AMERICAN MARTIAL ARTS INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS

VIDEO ARCHIVES
Television and Internet Coverage of the American Martial Arts Institute
The American Martial Arts Institute Archives is a digital library which documents the history of the school, its founder, and their contributions to the history of the martial arts. These archives are also available on the American Martial Arts Instiute's YouTube Channel. These segments are archived at the main location on DVD and on long-term storage hard drives. The archives were started by selecting notable interviews and segments from the Martial Arts Today Show, hosted and produced by Grandmaster Crandall. These archives will grow with the school's continued involvement in the world.

 

Archive 001
Interview with Ron Van Clief on the Martial Arts Today Show.
Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

  Archive 002
Interview of Sensei Fumio Demura. Topics covered include: How he became involved in the martial arts. How he Met Donn Draeger and Dan Ivans. How he came to live and teach in the United States. His first dojo. How Chuck Norris contacted Warner Brothers and put him in contact to become the stunt double for Pat Morita in The Karate Kid. Discussion about the difference in filming stunts for movies versus television. Advice for younger martial artists. Footage of Sensei Demura doing a kata with practial application at power and speed. Footage from teaching at a seminar. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.
  Archive 003
Interview with Master Tadashi Yamashita. Topics include: His schools, teaching, and seminars, including maintaining tradition, respect, and standards. His books and films in which he has appeared, including the Octagon with Chuck Norris. How he got involved in training with extension tools. His instructor. Discussed the intensity of his roles and how acting comes out of you. Footage of a teaching seminar including to concentrate on balance, coordination, distance, timing, relaxation, speed. Discussed some of the weapons he uses including 3-sectional staff. Advice to younger martial artists.
  Archive 004
Interview with Arthur Cohen. Topics include: books and videos on ground fighting techniques. His traditional training including katas. His seminars focused on ground fighting, especially for law enforcement. Believes self-defense training is for everyone, but is focusing on women's self-defense. Advice for younger martial artists.
  Archive 005
Interview with Sensei Fumio Demura. Topics Include: how karate training helped him recover from his heart attack. Getting back into movies with the Karate Kid III. Karate has played a positive role in his life. Black Belt magazine making a new line of videos on weapons including Nunchaku. He has 2-3 personal favorite katas out his 40+, but says you have to practice all to learn which one kata fits your personality and body for your lifetime. He learned from karate training that if you can do karate training you can do anything.
  Archive 006
Brief Interview with Hanshi Tsuneyoshi Matsuno, headmaster of Takenouchi Hangan Ryu Matsuno school of Iaido. Topics Include: Two sword kata developed by Miyamoto Musashi and Tameshigiri. Interview conducted by Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. who hosted the Martial Arts Today Show. After this meeting, Mr. Crandall would become a student of Tsuneyoshi Matsuno and later designated as his successor, becoming the Headmaster for the style after Master Matsuno's untimely passing in 2005. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com
 


Archive 007

Interview with Hanshi Tsuneyoshi Matsuno of Takenouchi Hangan Ryu Matsuno school of Iaido. Topics Include: How he got started in the martial arts. His Grandfather was a martial arts teacher, while his father wasn't because samurai had been abolished. The Zen spirit and mental health of iaido, bringing the foundation of the philosophy. Kiajitsu, quick decision making, but based on the calmness of the mind. The meaning of iai. Discussed the books he has translated and his desire for Americans to know the way of Japanese martial arts, especially iaido and its spirit. Footage covering double-sword kata and cutting (also in archive 006). Discussion of kata training. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. He also became a loyal student of Master Matsuno and later the designated successor to his style. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 


Archive 008

Interview with Mr. Larry Hartsell of Jeet Kune Do. Topics Include: How he got started in Judo. How he met Ed Parker and Dan Ionsata. Discussed his book and instructional video tape, looking at stages or ranges for fighting—kicking, boxing, grappling ranges. Trained under Bruce Lee. He was Mr. T's bodyguard during the A-team series. Also worked as a personal body guard for wealthy Arabians. He likes to give out the truth about Bruce Lee to dispel many myths because he trained under him. It is important to give credit to your instructor and give credit where credit is due. Dallas Cowboys hired him to help train them with quick hand-eye coordination to break holds. Footage from a teaching seminar. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 


Archive 009

Interview with Shidoshi Frank Dux on location at a seminar. Topics Include: Belief that martial arts is about attitude and strength of mind and teaching children gives a chance to instill a value system. Introduction of Pacco Prieto. Also short interview with Pacco Prieto and Master Dux as his instructor. Seminar footage: stretching, moving among students to show them methods of shortening distance, using a baseball bat to emphasize 12 striking directions, blindfolded demonstration. Frank Dux is the basis for the movie Blood Sport, is a movie fight and stunt coordinator, and head of the Dux-Ryu school of ninjitsu. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 

Archive 010
Interview with Shidoshi Frank Dux. Topics Include: How he got started in the martial arts at 12 ½ years old. Discussion of the movie Bloodsport and what it is like to see part of your life on the screen. The concept of loyalty and putting yourself on the line for the credibility of another person. The message of Bloodsport is committing yourself to someone for whom you have respect. How the movie compares to the real-life kumite. Discussed choreography and stunt work for movies. Talked about his schools, run by his students around the world. Talk about work with disabled children and rehabilitation. Seminar Footage. Discussion of finding the coin blindfolded. Some brief history of the ninja: there were once over 1200 sects, etc., two major factions Eigo and Koga (50 Koga families), and his lineage from Tanaka leading to Dux-ryu. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 


Archive 011

Interview with Master Jill Crandall. Topics Include: Training in Tokyo, Japan in Naginata. Discussion of the use of the naginata in battle and historically. Initially it was used predominantly used by men but evolved to be used most by women. Footage of performing in competition. Advice to younger martial artists. Master Jill Crandall passed away in November 2002 and was the co-host of the Martial Arts Today Show, traveling the world and performing in China, Russia, and many other countries. Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 

Archive 012
Interview with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. Topics Include: Kicking drills for multiple kicks and combinations. How to kick while in motion so that it is disguised on delivery. Footage of practice session and stretching. Why he likes teaching and seminars. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 

Archive 013
Interview with Sensei Fumio Demura. 25 years in the US has helped teach him that working hard is the means to success. He came to the US speaking no English, sleeping on newspaper and concrete. He likes kobudo weapons because any style can use them; whereas, his Japanese style is not able to be presented to all. Discussion of stunt work for Karate Kid Movies. Showing of pictures from his 25th anniversary booklet. Talked about some of his sparring history including All-Japan championship. The martial arts philosophy is to take slow, steady steps to reach your goal, patience.

 

 

Archive 014
Interview with Master Marvin Labbate. Topics Include: Saifa Kata ("Crush and Destroy"). Demonstration of kata. Katas are the mental discipline so that while it teaches killing techniques it helps to make it unnecessary to ever use them. Demonstration of applications of the kata. Katas are first taught on three levels: obvious level, hidden level, and art level. Advice about kata for younger viewers: the emphasis of karate training should be on kata for mental and emotional training. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 

Archive 015
Interview with Shidoshi Frank Dux of Dux-Ryu Ninjitsu. Topics Include: why he enjoys teaching seminars around the world. History of ninja style and schools. Discussion of his manuscript on the history of the ninja, including source material. He has written two screenplays which were optioned. Talked about being a fight choreography and training for films including Bloodsport and Lion Heart. Choreography is like music. Seminar Footage. Martial arts about achieving balance and balance for life. Black belt means that you have got to a basic level of understanding. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 016
Interview and Kata Demonstration with Sensei Charles Hobbib. Mr. Hobbib demonstrates Kusanku dai, Shito-ryu system for 2nd Dan. Mr. Hobbib is a student of Master Fumio Demura. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 

Archive 017
Interview with Master Frank Dux and self-defense techniques for women. Master Dux instructs with one of his students, Ken Johnson (NJ), as a partner for Master Jill Crandall. Master Dux explains that in self-defense you need to evaluate each situation and use appropriate force. Techniques demonstrated. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 

Archive 018
Interview with Sensei Fumio Demura with a demonstration of the kata performed in the Karate Kid III. Discussion of sanchin breathing. Advice to younger viewers: work hard and do your best. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 

Archive 019
Interview with Grandmaster Raymond P. Arndt, president of the American Kang Duk Won Association. Topics Include: Grandmaster Arndt's background including presidential bomb squad, his start in the martial arts (Wado Ryu), martial arts as a mental pursuit, self-defense and katas. Footage of him teaching a seminar on both katas and self-defense. Important aspects of a kata, what is the state of mind during a form. His philosophy for teaching, self-defense, and more. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 020
Interview with Sensei Charles Hobbib with footage of the 1st International Hard Contact Karate Championship in Kyoto. This event included katas, point fighting, team fighting, and weapons, as well. Mr. Sensei went over with Master Fumio Demura for this 3-day event. Footage includes full contact sparring matches. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

 

Archive 021
Martial Arts Today Show on Location in Paris, France. Coverage of Master Pat Tamburini's school. Class demonstration and interview. Heian Shodan, Bassai Dai demonstrated. Master Tamburini demonstrating Sanchin kata. Sparring demonstrated. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 022
Interview with Master Randy Lawrence featuring his winning the 1991 AAU National Championship Point Sparring. Footage of the event including self-defense against knife demonstration by the USA team coach. Footage of the sparring division. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 023
Martial Arts Today Show on location in Kowloon, Hong Kong and an interview with Master Charles MOK Hung Fai, 7th Dan. Topics include how he started in Chinese Kung-Fu but then 26 years ago, when Korean martial arts came to Hong Kong, he started Tae Kwon Do. He will be going to the Olympics as a referee. Footage of one of his classes and a demonstration including kicks, board breaks, and katas. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 024
Martial Arts Today Show on location in Beijing: People's Republic of China with an Interview and footage of the Beijing Institute of Physical Education including a rope dart kata. Interview with Pan Zhiwei. Sparring practice, break fall practice, striking target practice, double-bladed hook swords (Sun Xianzhong demonstrating). Three sectional staff (Chen Yin). Fan Zhi Quan Play and more. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 025
On location at Fumio Demura's 22nd annual Karate Championships in Costa Mesa, California. Topics Include: Footage of nunchaku board break, baseball bat break, Interview with Grandmaster Demura, Aikido demonstration, discussion of the movie Rising Sun and Shootfighter. The competition was among Japanese Federation schools. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 026
The Martial Arts Today Show on location in Belize with the Cayo Shotokan Karate Club. Demonstrations include katas Bassai Dai, Empi, Tekii Shodan, and Jion. Interview with Instructor Herman Pastor, Jr. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 027
Documentary footage of the first American team to perform in the People's Republic of China by government invitation. Letters of support from President Clinton and Vice President Gore read before each performance. Team coach Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. Footage includes Shanghai, Xinyu and first performance. Dinners and meetings with diplomats for an exchange of cultural information and gifts. Fish farm visit. Performance for Olympic Athletes and coaches of katas, self defense, meditation demonstrations, and more. Peking (Beijing): Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, and more. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 028
Martial Arts Today Show on location in Aruba with Master Jose Cornelio "Chako" of Chako's Taekwondo. Demonstration of kata followed by application of the kata in self-defense scenarios. Self-Defense demonstration against attack with a short stick. Sparring matches of kids class. Self-defense "skits." Escrima stick self-defense. Master Chako performs Sip Jin. Interview with Master Chako and instructor Cornelio Perez. Kicking drills on kicking target. Board breaks with punches, jump kicks, and ridge hands. Concrete palm break and knife hand. Group demonstration. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 029
Interview with Sensei Fumio Demura including information about Germany Martial Arts Expo and in Canada. Also discussed his beginning to write scripts for films and his two locations in NYS. Footage of self-defense demonstration. Master Demura points out that the techniques he demonstrated are "fancy" but his normal self-defense is taken from katas and some of these techniques are modernized for practical use. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com

 

Archive 030
The Martial Arts Today Show on location in California with Sensei Fumio Demura. Master Jill Crandall learns a technique as partner. Master Demura points out that avoiding is best but when necessary you do the best as you can and you do more than one technique. Kick shin or stamp foot. Striking with fundamental strikes. Use palm heel to nose or chin or jaw. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.

 

Archive 031
Interview with Mefunde Dennis Brown. Topics Include: how he got started in late teens in early 60s in Ohio. Started in Kung Fu because he was drawn to the flow and the movements. Has training in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China and his been certification in WuShu in Beijing. Believes martial arts is a way of life. Changed his life, he has been around the world, written books, had his own radio show, and been in movies—things he wouldn't have done without martial arts. Has been in many magazines such as Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Karate Illustrated, etc... Discussion of the rope dart kata. Demonstrated the rope dart kata, Silver Dragon's Tongue. Some description of the weapons' use and flow. The purpose of the rope dart was to bridge the gap between sword and spear so it could be thrown and retrieved in battle. Meant to be a deceptive weapon so that it appears you are tangled up and unable to use it or it is sent in a direction that doesn't appear possible. Footage at Wu-Shu academy of class doing empty hand form to learn sequence of movement to learn the basics. Demonstration of sparring and more advanced kata followed by application. Martial arts can bring countries together, a key to bridge a gap between cultures. Grandmaster Crandall is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute and was the host of the Martial Arts Today Show which aired on NBC in the United States and Canada in the 1980s and 90s. Learn more at www.amai-eaglestyle.com.