Kyoshi's Technique of the Week
October 15th, 2001 

This week's technique is submitted by Sensei Sal Scaglione of the Northern VA. Karate Club. See the diagram/description page 7 of the
Red Book.

Bowing—Showing Respect

It is our practice to show respect in the Dojo at all times. We bow as we enter/leave the deck, we pay respect to our forefathers by bowing to the Shinden as we begin/close our training. This practice can also
be carried out through the normal course of our lives.

A bow or even perhaps a simple nod to acknowledge the gratitude we feel towards a certain item allows us to recognize the importance of the item in our lives.

We can start by bowing/nodding to the very PC we are using the moment we read this. With this show of respect we acknowledge the people, the skills, the technology that created and brought the PC into our lives. The cars we drive, the subway trains we take, the buildings we walk by each day, the water faucet we turn on each day , are all examples of things we may use each day without much thought.

Some may fall into the trap of taking things for granted, but by simply bowing/nodding and recognizing something then we show respect for the contributions that particular thing has made to our lives and the people that helped bring it to us.

Through this show of respect we will soon find ourselves bowing/nodding to all things—and living a life full of gratitude and respect.

Domo Arigato,

Sal Scaglione
Northern VA Karate Club



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.