Starting Martial Arts in 1970 in the Chuck Norris System of Tang Soo Do, Grand Master Shuey 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), as well as the Independent Karate School Association. Mark is also the Head of Cane Instruction and Nevada State Director for the International Combat Hapkido Federation.
Mark 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 traditional 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, traditional weapons, kumite (sparring), and won overall Grand Champion in both traditional 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 traditional senior weapons and traditional open.
After taking the National title in traditional 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 Traditional 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. In 2001 GM Shuey repeated for the third time, defending his National and World titles on the NASKA tournament circuit.
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 appointed to the Board on the World Sokeship. In 2003, Mark was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame as "Weapons Instructor of the Year".
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 traditional "deterrent 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. Due to articles in the media, like the article by Jennifer Levitz in the Saturday July 12, 2008 edition of The Wall Street Journal entitled "Everybody Is 'Cane Fu' Fighting At Senior Centers, So Watch Out (Older People Get Healthful Exercise And Learn to Wield a Ready Deterrent)", and interviews on major tv sports and entertainment programs have helped to bring Mark's system of cane fighting to the attention of the world at large, and his "American Cane System" is being taught by over 300 instructors throughout the world.