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American Martial Arts Institute

he American Martial Arts Institute, teaching American Eagle Style, is based in Utica, NY. Founded by Grandmaster Clifford C.
Address8380 Seneca Tpke New Hartford, NY 13413-4956
Phone(315) 768-1859
New Staff Member
Grandmaster Crandall presents a black top at the Teenage Seminar Day
Red Top Training Day
1st annual red top training day held at the New Hartford location

Colored blet testing held in Albany on October 4th
Children's Classes Featured in Utica Observer Dispatch
Read the article here.

Please feel free to download and share our informational brochure with friends and family.Learn more about American Eagle Style.
Senior Eagles Program Learn more about this program for men and women 55 years of age and older. Many healthcare service providers will pay for the cost of this program. For example: The GoGetters Program from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

The Open System
Learn more about this non-ranking martial arts program for 30-55 year olds. Enjoy training for fitness, self-defense, and improved coordination without the need to test for belt ranks.

Learn more about this 300-year old samurai sword style: Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall.

American Cane System
Learn more about training with the Cane for self-defense and fitness or as an American Cane System student, eligible to earn belt ranks through Cane Masters International Association.
Extension Tools Brochure
Learn more about extension tools taught by the American Martial Arts Institute. Training with these traditional tools improves empty-hand martial arts skills.

Please verify the dates of these events with your instructor. Check back frequently, as event dates are subject to change.

In observation of Thanksgiving on: Thursday, November 25th
Friday, November 26th

Friday, December 3rd
Starting at 6:30 p.m. New Hartford location. Regular classes cancelled.
Brown Belt Testing

The American Martial Arts Institute is also home to Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu- Matsuno-Crandall, a 300-year old traditional iaido style.

The American Martial Arts Institute is a certified Cane Masters International Association training center.

We offer weekly classes, cane-fu, seminars, private lessons, and more.

READ the article in the Observer Dispatch about our CHILDREN'S CLASSES

WATCH American Martial Arts Institute Instructor Mr. Travis Donley Break the Guinness Book World Record for Breaking Boards While Skydiving, an event organized to raise awareness for missing children and the need to educate children regarding the threat of child abduction. Learn more HERE.
The American Martial Arts Institute teaches American Eagle Style and offers a variety of programs that meets the needs of men, women, and children of all ages. The American Martial Arts Institute is under the direction of its founder, Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. who is assisted by many certified adult black belt instructors. The main office and full-time location is located in the state of New York. In addition, there is one satellite location in Albany, NY.
American Eagle Style has a traditional heritage of tae kwon do, karate, and wu shu styles with self-defense. Grandmaster Crandall is also the Headmaster of Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido, and he was appointed as the successor by the late Headmaster Tsuneyoshi Matsuno. Through Grandmaster Crandall's training in Bejing, the school also offers instruction in the 24-move Tai Chi Chuan form.

Grandmaster Crandall is well known throughout the martial arts world for his skills, books, and instructional DVDs. He was the T.V. host of The Martial Arts Today Show for 12 years on NBC andthe host of Safety and Awareness Today for WUTR(ABC), WFXV (Fox), and WPNY(MyTV). His public school programs are taught as part of the Crandall System. In 2008, he co-founded SecureLivingOnline which features downloadable self-defense instructional videos.
Under Grandmaster Crandall's supervision, the American Cane System is also offered. The school is a certified Cane Masters International Association Training Center offering Cane Master Seminars, classes and Cane-Fu.

Read the article and watch the video here.
Cane Classes and DVD Featured on Three News Channels
Watch the coverage here.

Secure Living Online BLOG!
Visit Secure Living Online's new blog to see coverage in the news, videos, and articles.

Results of the testing held in Utica on September 7th.
Black Belt Testing Results
New promotions to the ranks of 2nd and 5th degree black belt.

Held on Saturday, August 7th, 2010
Grandmaster Demura presented an empty hand self-defense seminar for students of the American Martial Arts Institute, hosted by Grandmaster Crandall. This event was closed to the public and held only for students of the American Martial Arts Institute.
Cane-Fu DVD Released on
The 65-minute, Cane-Fu: Moving Beyond Disabilities, DVD was recently released on internationally. Learn more.

Grandmaster Crandall promotes Cheryl Freleigh to 7th Degree Black Belt and the title Master Instructor after she successfully completed a year long testing.
Guiness Book World Record!
Mr. Travis Donely, breaks Grandmaster Crandall's world record in an event to raise awareness about child abduction and the need to educate children on how to protect themselves.

For the Colored Belt Testing held in Utica on June 12th.

For the Brown Belt Testing held in Utica on June 12th.

For the Colored Belt Testing held in Albany on June 21st.

Students in the News
Trevor Burnside is recognized in a local newletter for his 1st place finish at the Weapon's Competition in April.

The Utica Observer Dispatch promotes women's self-defense and safety, featuring the American Martial Arts Institute.

Colored Belt Testing held on May 8th at the Utica location.

On May 1st instructors and students came together to clean and maintain the main training center.

Results of April 10th, 2010 brown belt testing held at the main location.
Colored Belt Testing Results
Results of the April 12th Colored belt testing held in Albany.
Weapons Competition Results
Pictures and results of the 4th Annual Weapons Competition held on April 24th.

New black belt ranks as of March 12th and 13th. Congratulations.

Results of testing held at New Hartford Location on March 4th.

Mrs. G. Stalloch and Miss Moller win medals at Shihan Fumio Demura's competition in California.

Grandmaster Crandall Webpage
Webpage for the school's head and founder is update

The Adult Seminar Day was held on January 23rd, 2010. Read about the event and see pictures.
Sixth Degree Black Belt Promotion
On February 3, 2010 Mr. Eric Stalloch completed his testing and was promoted to 6th Dan, American Eagle Style

The Funshop is a 3-day indoor martial arts educational program for 6-12 year olds held each year during February break. Read about the 2010 funshop's events and see pictures.

Inside Kung Fu Magazine
The American Martial Arts Institute was recently featured in an article in Inside Kung Fu, written by Chief Instructor Stalloch
Practical Cane Self-Defense, Volume 1 DVD
Grandmaster Crandall and Chief Instructor Stalloch release a new 53 minute DVD internationally.

The Main Location Moves and Expands
After months of planning, construction, and work behind the scenes, the main location moves to its new home. We are now located at 8382 Seneca Turnpike: New Hartford, NY.

Classes for 3-5 Year Olds Our SUPERKICK program is geared toward the developmental and educational needs of 3-5 year olds. This program is taught by adult, black-belt instructors. This program includes a professionally published instructional workbook for the students and parents authored by Grandmaster Crandall and Senior Instructor Freleigh.

Classes for Children We offer classes for children 6-12 years of age. All classes are taught by adult, black-belt instructors. Students may earn belt ranks.

Classes for Adults We offer classes for adult men and women who are 13 years of age and older. All classes are taught by adult, black-belt instructors. Students may earn belt ranks.

Classes for Senior Citizens
Our SENIOR EAGLES program is for men and women who are 55 years of age or older. Many healthcare service providers will pay for the full cost of this program. The goal of the program is to improve your overall fitness and well-being.
Download our Brochure for more Information

Non-Ranking Martial Arts Classes for Adults
Our OPEN SYSTEM program is for men and women who are 30-55 years of age who wish to train in the martial arts without pursuing a belt rank. There are no testings. Train for improved health and fitness.
Cane Self-Defense Classes
Our AMERICAN CANE SYSTEM classes are for men and women 18 years and older who want to learn how to use a walking cane for self-defense and fitness. The American Martial Arts Institute is a certified Cane Masters International Association training center.
Download our BrochureVisit our American Cane System page
Traditional Iaido Classes
Our school also offers Traditional Iaido for men and women 18 years and older. The style taught is Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall, an 300-year old sword style passed to Headmaster Crandall by his late Headmaster, Tsuneyoshi Matsuno.
Download our BrouchureVisit our Iaido Style page
Our Full-Time Location
Our professional, full-time location offers a safe and friendly environment for you and your family to train in traditional martial arts. Visit or call us to watch a class and speak with an instructor.

Our staff are all adult, men and women black-belts who are certified to teach American Eagle Style.

Our History We are a traditional martial arts school. Learn more American Eagle Style.

Our Special Programs We offer a variety of special programs including Women's Self-Defense, Tai Chi Chuang, and more. We also offer professional demonstrations. Check for availability.
The Crandall System
An organized method for teaching self-defense and awareness for all ages. Includes self-defense seminars for children, teenagers, women, and senior citizens.

Our school is growing in many ways. By what we do in the communities we are in, by the number of adult and junior rank black belts that are achieving their goals and most of all by the fact that other dedicated instructors are now intent as a personal business venture to keep our school growing. The Utica location is the main office and is owned and run by Chief Instructor Eric Stalloch.

Our School Founder
The American Martial Arts Institute is under the direction of its founder, Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr.

Our Staff Our staff are all adult, men and women black-belts who are certified to teach American Eagle Style.

We are a traditional martial arts school. Learn more American Eagle Style.

American Eagle Style includes traditional American, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese katas. See a list of colored-belt, black-belt, and extension tool katas.

American Eagle Style uses a belt ranking system. Learn more.

Training rules help to provide a safe, professional, and respectful training environment. See the school's training regulations.
Junior Rank Black Belt Assistants Program

Junior Rank Black belts are under the age of 18 and may not be instructors; however, this leadership program allows them the opportunity to assist certfied instructors.

Find information about some Grandmasters and Masters who have shared their time, knowledge and skills with the American Martial Arts Institute.

Find information about some of the seminars hosted by the American Martial Arts Institute.

American Eagle Style Instructional Textbook In 1996, the American Martial Arts Institute became one of the only schools in the world to document their style in an instructional textbook. The second edition is 324 pages in length, hardcover, and offers detailed information about the style and its techniques.

Be Safe Physically and Mentally with the Crandall System
This book documents the four levels of the Crandall System and was written to heighten the awareness of people of all ages. It is 160 pages in length and contains dozens of self-defense techniques that are both described in text and complimented by step-by-step photographs. Buy Here.

American Martial Arts Institute American Eagle Style Superkick Workbook
This workbook and informational guide for students and parents is also used by 3, 4 and 5 year olds in the Superkick program. It is a 122-page educational book that features information about American Eagle Style, safety and awareness information, and fundamental physical skills. Includes mazes, coloring, diagrams and other activitites. Buy Here

American Eagle Style Self-Defense, Volume 1 DVD
This instructional DVD was coproduced by Chief Instructor Dr. Nicholas Chuff and Grandmaster Crandall. It contains 9 takedowns (from grabs, punches, and kicks), 5 come-along techniques with control stages, several gun and knife techniques, and other important information regarding American Eagle Style. Buy Here.

Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido Style Workbook TextThis book documents the Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido style. It was authored by Renshi Nathan Morris and coauthored by Headmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. Buy Here.

This 53-mintue DVD is presented by Grandmaster Crandall and Chief Instructor Eric Stalloch. It features the Natural Walk Cane Kata and several self-defense techniques including grabs, punches, seated self-defense, ground fighting, and more. Buy Here.
Cane-Fu: Moving Beyond Disabilities DVD
This 65-mintue DVD is presented by Grandmaster Crandall, Chief Instructor Eric Stalloch, and Instructor Lynn Jessee. It features the Kata, Reflection 1, and several self-defense techniques for people with poor balance, wheelchair users, and from the ground. Teaches fundamental blocks, strikes, terminology, and much more. Buy Here.
Children's Self-Defense and Awareness, Volume 1 DVD
The American Martial Arts Institute is proud to offer a DVD that pioneers child safety and awareness education. This DVD is the first level of four levels in the Crandall System of Self-Defense taught in physical education classes at high schools across the United States.

Secure Living Online (Instructional Self-Defense Website)
SecureLivingOnline.Com was the first website of its kind for self-defense. It features downloadable, instructional self-defense videos produced and instructed by Grandmaster Crandall, Chief Instructor Eric Stalloch. This website documents many of American Eagle Style's techniques so they may be downloaded, owned, and learned from your home computer.

Safety and Awareness Today Show
The Safety and Awareness Today Show is a half-hour television program hosted by Grandmaster Crandall that features safety and awareness information for people of all ages. With segements for children, teenagers, adult men and women, and senior citizens, this instructional and informational show is the first of its kind. It also features safety tips for topics including travel, scuba diving, sky diving, medical emergencies, sports, home security and much more.

Martial Arts Today Show
This T.V. show has been recognized as the only one of its kind in the United States and received support from many world recognized martial artists. It aired for 11 years.

Public Service Announcements
In cooperation with McDonald's, the American Martial Arts Institute has promoted safety in local communities through the production of safety public service announcements.

The following publications are no longer in print. These are some of the publications that the American Martial Arts Instiute and its instructors have produced over the years.

Learn Takedowns Plus Counters Against a Knife and Gun DVD
This DVD brings you the fundamental, intermediate, and advanced concepts of a good self-defense program focused on take-downs, knife, and gun counter techniques. In 2009, this DVD was re-filmed and re-released as American Eagle Style Self-Defense, Volume 1 with significant content changes. As such, the DVD was renamed.

China On December 2, 1994 the China-America Team became the first American Team Exhibitions for the People's Republic of china. They carried letters from President Clinton, Vice President Gore, and many other Senators and Congressmen. The hopes were to demonstrate good will and American friendship to the people of China through the common interest of the martial arts.

In 1996, the International College of Martial Arts in Europe invited the world to come to St. Petersburg Russia to share in the knowledge of the martial arts cultural differences and ideas.

In 2002, the American-Japanese Goodwill tour and American Iaido Team visited Japan to exchange knowledge and develop good international relationships.

In 2005, 28 American Martial Arts Institute instructors, black belt students, and guests participated in a cultural exchange tour of Australia. The exchange took place between the American Martial Arts Institute and the International Martial Arts Alliance of Australia.

In 2008, instructors and black belt students from the American Martial Arts Institute trained in performed in Italy. The American delegation and their guests also had the opportunity to visit many historic, meet with Italian martial artists, and much more.

Branches and additional offices:
(518) 869-3290 1814 Central Ave Ste 11 Colonie, NY 12205-4754

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