Taiani Sensei had already had a strong background in kobudo dating back to when he initially began training in karate-do.
At the 1977 Sosuikan gasshuku in Tokyo, Japan, Taiani Sensei asked Ichikawa Sensei if he could recommend a good kobudo teacher so that he could continue his training with classical Okinawan weapons. Ichikawa Sensei's answer was, "Taiani, real kobudo training takes true dedication that will detract from your deep studies of my Goju-ryu." "I suggest you perform Goju-ryu kata with weapons." Taiani Sensei carefully considered the advice of his teacher and proceeded to follow his direction. A few years later, Taiani Sensei was traveling back to Japan from Okinawa and had the pleasure to be seated next to Yagi Meitoku Sensei for the duration of the flight. Over the course of their conversation, Taiani Sensei decided to ask Yagi Sensei his opinion of who would be a good kobudo teacher and Yagi Sensei's answer was, "kobudo training takes true dedication that will detract from your Goju-ryu." "I suggest you perform Goju-ryu kata with weapons."
Sosuikan Kobudo is a combination of the legacy classic Okinawan kobudo that Taiani Sensei had previously learned coupled with Goju-ryu Kata of Ichikawa Sosui Sensei performed with Okinawan weaponry.
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