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"Niahanchi Kata (N3)"
The moves are similar in F123 and P12345 as in N123. The concepts and
principals of all the Kata are exactly the same, the stances of N123 vary from the other
kata, i.e. kiba dachi and tension in the postures.
Begin with courtesy, the bow. Step first then punch (or block). Full commitment to the
technique at hand. Research it well, re: distribution of weight, height of the stance,
alignment of the eyes, arms, legs, wrists, elbows, use of the hips, and more according to
our ART. Research the similarities of the kata, they all relate to each other. The purpose
of kata is to make you a more effective practitioner. When body testing and performing
bunkai, stay with the karate, respect your student, KNOW his physical and mental state
BEFORE you body test him and when in doubt do without the body testing. Remember to
develop the students physical, mental and spirit (confidence), not destroy them. Propagate
the art to as many people as you can, depending on your capabilities as a teacher, IF you
are able to. Teach by example. End with courtesy, the bow. This is N3.
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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
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
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.