Scott Shaw Biography
Scott Shaw was born in Los Angeles, California. He is a prolific Author, Actor, Filmmaker, Composer, Artist, Journalist, and Photographer. He is also a Seminar, College, and University Instructor. During his youth Shaw became involved with two primary elements that have come to define much of his life. The first was the Martial Arts and the second was Eastern Mysticism.
THE MARTIAL ARTS
Scott Shaw began studying the Korean martial art of Hapkido at the age of six. Enthralled with the Martial Arts Shaw studied daily and at the age of eleven earned his Black Belt. Soon after this Shaw was introduced to Taekwondo and quickly earned his Black Belt in Taekwondo, as well. Shaw's instructors include: Duk Yun Sun, Sea Oh Choi, Hee Hwan Yoon, Harias Takeda, and Sung Soo Lee among others. While in college Shaw began teaching the martial arts on a professional basis.
Throughout the years Scott Shaw has been certified by various Asian and Occidental Martial Art Associations. In 1987 Shaw was promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. His Taekwondo certifications have been awarded via the Moo Duk Kwan and Ji Do Kwan branches of Taekwondo. In 1992 Shaw was awarded the 7th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido Moo Hak Kwan, a Korea Hapkido Federation registered kwan. In 1996 Scott Shaw became the first non-Korean ever to be awarded the 7th Degree Black Belt by the Korea Hapkido Federation. Today, Shaw holds 8th Degree Black Belts in both Hapkido and Taekwondo. He has also been awarded the 7th Dan Black Belt in Aikijutsu. Scott Shaw is the founder of Ki Sul Kwan Hapkido and the President of Hapkido Taekwondo International.
Scott Shaw has been a mainstay in Martial Arts Media for well over two decades. His numerous Articles on the Martial Arts have been published by the most respected journals in the industry. 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 1996, Tuttle Publications, one of the most highly esteemed publisher of books on the Martial Arts in the world, published Shaw's book, Hapkido: 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. Many of these books have been translated into various languages and published across the globe.
During his youth Shaw was additionally drawn to Eastern Meditative Thought. This inclination led him to study in both Asia and the West. Shaw is an initiate of Buddhist, Hindu, and Sufi sects. Throughout his youth he studied with such renowned teachers as Swami Satchidananda, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and Thich Thien-An. By the age of eighteen he was a certified instructor of Yoga. He has authored numerous articles and a number of Books on Zen, Yoga, and Human Consciousness. Many of these books have also been translated into various languages and published across the globe.
Throughout his life Shaw has embraced the arts. He has been an active musician since the age of six. He has seen a large amount of Poetry, prose, and Literary Fiction published in literary journals and by presses from the 1970s forward. He is an avid painter and photographer. His art and photographs have appeared in numerous galleries and publications. Click on the link(s) to view: The Scott Shaw Pholog, The Scott Shaw Snapshot Gallery, Scott Shaw Art at Saatchi Gallery London, Scott Shaw at Fine Art America, The Scott Shaw Snapshot Gallery on Tumblr, Scott Shaw Art on Flickr, Scott Shaw on Instagram, and Scott Shaw Photo Books.
After initially appearing as an Actor in Films, Television Series, and Commercials, Shaw moved forward onto Producing and Directing Feature Films, Documentaries, and Music Videos. In 1991 Scott Shaw, (in association with Donald G. Jackson), developed a new style of filmmaking that he titled, Zen Filmmaking (R).
Shaw designed Zen Filmmaking in order to bring the essence of Zen into the filmmaking process. Some of the primary tenets of Zen Filmmaking are: following the path of least resistance, never relying upon formalized structure, and allowing the moment to be the only guiding factor in the creation of a film. Shaw formulated the concept of Zen Filmmaking as a means to allow spontaneous creativity to be the only guide on the path to a film's creation in order to help all filmmakers discover a more direct approach to actualizing their filmmaking dreams.
THE SCOTT SHAW ZEN BLOG
Scott Shaw has been a frequent blogger over the past several years at The Scott Shaw Zen Blog. From this, there has been several volumes of his Scott Shaw Blog Books published.
Beginning in the late 1970's, Scott Shaw began to continually return to Asia and the Middle East — spending extended periods of time in these geographic regions. He has continued this tradition and frequently returns documenting obscure aspects of Asian and Middle Eastern Culture in words and on film. Many of Scott Shaw's Books of Photography present photographs from his world journeys.
Shaw's primary academic background is the Social Sciences and the Humanities, though he now predominately teaches courses on the Cinematic Arts. His undergraduate study focused on Cultural Geography, while his graduate study took place in Cultural and Urban Geography, Herbology, Humanities, (with a focus on Literature), and Asian Studies.