Sakugawa Satunuku 'Tode'


"Tode" (Bushi) Satunuku Sakugawa

Picture of Sakugawa's son who bore a very strong resembelnce to his father


3rd March 1733

Where Trained



Peichin Takahara, Kusanku


17th August 1815

The first teacher of 'Tode', his own form of fighting, combining the teachings of Peichin Takahara (Peichin is a title of status rather than a name), and Kusanku, a Chinese Official, who settled in Okinawa.

Sakugawa Satunuku travelled to China to study Kempo with Kusanku, returning to Okinawa in 1762. He was considered as an expert in his new fighting forms and became a teacher, of which, his most famous was Matsumura Sokon.

Many stories tell of Chinese martial artists coming to Okinawa and Okinawan's training in China, the most famous of these being Sakugawa, a student of Kusanku and a resident of the town of Shuri who went to China circa 1724 and returned many years later. Known for his mastery as Karate Sakugawa, he became famous as a teacher and is claimed by many modern systems of Karatedo as a progenitor. From Sakugawa, we inherit the kata Kanku Dai and Sakugawa no Kon and the philosophy of the Dojo Kun.

Sakugawa's student "Bushi" Matsumura served as security agent for the Okinawan royal family until his retirement at Shuri Castle, when he began to conduct Karatedo classes at Shuri. Among his students were Anko Itosu and Chomo Hanashiro.

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