Secure Living Online was co-founded by Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. and Master Instructor Eric Stalloch in 2008.  Our mission is to improve health, awareness, and personal safety for people of all ages and capabilities.  What makes our instructional approach so effective?  It’s the unique combination of our educational backgrounds, professional martial arts careers, and experience.

Educators.  You should learn any new skill from a qualified, experienced instructor.  Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. and Eric Stalloch are experienced educators.  Mr. Crandall is a retired teacher, elementary and high school principal, and superintendent of schools.  He has also taught at colleges.  His experience at all levels of education gives him the skill to design and present effective personal safety programs.  Mr. Stalloch is a practicing, permanently certified teacher.  He is actively involved with a Syracuse University study of effective teaching methods and practices.  His experience has enabled him to develop programs and teach personal safety to students of all ages.  All programs include objectives and developmentally/ age-appropriate activities to teach these topics to your group.

Martial Artists.  Secure Living Online teaches personal safety skills.  Their experience as professional martial artists has helped to make them leaders in promoting personal safety instruction around the world.  Grandmaster Crandall is the head and founder of the American Martial Arts Institute, which teaches American Eagle Style.  He is also Headmaster for the world of the Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall school of Iaido, a 300-year old samurai sword style currently in its seventh generation.  Grandmaster Crandall’s experience spans more than 50 years.  Master Stalloch has been training under Grandmaster Crandall for more than 23 years.  He is the proprietor of a full-time training location of the American Martial Arts Institute.  Together they have authored books, produced DVDs, written magazine articles, and appeared on national television.
Learn more about the founders of Secure Living Online below.


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Clifford C. Crandall, Jr.
Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. has taught personal safety to men, women, and children of all ages for over 35 years.  His safety awareness programs and contributions to the field of martial arts are recognized internationally.  He is the head and founder of the American Martial Arts Institute, which teaches American Eagle Style.

Grandmaster Crandall has authored six books and produced numerous instructional DVDs.  One of these videos is Children’s Self-Defense and Awareness, Volume 1, a self-contained program of non-aggressive self-defense techniques for educating school children. He has taught elementary through high school children personal safety with his Just Get Away program, presented his Women’s Personal Safety seminars for rape crisis centers, universities, and other private organizations, instructed college credit courses on personal safety, instructed and certified physical education teachers to implement a K-12 personal safety curriculum to meet state required safety standards, and designed health programs for senior citizens.

Grandmaster Crandall produced and hosted the Martial Arts Today Show for twelve years, which aired on NBC to over eight million homes in the U.S. and Canada. For over twenty years, he has raised public awareness regarding safety with his Secure Living television public service announcements, by serving as the Central New York spokesperson for McDonald’s in safety commercials, and with his television show Safety and Awareness Today that presented self-defense and safety topics for all ages on ABC and MyTV.

In 1994, Grandmaster Crandall coached and led the first American martial arts team to perform in the People’s Republic of China, with letters of introduction from the President and Vice President of the United States at that time. He has also led similar delegations promoting good international relations to other countries including Russia, Japan, Australia, and Italy. In 2000, he was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for contribution to the martial arts by a Grandmaster. He also holds a Guinness Book World Record for breaking a board while skydiving, a feat performed in conjunction with a child safety awareness campaign. The Crandall System has been taught successfully for many years in private and public schools and community organizations.

These are only a few of his contributions to safety and awareness education during his over 45 years as a martial artist and educator. For more information about Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr., visit

Eric Stalloch
Master Eric Stalloch is a professional martial artist and permanently certified teacher in the State of New York.  He is the proprietor of a full-time location of the American Martial Arts Institute.  With his instructor, Grandmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr., he coauthored the book Be Safe Physically and Mentally with the Crandall System and coproduced the ten instructional DVDs including Cane-Fu: Moving Beyond Disabilities. He has been published in numerous magazines (Action Martial Arts, Inside Kung-Fu, Taekwondo Times) and New York State newspapers, interviewing martial artists including Master Fumio Demura, Headmaster Tsuneyoshi Matsuno, and Grandmaster Mark Shuey to name a few.

He is also a certified, practicing Canemaster (7th degree black belt) in the American Cane System under the direction of Grandmaster Mark R. Shuey, Sr, the head of Cane Masters International Association. Mr. Stalloch designed the Senior Eagles Program, a martial arts based health and wellness program for men and women 55 years of age and older.  This program was accepted by Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, which paid for the full cost of the program for its members.

He participated in the Safety and Awareness Today Show as an instructor in personal safety segments for children, teenagers, women, and senior citizens.  He has lectured on the importance of reading and awareness at public libraries, teaches the Crandall System of non-aggressive escape techniques for implementation in public and private schools, and continues his efforts in arming adults with physical disabilities to defend themselves with the use of a cane.

Mr. Stalloch received his Master's Degree from Syracuse University.

Cheryl Freleigh
Master Cheryl Freleigh.

Lynn Jessee
Mrs. Lynn Jessee.

Our professional resumes and references are available upon request.

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