New Cane Style Instructor
One of the truest tests for a traditional martial art style is the test of time. Will it be carefully tended, protected, and passed on to the next generation so that it will perpetuated into the future? This requires a strong comitment to maintaining the style's high standards, philosophy, and consistency. With this in mind, the American Eagle Cane Style may only be taught by certfied adult black belt instructors. These individuals wear a black uniform top with the Cane Style's logo patch on their right lapel and a blue instructor's patch on their right sleeve. They no longer train in regular classes with the other cane students; rather, their training continues directly under Headmaster Stalloch. They must also be recertified as an instructor for the style annually.
In order to be considered as an instructor, the student must have first earned the rank of black belt. They then may request to be accepted into the assistant instructor's program. If accepted, they wear an assistant instructor's patch on their right sleeve of their white uniform top. They begin to learn many of the fundamental skills necessary to teach the style as well as how to assist an instructor with other aspects of the class. They cannot teach without a certified instructor present, and they are still permitted to be an active participant in the regular cane classes. This differs from the Amerian Martial Arts Institute's empty hand style (American Eagle Style) where black belts may request to be accepted into the instructor's training program, and once accepted no longer train in regular classes.
Once an American Eagle Cane Style black belt has been accepeted as an assisant instructor, they may further request in writing to be considered for the instructor's program. One of the requirements is to organize and teach a public seminar for the style that will be evaluated by Headmaster Stalloch, Grandmaster Crandall, and Master Jessee (the founders of the American Eagle Cane Style).
The traditional martial arts embody the philosophical concept of the circle. Students one day teach what they have learned to another generation, giving back what was once given to them. This is no small feat. The ability to demonstrate the physical skills of a style does not mean that a black belt can teach those skills to another. For each student the challenges along the path are different. An instructor must take into consideration your level of self-confidence, body structure, age, and a multitude of other factors. They must be able to adapt their language, body posture, and instructional techniques to articulate a concept without changing the essence of that concept.
The future of a style depends on new generations of students completing the circle and joining the instructor status. This growth produces a new individual with the traditional foundation of the style under the direction of the Headmaster
The American Martial Arts Institute, Amerian Eagle Cane Style, is proud to announce that Headmaster Stalloch has accepted Maria Quintal as a certified instructor in the American Eagle Cane Style. She was presented her black top at the conclusion of the style's annual cane competition ("Cane Armageddon") on July 16, 2022.
Congratulations to Sensei Quintal.
If you are an adult black belt in the American Eagle Cane Style who isinterested in learning more about becoming an assistant instructor or certified instructor speak with Headmaster Stalloch, Grandmaster Crandall, or Master Jessee for more information.