Kyoshi's Weekly Technique Bulletin:
November 3, 1997 - Kata & Makiwara
The practice of kata with the makiwara as a target/opponent develops mai
(awareness of distance and surroundings especially as applied to an opponent).
This is a most important aspect of physical and mental karate training.
Kata/makiwara practice develops this principal while allowing one to actually
strike an object from different postures with multiple offensive and defensive
techniques as found in the kata. The makiwara remains stationary while the
practitioner positions, sets up the distance and stance, and attacks according
to the dictates of the kata. The attacks/blocks are delivered to the rear,
sides or straight ahead then one re-positions oneself after each move. This
takes concentration at first but becomes rote or second nature after time.
The ultimate objective is to eventually hit with maximum force into the makiwara
(or heavy bag,etc.) skillfully employing balance (rooting down), co-ordination,
focus and all aspects of every movement of the kata.
Consult your Sensei for more explanation, we have practiced this, at times,
in class over the past years. However, once understood, it is best done on
your own. Arigato, Kyoshi.
Deshi of Shorin-Ryu Karate U.S.A.
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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 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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