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What fighting style does ryu use?

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The character Ryu of Street Fighter fame, originally was said to have been an expert of Shotokan Karate, HOWEVER, from Super Street Fighter II onward, it was later changed to a fictional style known as Ansatsuken, according to the game's plot, an unarmed method for killing people developed in ancient times in Japan. Mainland Japan; not Okinawa. In the Street Fighter fiction, there are only a total of 3 masters of Ansatsuken, as of the events of Street Fighter IV, they are; 1) Gouken, the most powerful 2) Akuma (Gouki in Japanese), the second most powerful 3) And finally Ryu, as of the events of Street Fighter IV, prior to that he was not a master. In Street Fighter III, Ryu is a master for sure; according an official Capcom thing I read a while back, actually I think it was actually in a strategy guide or a game manual, the "shin sho ryu ken" or "true rising dragon" is a move that only an Ansatsuken master can perform. An ansatsuken master that is, as Gouken interprets the art; the Martial Arts true nature is all about killing, so, in a sense, Akuma is generally considered to be a master of the original, "dark version" of the art. Akuma's vicious move, the one where the screen goes blank and then the Kanji character appears? That move can only be executed by a master of the older version of Ansatsuken. Yes, the name of the martial art used by Ryu is a fictional style called "Ansatsuken," its most powerful practitioner is Gouken. So, what established that Ryu is a master? In real world Japanese martial arts tradition, when a master challenges a student to a fight, it is a recognition that the student's skills are at the same level as the master's. At the same level OR, good enough to hold his own against the master. There are low ranking masters, and high ranking ones; in the events of Street Fighter III, Ryu is a low ranking master of Ansatsuken, powerful enough to take on, and defeat Akuma, but not as powerful as Gouken. The Japanese borrow heavily from elements of their culture when making entertainment, often times they will take these elements and exagerate on them. For example the special moves in the Street Fighter games? That is the Japanese concept of "Kime" at work, that is, setting up a highly focused, vicious finishing blow. Or rather, the INFLUENCE of the concept of Kime.

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