Yes, this is exactly what Yokota Shihan told us this past weekend during the seminar he taught here in Hilo.
He teaches weapons to his students at a local gymnasium (we were fortunate to have him instruct us for two early morning weapons classes). So, while there are no weapons classes at Hombu, there is significantly proficient instruction available nearby.
What a GREAT seminar it was; he flew to Honolulu this morning and will be instructing on Oahu next weekend!
Hmm, I've never seen him outside of Hombu - do you know where he learned his weapons (since we know it probably wasn't Hombu...)?