Peichin Satunushi Sakugawa is the first teacher in the Shotokan lineage who made specific contributions to the karate we study today. He is credited with creating the “dojo” system, and writing the first set of “kun”.
As a boy he sought out instruction from a Buddhist monk named Peichin Takahara, an expert in “tode”, the Okinawan version of early Chinese martial arts. Upon Takahara’s death he asked Sakugawa to take the name “Tode” in honor of the art. He later became the first teacher of Sokon Matsumara.