October 15th, 2001
SHORIN-RYU KARATE USA
week's technique is submitted by Sensei Sal Scaglione of the
Northern VA. Karate Club. See the diagram/description page
7 of the
is our practice to show respect in the Dojo at all times.
We bow as we enter/leave the deck, we pay respect to our forefathers
by bowing to the Shinden as we begin/close our training. This
practice can also
be carried out through the normal course of our lives.
A bow or even perhaps a simple nod to acknowledge the gratitude
we feel towards a certain item allows us to recognize the
importance of the item in our lives.
can start by bowing/nodding to the very PC we are using the
moment we read this. With this show of respect we acknowledge
the people, the skills, the technology that created and brought
the PC into our lives. The cars we drive, the subway trains
we take, the buildings we walk by each day, the water faucet
we turn on each day , are all examples of things we may use
each day without much thought.
may fall into the trap of taking things for granted, but by
simply bowing/nodding and recognizing something then we show
respect for the contributions that particular thing has made
to our lives and the people that helped bring it to us.
this show of respect we will soon find ourselves bowing/nodding
to all thingsand living a life full of gratitude and
Northern VA Karate Club
ROBERT SCAGLIONE, 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