Robert Choji Taiani Kaicho of the Kokusai Sosui-kai & Kancho of the Sodokan. 5th Generation of Goju-ryu Karate-do, Japan; 1st Generation, United States
1960 – Started Budo training on January 15th, 1960 in Karate-do and Aiki Jujutsu (Trained in Aiki Jujutsu with Hara Naraki Sensei from 1960 to 1990 and received the Menkyo Chuden).
1963 – Competed in the 1st Brooklyn Championship. Won “Best Fighting Spirit” award.
1964 – Earned the grade of Sho-Dan on April 26th, 1964 in Karate-do and Aiki jujutsu.
1964-1965 – Performed demonstrations at the New York World’s Fair at the Japanese Pavilion.
1966 – Long Island’s 1st Goju-ryu Champion in Kata and Kumite.
1st All-American Goju-ryu Champion in Kumite.
1967 – Performed demonstration in New York with Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei.
1967 – 1st Place Champion of the “East Meets West” tournament for performing Seiyunchin Kata.
1968 – By invitation of Yamaguchi Gogen Sensei, Taiani Sensei trained in Tokyo at the Honbu Dojo of the Goju-kai and had Yamaguchi Goshi Sensei as his roommate.
Won 2nd Place in Karate World Championship in Kumite, Light/Heavyweight div.
Became private student of Yamamoto Gonnohyôe Sensei in Tokyo.
Trained in Seipai Kata privately with Toguchi Seikichi Sensei at the Shoreikan Dojo in Tokyo.
Trained in Kumite with the Nihon University Goju-ryu Team.
1st Place Champion of the Gensenryu Open Tournament for performing Seipai Kata.
Member of the East Coast Goju-kai Karate Team in San Francisco, Ca.
1969 – Hosted Yamamoto Gonnohyôe Sensei in New York for two months for training with American Goju-ryu students of the IKO, which was headed by Taiani Sensei
1969-1981 – Chief Instructor of the Japan Judo/Karate Dojo in Brooklyn, NY.
1970 – Member of the Champion U.S.A. Karate Team against Canada.
1973 – Trained at the Sosui-kan Dojo with Ichikawa Sosui Sensei. Ichikawa Sosui Sensei’s 1st foreign student.
Won 1st Place at the Goju-ryu Elimination Championship in Kumite.
Won 1st Place at the International Goju-ryu Championship in Kumite.
1976 – Toured Asia for training and Karate research. Visited Fukien China and met Kung-fu practitioners of a style that resembled Goju-ryu. Also visited Hong Kong and Japan.
1976-1977 – Trained at the Sosui-kan Dojo of Ichikawa Sosui Sensei.
1977 – Philadelphia Goju-ryu dojo led by Khalid Newton Shihan joins the Ichikawa-ha Goju-ryu International Karate-do Sosui-kai.
1980 – Long Island Kata Champion for performing Shisochin Kata.
Opened Juku Dojo on Long Island.
Performed Demonstration at Temple University in Goju-ryu Karate-do and Aiki Jujutsu.
1983 – Trained at the Sosui-kan Dojo and was presented the Koshudo by Ichikawa Sosui Sensei.
**All training with Okinawan Sensei was with express permission from Ichikawa Sensei.**
1983 (cont.) – Trained at the Sosui-kan Dojo with Ichikawa Sosui Sensei.
By invitation of the President of the Okinawan Goju-kai, Taiani Sensei performed a demonstration of Shisochin Kata at the anniversary of the Shobukan.
1986 – Trained at the Sosui-kan with Ichikawa Sosui Sensei.
Trained in Okinawa at the Shobukan Dojo of Shinjo Masanobu Sensei.
Opened Long Island Dojo in Wantagh, NY.
1987 – Visited by Yamamoto Gonnohyôe Sensei in New York and bestowed the grade of Hachi-Dan (8th Dan) Hanshi in IKO Goju.
Hosted Yonemoto Kiyoshi Sensei in New York as he trained with our group.
Hosted Toguchi Seikichi Sensei in New York as he trained with our group.
1990 – Opened the Sodokan Dojo (Juku)
1995-1999 – Trained at the Sosui-kan Dojo with Ichikawa Sosui Sensei.
1996 - Founded Ichikawa-Ha Goju-ryu International Karate-do Sosui-kai.
1997-1999 – Trained privately with Ichikawa Sosui Sensei.
1999 – Verbally presented the grade of Ku-Dan (9th Dan) by Ichikawa Sosui Sensei at the 1999 Gasshuku.
2002 – Coached the U.S.A. Karate Team at the All Goju-ryu Championship in Sendai, Japan. Performed special demonstration for the president of the tournament and was honored to be the 1st foreigner ever presented with the title of Vice President of the event.
Trained at the Sosui-kan Dojo with Ichikawa Sosui Sensei.
2004 – Traveled to Japan to see Ichikawa Sensei for the last time.
2005 – March 7th; Ichikawa Sensei passes away in Tokyo. Taiani Sensei was requested to be a pallbearer at the service and to perform the customary task of placing the late Ichikawa Sensei’s remains in the family urn.
2005 – October; Attended memorial service for Ichikawa Sensei hosted by Chiba Kenjiro Sensei, along with Tsubamoto Kazunobu Sensei in Sendai, Japan.
Awarded Ku-Dan (9th Dan) Hanshi from Chiba Kenjiro Sensei, Ju-Dan (10th Dan) and 5th Soke, Zen Nippon Goju-ryu Karate-do Renmei in Sendai, Japan (Chiba Sensei is the inheritor of Ichikawa Sensei’s Goju-ryu Federation)
2007 – Visited Tsubamoto Kazunobu Sensei’s Dojo in Tokyo. Presented 2nd Koshudo to account for unexpected loss.
2008 – Tsubamoto Sensei gives Ichikawa Sensei’s Bubishi to Taiani Sensei in Tokyo (Tsubamoto Kazunobu Sensei is the Soke of the Koshudo of Ichikawa Sosui Sensei)
Hosted a memorial Demonstration for Ichikawa Sensei.
2009 – Managed the U.S.A Karate Team at the All Goju-ryu Championship in Sendai, Japan.
Visited Tsubamoto Sensei’s Dojo with U.S. Students and enjoyed group classes together.
2010 – Hosted Tsubamoto Sensei in New York along with his students for group training with our Kokusai Sosui-kai Dojo.
2013– Robert Choji Taiani Sensei is awarded Ku-Dan (9th Dan) from Yamamoto Gonnohyôe Sensei and the International Karate-do Organization (IKO).