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Ryu's best friend and fellow Shotokan Fighter. Moves are very similar to Ryu's and in some games identical.


Move List

Standing Normal Punches

"Left Handed Jab"

LP while Standing (all games); LP while Standing Close (SFA1, SFA2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Left Handed Jab")
A quick jab forwards with his left (near) hand.

"Right Handed Punch"

MP while Standing (SF2,SFA3,SF3), HP while Standing (SF2);HP (SFA1,SFA2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Right Handed Punch")
A powerfull punch straight forwards with his right (far) hand.

"Left Hook"

HP while Standing Close (SFA3), HP while Standing (SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Left Hook")
Ken hooks his left hand across his opponent's chest.

"High Elbow"

LP while Standing Close (all games)
(Identical to Ryu's "High Elbow")
Ken quickly hits his opponent on the head with his left elbow.

"Straight Elbow"

MP while Standing Close (SF2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Straight Elbow")
Ken thrusts his right elbow into his opponent's chest.

"Gut Punch"

MP while Standing Close (SFA,SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Gut Punch")
Ken punches his opponent in the gut with his right hand.

"Standing Uppercut"

HP while Standing Close (SF2); MP (SFA1,SFA2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Standing Uppercut")
Ken performs a standing uppercut with his left arm.

Standing Normal Kicks

"Low Roundhouse Kick"

(Identical to Ryu's "Low Roundhouse Kick")
A quick, weak low roundhouse kick targeting his opponent's mid-leg area with the front of his foot.

"High Side Kick"

MK while Standing (SF2,SFA); LK while Standing (SF2); MK while Standing (SFA)
(Identical to Ryu's "High Side Kick")
Ken leans back and performs a high side kick with his leading leg.

"Lunging High Side Kick"

MK (SF3)
Ken performs a High Side Kick and then lunges forwards. Holding the MK button performs a Inasuma Kakato Wari, which extends the height of the kick, brings his foot down in an axe kick, and prevents the forwards lunge.

"Reverse Roundhouse Kick"

HK while Standing (all games); HK while Standing Close (SFA1-2, SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Reverse Roundhouse Kick")
Ken performs a reverse roundhouse kick targetting his opponent's chin with his heel.

"Lunging High Roundhouse Kick"

HK (SF3);
Ken performs a high roundhouse kick targeting his opponent's waist while lunging forwards.

"Knee Jab"

LK while Standing Close (SF2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Knee Jab")
Ken kicks forwards with his right leg, bending his knee slightly so that it bumps into his opponent.

"Knee Thrust"

MK while Standing Close (SF2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Knee Thrust")
Ken thrusts his knee high into his opponent's gut.

"Axe Kick"

HK while Standing Close (SF2,SFA3); MK (SFA1-2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Axe Kick")
Ken sends his foot straight up into the air and then it comes back down on his opponent.

Crouching Normals

"Crouching Jab"

D+LP (all games), D+MP (SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Crouching Jab")
Like Ken's "Left Handed Jab" except he is crouching.

"Crouching Punch"

(Identical to Ryu's "Crouching Punch")
Like Ken's "Right Handed Punch" except he is crouching.

"Rising Uppercut"

D+HP (all games)
(Identical to Ryu's "Rising Uppercut")
Ken rises from a crouching position while performing an uppercut with his right hand.

"Quick Low Kick"

D+LK (all games)
(Identical to Ryu's "Quick Low Kick")
With his right knee planted on the ground, his left leg does a quick short low kick.

"Long Low Kick"

D+MK (SF2, SFA), D+LK (SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Long Low Kick")
While crouching, Ken drops down further, sharing his weight between his right arm and bent right leg, and extends his left foot far forwards.

"Right Low Kick"

D+MK (SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Right Low Kick")
Ken braces himself with his right arm, has his left knee bent forwards, and slides his right foot far forwards.

"Drop Sweep"

D+HK (all games)
(Identical to Ryu's "Drop Sweep")
While crouching, Ken extends his right foot and twists about his left foot, often times tripping his opponent.

Normal Air Punches

"Air Jab"

LP while in air (all games)
(Identical to Ryu's "Air Jab")
Ken jabs with is (near) left hand diagonally downwards.

"Air Elbow"

U+LP (SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Air Elbow")
Ken brings down his left elbow on his opponent's head.

"Air Punch"

(MP or HP) in the air (SF2,SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Air Punch")
Ken punches with his right (far) hand diagonally downwards.

"Forwards Air Punch"

U+HP (SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Forwards Air Punch")
Ken punches straight forwards (presumably against an oppenent jumping at him) while jumping or descending vertically in the air.

Normal Air Kicks

"Air High Kick"

U + LK (SF2); U + MK (SF2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Air High Kick")
Ken kicks his right leg high up to head level while in the air.

"Air Forwards Kick"

U + HK (SF2), U + MK (SF2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Air High Kick")
Ken kicks his right leg straight forwards while in the air. His bent right arm also punches upwards.

"Air Fowards High Kick"

U + HK (SF2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Air Forwards High Kick")
While in the air, Ken twists his body about and sends his right foot diagonally upwards and forwards.

"Jump Knee"

JD + LK (SF2, SF3), J + LK (SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Jump Knee")
While in the air, Ken bends his left knee and aims it downwards and forwards. In SF2, his left hand also punches parallel to his knee, while in the SF3 version it just hangs down.

"Parallel Jump Kick"

JD + MK (SF2, SF3); JD + HK (SF2, SF3)
(Identical to Ryu's "Parallel Jump Kick")
While in the air, Ken kicks his left leg diagonally and downwards. His left hand also punches parallel to his kick.


Seoi Nage

Punch Throw (SF2)
(Identical to Ryu's "Seoi Nage")
Ken grapples his opponent and tosses him over his shoulder.

Jigoku Garuma

Punch Throw (SFA)

Tsugami Nage

Kick Throw (all games)
Ken grapples his opponents with his foot against his stomach, rolls twice or more onto his back, and tosses them across the stage with his foot away from his head.

Jigoku Fuusha

Air Throw (SFA,CvS2)

Special Normals

Inazuma Kakato Weri

F+MK (SFA), B + MK (SF3), MK (hold) (SF3)
Ken continues his medium kick upwards (hitting the opponent on the way up) and then brings it down in an Axe Kick (hitting the opponent a second time on the way down).

Ushiro Mawashi-geri

F + MK (SFA)

Fumikomi Mae Geri

F + MK (SF3)
Ken lunges forward and does a mid-ranged front kick with his forward leg.

Shiden Kaokato Otoshi

F + HK (holding cancels the move) (SF3)
A lunging axe kick that moves Ken forward. Does not strike on the way up like the Inazuma Kokato Weri and is performed with his other leg.

Special Moves

Hadouken (Fireball)

QCF+P (all games),QCF+2P (SF3TS)
Ken gathers Chi into an energy ball and releases that energy towards an opponent. In later games, his Hadouken was weakened while his Shoryuken strengthened. This move is always performed with QCF+P. The higher the strength of the punch button pressed, the faster the hadouken travels across the screen. The Hadouken is about half the size of a Ken and is released at chest-level. Ken does not have a large variety of alternate versions of this move as Ryu does. The EX version in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike can be considered the fourth level of Hadouken after an HP version, although it does hit twice and will knock down an opponent.

Shoryuken (Dragon Punch)

DP+P (all games), DP+2P (SF3TS)
Ken's specialty attack. It is a rising dragon uppercut attack which moves slightly forwards (though not as forwards as Ken's would later do). Ken was eventually given a stronger version of this move, which moves forwards more than Ryu's. The higher the strength of the punch button used, the higher, farther, and harder the attack. The fierce version of this move in later games moves with fire and will knock down and enflame a struck opponent. The EX version in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike can be considered the fourth level of Shoryuken after the HP version.

Tatsumaki Senpukyaku (Hurricane Kick)

QCB+K (all games), QCB+2K (SF3TS)
The Tatsumaki Senpukyaku is the third basic move characteristic of the Shotokan style of martial arts. Ken leaps straight in the air with one leg while the other spins around in a fierce hurricane kick. While spinning, Ken travels horizontally forwards across the screen. In Street Fighter II Turbo and most games since, this move can be performed in the air. The higher the strength of the kick button used, the longer, farther, and harder the attack. The EX version in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike can be considered the fourth level of this move after the HP version. In the Marvel vs Capcom Series, Ken will also move upwards while moving forwards across ths screen (while Ryu's does not).

Super Moves

Non-Attack Moves

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