Tokido was introduced to fighting games in the 1990s, when he played The King of Fighters '94 on the Neo Geo MVS. The first Street Fighter game Tokido came in contact with was Street Fighter 2 on the Super Famicom. Tokido got into Street Fighter 4 late compared to other high-level players. When he did, teammate Daigo Umehara suggested him to pick the character Akuma. Playing as Akuma, Tokido invented the "Tokido Vortex". Tokido has had 19+ Evolution top 8 finishes in 9 different games across 15 years. In 2016, a Yahoo Esports article described Tokido as a "fighting game legend," as a veteran of numerous battles spanning over a decade. Tokido is considered to be one of Japan's five "fighting game gods", a title he shares with Daigo Umehara.