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.

KARATE GRADING
RANK
ORGANIZATION
AWARDED BY
PLACE

 

 

 

 

Shodan

I.O.G.K.F.

Morio Higaonna Sensei

Venezuela

Nidan

I.O.G.K.F.

Morio Higaonna Sensei

Okinawa

Sandan

I.O.G.K.F.

Morio Higaonna Sensei

Perú

Yondan

Shorei Shobu Kan

John Roseberry Shihan

United States

Godan

Shorei Shobu Kan

John Roseberry Shihan

United States

Rokudan

Shorei Shobu Kan

John Roseberry Shihan

United States

Nanadan

Shorei Shobu Kan

John Roseberry Shihan

United States

 

 

 

 


Sanguinetti Sensei also holds rank of Nana Dan (7th Degree) in Matayoshi Kobudo and Sho Dan (1st Degree) in Iai-Do. Sanguinetti Sensei's training in Kobudo began parallel to his training in Karate, but he did not receive formal training in Matayoshi Kobudo until he moved to Venezuela in 1979. While living in Venezuela he had the opportunity to meet and train with Gishin Hiramatsu Sensei. Hiramatsu Sensei trained under Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei when the latter was living in mainland Japan.

Franco Sanguinetti met Matayoshi Sensei for the first time in 1981 when he traveled to Okinawa to participate in the 1st IOGKF International Gasshuku & Tournament. Sanguinetti Sensei started training with Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei in 1982 when he returned to live in Okinawa. Sanguinetti Sensei trained with Matayoshi Sensei until 1997 when the latest passed. Until today Sanguinetti Sensei remains a member of the Kodokan Organization in Okinawa where he is the most senior instructors in the world outside Japan.

KODUDO GRADING
RANK
ORGANIZATION
AWARDED BY
PLACE

 

 

 

 

Shodan

Kodokan

Shinpo Matayoshi Sensei

Okinawa

Nidan

Kodokan

Shinpo Matayoshi Sensei

Okinawa

Sandan

Kodokan

Shinpo Matayoshi Sensei

Okinawa

Yondan

Kodokan

Shinpo Matayoshi Sensei

Okinawa

Godan

Kodokan

Yoshiaki Gakiya Sensei

Okinawa

Rokudan

Kodokan

Seisho Itokazu Sensei

Okinawa

Nanadan

Kodokan

Seisho Itokazu Sensei

Okinawa

 

 

 

 

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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