American Eagle Style for ages 13 and older
The American Martial Arts Institute and the American Eagle Style of empty-hand martial arts were founded by Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall Jr. American Eagle Style is a traditional "empty-hand" or "open-handed" martial art, which means that its physical skills rely on using all parts of the body as tools for self-defense (hands, feet, arms, legs, elbows, knees, head, et cetera). The style is based on Grandmaster Crandall's extensive martial arts training (over 45 years). American Eagle Style is a well-rounded style founded on a heritage of four national and international influences: 40% American, 35% Korean, 15% Japanese, and 10% Chinese. 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. All classes are taught by certified, adult black belt instructors.
What class do teenagers attend?
American Eagle Style does not have classes exclusively for teenagers, but many teenagers do train each week in Adult Classes. American Eagle Style's adult classes are structured for students ages 13 and older. Following the traditional philosophy of the martial arts, teenagers are treated as the young adults; they are expected to develop and demonstrate the accountability, responsibility, and respect of adults.
Separate classes exist for students under 13 years old. Students who are under 13 years old, and who have earned their first colored belt, may request permission from their instructor to attend adult classes. However, these students are expected to function in the adult classes at the adult pace, since this class is structured for adults.
How long are classes?
Classes are 1-hour in length. They are offered every day of the week except Sundays at the main location. Check with the location in your area for their schedule.
Who teaches the classes?
All classes are taught by certified, adult black belt instructors. All of the instructors must be separately certified to teach and re-certifed annually. These professional men and women are not paid, rather their volunteer their time to "complete the circle" or give back to others what they have received from the school. As such, instructors train in classes separate from the other students.
Who will be my instructor (or my teenager's instructor)?
Every student of American Eagle Style is a student of Grandmaster Crandall. However, each new student is assigned to an instructor who "their instructor." This instructor is responsible to Grandmaster Crandall for your training and determines when you test for belt ranks. Likewise, you are "their student" are accountable to both them and Grandmaster Crandall. This gives you the important "student-teacher" relationship that is essential to your training, understanding of the style, and progression.
Your instructor teaches on a particular night; therefore, the night you sign up for will help to determine your instructor. You may attend class on any Adult Class night, however. Every instructor, including Grandmaster Crandall, will teach you, as well.
While teenagers are treated as adults during training, the instructor's know that students under the age of 18 are under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. Therefore, all students under the age of 18 and considered Junior Rank students and wear a white tip on each side of their belt which easily visually identifies their age. This communicates to the instructor that a parent or legal guardian must be consulted regarding testings, demonstrations, and other activities which the student may wish to attend. This distinction of being a "Junior Rank" is not a separate program. Students test for full, adult belt ranks. When they turn 18, the white tips are removed from the belt.
What do I Learn in Class?
Each class follows a predictable, educational structure. Each class begins with stretching. This is followed by punches, kicks, basic forms, and katas. Once these instructional areas have been covered the class may do one of a number of other areas including: self-defense, ippon kumites, bag work, sparring, takedowns, and more. This part of class can change each time. This way, each time you attend class you have an area that is anticipated and an area that is variable. Each rank may learn different kicks, basic forms, katas, et cetera.
Do students spar?
Yes, but only once they have earned their first colored belt rank. Sparring is a skill that can be both fun and challenging. It benefits the students with a cardiovascular workout, helps to develop blocking skills, and teaches the student to better read body language while dealing with energy of another individual.
Sparring is under strictly controlled conditions and is intended to be educational. Therefore, all students must wear headgear, handgear, footgear, a mouthguard, (and males must wear a groin cup). No contact is permitted to the head whatsoever, but points may be scored to the head. Instructors do not spar students. Only students spar other students, and this is done with concern for one another as training partners. All matches are run by a certified instructor. For more information speak with an instructor.
What are some of the benefits of training?
The martial arts were designed for adults, men and women with lives full of responsibilities. Training in American Eagle Style can help to reduce stress, build confidence, improve balance and flexibility, improve cardiovasular strength, and is enjoyable.
One of the strengths of the American Martial Arts Institute is that it is not only for children. In fact, it is intended for adults, but beneficial for children. The men and women who are part of this school come from diverse backgrounds and range in ages, body types, and time committments.
For teenagers in particular, training can help to develop their social skills. Many of our teenagers have gone on to achieve the rank of black belt and entered the "Red Top" program, which allows them to assist the instructors in class in a non-instructional capacity, developing leadership skills.
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 if I have more questions?
Contact Us here and speak with one of our instructors.