Sakota Takefumi is a member of the Umehoshi Family and resident of Room 6. Known in his middle school days as the "Kishi Mid Dinosaur," he is an old rival of Mutou Renji. Sakota was a fearsome fighter and won several fights. During this time, his only non-win was a draw against Sera Naoki. Because of his reputation, Sakota was one of the spoken favorites to win the First Year War of his generation, along with fellow student and fierce rival Yaita Ikumi.
However, prior to entering Suzuran, he lost in a one-on-one against Hana Tsukishima, thereby suffering his only known loss. The loss won him over to Hana's side, causing him to voluntarily bow out of his year's First Year War.
Together with fellow student, friend, and, subsequently, brother-in-arms Mutou Renji , Sakota decided to follow and promote Hana as Suzuran's future leader. The two of them, along with other handpicked first years, officially formed the Hana-Gumi. Today, Sakota is a Lt. of the Hana-Gumi .
As a member of the Hana-Gumi, Sakota has had his fair share of fights, including: the war against Housen in his first year (where he knocked out Housen's Miura with one punch), a one-on-one victory versus Muroto Koumei in his second year, and currently, the war against The Manji Empire in his third year. During Manji's invasion of Suzuran, Sakota defeated the Kamishiro Group's Boss Shiino Fuminao.
Sakota is said to be on the same level as Tetsuwan Tsutomu, with only Hana and Hanaki Guriko above them. This then ties Sakota with Tetsuwan as Suzuran's third strongest students. This also makes Sakota the Hana-Gumi's second strongest member, by virtue of seniority.