This week the Technique is submitted by guest composer
Mr. David Tamir, Okinawan Karate Dojo, Merritt Island, Fl.
Discussion concerning training while on business
travel in a hotel room with narrow open spaces. I have
effectively utilized many of our katas which were
designed for fighting in predominantly a linear
Some of these include special exercise
Oyotanren, Pinan Sho-San-Go, Naihanchi Sho-Ni-San,
Rohai, Wanshu, Passai, Gojushiho, and Chinto. It is
interesting to note that the spectrum of these katas
covers a wide range of deshi ranks, allowing green belts
and above to train in a tight hotel room.
Attached please find a short (15 sec) video clip of a
portion of Naihanchi Sandan performed between the hotel
bed and the armoire.
Domo Arigato Gozaimas,
(Allow 30 seconds for download at 56K- requires MPG
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.