SAKUGAWA, Kanga "Tode"


In 1750, Sakukawa began his training as a student of an Okinawan monk, Peichin Takahara. After six years of training, Takahara suggested that Sakugawa train under Kusanku, a Chinese master in Ch’uan Fu. Sakugawa then spent the next six years training with Kusanku and began to spread what he learned to Okinawa in 1762. He became such an expert that people gave him, as his nickname, “Tode” Sakugawa (“Chinese Hand”). His most famous student, Matsumura Sokon, went on to develop Shuri-te which later developed into Shorin-ryu style of karate.