The OPEN SYSTEM
NON-RANKING American Eagle Style for ages 40 and older
The American Martial Arts Institute strives to offer the martial arts in a variety of programs for men and women of all ages that will arm their minds with knowledge, their bodies with skills, and excite their emotions. This is for the purpose of improving their belief in themselves, their successes in work or school, and their own personal commitments to friends and family. Our OPEN SYSTEM is for men and women who are 40 years of age or older who want the benefits of training in American Eagle Style classes but do not wish to pursue a belt rank.
Can I watch a class?
Yes. Check our schedule for class times. You may wish to call ahead to be certain that there is not a special event being held that night such as a testing or seminar. You are welcomed to watch a class and speak directly with our instructors.
What is the Open System?
The Open System is a one-hour class designed specifically to meet the needs of men and women 30 years of age or older who are interested in training in American Eagle Style but not interested in progressing through the ranking system.
Some of the benefits of this program include consistent weekly workouts, year-round self-defense training, increased balance and flexibility, improved circulation and strength, personal enjoyment, and more.
Who teaches the classes?
The Open System Program is taught by certified adult black belt instructors of the American Martial Arts Institute. These professional men and women care about you, your well-being and health.
What is the class structure?
All classes are one hour in length and include: Stretching, Punches, Kicks, and Blocks. Other areas covered will vary from class-to-class. Some of these areas include: katas, self defense, ippon kumites, awareness information regarding safety topics, and more.
How does the Open System differ from the Ranking Program?
There are no belt ranks in the Open System.
Instead, students are designated as beginner, novice, intermediate, or advanced status.
There are no testings in the Open System. Instead, students are evaluated while participating in class over a period of time, and then are requested to set aside some time to demonstrate the level they are at for Grandmaster Crandall. This evaluation is less formal than testing for rank.
There is no sparring in the Open System. Instead, circular self-defense is practiced.
Once students in the Open System reach intermediate status, they may also participate in extension tool classes held for Ranking System students.
Open System students may do alternative techniques to the ranking class.
What do I wear?
Open System Students wear a white school uniform. Participants wear a white belt with a blue tip, unless they previously achieved a belt in the ranking system and are now registered in the Open System.
Beginner students will wear one blue tip.
Novice students wear two blue tips.
Intermediate students will wear three blue tips.
Advanced students will wear three blue tips and one black tip
Can I earn belt ranks if I want to?
Yes. If you decide, you may choose to register as a full-time student in the American Eagle Style of martial arts and test for belt ranks. This allows you to attend unlimited classes during the week. You may receive credit toward your time spent training in the Open System toward testing for your first belt ranks. Speak with an instructor for more information
What if I have more questions?
Contact Us here and speak with one of our instructors.