Hanshi Robert Scaglione
Hanshi Robert Scaglione began his karate training in 1967 and has served as a black belt under Master Ansei Ueshiro for more than 35 years. He is the Chief Administrator of the original style in the United States and has traveled with Master Ueshiro throughout the country. He has also served as Master Ueshiro’s representative worldwide.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Hanshi enlisted in the U.S. Navy and then 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 across the five boroughs of New York, including uniformed patrolman, undercover officer, and detective in the elite Special Investigating Unit.
Hanshi Scaglione 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 the 1970’s to devote himself fully to the art of karate.
Hanshi 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. Hanshi Scaglione was Senior Instructor at the St. James Dojo for five years. Master Ueshiro, wanting a school in Manhattan, asked Hanshi to open a dojo in New York City. Hanshi founded the NYC dojo in 1977, which became the headquarters (hombu dojo) of Shorin-Ryu Karate USA several years later. After ten years Hanshi relocated to Merritt Island, Florida and founded the Okinawan Karate Dojo leaving his senior students to continue operation of the NYC school. Since 2002 Hanshi has continued propagation of the Shorin-Ryu style in Florida with the founding of schools in Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Melbourne and Viera.
Over 250 students began their training directly under Hanshi Scaglione and have attained black belt level. He continues to work closely with all his black belts, including those who operate the 19 dojo and clubs on the mainland US, Hawaii, China, and in Israel.
Hanshi is the co-author with artist Bill Cummins of "The Shorin-Ryu Karate Question and Answer Book" and has written another book entitled "Building Warrior Spirit with Gan, Soku, Tanden, Riki." He has produced several karate DVDs and written or assisted his students in writing newspaper and magazine articles, film scripts, 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.
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