CANE ARMAGEDDON 2021
The American Eagle Cane Style is a traditional martial art for adult men and women who seek to improve quality of life. Students train with a walking cane and learn self-defense techniques, katas, basic forms, strikes, partner drills, and more.
On Saturday, July 10, 2021, the American Martial Arts Institute hosted its first annual cane competition "Cane Armageddon."
The tournament began with opening remarks from Headmaster Eric Stalloch, the 10th Dan and head for the American Eagle Cane Style, and a introduction to the days events by Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr., the founder and head of the American Martial Arts Institute, and 10th Degree for the American Eagle Style (empty hand martial art).
The American Eagle Cane Style was founded by Grandmaster Crandall, Headmaster Stalloch, and Master Lynn Jessee. The three founders judged the three tournament divisions.
The first division was katas. Katas (also called "forms") are a series of moves that fight off multiple imaginary attackers. They assist the student in establishing a foundation for growth within the style as the forms challenge the balance between mind and body, power and flow, and their relationship to timing. The katas incorporate directional changes, stances, techniques, breathing, and a variety of other
essential aspects. The American Eagle Cane Style has numerous traditional katas, documented in the style's textbook, including Basic Kata, Reflection 1 through 5, Natural Walk, Anvil, Autumn Wind, Valley, Briar Patch, Old man with a Cane and others. There were two divisions this year: white belt through purple belt and brown belt through black belt ranks.
Following an exciting demonstration of skill from all of the competitors, Grandmaster Crandall and Headmaster Stalloch made two special presentations.
First was to Ryan Byrne, a 1st degree black belt student in American Eagle Style. Ryan was awarded the $500 Crandall-Stalloch Community Safety Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to only one graduating senior each year for use toward their college or trade school expenses. The student must be one of the American Martial Arts Institute's "red tops" (junior rank black belt class assistants), and they must complete a project that improves safety in the community and submit their project for review and judging by a panel of 6th and 7th degree black belts. Ryan will be attending Cornell in the Fall.
Second was to Mr. John Strachen, owner of Claim Masters in Central New York. Mr. Strachen was presented with a certificate recognizing him as an honorary American Eagle Style black belt for his contributions to making the school and community safer during the Covid-19 pandemic. His efforts h