Black Belt Test Results
Black belt is a prestigious rank, one recognized around the world. In the American Eagle Style, there are ten degrees (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 Grandmaster Crandall. In addition, there are 8 gyups (belt ranks) that must first be earned. 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, self-motivation, and accountability. This includes participating in seminars, school 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. These events provide opportunities for students to grow within the style in ways that are crucial to becoming a black belt. They must also have attended multiple classes each week in the months prior to testing, including have attended each class day multiple times to be observed by all five Master Instructors and other instructors. They must be directly accountable to their instructor reporting on their attendance, participation, and other factors. Black belt candidates should have read in their entirety and be familiar with the Amerian Eagle Style Textbook, the American Martial Arts Institute American Eagle Style Superkick Workbook, Be Safe Physically and Mentally with the Crandall System, and Leadership Piece by Piece. Black belt candidates need to be self-motivated and responsible for their own effort in training. In addition, they must write a 500-650 page paper. This paper is due no later than 30 days prior to their possible test date, and the paper must be accepted by Grandmaster Crandall and all five Master Instructors. Guidelines for this paper are available to all first rank brown belts. These are all pre-qualifications before the student's instructor can even consider them to test. They must also have a minimum of 6 months as a first rank brown belt, but this is a minimum and it can often take much longer.