Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

"Pinan 2"

Kata P2 The opening move is executed by leaving the right hand in it's geographical position and moving the body. The left hand creates the hammer fist strike. A common error is to "wind-up" the right hand. The left hand moves between the right arm and the body in a full circular type movement. It is one the few techniques which "bounce" to it's final position, after the full extension strike of the left hand hammer fist. The same is repeated on the opposite side whereas the left hand chambered fist remains in it's geographical position while the body moves back and the right hand does the action/movement to create the snapping motion strike.

The turn to zenkutsu-dachi low block is enhanced by the pivoting action of the right foot while lowering the body height and chambering the arms in the11th move of the kata (as in all turns, shizentai-dachi to zenkutsu, all kata). The same pivoting action of the foot enhances the first and third nekoashi- gedan shuto-uke (blocks) at the end of the kata.

An instructor may explain the physical movements in person.

The life and death scenario is most simulated in the practice of all the kata, empty hand and without a partner/opponent. The imaginary opponent must be totally devastated by each technique of the kata. Second in this realistic concept is in the makiwara training. Practice of bunkai with a partner is somewhat less practical/real, because of the important injury awareness aspect and necessary control factor. We must continue to practice without serious or fatal injury to each other. The kata embodies all the concepts of a real battle when practiced properly.

Nonsensical unorthodox techniques applied in the kata and in the interpretation are a waste of the students time and often times result in serious injuries and broken bones. The ridiculous type training must not be practiced. It is especially detrimental to the practitioner when applied in life and death self-defense situations where ineffective techniques may be fatal.

More information about these principals are found in all three texts of our style. The Shorin-Ryu Q &A book, in the introduction pages 7 to 11, further explains the martial concepts of this post. The Shihan and instructors take responsibility for proper, realistic, effective and safe training of the students.

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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