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Red Tops learn Skeet and Trap Shooting


Traditional martial arts can improve a person's life in a variety of ways. Some of these changes are obvious: improved self confidence, coordination, flexibility and self defense skills. At the American Martial Arts Institute we offer a variety of programs for men and women of all ages that can help them to strengthen themselves in a variety of ways so that they can pursue a well-rounded active life. This means that while our students train in traditional martial arts, which is what we actually teach, a side effect can be improvement in school, sports, and a stimulation to try to new things.


One of our programs available to our junior rank black belts is called the "Red Top" program because of the red uniform tops these students wear while participating in the program. The program is outlined in our book "Leadership Piece By Piece." Each year Grandmaster Crandall and Headmaster Stalloch seek out special experiences for these students to help them try new things, build camaraderie, have fun, and be more well rounded in what the world has to offer. In turn, these life experiences also help them to become stronger martial artists as they continue to train. In the past red tops have learned SCUBA diving, snow boarding, go karting, and many other activities.




This summer three of our Red Tops are participating in a Summer Youth Trap and Skeet League at the Ilion Fish and Game Club. This five-week course meets weekly and is run by NSCA Certified Shotgun Instructor David Cruger. The course includes all targets, ammo, and instruction. This year the American Martial Arts Institute was also one of the financial backers of the program, helping several teenagers from the Central New York region participate.


The students are learning firearm safety, skeet shooting, trap shooting, and more.


If you are interested in learning more about our red top program, speak with your instructor.


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