Of American Eagle Style

This section of the website is intended for students of American Eagle Style. Below you will find information intended to assist your continued training and growth in the style. If you have any questions, speak with your instructor.


Rules and Regulations for All Members
All students are responsible to know and follow the school's training rules:

1) Bowing is a sign of respect and is done before and after sparring, before speaking with a Black Belt Instructor, and upon entering or leaving the training hall.

2) Always show respect for all persons during training.

3) The use of profanity is not allowed.

4) No smoking, eating, chewing gum, or drinking in the training hall.

5) No talking during class.

6) Advise instructor before class starts if you must leave early.

7) Keep martial arts uniform clean and presentable. Only a white shirt without writing may be worn underneath white uniform jackets.

8) Do not strike or kick walls of training hall.

9) Street fighting is strictly forbidden unless it is in self-defense.

10) Never use uncontrolled techniques during free fighting or while practicing self-defense.

11) Coming to class late is perfectly acceptable if there is a schedule conflict. The students must fall in at the rear of the class until the class breaks for stretching, sparring, etc. and then when the class forms again they fall in at the normal place in formation.

12) Any member who tests for, or receives rank, in another martial arts school, other than this school must obtain written permission from the Grand Master first.

13) No contact is permitted to the head, face, neck or groin during sparring.

14) Headgear, handgear, mouthpieces, and padded kicking boots are required for all participants in sparring.

15) Groin cups are required for males, and chest protectors are suggested for female participants in sparring.

16) The American Martial Arts Institute has the right to suspend any member whose conduct is not in keeping with the principles, policies, and rules of the school or whose actions would bring shame or adverse publicity to the school.


In addition, as a traditional school students are exected to learn the many etiquettes, many of which are subtle, for the style. Speak with your instructor to learn more.

Regarding watching classes and testings, note that no video or photography is permitted at any time during class or testing including the use of mobile devices, cameras, and personal computers / tablets. Guests are expected to use their cellular phones outside and to not talk while classes are in session. If you have any questions, speak with an instructor.


As students progress through the ranks, it is important to be knowledgable about the school, style, and founder, but it is also important to increase your knowledge about the field of martial arts, anatomy, and health, as well. Below are some recommended books, videos, and resources to assist you in building your martial arts library.

NOTE: Some resources are REQUIRED for American Eagle Style Students. This means that each individual student must own their own copy of these resources to qualify for testing requirements for certain ranks. If more than one family member are training in the style, each student must own their own copy of these resources. Speak with your instructor if you have any questions.

American Martial Arts Institute Publications
These books and DVDs have been produced and authored by American Martial Arts Institute instructors; therefore, these are a good place to begin.

1. Be Safe Physically and Mentally with the Crandall System (required to test for your first rank)

2. American Eagle Style Instructional Textbook (required to test for brown belt, 3rd rank)

3. American Eagle Style Self-Defense, Volume 1 DVD (required to test for brown belt, 2nd rank)

4. Leadership Piece by Piece (required to test for brown belt, 1st rank).

5. Action Martial Arts Magazine International Hall of Fame Inducts Grandmaster Crandall (required to test for 1st Degree Black Belt)

6. American Martial Arts Institute American Eagle Style Superkick Workbook (required to test for 1st Degree Black Belt)

7. Moving Beyond Disabilities

8. The Tonfa: An Extension of the Mind and Body

9. Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido Workbook Text

10. Practical Cane Self-Defense, Volume 1 DVD

11. Cane-Fu: Moving Beyond Disabilities DVD

Resources by other Authors

1. Anatomy Coloring Book

2. Tae Kwon Do (by Richard Chun)

3. Advancing in Tae Kwon Do (by Richard Chun)

4. Karate-Do Kyohan (by Gichen Funakoshi)

5. Okinawan Goju-Ryu (by Toguchi)

6. Okinawan Goju-Ryu II (by Toguchi)

7. Bo: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense (by Fumio Demura)

8. Kama: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense (by Fumio Demura)

9. Sai: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense (by Fumio Demura)

10. A Book of Five Rings (Musashi)

Speak with your instructor if you have any questions.


Colored Belt and Black Belt Ranks in American Eagle Style

In the United States the term Rank refers to a student's level of proficiency in the martial arts. In different styles it may be referred to by other names; for example in Korean (Tae Kwon Do) it is a gup or gyup for colored belts and dan for first degree and up.

In the American Martial Arts Institute there is a program called the Superkick Program for boys and girls under the age of 6. A Superkick Patch is earned by a testing but is not considered a rank. It is a stage half-way between a new student and an Orange belt. This level of proficiency helps young boys and girls to stay interested and increase their self confidence with an acquired level of success. The added level of demonstrating the skills of this program will allow the student to test for Superkick Plus. There is no test fee and the students are still 9th Rank - White Belts.

There are nine ranks in the colored belt levels of proficiency. One of these ranks, Orange Belt, is an intermediate stage for boys and girls under the age of 12 between the levels of White and Yellow Belt. Belts for young ladies and gentlemen under the age of 18 are tipped with a white band.

White Belt (8th Gyup) The first level or beginner student.
Orange Belt (Not a Gyup) This colored belt is not available to those over the age of 12.
Yellow Belt (7th Gyup) First Colored belt for Adults. This allows sparring to become part of their training.
Green Belt (6th Gyup)
Blue Belt (5th Gyup)
Purple Belt (4th Gyup)
Brown Belt (3rd Gyup)
Brown Belt with one Black Tip (2nd Gyup)
Brown Belt with two Black Tips (1st Gyup)
1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Rank Status / 1st Degree Black Belt, Adult Rank Status
This is followed by 2nd Degree Black up to 10th Degree Black.


The following is a list of forms (katas) that are taught at the American Martial Arts Institute up to 8th degree black belt (higher degrees of black belt may learn katas from the Grandmaster that are not required for rank advancement; those katas are not listed below):

1. Basic Kata 1
2. Basic Kata 2
3. Basic Kata 3

4. Pal-Gwe 1
5. Pal-Gwe 2
6. Pal-Gwe 3
7. Pal-Gwe 4
8. Pal-Gwe 5
9. Pal-Gwe 6
10. Pal-Gwe 7
11. Pal-Gwe 8

12. Chulgi 1
13. Chulgi 2
14. Chulgi 3

15. Eye of the Eagle
16. American Eagle

17. Old Koryo
18. New Koryo

19. Heian 1
20. Heian 2
21. Heian 3
22. Heian 4
23. Heian 5

24. Bassai Dai
25. Bassai Sho

26. Chip-Su
27. Chip Jang
28. Geumgang
29. Long Hand
30. Continuity Two
31. Sil Lum
32. Taebeck
33. Pyongwon
34. Hansoo
35. Hookiyu
36. Cheongwon
37. Gekisai 1
38. Aoyanagi (both male and female versions)
39. Simplicity
40. SipJin
41. Su San Hung
42. Arena
43. Se Jong Hung
44. Hwa-Rang Hyung
45. T'ong Il Hyung
46. Open Hand

47. The Guantlet
48. Wind
49. Unity
50. Resonance

These empty-handed katas listed above are all documented for American Eagle Style. The Pal-Gwes, Basic Katas, and 20 of the black belt katas are documented in the American Eagle Style Instructional Textbook. The other black belt katas, which are not in the textbook, are documented on DVDs for black belt instructors and students who have been taught those katas by their instructor.

Forms done with Extension Tools:

1. Yom Chi (Tonfa)
2. Swirling Dragon (Tonfa)
3. Dragon Wings (Escrima Sticks)
4. Omou (Naginata)
5. Summer Storm (Bo)
6. Shushi-no-Kon-sho (Bo)
7. Demura Bo Kata Ichi (Bo)
8. Dragon's Tooth (Sword)
9. Silver Claw (Sai)
10. Tsukenshitaku-no-Sai (Sai)
11. Kanegawa-no-Nichougama (Kama)
12. Moon Light Flight (Half-Moon Staff)
13. Natural Walk Cane Kata (Cane)
14. Autumn Wind (Cane)
15. Kihon no Kata (Eku)


The American Martial Arts Institute was founded by Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall Jr. His years of training as a Tae Kwon Do stylist and his personal training in Japan and China, have allowed him to blend of some of the most historic concepts and techniques of traditional martial arts styles with some of the finest law enforcement techniques used in the United States today. This style truly gives credence to the long taught philosophy that the martial arts is for everyone regardless of gender or age. He is also the founder of the American Eagle Style of martial arts, which combines the fundamentals of stretching with a cardiovascular and muscular workout that makes you feel healthy. A participant acquires a feeling of self-confidence which assists them in daily life.

What is the school name?

American Martial Arts Institute

What is the styles are taught at this school?

American Eagle Style (empty-hand)
Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido (sword)
American Cane System

What are the school colors?

Red, White and Blue

What is the school logo?

The American Eagle with the Yin Yang symbol as the eye of the eagle

What is the name of the country it originated from?

United States of America

Is it totally based on American ideas of martial arts skills?

No. The style has strong roots in the historical formulation of the martial arts. The given breakdown of the American Eagle Style regarding national influences is:

  • American (Self-Defense & Forms) 40%
  • Korean (Tae Kwon Do) = 35%
  • Japanese (Karate) = 15%
  • Chinese (Wu Shu) = 10%

Who is the founder of the style?

Clifford C. Crandall Jr.

What rank is GrandMaster Crandall?

10th Degree

Where can I find this school?

Full time locations in New York State.


The American Martial Arts Institute holds many special events, seminars, and classes throughout the year. These events are important parts of a student's training and involvement in the school. If you have any questions about these events, speak with your instructor. Below are some of the events available to students of this school.

Who: Adults ages 18 and older
What: Full-day seminar on school history, philosophy, advanced techniques, katas, and more
When: Annually, generally in January

Who: Students ages 6-12 years old.
What: Three full days of martial arts training, special classes, and competitions.
When: Annually during February break from public schools (Monday-Wednesday)

Who: May vary from year-to-year. Generally, yellow belts and above all ages.
What: Kata competition demonstrating skill with one of American Eagle Style's extension tools.
When: Annually, generally in March.

Who: May vary from year-to-year. Generally, adult purple belts (ages 18 and older) and brown belts / black belts all ages.
What: A half-day event where students have the opportunity to assist in cleaning and caring for the main location.
When: Annually, generally in late April, early May.

Who: Students who are already in the Red Top Program
What: A half-day of training in the skills of being a Red Top, junior rank black belt class assistant.
When: Annually, generally in August.

Who: Brown Belts ages 18 and older. Black belts, all ages. Students receiving their 1st degree black belt certificate and their guests.
What: A morning of recognizing the growth of American Eagle Style by Grandmaster Crandall presenting students who have earned new black belt degrees with their certificates, followed by a sit-down breakfast.
When: Generally twice each year, once in April and once in September or October.

Who: Students ages 13-17 years of age.
What: Full-day seminar on school history, philosophy, advanced techniques, katas, and more
When: Annually, generally in October.

Who: Varies with each seminar.
What: Seminar taught by a guest master from another style, overseen by Grandmaster Crandall.
When: Varies. Not always held each year. Sometimes more than one in a year. Generally in summer or fall months, but can occur at any time.

Other events may be available, as well.

American Eagle Style