American Martial Arts Institute News, Testing Results, and Special Events

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Brown Belt Testing Results
Testing held on November 4.


Testing Results
Color Belt Testing held on October 25


American Eagle Cane System
Announcing the American Eagle Cane System. Watch the video here. More information in the weeks to come.

Colored Belt Testing - Results
Results of the August 31 testing.

Brown Belt Testing - Results
Results of the August 31 testing.


Pink Belt Kata - Final Segment Video Posted
The last segment of the pink belt kata was taught on our pink belt night, August 24. Click on the link above, then scroll to the bottom to watch the final segment. This video also includes the kata being demonstrated from beginning to end. We have one pink belt class remaining on Tuesday, September 19. Don't miss your chance to earn your pink belt, and join our school on October 15 at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Utica NY.

American Cane System Brown Belt to Black Belt Workbook released
The growth of the American Cane System is visible through the testings and new ranks that occur each year. With four individuals earning their black belt at the East Coast main location in 2017 alone, the necessity for written materials to help in this impressive move from brown belt to black belt became apparent. With Grandmaster Shuey's support, Cane Master Instructor Stalloch, Senior Canemaster Crandall, and Senior Canemaster Jessee have written this brown belt to black belt workbook to assist future black belt candidates.

Colored Belt Testing
Results of the July 24 testing

Pink Belt Kata - Part 3
Watch the next segment of the pink belt kata here, which was taught during the July 27 pink belt class. The final segment will be taught in August.

New Red Top Announced
Information coming soon. See facebook for most recent post until available her.

Scholarship Awarded
Congratulations to T.J. Labayewski who is the recipient of the $500 Crandall-Stalloch Community Safety Scholarship. More information coming soon. See Facebook for the most recent post.


Colored Belt Testing
Results of the June 29 testing.

Pink Belt Kata
First sement of the pink belt kata is available here. Watch the video to review what you have been taught in the pink belt class.


Pink Belt PSA
Learn how your company, agency or team can join the fight and save lives with a free pink belt program packet.

Iaido Painting Day
Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall iaido students spend a Sunday morning cleaning and painting the training hall basement.

The Chuck and Mike Show
Some our stuents who have earned their pink belts were interviewed for an upcoming episode of the Chuck and Mike Show on Facebook. More information when the episode comes available.

Pink Recipients
An updated list of pink belt recipients

Honorary Pink Belt
Mr. Peter Cittadino recognized

Honorary Pink Belt
Mr. Chuck Obernesser recognized

Color Belt Testing
Results of the June 13 testing.

Black Belt Training Seminar - Niagara Falls
Pictures from the seminars taught by Grandmaster Crandall and the Master Instructors in May 2017

Honorary Pink Belt Awarded
Grandmaster Crandall presents honorary pink belts to WKTV producer and reporter.

Junior Rank Black Belt recognized by Young Entrepreneur's Academy
Julia Mazzotta wins award for small business


WKTV covers Pink Belt Program
Watch the TV coverage of the pink belt presentations from May 24.

Pink Belt Recipients
Current list of pink belt recipients.

Pink Belt Program
Information about the American Martial Arts Institute's pink belt program, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society (Utica Branch). Read the press release here. More information soon.

Color Belt Testing Results
Results from the April 25 testing.


Weapon's Competition
Pictures and information from this year's annual weapon's competition held on Saturday, April 8.

Brown Belt Testing
Results of the April 8 brown belt testing.

New Instructor
Grandmaster Crandall presents Dr. Hotvedt with instructor status after he has completed his staff member training.

Hamilton Wellness Fair
Grandmaster Crandall, Master Stalloch, and Master Freleigh represent the school at the Hamilton College Wellness Fair.


Color Belt Testing
Results of the March 15 testing.

Black Belt Testing
4 individuals test for adult black belt ranks and have passed their exam.

Book Reading at Half Pint Academy

Grandmaster Crandall and Senior Instructor Crandall do a book reading for the Half Pint Academy Day Care Center

Grandmaster Shuey visits American Martial Arts Institute / Teaches American Cane System class
Pictures and information about Grandmaster Shuey's recent visit. Grandmsater Shuey is the founder of Cane Masters International Association, the American Cane System, and Cane-Fu.

Black Belt Testing Results: American Cane System
Results of the March 11 black belt testing

Brown Belt Testing
Results of the brown belt testing held on March 3

Color Belt Testing
Results of the February 28 color belt testing.

Junior Rank Black Belt Testing
4 students tested for and passed their junior rank black belt testing, Friday, March 3.

Superkick Plus Testing Results
Results from the Superkick Plus status testing on February 28.


Pictures and information from this year's Winter Summer FunShop.

Our students featured in the Utica OD
The Utica OD featured our students at the Mid Winter Break Martial Arts Program. Check out the link to read the article.

Mannequin Challenge at the Funshop
Watch the mannequin challenge that our students and instructors staged at this year's Indoor Martial Arts Program (The FunShop)

American Cane System Testing
Results of the colored belt testing held on February 7

Open System Promotion
One student has been promoted to NOVICE in our Non-Ranking program, the Open System

Paw Patrol
Paw Patrol stopped by to help Grandmaster Crandall teach the superkick students about helpers such as fire fighters and police officers. Learn more and see pictures from this community collaboration.

Adult Seminar Day
See pictures and information from the annual adult seminar day. Classes included flying side kick, close range fighting, kata application, sparring, weapons, accupuncture, and much more.

Brown Belt Testing
Results from the January 30 testing.


Color Belt Testing
Results from the January 13 color belt testing.

New 6th Degree Announced!
Mr. Sanson has been promoted to 6th Dan after more than 30 years of training and several months of completing the testing.

New Children's Book
Book 2 in the Tiger Lily and Julia Adventure Series by Mrs. Crandall and Miss Crandall has been released.

Mannequin Challenge!
Watch the mannequin challenge we filmed on January 5. It was a lot of fun for the students, instructors, and guests. Enjoy!