New Red Top
Grandmaster Crandall presented Caitlin Mazzotta with her Red Top on June 15, accepting her into the junior rank black belt assistants program. To be considered for the program a student must submit a request in a typed letter to Grandmaster Crandall. It often takes months before the candidate may be accepted into the program where Grandmaster Crandall and the other instructors will train them in their new responsibilities. Many of the aspects of Red Top leadership program are documented in the book Leadership Piece by Piece by Master Stalloch and Grandmaster Crandall.
In the American Martial Arts Institute only adult black belts that are 18 years or older may be trained to become instructors; however, junior rank black belts often possess the same love of the art and desire to help others in their martial arts training. The concept of the circle is an important one in all traditional styles; a student one day gives back to the art that has become a way of life.