Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

"Yakusoku Kumite 1"

Yakusoku Kumite 1-complements the Fukugata Kata. The kumite develops timing, mai and body shifting skills. Most important is one's attitude toward and commitment to your training partner (opponent). Reflexive sense, simultaneously defending and attacking components are enhanced through proper repetitive practice.

The techniques developed are the high-punch - from F1 and F2, chasing punch- from F3, upper block -from F123, low block - from F123. The stances employed are shizentai, zenkutsu and jigotai dachi -from F123.

The most important aspect of Yakusoku Kumite for us, is to adhere meticulously to the techniques and stances as taught, described (by instructors, books, etc.) in their practical application to the kumite. Avoid using unfamiliar techniques from other combat arts or improperly executed karate techniques.

As described in the Technique of the Week -Martial Attitude- 7/13/98 the last paragraph, practice as in a life and death situation but never with the intention of harming your training opponent. In kata training there is no need to hold back with the imaginary opponent, full commitment is employed. The kata practice precludes any chance of injury.

Page 252 of the Okinawan Karate-do book by Master Nagamine a quote describes the training "In kumite you must commit yourself totally, and from this commitment arises the realization that your blow could easily kill your opponent, that the karateman holds life and death in his hands. But you must never engage in pre-arranged fighting with the intent to kill."

One may further develop the effectiveness of the techniques indicated in pre-arranged fighting #1 by the practice of bunkai of the kata F123.

Arigato, Kyoshi.

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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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