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Black Belt Test Results

Black belt is a prestigious rank, one recognized around the world. In the American Eagle Style, there are ten degrees (levels or Dan) of black belt. Only one person may hold the rank of 10th Dan, the head of the school who determines its direction and certifies its instructors. For the American Martial Arts Institute, this is its Founder Grandmaster Crandall. In addition, there are 8 gyups (belt ranks) that must be earned prior to testing for first degree black belt. All students begin as white belts and test for each rank, maturing in the style through its traditional process.

Essential for all students who test for the black belt ranks is a demonstration of school involvement, a proper martial arts attitude and accountability. This includes participating in seminars, weapons' competitions, sparring competitions, weapon's classes, cleaning days, ceremonial luncheons, and other events held by the school throughout the year which help students grow as traditional martial artists. These events are held specifically as part of their training, and the student must choose to become involved in these areas areas as part of their rank's responsibilities. They must also have attended multiple classes each week in the months prior to testing, including attending every day of the week multiple times to be seen by all five Master Instructors and other instructors (see your instructor if you have questions). They must be directly accountable to their instructor reporting on their attendance, participation, and other factors.

On Friday, December 2, 2016 one candidate tested for 1st Degree Black Belt, Junior Rank before a panel of judges led by Grandmaster Crandall. The panel was comprised of the five Master Instructors, the titled instructors and additional fifth and sixth degree instructors. The testing lasted just over 3 hours with the candidate demonstr