Kyoshi's Technique of the Week
Aug 6th, 2001 


 ..from a note submitted by a deshi, Bushi Dojo ,


 Bill Nicholson, Yon Kyu writes:

 In the past week, I have been having quite a simplistic, yet
mind-blowing experience. The words that Kyoshi spoke in class about
THOUGHTS, about being positive, and thinking yourself into failure or
 success have been resonating a lot with me lately.  It is one thing to hear & listen to them, but it is quite another to actually experience them. 

The first occasion this happened to me was when I was breaking
 during the test on Sunday. As I stepped up, everything slowed down and
 there was not a single thought in my mind....when in came one single,
 solitary, powerful thought..."I am going to break right through the
 three of you." And that was the moment I I knew before I
 even swung my arm up in the air that I was going to break the boards.
 And that simple little moment is very, very profound because that same
 principle applies to every, every single aspect of our lives. 

You cannot allow negative thoughts in or you will fail.  It all just seemed
 to make sense at that moment and I must say things have been on the up
 and up since, because I am thinking positively and have actually
 experience it in a pure moment of conscious action. 

I'm just glowing in the aftermath I suppose, but I know this is something that will stick.  I want to say thank you to Kyoshi, Sensei Barnes, and everyone else for training hard and showing up and teaching. 



ROBERT SCAGLIONE, Kyoshi, began his karate training 34 years ago in 1967. This is his 29th anniversary as a Black belt under Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro- Hanshi of the Shorin-Ryu Karate U.S.A. system. Kyoshi Scaglione is the Chief Administrator of the original style in the United States. He has traveled with Hanshi throughout the U.S.A. and as his representative worldwide.  Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1938, Kyoshi served in the U.S. Navy and in 1961 became a NYC Police Officer. He voluntarily worked exclusively in high crime/ high hazard areas during his entire 20 year tenure with the NYPD. He served in many assignments in all five boroughs of New York City including uniformed street cop, undercover officer and as a Detective in the elite Special Investigating Unit featured in the film "The French Connection." He led the NYPD in felony arrests many times and has numerous awards, citations and letters of commendation from Police Department officials, Federal Agencies, District Attorneys, Grand jurors and the civilian community. He retired from police service in 1981 in order to devote himself full time to the art of karate.

Kyoshi began his karate training in the NYPD. He continued his training under Sensei Terry Maccarrone- Shihan of the Hegashi Karate Dojo on Long Island, New York. He was Senior Instructor at the St. James Dojo for five years. Hanshi Ueshiro, wanting a dojo in Manhattan, asked Kyoshi to open a dojo in New York City. He founded the NYC dojo in 1977, which became the headquarters of Shorin-Ryu Karate USA several years later. After ten years, in 1987, Kyoshi relocated to Merritt Island, Florida and founded the Okinawan Karate Dojo leaving his senior student David Baker, San Dan to continue operation of the NYC dojo.

Over 125 students began their training directly under Kyoshi Scaglione and have attained black belt level. He continues to work closely with all his black belts, including those who have opened the (18) dojo/clubs on the mainland US, Hawaii, China, and in Israel. Among his students are many professionals, doctors, lawyers, military officers, police officers, business executives, artists, writers, housewives, students and children.

Kyoshi is the co-author with artist Bill Cummins, Ni Dan of "The Shorin-Ryu Karate Question and Answer Book" and has written another entitled "Building Warrior Spirit." His student David Seeger, Yon Dan, an Emmy Award winner, has produced several karate videos with Kyoshi.  He has written and assisted his students in writing newspaper and magazine articles, film scripts on varied subjects, novels, and stage plays. He has appeared on national TV. and radio, in stage productions, and at Universities and schools giving karate demonstrations and lectures on self-defense and assault prevention.  Kyoshi's Has four sons. Sal is a San Dan Black belt. Robert Jr., Dion, and Shane are all Ni Dan black belts.