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The Open System is a one-hour class designed specifically for men and women 40 years of age or older who are interested in training in traditional martial arts 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.  It is perfect for the active adult who is looking to be more active.

Who teaches the Open System 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.

When Can I Join?
You Can Join Now.  Sign up as a beginner at any time.

How Does the Open System Differ from the Ranking System?

  • 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 and one-on-one.

  • There is no sparring in the Open System.  Instead, circular self-defense is practiced.

  • Once students in the Open System reach novice 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.


Beginner students will wear 1 blue tip.

Novice students wear 2 blue tips

Intermediate students wear 3 blue tips.

Advanced students wear 3 blue tips and 1 black tip.


What Do I Learn?

With few exceptions, you learn everything that the ranking students get to learn. 

The techniques you learn are roughly equivalent as follows:

Beginner = white, yellow, and green belt techniques and katas

Novice = blue and purple belt techniques and katas

Intermediate = brown belt techniques and katas

Advanced = 1st through 4th Degree Black Belt techniques and katas

When do Classes Meet?

Beginners Meet: Monday 6:15 pm, Wednesday 7:30 pm, and Friday 6:15 pm.  You may attend 1, 2, or 3 of these classes each week.

They run concurrently with the ranking classes.

Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced students may attend all adult classes, which meet up to 6 times each week!

Can I Earn Rank?

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.


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