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Name: Scott Shaw  
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Date of Birth: 1st November 1958
Place of Birth: Hollywood, California, USA
Profession: Actor
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Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw (born November 1, 1958) is a prolific author, journalist, actor, and filmmaker.


Born in Hollywood, California Scott Shaw spent his early years in the racially charged region of South Central Los Angeles known as Watts, California during the turbulent 1960s.

Scott Shaw on the cover of Hapkido: The Korean Art of Self Defense

Shaw began his study of the martial arts at the age of six. He 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 and in 1996 he was the first non-Korean ever to be promoted to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt by The Korea Hapkido Federation. Since that time Shaw has been promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt in both Hapkido and Taekwondo. Over three hundred of his articles on the martial arts have been published and he is the author of several books on the subject.

During his youth, Shaw also became involved in eastern meditative thought. He studied with such teachers as Swami Satchidananda, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and Thich Thien-An. By the age of eighteen he was a certified instructor of Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Meditation. He then travelled to Asia where he was initiated into various Buddhist, Hindu, and Sufi, sects. He was eventually ordained a Sannyasin at the ashram of Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh, India and given the name Swami Mokshananda. He has authored numerous articles and several books on Zen Buddhism, Yoga, and Asian culture.

Film Career

In addition to be being a highly published author and instructor of the martial arts, meditation, and filmmaking, Scott Shaw is a prolific actor and filmmaker. He developed a new style of filmmaking that he titled Zen Filmmaking. In this style of filmmaking no scripts are used. Shaw explains, "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."

According to the Dictionary of Famous People, "Based on his unique style of filmmaking, Director Robert Altman invited Shaw to perform a cameo appearance in his critically acclaimed film, The Player.


  • He graduated from Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California.
  • Shaw continues to create what he calls, "Zen Films." The final credit in many of his films is, "In Memory of Dinosaur Filmmaking."
  • As an author, the recent works of Scott Shaw have reflected his lifelong involvement with the Martial Arts, Yoga, Hinduism, and Zen Buddhism. His earlier published works are much more literary based and depict the dark side of society.
  • He live much of every year at his home in Kamakura, Japan.


About Peace (ISBN 1590030036)

Advanced Taekwondo (ISBN 080483640X)

Bangkok and the Nights of Drunken Stupor (ISBN 1877792063)

Cambodian Refugees in Long Beach, California: The Definitive Study (ISBN 1877792020)

Chi Kung for Beginners: Master the Flow of Chi for Good Health, Stress Reductions & Increased Energy (ISBN 0738704199)

E.Q. (ISBN 1877792071)

Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defense (ISBN 0804820740)

Junk (ISBN 1-877792-05-5)

L. A. Tales from the Suburban Side of Hell (ISBN 1877792187)

Last Will & Testament According to the Divine Rites of the Drug Cocaine (ISBN 1877792004)

Los Angeles Koreatown: An Urban Geographical View of the Factors That Lead to It's Inception & It's Current Urbanization (ISBN 1877792098)

Love Lived Too Long (ISBN 1877792217)

Love Poetry Written to Moo Lei Before She Threw Herself from a Twenty-Five Story Taipei Hotel Room Window (ISBN 1877792128)

Nirvana in a Nutshell: 157 Zen Meditations (ISBN 1590030176)

Sake in a Glass, Sushi with Your Fingers: Fifteen Minutes in Tokyo (ISBN 1877792225)

Samurai Zen (ISBN 1578631041)

Sanskrit, the Language: Inception and Modern Day Ramifications (ISBN 1877792101)

Scream: Southeast Asia & the Dream (ISBN 1877792012)

Shanghai Whispers Shanghai Screams (ISBN 1877792268)

Siam Tracy (ISBN 187779225X)

Simple Bliss: Nirvana Made Easy (ISBN 1862048509)

Suicide Slowly (ISBN 1877792144)

Taekwondo Basics (ISBN 0804834849)

The Ki Process: Korean Secrets for Cultivating Dynamic Energy (ISBN 0877288798)

The Little Book of Yoga Breathing: Pranayama Made Easy ISBN 157863301X

The Tao of Self-Defense (ISBN 1578631904)

The Most Beautiful Woman in Shanghai (ISBN 1877792241)

The Passionate Kiss of Illusion (ISBN 1877792047)

There Is No Wind Through the Trees on a Treeless Beach (ISBN 187779211X)

The Warrior Is Silent: Martial Art and the Spiritual Path (ISBN 0892816686)

TKO: A Drunken Night in Tokyo (ISBN 187779208X)

War (ISBN 1877792179)

Wet Dreams and Placid Silence (ISBN 1877792195)

Wo' Ton of the Blue Vision (ISBN 1877792160)

Yoga the Inner Journey (ISBN 0595165494)

Zen O'Clock: Time to Be (ISBN 1578631246)

Zero One (ISBN 1877792209)


Blade in Hong Kong 1985

Guongdong Province, China: Poverty and Promise 1990 (Documentary) (Director)

Long Feng cha lou 1990

Sunset Beat 1990

Just a Moment That Passes in Time 1990 (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

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991

Palomino 1991

Samurai Vampire Bikers From Hell 1992 (also Producer/Director)

Nu hei xia huang ying 1992

The Player 1992 (actor, cameo)

The Naked Truth 1992

The Legend of the Rollerblade 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

Hell Comes to Frogtown III 1995 (also Producer/Director)

Cambodia: Living in the Killing Field 1996 (Documentary) (Director)

Toad Warrior 1996 (also Producer/Director)

Shotgun Boulevard 1996 (also Producer)

Hollywood Cops 1997 (also Producer/Director)

Guns of El Chupacabra 1997 (also Producer)

Armageddon Boulevard 1998 (also Producer)

Ride with the Devil 1999 (also Producer)

Ghost Taxi 1999 (also Producer)

Quest of the Invisible Ninja 2000 (also Producer/Director)

Pop Beat Killers 2000

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)

Rock n' Roll Cops 2002 (also Producer/Director)

Max Hell Frog Warrior 2002 (also Producer/Director)

Max Hell Comes to Frogtown 2002 (also Producer/Director)

Hitman City 2003 (also Producer/Director)

Rock n' Roll Cops 2: The Adventure Begins 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 2005 (also Producer/Director)

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