American Martial Arts Institute News, Testing Results, and Special Events

This page contains news from our school's history. In 1998, we began to document some our our history on the Internet. Prior to 1998, it was documented through both photographs, news articles, and videos. Many of these records can be found at our school's library at the main location. In 2011, our website was redesigned, and it was determined that school events would be archived here, but not all colored belt and brown belt testings. All records regarding prior testings are kept at the main location. Click on the links below to select a year and learn more about some of our school's events.



Just Get Away TV Show
Grandmaster Crandall pilots new child safety television program in Central New York before a live studio audience.


New Full Time Location
New Full Time location Grand Opening in Rochester, New York.


Superkick Program in Albany
The Superkick Program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds opens a special class at the Jewish Community Center in Albany, New York.


Crandall System Level 2 Seminar (BOCES)
The Crandall System is taught to the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego County BOCES system for implementation in their schools.

Crandall System Level 2 Seminar (Rome, NY)
The Crandall System is taught to senior girls at the Rome Free Academy in Central New York.

Crandall System Level 1 Seminar

The Crandall System is taught to Kindergarten through 8th grade at Mount Markhem.

American Eagle Style taught in Jamaica by Grandmaster Crandall and Master Crandall.

Crandall System Level 2 Seminar (Westmoreland)
The Crandall System is taught at the Westmoreland public schools in Central New York.


New Black Belt Ranks
Semi-annual Ceremonial Black Belt Breakfast held to recognize new black belt ranks.


Demonstration (Utica City Center)
A demonstration of American Eagle Style including board breaking, kata, self-defense and more at the Utica City Center, New York.

Cleaning Day
The main location EXPANDS! Black belts and brown belts help at our annual cleaning day with some maintenance and construction.


Utica Boilermaker Road Race
Many of our black belts run in the world recognized Utica Boiler Maker 15K run. The American Martial Arts Institute sponsors a water station for all of the runners in support of the community.

Junior Rank Demonstration Team Performs (Whitestown)
Demonstation at the Whitestown Summer Park Program

Junior Rank Demonstration Team Performs (Ilion)
Demonstration at the Ilion Recreational Summer Program

Junior Rank Demonstration Team Performs (Utica)

Demonstration at the Utica Zoo


Crandall System on TV!
Herb Philipson's sponsors the Crandall System's "Just Be Safe" public service announcements to appear across Central New York.

Summer Fun Day
The Albany location hosts the Superkick Summer Fun Day featuring demonstration, practice, safety information, and a lot of fun.

New Staff Member
Travis Donley receives staff member status


Black Belt Testing
Results of the black belt testing. New 1st and 2nd degree ranks earned.


Master Frank Dux Seminar
Master Frank Dux of the Dux-Ryu Ninjitsu system teaches a seminar at the American Martial Arts Institute.

New Black Belts Recognized

Semi-annual ceremonial black belt breakfast.

Internationally Recognized 2nd Degree Black Belt Exam
Grandmaster Crandall and Master Frank Dux test students of the Dux-Ryu system at the American Martial Arts Institute.


Black Belt Testing
New black belt ranks earned at a testing for 1st-4th degree black under Grandmaster Crandall.