"Memorial-commemorating the memory of a deceased person or of any event."
"..something designed to keep in remembrance a person, event...."
Webster's Dictionary describes our sentiments of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro's passing this month.
We commemorate his memory with the practice of SRKUSA, his art, and the performing of Fukyugata San, his kata. And by keeping Master Ueshiro alive in our mind and heart.
During this month in 1945 the battle of Okinawa was raging, over
two-hundred-thousand people died.... Okinawans, Americans and Japanese.
The battle ended in June of 1945 after almost three months of fighting, ironically much of the fighting was hand to hand combat.
Let us all reflect on our memories in all areas of our lives.
ROBERT SCAGLIONE, Hanshi, began his karate training 35 years ago in 1967. This is his 30th anniversary as a Black belt under Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro- Hanshi of the Shorin-Ryu Karate U.S.A. system. Hanshi Scaglione is the Chief Administrator of the original style in the United States. He has traveled with Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro throughout the U.S.A. and as his representative worldwide. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1938, Hansi 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.
Hanshi 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. Master Ueshiro, wanting a dojo in Manhattan, asked Hanshi 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, Hanshi 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.
In April 2002, Hanshi
continues the propagation of the Shorin-Ryu style with the founding of the Shorin-Ryu
Karate USA Club in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
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 (16) 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.
Hanshi 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 Hanshi. 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. Hanshi Has four sons. Sal is a San Dan Black belt, and Shihan at the East Meets West Karate School of Northern Virgina. His sons Robert Jr., Dion, and Shane are all Ni Dan black belts.