AMERICAN MARTIAL ARTS INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS
The Martial Arts Today Television Program
Produced and Hosted by Grandmaster Crandall
In 1987, Grandmaster Crandall founded the television series called the Martial Arts Today. The show aired on NBC affiliates throughout Central New York, New York City, and by satellite in Canada. It aired for over 12 years and reached more than 11 million homes. As the Producer and Host, he traveled to over 22-different countries and covered marital artists and their schools. The Martial Arts Today show helped to spearheadthe growth of the martial
arts, not only in the subject area of martial arts styles, but in the
areas of women's self-defense, child abduction prevention and, through personal interviews, provide true insight into the background of some of the actual pioneers
of the martial arts as we recognize it in the world today.
- The show was recognized
as the only one of its kind in the United States and has received
support from many world recognized martial artists. The American Martial
Arts Institute played an important role in the success and philosophical
direction of the T.V. show by the fact that stagehands and some of
the camera crew were American Martial Arts Institute belts, but most
of all because the host and producer of the show was Clifford C. Crandall Jr., the school's founder. Through the success of this show and
the efforts of Grandmaster Crandall, the positive spirit and effective
style of the American Martial Arts Institute has been presented to
over 11 million homes from the East to the West Coast of the United
States and Canada.
The Martial Arts Today
show began its airing with WKTV-2, an NBC affiliate in Central New
York State. From there it slowly spread to other stations and networks
throughout the United States and Canada. As the show's popularity
grows so too grows the publicity. In a newspaper interview Clifford
Crandall was quoted as saying, "It is truly a pleasure to bring the
general public some accurate coverage of what the martial arts really
is and at the same time personally a pleasure to be able to exchange
my martial arts heritage with so many outstanding world leaders in
Many of original episodes and one-of-a-kind interviews are archived at the main location of the American Martial Arts Institute.
Some of the guests who
appeared with Clifford Crandall on the Martial Arts Today show were:
Raymond P. Arndt
Ernie Reyes Sr.
Charles Mok Hung Fai
Herman Pastor Jr.
Ernie Reyes Jr.
Ron Van Clief