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"Karate Class - under the Direction of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro"

This weeks Technique of the Week is borrowed from Sensei Judy, Okinawan Karate Dojo, Merritt Island, Florida Subject: SRKUSA- Basic karate class

Suggested Basic Shorin-Ryu Karate class(one hour and 15 to 30 minutes):

Begin with courtesy. Arrive early, suggested arrive 30 minutes before class begins. All karateka and deshi working alone or with partners before start time. 5 minutes before the start of the class the instructor announces everyone working with partners.

10 seconds- When you hear Shugo, bow to your partner and line up with spirit, according to rank.

Minimum of 10 seconds maximum of one minute- Sit seiza. Eyes closed. Breathe quietly in through the nose out through the mouth.

10 seconds- Traditional courtesy to Shinden and instructors

7 minutes- Traditional warm ups, followed by jumping in place, zenkutsu-dachi from side to side and light stretching.

5 minutes- push ups, followed by squat punching and/or two other basic exercises, single count, at times double technique each count, rarely triple count and never quadruple or more repetitions for each count.

15 minutes- cross deck single count basic techniques, or oyo tan ren followed by light stretching.

30 to 45 minutes or more- Kata, kata is NOT optional. Kata comprises a minimum of 50% of ALL karate classes.

5 to 10 minutes- calisthenics sit ups or knee bends (according to the green book!).

10 minutes- partner exercises includes arm training & pre-arranged kumite.

10 seconds- shugo, line up

2 minutes- stretching, end class.

Minimum of 10 seconds maximum of one minute- Sit seiza. Eyes closed. Breathe quietly in through the nose out through the mouth.

10 seconds- Traditional courtesy to Shinden and instructors

1 to 3 minutes- thought for the week and announcements

After class work with a partner on bunkai, kata or prearranged kumite, makiwara training. Use chishi, kami jars or any traditional training. Ask questions if necessary.

End with courtesy.

This is a suggested guideline of a Shorin-Ryu Karate USA u/d/o Hanshi Ansei Ueshiro. Originally produced by Sensei Judy in 1978 as dictated to her by Hanshi. Request to redistribute the guideline was made in 1982, by the Chief Instructor of the NYC Dojo, Sensei John Pezzulli. Posted from time to time since 1982 for all instructors and assistant instructors.

Written by Sensei Judy, edited by Kyoshi, November 1998.

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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.