To all deshi:
This was our first Book Club event. 15 deshi attended.
It was like the end of the after workout parties from years ago. We sat
in a circle and one by one got to ask questions or give
comments. Refreshments were served. It went from 10:00AM
till 12:20PM, next month we will end at 11:30AM!
Needless to say it was G-R-E-A-T!!!
July SRKUSA Museum Book Club...first book
Shorin-Ryu Karate USA Q & A Book
by William Cummins &Robert Scaglione
1. Who's idea was the book?
2. How long did it take to write?
3. Where did you write the book?
4. What is the purpose of the book?
5. What was the most difficult part to research?
6. Where did the information come form?
7. Who is Bill Cummins?
8. Why is the cover red?
9. What did Master Ueshiro contribute to the book?
It was an exciting exchange of information from Kyoshi
to the students. We got some super input from all the
students. The book took four years to write, It has amazing
graphics, drawings, charts and diagrams created by Bill
Cummins. The discussion re-inforced the aspect of the roots
of Karate developed by the Okinawans who were forced to
defend themselves without
weapons which makes the art indigenous to Okinawa in that
every other nation have had some sort of weapons for defense.
Deshi comments, questions and concerns.
2001 SRKUSA Museum Book Club Itinerary:
Sunday....July 15.................Shorin-Ryu Q&A Book
Sunday....August 12............The Karate Dojo
Sunday....September 9........The Karate Dojo
Sunday....October 14...........Tales of Okinawan Masters
Sunday....November 11........Tales of Okinawan Masters
Sunday....December 9..........Building Warrior Spirit
All invited especially YOU the reader of this post!
Arigato, Sensei Judy
P.S. Kyoshi said, "Don't say it ended at 12:20PM for some
of us it really ended now at 1:55PM?"
Kyoshi, began his karate training 34 years ago in 1967. This
is his 29th anniversary as a Black belt 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 black belt level. He continues to
work closely with all his black belts, including those who have
opened the (18) 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.
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. 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. Kyoshi's Has four sons. Sal is a San Dan Black belt. Robert
Jr., Dion, and Shane are all Ni Dan black belts.