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Welcome to our news and archives.  Please note that all test results are posted for the current year, but may not appear in the archives.  Full records are kept at our main office.  In addition, photographs and news releases prior to 1997 are kept in our school library at our main location dating back to the 1960s.

Adult Seminar 2024

This year's adult seminar day was held on Saturday, January 13. The seminar was taught by Grandmaster Crandall, Headmaster Stalloch, with assistance from the Master Instructors and several other black belt instructors. This annual all-day event provides the students with an opportunity to learn about traditional martial arts topics in greater detail, many of which are not covered in regular classes. This event is an important part of the student's training, as it aids the Master Instructors in getting to know them better and evaluate them on attitude, skills, and knowledge regarding the style.

The day began with rank promotions for two American Eagle Cane Style students who had recently tested. For color belt and brown belt testings, the results are not released on the same night of the testing. Rather, they are posted within two weeks. This was a surprise for the students, as they got to spend the seminar at their newly earned ranks.

This year's class topics included

Standing and Seiza Waza Go and Roku: these are required for brown and black belts but are seldom done in class

Karate Aerobics: a 30-minute Tabata aerobics class set to music and lead by Grandmaster Crandall

Kata: empty hand students learned part of the kata Long-Hand directly from Grandmaster Crandall, which is required to test for 4th Degree Black Belt. Meanwhile the cane students learned part of the kata Old Man with a Cane from Headmaster Stalloch, a form that is seldom learned below the rank of 3rd Dan in the American Eagle Cane Style.

Kendo: learned the basics of kendo, its armor (bogu), and the form Falcon Stoop. Presented by Master Chuff with assistance from the kendo tashi.

Team Building (Breakout Box Challenge): students had to complete activities to earn clues and solve the mystery of how to open the box - with the prize being Dunkin Gift Cards. There were also breakout boxes for the instructors with different challenges and clues.

Advanced Techniques: Headmaster Stalloch taught the empty hand students Hammer Fist, Ken Tsui, Pressing Block, Osae Uke, and Grasping the Swallow Tail techniques. Meanwhile Master Jessee taught the cane students several empty hand basic forms they do not practice regularly in cane classes.

Philosophy and Our School: Grandmaster Crandall shared some insight about our school. And Master Crandall read a chapter from her recent book Reflections of a Grandmaster which was about Grandmaster Crandall.

Throughout the day there were several opportunities for students to work individually with instructors on a variety of topics and kata.

Next year's seminar will be held in January 2025.


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