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Mishima Style Fighting Karate (三島流喧嘩空手 Mishima-ryū Kenka Karate?) is a fighting style that is used by members of the Mishima Clan as well as many other characters in the Tekken series.

Description

Signature moves of this fighting style include the following:

  1. Rising Uppercut/Wind God Fist/Electric Wind God Fist
  2. Dragon Uppercut
  3. Flash Punch Combo
  4. Demon Slayer
  5. Demon Backhand Spin
  6. Right Splits Kick
  7. Left Splits Kick
  8. Tsunami Kick
  9. Spinning Demon
  10. Demon Scissors
  11. Stonehead
  12. Rising Sun

They also all share a 10 Hit Combo (f,f,N,2,1,2,2,3,4,4,1,2,1), although Jinpachi Mishima cannot use it.

While the style itself does not migrate outside the Mishima family, there have been instances in the older games, most notably the first Tekken game, where other characters would have the same moves, such as Armor King who was able to use moves similar in animation, properties, and damage as the Dragon Uppercut and Rising Uppercut.

As the series progressed, the moves became more and more dissimilar among the practitioners, e.g. Heihachi performing the Flash Punch Combo in one way, but Kazuya doing it in another way, when initially, the two characters had executed the moves exactly the same. Also, the fighting style branched out more with each character gaining even more moves that were uniquely their own, effectivively creating different variations of the same fighting style.

Real-Life inspirations

Despite Mishima Style Fighting Karate being a fictional martial art, its influences do originate from real martial arts. Furthermore, it is curious to note that all Mishima clan members reflect the different styles of Karate.

  • Heihachi's style is heavily influenced by Shotokan using a lot of low horse and front stances, chops and hammer fists.
  • Kazuya (and therefore Devil) embodies mostly Shotokan with additional elements of Kyokushin.
  • Jin (in Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament only), and later his Devil form, depicts the art of Shito-Ryu. After Tekken 3 Jin rejects Mishima Karate, learning a new style based on Kyokushin Karate (though it says Traditional Karate in the game).

See also: Karate.

Practitioners

Playable

  • Devil - Stated as "unknown" in Tekken 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament[2], he fights using Kazuya's moveset combined with supernatural powers.
  • Angel - Stated as "unknown" in Tekken 2, Tekken Tag Tournament[2] and Tekken Tag Tournament 2[3], she fights using a variation of Kazuya's moveset combined with supernatural powers.
  • Jin Kazama - Only in Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament. Through an Easter egg, he can temporarily revert to Mishima Karate in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 if he is paired with another Mishima Karate practitioner.
  • Devil Jin - Stated as "unknown" in Tekken 6, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and Tekken 7, fights using a variation of the mixed martial art practiced by Jin Kazama in Tekken 3.
  • Jinpachi Mishima - Even though his fighting style is officialy stated as "unknown"[4], Jinpachi fights using moves of the Mishima Karate style (in Tekken 5, it is mixed with demonic powers).
  • Combot - Tekken 4 only; through mimicry.
  • Unknown - Tekken Tag Tournament only; through mimicry.
  • Kazumi Mishima - Primarily uses Hachijo Martial Arts but has certain attacks from the style (Flash Punch Combo and Demon Slayer)

Non-playable

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/am/vg/tekken-tt/character/2chara-lee.php
  2. ^ a b http://www.sunlightyellow.com/tekken2/character/devil_angel.html
  3. ^ http://www.tekken-official.jp/tag2/chara/angel.html
  4. ^ http://www.tekken-official.jp/tk5dr/characters/jinpachi.html

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