Franco Sanguinetti is a descendent of Italian and Spanish grand-parents who migrated to South America before World War II. He began his Budo training in his homeland of Perú, South America, where there is a very extensive Okinawan/Japanese community. 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. Many instructors have influenced Sanguinetti's martial arts skills; among them are well recognized names such as Morio Higaonna, Juichi Kokubo, John Roseberry, Shinpo Matayoshi, Yoshiaki Gakiya and Seisho Itokazu among many others.
Sanguinetti Sensei's learning journey in the martial arts has taken him to live in Perú, Venezuela, Okinawa, and the USA. He moved permanently in 1985 to the USA where he has resided in San Diego, California since then.
Although Sanguinetti Sensei holds the rank of Nana Dan (7th Dan) in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate, he has trained and been ranked in Kyokushinkai, Shotokan and Shito Ryu. This exposure to other Karate styles has provided Sanguinetti with additional knowledge and insight into the martial arts. As a result he has a more complete understanding of what he does today as the founder and chief instructor of the Bushikan Budo Kyokai.
Sanguinetti Sensei began his journey in Okinawan Goju Ryu in Perú under the instruction of Juichi Kokubo Sensei who was Morio Higaonna Sensei's 'uchi deshi' in Japan. He continued his training with Higaonna Sensei when living first in Okinawa and later on the United States where he became the 'dai sempai' at Higaonna Sensei's dojo in San Marcos, California. In 1993 Sanguinetti Sensei joined the Shorei Shobu Kan organization seeking the knowledge of John Roseberry Shihan, a relationship lasting until today.
After the passing of Matayoshi Sensei in 1997 Sanguinetti Sensei has trained with Yoshiaki Gakiya Sensei, Seisho Itokazu Sensei, Koushin Kamura Sensei, Seitetsu Murayama Sensei and all the senior instructors in the Kodokan in Okinawa.
Until today Sanguinetti Sensei remains a member of the Kodokan Organization in Okinawa where he is the most senior instructors outside Japan in the Kodokan organization worldwide.
Okinawa Training: It was during his first trip to Okinawa in 1981 that Sanguinetti Sensei, in search of more depth to his training, made the decision to move to Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate and Kobudo. The following year he moved to Okinawa and trained in three different Dojos. He practiced Okinawan Goju Ryu with Morio Higaonna Sensei, Matayoshi Kobudo with Shinpo Matayoshi Sensei and Iai-Do with Toyozato Sensei. He fondly refers to that period as the best time in his life because he did not need to focus on anything else other than budo training and learning about the Japanese/Okinawan culture. Sanguinetti Sensei until today continues traveling to Okinawa every year to train in Karate and Kobudo.
Competitions & National Teams: as part of Sanguinetti Sensei martial arts experience he competed in national and international tournaments for over 13 years. He competed in tournaments in Perú, Venezuela, Argentina, Okinawa and the USA. As a result of this experience in competitions, he has earned positions on prestigious teams such as the Peruvian National Karate Team and the Venezuelan National Karate Team.
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