The Kyokugenryu Karate (
Takuma, after fighting several opponents and reading their moves, eventually devised the style from his years of fighting. It allows the user to polish and refine their strengths into a perfect combative technique. While called "karate", it is actually a free-form mixed martial art that roughly employs principles from the Sanchin and Saifa styles. Ideally, a user can excel at both offensive and defensive movements, making them an all-powerful being of strength. The style encourages the users to use their "ki" to extend throughout their body and precisely concentrate the force into their strikes, creating a powerful result with enough practice.
In the Art of Fighting series, Kyokugen Karate is described as a deadly martial art that can only be taught with a mind that focuses on self-defense. It therefore limits the amount of users for the more advanced techniques, as Takuma needs to hand select his disciples.
The King of Fighters series notes that Kyokugen Karate has a dojo chain. Takuma and his family gain plenty of students due to the publicity they gain from participating in the tournaments. But he (and sometimes Ryo) have every hopeful student immediately undergo rigorous and pain-staking training, even for simple moves and manners of defense. For example, Takuma considers 500 sit-ups to be a normal warm up for beginners. Takuma also makes soba (wheat noodles) at an impossible rate for his students, making them sick of them rather quickly. His inability to change his training regime causes the dojos to lose students quickly, putting the family business into jeopardy various times in the series.
There are at least four known dojos. The main and first dojo founded by Takuma is in South Town. Dojos are also established in Mexico and Japan, though they are only known to exist in dream matches and alternate realities. Marco Rodriguez eventually becomes the teacher of a dojo in Brazil.
Signature attacks of the form include the Kou'ou Ken (either as a ki projectile, invisible ki blast, or an ki-infused palm), Kohou (a jumping uppercut with either the front or back hand, depending on the practitioner), Hien Shipuukyaku (either a twisting, forward-moving kick or a horizontal flying kick with a followup), Zanretsuken (a flurry of punches with the forehand at lightning-fast speed), Haou Shoukouken (a massive ki projectile that is the height of the upper body), and iconic ougi known as Ryuuko Ranbu (a kata that has the user dash at the opponent before going into a barrage of punches and kicks, ending with a Kohou or series of Haou Shoukoukens). The individual practitioners also have their own specialized attacks, such as Robert's Gei'ei Kyaku (a series of high-speed kicks) or Ryo's Tenchi Haou Ken (a massive chamber punch to the midsection that can instantly cause an opponent to become dazed).
By order of seniority of Kyokugenryu Karate (all alive):
As a side note, three other known disciples of the technique are protagonists in the Days of Memories series. Sho Hayate's cameo appearance in the Kyokugen Dojo stage in KOF XIII could imply that he is either learning the style or is just an acquaintance of the Kyokugen practitioners. Enta Girl is also an apprentice of the style.
Humorously, in The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (a non-canonical Dream Match game), the special ending picture of the "Former Art of Fighting Team" (a Team consisting of Ryo, Robert and Takuma) depicts several other characters as "practitioners" of the martial art style. These "practitioners" (from left to right, back row to front row) includes Ryuhaku Todoh, Geese Howard, Billy Kane, K', Clone Zero, Joe Higashi, Clark Still, Iori Yagami, Kyo Kusanagi, & Heavy-D!.
All the ranks and belts of its practitioners are named according to the most real-life Karate style.
- The poster flyer for the Kyokugen Karate Dojo in Garou: Mark of the Wolves is a reference to the poster of 1973 film Enter the Dragon.
- According to one of Ryo's concept art pieces in Art of Fighting, their phone number for the Kyokugenryu Dojo is 808-231-4226. In The King of Fighters XIII, these numbers were changed to a series of X's.