all, of the States. The decision was made to teach only weapons that were legal and practical. With that in mind, Grand Master McNeill was assigned the task of developing a structured, weapons system that could be utilized by the general public, as well as the Goju-Shorei students.

After extensive research McNeill decided that the cane, knife and fan would best meet the test of legality and practicality. The cane being the core weapon since it is such a practical tool, and is legal anywhere in the world. The knife blade would be no longer than 3", which is legal in all states. The fan is the one weapon that is the most subtle. It appears harmless, but, in trained hands, can cause unbelievable pain and damage. Grand Master McNeill rates it as one of his favorite carry-anywhere weapons.

The size and quality of a cane that could be bought from drug stores or specialty shops were found to be extremely inadequate. The wood was too weak and the size of the crook was too small. Grand Master McNeill launched a search for a source of oak and hickory canes that could be modified to meet his standards. After visiting and giving specifications to a company in Arkansas it was agreed that they would be the sole suppliers of the raw stock for the Goju-Shorei Weapons System.

Grand Master McNeill then created the many designs on the horn, crook and shaft of the Cane that would meet the essential self-defense demands of this unique and powerful weapon.

The next step was to create the ranking standards. This had to include katas, techniques, exercises and a method of displaying the rank of a separate, but equal, system. Grand Master McNeill recruited his friend and student, Scott Rasner, to help him in this almost impossible task. When McNeill refers to Mr. Rasner he always says, "If a technique or a move in the kata is totally unique and effective, then you know that was a contribution from Scott. He was steadfast in his support of my project and without him I would never have been able to pull it off." Grand Master McNeill credits Mr. Rasner as the single most important factor aiding in the creation of the Weapons System.

An octagonal patch designates the rank of the Weapons System, with colored chevrons sewn to the outside of the patch. The colors correspond to the Karate ranking colors of Yellow, Orange, Purple, Green, three Browns and Black. Requirements were also developed for eight Black ranks in the System.

In 1994 Goju-Shorei formally adopted the Cane, Knife and Fan as its official weapons, and Grand Master McNeill was designated head of Goju-Shorei Weapons.

In 1996 Grand Master McNeill and Master Shuey co-founded Cane Masters. McNeill was the President of Cane Masters until the partnership was dissolved in 1998. Master Mark Shuey continued on as President and owner of Cane Masters, making the company one of the largest seller of canes in the world.

Grand Master McNeill has been inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, the World Head of Family Sokeship Council and the Hawaiian Martial Arts International Society as Head Founder of the Year. He spends a great deal of time giving seminars and clinics to the many schools that have adopted the Goju-Shorei Weapons System, as well as writing articles and producing videos on the System.


As happens so often, the history of a martial style or system is confusing, conflicting and sketchy. What follows is meant to be accurate, but since the history has been passed down by word of mouth, it will undoubtedly contain a few errors.

This particular branch of Goju-Shorei started in the middle to late 1950’s. Robert Huggins was stationed in Okinawa, during the Korean Conflict, and learned Goju-Ryu from Gogen Yamaguchi, as well as some other of that nation’s empty hand styles. Returning to St. Louis, Sandan Huggins started teaching a karate style that he called Goju-Shorei to Donald Baker. After a few years of instruction, Mr. Huggins left for Chicago never to be heard from again.

Donald Baker, who also had a background in Kong Soo Do, Judo and Jujitsu, began teaching Goju-Shorei to the just discharged Marine, Stanford McNeal, in 1963. Grand Master Baker remained the head of Goju-Shorei until his retirement in the 1980s, at which time the leadership of Goju-Shorei was passed on to Mr. McNeal.

Grand Master Alexander Archie started his martial arts training in 1951, studying Kodokan Judo. He later broadened his studies to include Kodenkan Jujitsu, Goju-Ryu Karate, TaeKwon Do, Kung Fu and Kenpo Karate. In 1968 he began his studies of Shudokan Karate and Goju-Shorei Karate under Grand Master Stanford McNeal. In 1999, Grand Master McNeal, Soke, founded the Kifaru Jitsu Academy of Martial Arts (K.J.A.M.A.).

In 2001, Grand Master McNeal, Soke appointed Grand Master Alexander Archie as head of Goju-Shorei Systems. Master Dave McNeill, Soke, heads Goju-Shorei Weapons, and Sensei Ken Mammen, is the Director of Goju-Shorei Karate.

Cane Masters, Cane Fu, Goju-Shorei Weapons and Blind Fury Cane-Do

Chief Instructor Corrales developed Blind Fury Cane-Do martial arts for the vision impaired/blind, incorporating the skills he learned from Goju-Shorei Weapons Systems and Cane-Fu/ Cane Masters, and his extensive back ground in various traditional martial arts since he was eight years old. Blind Fury Cane-Do was developed for the individual who is visually impaired and uses a cane for moblity. Instructor Corrales is also legally blind and has developed a curriculum that is easy for the vision impaired person to learn cane self defense while also building greater character and inner strength and of course to live a more happier and secure life. Putting the CAN DO in Cane-Do as Chief Instructor Corrales always says!

Thank you with much respect for support and assisting: Grandmaster Mark Shuey of Cane Masters and Cane-Fu, Soke Dave McNiell,Goju Shorei Weapons Systems,Cane-Do Kai U.S.A