Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – Founder & Chief Instructor
Franco Sanguinetti Sensei
Sanguinetti Sensei was born on January 26, 1956 in Peru. Sanguinetti Sensei initiated his training in Budo in 1972, and since then, he has trained under the tutelage of strict, traditional Okinawan and Japanese instructors. Sanguinetti Sensei holds the rank of Hachi Dan (8th Degree Black Belt) in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate, Nana Dan (7th Degree Black Belt) in Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan and Sho Dan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Iai-Do. He has trained in Karate and Kobudo for over 37 years.
Sanguinetti Sensei is a direct student of Shinpo Matayoshi Sensei and has been a member of the Kodokan Dojo in Okinawa from 1982, where he lived between 1982 and 1983. He has been award the Matayoshi Kobudo Menkyo (Teaching Licence) by Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei.
After the passing of Matayoshi Sensei in 1997 Sanguinetti Sensei trained with Gakiya Yoshiaki Sensei, Yamashiro Kenichi Sensei, Kamura Koushin Sensei, Itokazu Seisho Sensei, Murayama Seitetsu Sensei, Yogi Josei Sensei, Omura Tomohiro Sensei and all the senior instructors in the Kodokan in Okinawa. Currently Sanguinetti Sensei is one of the most senior instructors outside Japan in Matayoshi Kobudo worldwide.
Sanguinetti Sensei travels once or twice every year back to Okinawa to train and to keep progressing his knowledge and technical level, as well to cultivate his personal relationship with Okinawan members.
His Karate and Kobudo background includes intensive training in Japan and Okinawa. He has been a member of the Peruvian and Venezuelan National Karate Teams.
Courtesy of Franco Sanguinetti Sensei, 8th Dan, www.bushikan.com