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Welcome to Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International UK Branch (MKKI-UK).

Welcome to the official website of Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch. This is the United Kingdom’s recognized organization representing Sensei Franco Sanguinetti, an esteemed 8th Dan practitioner, and one of the highest-ranked Matayoshi Kobudo Sensei in the Western world. We are affiliated to the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International (MKKI), which is one of the world’s largest Matayoshi organizations.

The MKKI – UK Branch is therefore committed to this ancient martial art form as taught by Shinpo Matayoshi. Please explore the MKKI international dojos via this link: International Dojos.

Sanguinetti Sensei, a direct student of Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei, earned a prestigious Menkyo (teaching license) from Matayoshi Sensei himself. Upholding a promise made to Matayoshi before his passing in 1998, Sanguinetti Sensei dedicates himself to preserving and spreading Matayoshi Sensei tradition across the globe through the MKKI network of dojos.

Whether you’re a seasoned martial artist or a novice looking to train in the authentic Matayoshi Kobudo style as passed down from Sensei Matayoshi we invite you to delve into the wealth of information available on our website. Furthermore, if you’re interested in becoming a member of our organization, regardless of your level of experience, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We would like to hear from you and are excited to welcome new members into our community.

The first 2 Lessons are Free for new Students.

If you are interested in trying Matayoshi Kobudo before joining then please contact us for the first 2 lessons that are free.

Matayoshi Kobudo …

Matayoshi Kobudo is all about learning the ways of Okinawan Weapons, and it’s one of the oldest Kobudo Styles still being practised today. This special martial art has been passed down through nine generations within the Matayoshi Family.

What we know and practice today in this art form can be traced back to two amazing instructors: Master Matayoshi Shinko, who was the father, and Master Matayoshi Shinpo, his son. These two dedicated their entire lives to making sure that their unique style and knowledge lived on as a legacy for all of us.

Sensei Matayoshi Shinpo, who we sadly lost, was recognized as the world’s highest authority when it came to Okinawan weapons. His expertise and skills were second to none, and we continue to honour his contributions as we carry on the tradition.

Matayoshi Kobudo In the UK.

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In the United Kingdom, you’ll find several hybrid versions of this Kobudo discipline, but our system proudly represents the official Matayoshi Kobudo. Our pedigree is solid, as we have a direct connection to MKKI, led by the esteemed Sanguinetti Sensei, who holds an impressive 8th Dan rank. This affiliation brings the benefit of regular instruction by Sanguinetti Sensei to our UK Branch.

What’s more, our members enjoy the unique opportunity to explore this system further, whether it’s in the heart of Okinawa or at any of the MKKI dojos located worldwide. This global network provides our members with a wide range of training options and experiences.


Prospective Students and Instructors: Find Out More…

Our MKKI – UK branch is enthusiastic about embracing aspiring students and instructors interested in mastering this martial art. Regardless of your current martial arts background or if you’re starting from scratch as a beginner, our branch extends a warm welcome to you. If you aspire to learn or even become an instructor in the recognized Matayoshi Kobudo as endorsed by MKKI, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Head UK Office. We’re here to assist you on your martial arts journey.

Telephone: 0780 782 7978

Please don’t hesitate to explore the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch website at your convenience.

Why not join us and Learn Authentic Matayoshi Kobudo and become an Affiliated Member of the Worldwide Organisation Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International?

Some of the information and photos within this website are courtesy of Sensei Franco Sanguinetti, 8th Dan, MKKI Website