2023 (Year of the Rabbit)
November 24, 2023 – Annual Black Friday beach workout
November 15, 2023 – Guest Instructor: Kyoshi Sal Scaglione, Hachi Dan
Kyoshi Sal Scaglione, Hachi-Dan, guest-instructed the regularly-scheduled 6pm class at the Ueshiro Merritt Island Karate Dojo. Students from the other Florida-area dojos participated in this special class. Among Kyoshi Sal’s points of emphasis were keeping the chudan-uke tight to the body and exhorting the Deshi to incorporate the principles from Chapter 6 of Master Nagamine’s, Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do, into their yakusoku-kumite training. Even our newest deshi, Sebastian Scaglione, Shichi-Kyu, took part in the training!
September 11, 2023 – 9/11 Commemoration Workout
On September 11, 2023, in commemoration of the lives lost 22 years ago to the day, the Florida dojo of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA conducted a special workout under the supervision of Hanshi Scaglione at the Merritt Island Dojo. The workout coincided with the monthly Ik-kyu class. Hanshi shared with attendees Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro’s close personal connection with the City of New York and the importance of his obtaining American citizenship (“the happiest day of his life”).
August 12, 2023 – Combined Florida Kyu Rank Test
The Merritt Island Dojo hosted a Kyu rank test with the other Florida dojos, which was led by Hanshi Scaglione. Congratulations to the following Merritt Island Deshi: Stella Stauffeneker (Yellow belt), Zander Ramirez (Yellow belt), Ezra Ramirez (Yon-kyu)! See below photo of Merritt Island Deshi with their new ranks.