Hear what our students have to say about training with us.
Joe Schmidt (Adult Student)
At age 59, I thought I was too old and out of shape to begin training in the martial arts. An instructor suggested I try it out. The support I received from instructors and other students was very encouraging. Now, one year later, I’m learning valuable life skills, I’ve lost weight, and have more energy and stamina than I had 20 years ago.
Kevin Grant (Adult Student)
The American Martial Arts Institute is a community of people from all walks of life. The community is based on -a shared commitment to the martial arts as a path toward self-improvement, mutual respect, an ethical awareness of the world around you, and one's role in something larger than oneself. As a parent whose son has participated in the school for over twelve years, I appreciate the ways in which young people are held to high standards of respect and formality in a structured environment, at the same time that they learn to be resilient in the face of challenges and criticism. From my standpoint, as a 56-year-old who has been training in the school for three years, I especially value being in a demanding learning environment with excellent instructors. There is always more to learn, and one grows in learning. This simple fact is brought home in every lesson at the American Martial Arts Institute.
Ed Salsberg (Adult Student)
When I cam to the American Martial Arts Institute, I was 47 years old. I've been training here for nearly seven years. While training under Grandmaster Crandall and his instructors I've acquired much more than I thought I would. I've lost weight, gained muscle, flexibility and peace of mind. I've pushed myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Martial Arts has entered and affected nearly every aspect of my life. I have learned I am capable of so much more than I thought I was. I can push past my expectations. I can push past pain, fear, anxiety, stress and conflict. The very things I had issues with when I first arrived. I have learned philosophy, been exposed to foreign languages and customs and grown as a person. I ahve a much deeper respect for the martial arts and countries and peoples it originated from.
The American Eagle Style is comprised not of just one style of martial art, but many. You will be exposed to Okinawan Goju-ryu, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Shotokan, WuShu, American forms and many others. The style is well rounded encouraging standing self-defense, but not ignoring the possibility of ground combat like many other styles. They also teach weapons - sword, cane, staff, sai, tonfa, escrima, oar, and naginata are just some of the weapons I have been exposed to.
I would recommend and ENCOURAGE you to book an appointment to check out one of the rarest Martial Arts schools in the State and possibly the East Coast. This is truly a "Diamond in the Rough". My only regret is that they are not open every night of the week and that I didn't find them sooner.
Neil Grant (Adult Student)
I began training at the American Martial Arts Institute as a boy in order to learn to defend myself and those I cared about. However, as time has progressed, my reason for training has evolved. I am no longer solely concerned with the physical aspects of the martial arts. Today, I train to better understand myself and grow as a person, as well as stay in shape both mentally and physically. In addition, the dojo has become a second home and family that is an important part of my life.
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