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"Pinan 5"
The Difficult Techniques

1st Move

The leg movement in the first move is same as P1 and is initiated with the right foot placed in such a manner as to allow the legs to pivot left (on toes) to a shezentai-dachi stance.

From Yoi position, the split open-hand block is initiated with open hands moving to chamber positions- left open hand palm brought to right face/ear, right open hand in retracted chambered position.

The split block is executed as the body "drops" into Nekoashi-Dachi. The right hand executes chudan soto shuto uke. Simultanously, the left hand executes jodan uchi-shuto-uke. It is imperitive that the spilt block is delivered from the above chambered positions, and is not just "thrown out there".

90 percent of weight is on the back/rear foot. It is imperative that the left/front foot is not "pulled back/in" while transitioning into neko-ashi- dachi.

3rd Move

The lower cross block (gedan-kosa-uke) is initiated with the right fist chambered, and on top of the wrist of the left fist. The right fist is rotated 90 degrees ccw from its normal chambered position. This orientation between the fists is maintained as the arms are extended and the cross block is executed.

4th-7th Moves

As for all moves the step first principle applies to kick & elbow smash. Show balance on kick-keeping center over the supporting leg.

10th-13th Moves

Kicking foot should be brought straight back to starting point. Do not show pause. Each of the double punches should be hitting the same dime sized target.

17th move

After knee smash (hiza-ate), the transition to Nekoashi-Dachi with the right should be acomplished without having to alter ("pull in") the front/left foot.
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ROBERT SCAGLIONE, Kyoshi, began his karate training 30 years ago in 1967. This is his 25th anniversary as a Blackbelt 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 blackbelt level. He continues to work closely with all his blackbelts, including the ten who have opened dojo on the mainland US, Hawaii, 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. Kyoshi is the Editor-at-large of this 30th Anniversary journal. 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 T.V. and radio, in stage productions, and at Universities and schools giving karate demonstrations and lectures on self-defense and assault prevention.  Kyoshi's four sons, Sal, Robert Jr., Dion, and Shane are all Ni Dan blackbelts.

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