"Tode" Sakugawa was born in 1733 in
Shuri, Okinawa. He is considered a pioneer in the development of
Karate. He studied under Peichin Takahara and Kusanku who
was a Chinese military attaché stationed in Okinawa. Sakugawa is
known to have made several trips to China where he combined Chinese
kenpo techniques with Okinawa-te.
Through Sakugawa, the kata Kusanku was introduced.
Also important innovations were the Sakugawa Bo Form and dojo kun
(dojo etiquette). Sakugawa is known to have studied the staff in
China and later lived in the Akata village, Shuri. He taught the
use of the staff to his most significant student Sokon "Bushi" Matsumura.