Frequently Asked Questions about the American Martial Arts Institute

Q: Who is the founder of the American Martial Arts Institute?
A: Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. (10th Degree Black Belt)

Q: What martial arts style(s) are taught at this school?
A: The American Martial Arts Institute teaches three distinct and separate styles of martial arts. The primary style taught is American Eagle Style (empty-hand). The other two styles offered are: Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido (sword) and the American Cane System (Cane-Fu).

Q: Who teaches the classes?
A: Grandmaster Crandall is the school's Headmaster and instructor for all students. Some of Grandmaster Crandall's top black belt students have chosen the path of teaching the American Eagle Style. Each year these instructors, who are adult black belts, are recertififed to teach. All classes are team-taught by these instructors under Grandmaster Crandall's supervision.

Q: Who can join?
A: (1) The American Eagle Style has classes for ages 3 and older.
(2) Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido and the American Cane System has classes for ages 18 and older.
Students who are not currently registered and training in another martial arts school or style may inquire about joining classes and speak with a black belt instructor. Students of the American Martial Arts Institute who are training in one of the school's three styles may train in the other style's, as well, with Grandmaster Crandall's permission.

Q: Can I watch a class?
A: Yes. See our schedule of classes. We recommend you call ahead to be certain that class is being held because from time-to-time special events such as testings are held which may be held in place of a class. You are welcome to watch a class and speak with an instructor. Please note that no video or photography is permitted during classes.

Q: Does your school have rules?
A: Yes. See our training rules section. In addition, higher ranking students have additional responsibilities and expectations based on therir ranks.

Q: What are the ranks for your styles?
A: American Eagle Style belt ranks can be found here.
American Cane System belt ranks can be found here.
Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido does not have ranks, but does have training status of Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Student. This is followed by four formal titles: Tashi, Renshi, Kyoshi, and Hanshi. Speak with an instructor for more information.

Q: How long does it take to reach each rank and eventually earn a black belt?
A: American Eagle Style is a traditional martial art, following the old guidelines and philosophy of training. As such a black belt cannot be earned in less than 5 1/2 years and typically can take 6-8 years (possibly more). A student may not request test. The student's instructor determines when they believe the student is ready for both the challenges of the next belt level testing and the responsibilities that will come with earning that rank. The martial arts is more than physical. In fact, it has been said that it is 90% mental, and this means that at each rank a level of growth, a particular attitude, and a level of school involvement must also be demonstrated. The minimum length of time between each rank is 6 months, allowing the student time to develop the quality of the rank, the patience necessary, and time for instructors to observe consistency with the student. For more questions, see an instructor. Black belt ranks take years between each rank at a minimimum.

Q: Are your instructors paid?
A: No. All instructors are volunteers who believe in the traditional philosophy of "Completing the Circle" or giving back to the school that has given them so much. In fact, in addition to teaching, instructors help to clean the school, make minor repairs, and care for and promote the school in general.

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