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New Book! Reflections of a Grandmaster


The American Martial Arts Institute is excited to announce the release of a new book by instructor Amanda R. Crandall with Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. This 168 page paperback is now available at ($29.99 + shipping) and will be available at our main location the 2nd week of January 2024 ($24.95). There is also a kindle version being released soon, pending final approval.

This book captures many of the stories that Grandmaster Crandall has shared with his students about his life, especailly his martial arts training and includes some of his personal reflections about the experiences.

From the back cover:

Grandmaster Crandall told me that at age 76 he doesn’t feel old enough or wise enough to have a compilation of his life stories published. “I don’t feel worthy. I think I need to be at least 80 or something.”

This book isn’t meant to capture all of Grandmaster Crandall’s philosophies and insights. It is meant to share a little of his history, his personality, and his morals. In deciding what to include in this book I spoke with many of my fellow instructors, all students of Grandmaster Crandall, most of whom have known him for years longer than I. I had to pick from a compilation of stories he has shared with us, that have broadened our perceptions in some way, turned over a stone in our consciousness to unearth new understanding, and touched our lives with “ah-ha!” moments. I think his words, humility, wonder for life, and perceptiveness into humankind, are exactly why this book needed to be written.

Ichi Go Ichi E – “One Lifetime, One Meeting”. These are stories for today, for next year, for 20 years from now, but each time will be a new perspective of the composition of Grandmaster Crandall’s spirit.


  • Failing a Color Belt Testing. 21

  • Lifeguard Training. 27

  • Self-Defense Seminar in Jamaica. 33

  • China*America Trip. 39

  • The Realities of Sparring. 47

  • Parachute Failure. 55

  • Make A Wish. 63

  • Bullies. 69

  • Headmaster Matsuno. 73

  • Deer Hunting. 83

  • NYC Marathon. 87

  • What is the Value of a Trophy?. 93

  • Tree Hugging 101

  • Pin Setter 113

  • Master Toguchi 119

  • NYC Train Station. 129

  • Cold Water 135

  • Running Away. 139

  • Sunburn. 147

  • A Natural Death. 153

  • But Wait, There’s More! 165

  • Instructional Resources. 167


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