Shoji Kobayashi was born in Tokyo, Japan. In 1969 he graduated from Oriental Acupuncture and Moxibustion School, and in 1972 he graduated from Tokyo Kyoiku University (Tsukuba University) with a degree in Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Teacher Training. Kobayashi Sensei opened Taishido Acupuncture Clinic in 1972, and in 1976 began teaching at Kanto Acupuncture College, where he developed a new acupuncture system called Shakuju Therapy (SJT) based on the thought of the I Ching. He currently serves as the President of the Shakuju Therapy Association, and as General Manager of Shakuju Association of North America. He continues to practice from a new clinic at home in Komae, Tokyo. He is the author of Acupuncture Core Therapy: Shakujyu Chiryo and the Textbook of Shakuju Therapy.