Aug 12th, 2001
SHORIN-RYU KARATE USA
Spend as little time
as possible on one foot in all the postures of all the kata. Orchestrate
the moves with the stepping foot FIRST in order to secure your balance
(footing). Fractions of a second apply. Do NOT dwell (turn) on one foot.
Do NOT move or turn the middle or upper body first. Move the stepping
This is exemplified
in the moves described in Master Nagamine's text: F1, figs.11 &12 P1,
figs. 15 & 16 P2, figs. 14 &15 In the Red Book: F3, figs. 1a & 2 and in
all moves of all the kata, especially the turns. And in all moves of all
life and death combat situations, especially the turns. Do not fight while
standing on one foot. Exceptions to this principal are the one legged
stances as in Rohai, kicking techniques and the universal blocks as in
Wankan and Wanshu. Arigato, Kyoshi.
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