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TRADITIONAL SAMURAI SWORD
The American Martial Arts Institute is also home to a traditional iaido style, Takenouchi Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall. The style is under the direction of Headmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. Headmaster Crandall's certified position and title were bestowed by his Instructor, Headmaster Tsuneyoshi Matsuno during a traditional ceremony in Japan in June 2002. Headmaster Crandall has trained with the sword for over 20 years. The passing away of Headmaster Matsuno in February of 2005 has made Headmaster Crandall the head of this 300 year old traditional samurai iaido style in the world.
Headmaster Crandall has committed himself to carry on his instructor's last wishes to promote and keep alive the samurai iaido philosophies and traditions. Headmaster Crandall says this is an art that becomes a mirror of your life and is designed for mature men and women. A love of life is essential to the grasping of Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall school. Headmaster Crandall is also the Grandmaster of the American Martial Arts Institute, which teaches American Eagle Style empty-hand martial arts.