Scott Shaw

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Scott Shaw (born September 23, 1958)[1] is an American author, martial artist, and filmmaker.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Shaw was born in Hollywood, California. He spent his early years in South Central Los Angeles and then returned to Hollywood for his adolescence.[4] He became involved with the martial arts and eastern mysticism at an early age.


Shaw has had a career in both the arts and the sciences. He first became noticed as an author when his poetry and literary fiction began to be published in literary journals in the late 1970s.[2] Beginning in the mid-1980s Shaw's writings also began to be published on the subjects of anthropology and the social sciences. Though his writings have span many genres, Shaw is most well known as an author on the subject of the martial arts. This is due to the voluminous amount of written work he has composed on the subject. Over three hundred of his articles on the martial arts have been published and he is the author of several books on the subject.[5]

The foundation for Shaw's writings on the martial arts began when he was six years old. This is the point when he began his study of the Korean martial art of Hapkido.[6]

Shaw studied and taught Hapkido and Taekwondo until in 1987 he was the first American to be awarded the 7th Degree Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo. In 1988 he earned the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt in Kumdo.[6] In 1996 he was the first non-Korean to be promoted to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt by The Korea Hapkido Federation.[7][8] Previous to this he had been certified a Hapkido 7th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido Moo Hak Kwan.[9][10] Since that time he has been promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt in both Hapkido and Taekwondo.[11][12]

Shaw has also written numerous articles and several books on Zen Buddhism, Yoga, Eastern Religion and Asian culture. His books have been translated into several languages. These writings are based in the fact that from his youth forward Shaw has been involved with eastern philosophy. He was a direct disciple of Swami Satchidananda.[13][14][15] In addition, he studied with such teachers as Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Thich Thien-An.

By the age of eighteen he was a certified instructor of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.[11] At this point in his life he traveled to India where he was initiated into various Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi sects and became Sannyasa. Shaw is also a Frater Rosae Crucis of the Rosicrucian Order. He is known to frequently travel in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, documenting Asian culture in words and on film.[16]

Zen filmmaking[edit]

In association to his writings, Shaw is also an active actor and filmmaker.[17][18] In 1991 he developed a new style of filmmaking that he titled Zen Filmmaking.[19][20] This style of filmmaking is defined by the fact that no screenplay is used in the creation of a film. "In Zen filmmaking the spontaneous creative energy of the filmmaker is the only defining factor. This allows for a spiritually pure source of immediate inspiration to be the only guide in the filmmaking process." [21] He extensively defined this style of filmmaking in his 2008 book Zen Filmmaking.


Partial bibliography[edit]

Partial filmography[edit]

  • Blade in Hong Kong (1985)
  • Guongdong Province, China: Poverty and Promise (1990) (Director)
  • Long Feng cha lou (1990)
  • Sunset Beat (1990)
  • Just a Moment That Passes in Time (1991) (also Producer/Director)
  • Zhi zai chu wei (1991)
  • Wu fu xing chuang gui (1991)
  • The Roller Blade Seven (1991) (also Producer)
  • Long mao shao xu (1991)
  • The Divine Enforcer (1991)
  • Capital Punishment (1991)
  • Palomino (1991)
  • Samurai Vampire Bikers From Hell (1992) (also Producer/Director)
  • Nu hei xia huang ying (1992)
  • The Player (1992)
  • The Naked Truth (1992)
  • The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven (1992) (also Producer)
  • Jing ling bian (1992)
  • Return of the Roller Blade Seven (1993) (also Producer)
  • Samurai Johnny Frankenstein (1993) (also Producer/Director)
  • Atomic Samurai (1993) (also Producer/Director)
  • Samurai Ballet (1994) (also Producer/Director)
  • Exploding Angel (1995)
  • Cambodia: Living in the Killing Field (1996) (Director)
  • Max Hell Frog Warrior (1996) (also Producer/Director) (a.k.a. Hell Comes to Frogtown III, Toad Warrior and Max Hell Comes to Frogtown)
  • Shotgun Boulevard (1996) (also Producer)
  • Hollywood Cops (1997) (also Producer/Director)
  • Guns of El Chupacabra (1997) (also Producer)
  • Guns of El Chupacabra II: The Unseen (1998) (also Producer/Director)
  • Armageddon Boulevard (1998) (also Producer)
  • Ride with the Devil (1999) (also Producer)
  • Ghost Taxi (1998) (also Producer)
  • Quest of the Invisible Ninja (2000) (also Producer/Director)
  • Poppugurûpu Koroshiya (2000)
  • Liquid Tokyo (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • No Boundaries (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • Slip Into Oblivion (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • Undercover X (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • Sedona (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • Hollywood P.D. Undercover (2002) (also Producer/Director)
  • Hitman City (2003) (also Producer/Director)
  • The Rock n' Roll Cops (2003) (also Producer/Director)
  • Vampire Blvd. (2004) (also Producer/Director)
  • Super Hero Central (2004) (also Producer/Director)
  • Legend of the Dead Boyz (2004) (Producer/Director)
  • Interview: The Documentary (2005) (Producer/Director)
  • The Final Kiss (2005) (also Producer/Director)
  • Dinner and Drinks (2005) (also Producer/Director)
  • 9mm Sunrise (2006) (also Producer/Director)
  • Killer: Dead or Alive (2006) (also Producer/Director)
  • One Shot Sam (2006) (Director)
  • Vampire Noir (2007) (also Producer/Director)
  • Yin Yang Insane (2007) (Producer/Director)
  • Witch's Brew (2007) (also Producer/Director)
  • Angel Blade (2008) (Producer/Director)
  • A Drive with Linnea and Donald (2008) (Producer/Director)
  • The Adventures of Ace X and Kid Velvet (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • A Little Bit About What's Going On (2008) (Producer/Director)
  • Naked Avenger (2008) (Producer/Director)
  • Frogtown News (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • Sealed with a Bullet (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • The Hard Edge of Hollywood (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • Vampire Black Trail of the Dead (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • The Cancelled Movie (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • Vampire Abstracta (2009) (also Producer/Director)
  • Crimes of the Chupacabra (2009) (also Producer/Director)
  • Bluegrass Christmas Party (2009) (also Producer/Director)
  • DGJ Q and A (2010) (Producer)
  • Mimes: Silent But Deadly (2010) (Producer/Director)
  • Count Vlogula (2010) (also Producer/Director)
  • Crimes of Tomorrow (2010) (Producer)
  • El Chupacabra: Las entrevistas perdido (2010) (also Producer/Director)
  • Cinematografia Obsession (2010) (also Producer/Director)
  • Diary of a Michigan Migrant Film Worker (2011) (also Producer/Director)
  • The White Cat (2011) (Producer/Director)
  • Speaking Chinese in Hollywood (2011) (Producer/Director)
  • The Back of Beyond (2011) (also Producer/Director)
  • Abraxas: Day of the Warrior (2012) (also Producer/Director)
  • Conrad Talks Hollywood (2012) (Producer/Director)
  • Preachin' the Gospel (2012) (Producer/Director)
  • Roller Blade Seven: The Unseen Scenes (2012) (Producer/Director)
  • A Space in the Time (2013) (also Producer/Director)
  • The Drive (2013) (also Producer/Director)
  • Vampire Sunrise (2013) (also Producer/Director)
  • Donald G. Jackson Confessions (2014) (Producer/Director)
  • Life in the Aftermath (2014) (Producer/Director)
  • Salvation Mountain (2015) (Producer/Director)
  • Outside Through the Labyrinth (2015) (Producer/Director)
  • Somewhere Between Now and Then (2016) (Producer/Director)
  • Toy Cars (2016) (Producer/Director)

Partial discography[edit]

  • Nights of Gothic Horror
  • Ambient Light
  • Just Zen
  • Themes from the Zen Movies
  • Beggar's Grave
  • Jail House Brew
  • The Second Passageway of the Golden Illusion
  • Vague Illusions
  • Cinema Noir
  • Angels Oblivion
  • Coriander Shades of Tibet Tears
  • Vampire
  • Sanskrit
  • The Back of Beyond (Soundtrack)
  • Nuclear Tan
  • Synth
  • Cave of Siddhi
  • Psychedelic Jazz
  • Discord and Dissonance
  • Texture
  • Greetings from the Four Horsemen
  • At The Witch House
  • Sin at Carnival Noir
  • Confiscated from the Abyss
  • Quantum Entanglement
  • First Sin
  • Analects of the Ambient
  • Liquid Creature Trance
  • Christians in the Coven
  • The Dark Arts
  • House of Deception
  • Binary Code
  • Shadows in the Wind
  • Spirit House
  • Repent
  • False Prophet


  1. ^ Scott Shaw Biography and Filmography at the British Film Institute
  2. ^ a b Scott Shaw Biography at
  3. ^ "Scott Shaw Biography". Scott Shaw Authors at Moosin. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Hollywood High School Notable Graduates". Hollywood High School. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Scott Shaw Biography and Books-in-Print at Open
  6. ^ a b Scott Shaw Biography at Complete Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  7. ^ "Scott Shaw Biography". Tuttle Publishing. Archived from the original on August 6, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Scott Shaw at Simon and Schuster". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hapkido Family Tree". Sin MooHapkido. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ Inside Kung Fu, October 1996
  11. ^ a b "Scott Shaw's Martial Arts Biography". Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  12. ^ John Corcoran and Emil Farkas (2012). The Martial Arts Encyclopedia. ISBN 978-1-4783-5178-8. 
  13. ^ "Swami Satchidananda". Guru's Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Swami Satchidananda". Write Spirit. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Scott Shaw with Swami Satchidananda at
  16. ^ "Scott Shaw Biography". IT eBooks. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Scott Shaw on IMDb
  18. ^ "Scott Shaw Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Zen Filmmaking". Zen Filmmaking. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Scott Shaw Trivia". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Scott Shaw". Retrieved 26 July 2016. 

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