Sakagami sensei was born in the city of Toyohashi, Japan, in 1944. He started training in Wado Ryu Karate in May 1959 aged 14 years, under Suzuki Tatsuo sensei at the Toyoashi Dojo. After graduating from local high school he entered Aichi University to study economics. During this period Sakagami sensei entered many University and all styles contests. He won the University of Tokai Area championships of Japan. This culminated in Sakagami Sensei being honoured with the position of University Karate club captain, a prestigious position that is only held by the most talented Karateka. Sakagami sensei was awarded 7th Dan in 1989 from Wado Ryu Headquarters in Japan and recently received his 8th Dan from WadoKai Japan.
Peter May sensei, one of the most senior Wado instructors in Europe, has been training with Sakagami sensei for over 40 years. Many articles have been published on him appearing in Combat, Traditional Karate and Fighters Magazine. He was also assisting Sakagami sensei for years during seminars and demonstrations as well as in six videos. According to the Traditional Karate magazine issue 1999, Peter May sensei is the thinking man’s Karateka, a rock solid example of personal discipline and dedication that infuses authority.