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The Scott Shaw Biography

I am forever vastly amused at the biographies people write about me. Some are based in love, others are based in hate. Of course, I appreciate the one’s based in love more. …That’s just natural, I guess. But, both can be interesting. Here’s one I was pointed to. It looks like some of the info may have been taken from my website bio, maybe parts from some of the information my publishers have put out there, maybe some from the Martial Arts Encyclopedia, and other parts from an earlier Wikipedia entry. We all know how I feel about Wikipedia… Whatever the case, it looks like it was researched and came from multiple sources. Anyway, for your amusement, here it is. …I guess it's all true but it sure makes my life seem so much grander than it ever felt. Happy  
Dear All,
I am very proud to inform, “AKADEMIA KENJUTSU” is presented as a source of credible information concerned KUMDO in a website of TAEKWONDO HAPKIDO INTERNATIONAL established by an US expert in KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS – Mr. SCOTT SHAW
I would like to present the Biography of Mr. Scott Shaw, one of the most respectable experts of TAEKWONDO, HAPKIDO & KUMDO and other Korean Martial Art outside SOUTH KOREA.
Venerable Sahjonim Mr. SCOTT SHAW - Born in Hollywood, California, Scott Shaw began training in the Korean Martial Art of Hapkido at the age of six. Enthralled with the Martial Arts, Shaw studied daily and in 1969, at the age of eleven, earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in Hapkido. In 1971 Shaw was introduced to Taekwondo. By late 1972 he held his 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, as well. During his youth Shaw also began practicing Kumdo, the Korean Art of the Sword. As an adolescent and young man he additionally trained in boxing with his uncle who was a professional boxer during the 1930's and 1940's.
As the years progressed, Scott Shaw never lost his focus on the Martial Arts and practiced relentlessly. At the age of eighteen he was promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt in both Hapkido and Taekwondo and was awarded Instructor Certification.
During his youth Scott Shaw also became deeply involved in Eastern Meditative Thought. Throughout this time period, he practiced Yogic, Sufi, and Buddhist meditation with such renown teachers as Swami Satchidananda, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and Thich Thien-An. Though young in age he became a certified instructor of Yoga and Meditation.
Shaw then traveled to India and Japan where he refined his understanding of Meditation and Ki. These are essential elements he has continued to integrate into all of his Martial Art Teachings. While in Japan he also began his study of Hapkido's root art, Aikijitsu and Kumdo's root art, Iaido.

By twenty-one Shaw was teaching the Martial Arts in association with Grandmaster Hee Hwan Yoon. He was promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt and was awarded Master Instructor Certification. In the following year, Scott Shaw, as the highest ranking non-Korean practitioner in Los Angeles at the time, was chosen to lead over five hundred Taekwondo practitioners in the first annual Los Angeles Koreatown parade. That same year, he was the only non-Korean to be appointed as a body guard for the President of Korea on his first visit to Los Angeles. Shaw commonly trained L.A.P.D. and Los Angeles County Sheriffs in self-defense applications.

During this period of time, Scott Shaw frequently returned to Asia to refine his understanding of the Martial Arts. He trained predominately under the guidance of Hyn Sup Park in South Korea and Harias Takeda in Japan.

Throughout the years Scott Shaw has been certified by numerous Asian and Occidental Martial Art Associations, from his 1st through his 8th Dan Black Belt. In 1987 he was awarded the 7th Dan Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo. In 1988 he earned the 7th Dan in Kumdo. In 1992 he tested and was certified Hapkido 7th Dan by Grandmaster Sung Soo Lee in Hapkido Moo Hak Kwan. In 1996 Scott Shaw became the first non-Korean ever to be awarded the 7th Degree Black Belt by the Korea Hapkido Federation. In 1999 Shaw was promoted to 7th Dan in Aikijutsu and 8th Dan in Taekwondo. In 2001 he was awarded the 8th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido. He is the founder of Ki Sul Kwan Hapkido, the President of Hapkido Taekwondo International, and is on the Board-of-Directors of several established Martial Art Organizations.
Scott Shaw has been a mainstay in Martial Arts Media for over two decades. Over three hundred of his articles have been published on the subject, by the most respected journals in the industry. Click Here to view an overview of articles he has written. In 1994, Unique Publications, a leader in Martial Art Publishing and Video Production, asked Shaw to create a four-part Instructional Video Tape Series on Hapkido. In 2007 this series was re-mastered for distribution on DVD. In 1996 Tuttle Publications, the most respected publisher of books on the Martial Arts in the world, contracted Shaw to write the book, Hapkido: The Korean Art of Self-Defense. In 2002 they requested that he write the book, Taekwondo Basics, and in 2006 they asked him to write the book, Advanced Taekwondo. In addition to these titles, he has written several other books on the martial arts, published by industry leaders. Beginning in the late 1970's Scott Shaw began to continually return to Asia and the Middle East, spending extended periods of time throughout these regions. He has continued this tradition and frequently returns, documenting obscure aspects of Asian and Middle Eastern Culture in words and on film.
Today, Scott Shaw is a prolific Author, Journalist, Filmmaker, Seminar Instructor, and University Lecturer on the subjects of Asian Studies, Filmmaking, Zen Buddhism, Yoga, the Martial Arts, Ki Science, and Meditation.
Mr. Scott Shaw is one of the most renowned martial artists in USA.
Dariusz Wyspianski

Just a sidenote here: After reading this biography again, it makes me remember how, so many times, I have tried to just ditch my bio on this website and in other places. No matter how I say it, or how anyone else says it for me, it just seems like such an ego run. But, it seems like every time that I do ditch my bio, I get hit up by tons of people asking question or people in chatrooms talking smack. So, to override as much of the nonsense as I can, I leave one up on the site. But, just know, whatever is said in that bio, is not the true me. That’s just all life stuff. I’m a completely different person than any words on any page.