An assassin’s art with roots from ancient China.
Energy is focused in the fists and projected onto the body’s many vital points, causing the body to explode from within. The average person can only use 30% of the body’s strength, but masters of Hokuto Shinken can utilize all of its potential.
An unstoppable weapon in itself, it also has the ability to learn the secrets of those it fights against. Those who fail to be chosen as the successor must have their fists sealed and never disclose information about Hokuto Shinken. Representative techniques include the Hokuto Hundred Crack Fist and the Unconscious Transmigration of Souls.
A fighting style opposite of Hokuto Shinken, with its attacks focused upon destroying from the exterior.
With 108 sects, the strongest are those of the Six Masters of Nanto. Thought of as the light to Hokuto Shinken’s shadow, there are many practitioners of Nanto Seiken, with interaction among them common.
A sect of Nanto Seiken whose current successor is Shin.
This sect focuses on numerous rapid hand strikes that aim to penetrate the enemy. A representative technique is the Nanto Hell Slaughter Fist.
A sect of Nanto Seiken whose current successor is Rei.
Its movements are likened to a graceful bird on water, but mask unparalleled killing potential. A sharp hand strike can produce a powerful vacuum wave to slash the enemy. Such techniques rely on intricate foot movements, causing Rei to struggle when his feet are obstructed by Juda’s trap.
Representative techniques are the Flying Swallow and the Soaring Pure Grace.
A sect of Nanto Seiken whose current successor is Juda.
Eviscerates the enemy at incredible speed. Victims of this style’s techniques split apart from their back, despite it not being touched. Due to the style’s name of „Crimson Crane“, Juda views all his victims bathed in their own blood as beautiful cranes.
The Blood-tainted Beak is a representative technique.
A sect of Nanto Seiken whose current successor is Shew.
It is a rare Nanto Seiken style that focuses on kick-based attacks. Although blind, Shew can feel his surroundings with his heart. He displayed his mastery of this art to Kenshiro and the Holy Imperial Army.
Representative techniques are the Fierce Gliding Kick Dance and the Nanto Army-Slaying Swift Legs.
Nanto Ho-Oh Ken
A sect of Nanto Seiken whose current successor is Thouzer.
Similar to Hokuto Shinken, it only has one master and one successor. Attacks are launched with incredible speed at the enemy and carve the shape of the Nanto Supreme Star into them.
The strongest of the Nanto Seiken styles, it eschews stances unless faced with a worthy opponent.
Representative techniques are the Polar Star Cross Fist and the Flying Cross of the Phoenix.
A sect of Nanto Seiken whose current successor is the Colonel.
Attacks are evaded by reading tiny twitches in the eyes and muscles of opponents, and victims are punished using iron claws. The Colonel boasts that this is the „world’s most powerful assassin’s art“.
A sect of Nanto Seiken whose current successors are Buzz and Gill Harn.
Attacks involve two peoples taking a single shape, and can therefore only be performed by brothers. They jump high into the air and come crashing down onto enemies.
A representative technique is the Twin-Winged Swooping Claw Rip.
A style whose purpose is to protect the Celestial Empress.
Those who have mastered this style are known as the „men with the glowing fists“, and it was once considered to be superior even to Hokuto Shinken. The main point of the style is that the aura inside one’s body becomes a blade – one fine enough to slice through the very cells of a victim’s body. Some of these cuts disappear like steam, while others freeze over like water.
Representative techniques include the Ring of Onslaught and the Golden Light Swift Slash.
A traditional style from the Land of Shura that has been given the Hokuto name.
Its current successors are Kaioh, Hyou, Han and Shachi. A deeply magical style that eventually leads one to the Demonic Realm. Those who have seen this place gain a mastery of their Demonic Mighty Aura, and even become willing to spill the blood of their own loved ones.
Its techniques use Demonic Mighty Aura to disorient opponents, or to strike opponents and destroy them from within, much like Hokuto Shinken.
Representative techniques include Dark Gem Celestial Destruction and the Shriek Grabbing Jab.
An ancient assassin’s art from India that dates back more than 5.000 years.
Its current successor is Devil Rebirth. Though its destructive power is unlimited, its sheer brutal ferocity led to it being banned by the Empire, and it has all but died out.
Devil Rebirth once used this style to kill 700 people.
A representative technique is the Wind-Killing Adamantine Fist.
A group-based attack style with its roots in the Chinese martial art known as Xiangxing Quan.
Effectively used by the Fang Clan. Many smaller members hide behind the frames of their larger companions. Even should their larger companions fall, the smaller members can still continue to fight and defeat the target.
The strong bonds between its members makes the Fang Clan especially effective in its use.
A style that can only be performed by two people who share the same blood, the same body shape and the same sensitivity. Its current successors are Raiga and Fuga.
One technique involves creating an invisible iron rope between the two users‘ fingertips. The two of them then run to either side of the enemy, cutting them in half with the rope.
It appears to be a difficult style at first glance. Rei suffered a cut to his cheek as a result of this move.
Used by Ryuga, representative of the Star of the Lone Celestial Wolf.
Extremely rapid attacks are launched to scoop out chunks of flesh from the target. Because of the high speed, blood flow to the area stops and the target feels intense coldness.
A representative technique is the Fist of the Celestial Wolf’s Freezing Fang.
Amiba-style Hokuto Shinken
A style developed by Amiba.
The key to the style is the discovery of new vital points by Amiba during his immoral research. Amiba’s subordinates are able to multiply their abilities by using these new vital points.
During his battle with Kenshiro, Amiba strikes one of his own newly-found vital points and imbues himself with great strength.
Self-Taught Martial Arts
A style developed by Juza, one of the Five Chariot Guardians of Nanto.
Formless, its movements are unable to be anticipated. Even Raoh faced difficulty against this style. The essence of this style is to abandon all defense and attack with desperate vigor, which is illustrated when Juza destroys his own armor during his confrontation with Raoh.
A representative technique is the Rampart-Striking Suicidal Attack Palm.
A style used by Ein that involves attacking the enemy with fists and nothing else.
Nevertheless, its attacks are still capable of smashing through stone walls, leading Ein to boast that „I’ve never lost using this fighting style!“.
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