In the American Martial Arts
Institute, it takes years of training and dedication to earn the rank
of black belt. For each student the challenges along the path are different.
In the end, black belts in American Eagle Style have achieved a high standard
of mental maturity and knowledge and an incredible range of physical skills.
This rank would not have been possible without the guidance of instructors
who have the ability to pass on the style.
The traditional martial arts embody the philosophical
concept of the circle. Students one day teach what they have learned to
another generation, giving back what was once given to them. This is no
small feat. The ability to demonstrate the physical skills of a style
does not mean that a black belt can teach those skills to another. For
each student the challenges along the path are different. An instructor
must take into consideration your level of self-confidence, body structure,
age, and a multitude of other factors. They must be able to adapt their
language, body posture, and instructional techniques to articulate a concept
without changing the essence of that concept. Therefore, instructors in
the American Martial Arts Institute are required to undergo an apprenticeship
during which they are taught how to teach the style. Also, instructors
must annually be recertified to teach.
The future of a style depends on new generations
of students completing the circle and joining the instructor status. This
growth produces a new individual with the traditional foundation of the
style under the direction of the Grandmaster.
Students who are black belts and 18 years of age or older may request to be a staff member. If accepted, they enter into an apprenticeship. After several months of teaching, attending staff meetings, testings, and other school events, one individual has earned instructor status. Once an instructor, all instructors maintain their training, keep in constant contact with the Grandmaster, and continue to improve their instructional skills. They must be recertifed to teach, annually.
The American Martial Arts Institute is
proud to announce that Grandmaster Crandall has awarded Dr. Peter Hotvedt with instructor status. Congratulations to Dr. Hotvedt and his instructor, Master Chuff.
If you are an adult black belt interested in learning more about becoming a staff member, and possibly one day instructor, speak with your instructor or Grandmaster Crandall for more information.