Tode Sakukawa (Sakukawa Kanga, Sakugawa Satunuku 1733 - 1815) was an Okinawan martial artist who played a major role in the development of Te, the precursor to modern Karate. In 1750, Sakugawa began his training as a student of an Okinawan monk, Peichin Takahara. After six years of training, Takahara suggested that Sakukawa train under Kusanku, a Chinese master in Ch'uan Fa. Sakukawa spent six years training with Kusanku, and began to spread what he learned to Okinawa in 1762. Sakukawa's most famous student, Sokon Matsumura, went on to create the Shorin-ryu style of karate.