Kyoshi's Weekly Technique Bulletin: Oct. 12, 1997
Facial expression creates an atmosphere within the body and effects one's
performance and technique. Scientific research found when actors act out
emotions crying, laughing, frowning, anger etc. they create the emotion
internally. The actor actually enjoys/suffers and experiences the role
portrayed. So whatever we "paint" as our facial expresion during
is what we experience throughout our body. We strive for spirited. power
building workouts by narrowing the eyes(drawing the lower lid up)
wideeyed (not hooded upper eyelid) not thin slits for eyes and not
frowning. Tighten the lips ( semi-smile) not sealed shut or loose open
lips and not weak drooping jaw. A positive win attitude begins with the
face and carries over into the body and the action of the performer.
Express strength and determination, donot express anger, fear, weakness
or pain. A Noh/Kabuki actors expression during battle as seen in the
woodblock prints or performances is acceptable during demonstrations and
when breaking cement blocks or boards. Not during the ritual tea serving
before the fight, not constantly throughout the fight but rather at the
moment of the delivery of the "killing blow". The Book of Five
Rings-Miyamoto Musashi describes this attitude even further. Arigato,
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.return to Shorin-ryu USA
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.