The Crandall System has been taught successfully for many years in private and public schools
and community organizations internationally.  Its underlying educational principles and
philosophy have made it one of the most proactive safety programs in practice today.

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What is the Crandall System?

The Crandall System is an organized method for improving self-defense and awareness for all ages. It is not a martial arts style. The Crandall System’s goal is for you to gain the knowledge and the self-confidence that stems from that knowledge necessary to take control and feel safe physically and mentally in your daily life.

The Crandall System has four levels:

Level 1: Children’s Self-Defense and Awareness
Level 2: Teenager’s Self-Defense and Social Awareness
Level 3: Women’s Self-Defense and Assault Prevention
Level 4: Senior Citizen’s Self-Defense and Secure Living 

Each level is intended for a specific audience in order to increase their awareness regarding the dangers that face them in their daily lives and provide them with effective solutions.

Who Created the Crandall System?

Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr
. is recognized internationally for his contributions to the field of martial arts and his safety awareness programs. 

His educational experience as a superintendent of schools, elementary and high school principal, and classroom teacher, combined with his many years as a professional martial artist gave him the unique combination of knowledge and skills to develop the Crandall System, a program designed to increase personal security in daily life. 

As founder of the American Martial Arts Institute, he is Grandmaster of American Eagle Style, a traditional empty-hand style of martial arts, and he is Headmaster for the world of Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall, a 300-yearold iadio style based on the samurai philosophy of life.

Grandmaster Crandall has authored three books and produced seven instructional videos, two of which have now been formatted into DVDs.  One of these DVDs is Children’s Self-Defense and Awareness, Volume 1, a self-contained program of non-aggressive self-defense for educating school children (level one of the Crandall System). The Crandall System is also documented in the book Be Safe Physcially and Mentally with the Crandall System

He has taught elementary through high school children self-defense with his Just Get Away program, presented his Women’s Self-Defense seminars for rape crisis centers, universities, and other private organizations, instructed college credit courses on self-defense, instructed and certified physical education teachers to implement a K-12 self-defense curriculum to meet state required safety standards, and designed safety programs for senior citizens.

Grandmaster Crandall produced and hosted the Martial Arts Today Show for twelve years, which aired on NBC to over eight million homes in the U.S. and Canada.  For over twenty years, he has raised public awareness regarding safety with his Secure Living television public service announcements, by serving as the Central New York spokesperson for McDonald’s in safety commercials, and with his television show Safety and Awareness Today that presented self-defense and safety topics for all ages on ABC, Fox, and MyTV.

In 1994, Grandmaster Crandall coached and led the first American martial arts team to perform in the People’s Republic of China, with letters of introduction from the President and Vice President of the United States at that time.  He has also led similar delegations promoting good international relations to other countries including Russia, Japan, and Australia.  In 2000, he was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for contribution to the martial arts by a Grandmaster.  He also holds a Guinness Book World Record for breaking a board while skydiving, a feat performed in conjunction with a child safety awareness campaign.  The Crandall System has been taught successfully fro many years in private and public schools and community organizations.

These are only a few of his contributions to safety and awareness education during his over 45 years as a martial artist and educator. 
For more information about Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr., visit www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

CHILDREN

The educational philosophy of the Crandall System prioritizes awareness, responsible behavior, prevention, and verbalization before any physical action.  However, it also recognizes that a physical response is sometimes required.  As a parent, educator, or community member, it is important to understand that self-confidence is what makes the difference when taking a stand in a situation that could end up being very serious.

Children's Self-Defense and Awareness

This level of the Crandall System is intended to arm children up to the age of 12 with the knowledge and physical skills that will make their lives more secure. The number of children who are abducted each year is apalling. Many factors contribute to a child's vulnerability.

Some areas covered by this program include:

Educational Objectives
Objectives for mental awareness and physical skills are clearly defined.

Principles for Building Self-Confidence
Four key principles that are consistent with the educational philosophy of the Crandall System are presented to assist parents, educators, and community members in teaching children self-confidence and self-defense.

Refusal Skills (Saying No)
The Crandall System is proactive. Arming children with refusal skills such as saying "no" to strangers is essential. This area also includes a much wider range of topics such as the identification of potential threats, an awareness of vulnerabilities, and how to find help when lost.

"Ten Tips for Tots"

This list of ten suggestions can make a positive difference in a child's daily safety.

Non-Agressive Escape Techniques

Sometimes physical action becomes necessary. Awareness and prevention can stop many assaults from ever occuring, but that will not stop all attempts at an abduction. This part of the program teaches children physical skills.

The physical program improves small and large motor coordination, balance, and strength, but the primary focus is on its non-agressive escape techniques. These are physical responses to common grabs that allow a child to escape and seek help. They are designed only to allow the child to escape, and, therefore, cannot be used to bully another child.

Learn More

Children's Self-Defense and Awareness DVD


Be Safe Physically and Mentally with the Crandall System Book

TEENAGERS

Teenager's Self-Defense and Social Awareness

The need for safety and awareness is important for people of all ages.  Teenagers and adults have more independence than children, which provides the opportunity to participate in such activities as driving a car, visiting a foreign country, or buying a home.  However, that independence also introduces new areas of vulnerability.  Awareness and proactive safety practices can make the difference in living a more secure life. Level two presents subject areas for young adults between 13 and 19 years old.


Some areas covered by this program include:

Educational Objectives
Objectives for mental awareness and physical skills are clearly defined.

Socially Accpetable Responses
Peer pressure is one of the more complex topics that teenagers must confront in their daily lives, and conforming to negative peer pressure can put them in potentally dangerous situations. Socially acceptable responses defend a choice to be different (not conforming to peer pressure) in a manner that is logical and consistent with how many other people behave, even if they are not part of your group. These areas are discussed and suggestions for sociallly acceptable responses are offered.

Awareness Topics for Teenagers
Increased independence also increases vulnerabilities. Many of these potential threats are covered to arm teenagers with knowledge that may help them to make better decisions concerning their safety.

Escape Techiniques
Teenagers face the risk of being bullied or assaulted every day. These escape techniques allow the teenagers to get free and get away from these situations. Some techniques include escapes from wrist grabs, sleeve grabs, hair grabs (from the front and back), throat grabs, double-throat grabs, single lapel grabs, double-lapel grabs, choke holds, bear hugs, arms around the shoulder, and arms around the waist.

WOMEN

Women's Self-Defense and Assault Prevention

Level three of the Crandall System is intended for women 18 years and older.  This information is beneficial for teenage girls, but parent supervision is recommended because of the mature nature of assault situations.  The primary goal of this level is to heighten your awareness regarding the ways you can prevent physical assault and rape.  It also deals with home intrusions and responses to physical conflicts.

Some areas covered by this program include:

Educational Objectives
Objectives for mental awareness and physical skills are clearly defined.

Ten Tips for Assault Prevention
This list of ten recommendations explains areas of vulnerability and suggests effective solutions to prevent assaults from occuring.

Awareness Information for Women
Suggestions for increased security in daily life are presented including topics regaring: the purse, walking or jogging, shopping and travel, ATM use, Internet use, and more

Verbal Responses
Infomation regarding things that can be said to deter an assault.

Striking Areas
Seven effective striking areas are explained in detail. This includes the most effective target of the body and a description of why these areas are important to know for your safety.

Defending Yourself in Your Home
Precautions that can be taken to make your home more secure. Also, actions that may be taken to defend yourself against an intruder.

Self-Defense Techniques
Topics regarding physical responses are covered. These include how to make a proper fist, how to punch, execute and center or side kick, and self-defense techniques. These techniques include escapes and counters against wrist grabs, throat grabs, hair grabs, choke holds, bear hugs, and being restrained on the floor.

This area allows includes information and may involve techniques to defend against knife and gun assaults

Police Descriptions
Important information on how to provide the police with the information they need if you are assaulted.

SENIOR CITIZENS

Senior Citizen's Self-Defense and Secure Living

This level of the Crandall System is for adult men and women of all ages, but it also offers information to meet the specific needs of senior citizens.

Some areas covered by this program include:

Educational Objectives
Objectives for mental awareness and physical skills are clearly defined.

Awareness and Prevention in Daily Life

Provides information on a wide variety of topics for improving your security in daily life including infomration regarding social security checks, recognizing set-ups for assaults, fitness programs, self-defense for walks, joggers, and runners, what to do if your car breaks down, winter driving safety, door-to-door scams, information for baby sitters and house sitters, home security devices, and more.

Ten Tips for Preventing Identity Theft
Identity theft is a growing threat. These ten tips can make a difference in protecting your identity, credit, and legal life.

Awareness and Prevention while Traveling

Information about how to secure your home while you are away and topics about safety when traveling.

Home Security
Tips for securing your home against intruders.

Physical Responses
Self-defense techniques for a vareity of situations that may occur for adult men and women, and specific self-defense scenarios for senior citizens. These include self-defense from a seated position, self-defense against common assaults for grabs and punches, and self-defense against guns and knives.

Self-Defense with a Walking Cane

Self-defense techniques that can be done with a walking cane are presented.

Physical Educators:
Learn how to become certified to teach this program in your district.

The Crandall System offers certification in K-6, 7-12, and K-12 child abduction prevention education and escape techniques for teenagers.

Click Here to Download a Program Description that you can present to your department leader, principal, or superintendent.

Become certified to teach this system in one day. There are many ways to become certified:

  • Host the certification at your school during a staff development day.
  • Become certified during summer break as part of professional development.
  • Schedule a certification seminar at one of the American Martial Arts Institute's full-time locations.

Administrators:
Learn how to implement this K-12 proactive child abduction prevention education program in your district

Now you can offer child abduction prevent education and a self-defense curriculum for teenagers in your own buildings that is taught by your own staff.

The Crandall System offers certification in K-6, 7-12, and K-12 child abduction prevention education and escape techniques for teenagers.

Click Here to Download a Program Description that you can review and discuss with your executive cabinent, building principals, and physical educators.

Parents:
Learn more about teaching your child safety and awareness skills.

The Crandall System provides you with the tools to help educate your own child regarding safety, awareness, and self-defense. Get the tools you need:

Children's Self-Defense and Awareness DVD

Be Safe Physically and Mentally with the Crandall System Book

Employers:
Learn how to offer seminars on Women's Self-Defense and other topics for your employees.

Host a safety seminar for you employees at your business or travel to one of the American Martial Arts Institute's full-time, professional locations.

The Crandall System offers Seminars on:

Women's Self-Defense
This seminar has two main components: an informational segement and a physical segment.

The informational segment includes information that can help reduce the risk of assault. These topics include verbal responses, the purse, walking or jogging, shopping and travel, ATM use, Internet use, and more.

The physical segment includes punches, center and side kick, and escapes from grabs such as wrist grab, throat grab, hair grab, choke hold, and more.

Community Leaders:
Do you want to offer safey seminars for Senior Citizens, Women Self-Defense Classes,
or Self-Defense eduction for children in your community organization? Learn more here:

Women's Self-Defense
This seminar has two main components: an informational segement and a physical segment.

The informational segment includes information that can help reduce the risk of assault. These topics include verbal responses, the purse, walking or jogging, shopping and travel, ATM use, Internet use, and more.

The physical segment includes punches, center and side kick, and escapes from grabs such as wrist grab, throat grab, hair grab, choke hold, and more.

Senior Groups

Specialized seminars for senior groups are also available.