The Splendid Seven’s Updated Martial Arts

Greetings and salutations, fellow Splendid Seven devotees and martial arts aficionados. Antoni here with another piece of writing revolving around my most favourite seven-member group of Yokai warriors ever. Ever since I have been writing about my Iron Fist AU for The Splendid Seven consisting of Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran, not to mention all of the martial arts documentaries, let’s plays of Tekken, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters, and Fatal Fury; indulging myself with watching content from Jesse Enkamp also featuring his brother Oliver Enkamp, Martial Arts Journey hosted by Rokas Leonavicius, Sensei Seth, and a bevy of martial arts-related channels; and watching National Geographic’s Fight Science, I have been more fascinated by martial arts as a whole. If you remembered my first entry where I listed seven martial arts that I thought could be appropriate for all seven members of The Splendid Seven, it was enjoyable doing that and hearing some feedback from you, dear readers, but I only scratched the surface of why I think these particular martial art styles are particularly excellent for them. Now that I am a lot more conscientious, I have managed to re-evaluate certain martial arts styles that I think fit Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran exceptionally well.   Before going into the specific martial arts that these seven Yokai warriors specialise in, what needs to be kept in mind are the following aspects regarding their respective martial arts styles. Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha aka The Inu Brothers are the strongest, fiercest, and most powerful fighters of The Splendid Seven, especially reflected in their skills as both grapplers and strikers, given their bone-shattering punches, nerve-destroying kicks, and overpowering submission holds, although Inuyasha is also completely open to throwing elbow strikes, knife hands, knee strikes, and clinches. Shuran is also the physically strongest fighter in terms of his skills as a grappler who specialises in various forms of wrestling, and his palm strikes, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and submission holds are truly powerful. Hakkaku and Ginta are strikers and clinchers through and through, given how effectively they use their elbow strikes, clinches, knee strikes, and head-butts. Ayame is a predominant striker who has a huge repertoire of punches from her uppercuts to her crosses and equally mighty kicks. Shunran is a flexible striker who has a sizeable repertoire of kicks and flips but also backfists and punches to show that she is more than just a fighter with kicks and flips. Furthermore, trying to challenge all seven of them in the arena, the ring, and/or the cage match is asking for trouble because, whether fighters try to combat them individually or together, they never hold back on their punches, kicks, submission holds, clinches, and strikes and can leave their opponents with concussions, broken bones, black eyes, bloodied noses, ballistic head traumas, and massive internal bleeding. With that said, let us get re-acquainted with The Splendid Seven’s updated seven martial arts styles based on their fighting skills.   Sesshoumaru Mixed Martial Arts Kyokushin Karate Shotokan Karate Brazilian Jujitsu Japanese Jujitsu Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Shootfighting Inuyasha Pankration Taekwondo Hapkido Ancient Greek Wrestling Ancient Greek Boxing Kapu Kuialua Bokator Shuran Mongolian Wrestling Sumo Wrestling Professional Wrestling Ssireum Turkish Oil Wrestling Pehlwani Malla-yuddha Hakkaku Muay Thai Kajukenbo Pradal Serey Taekkyeon Panantukan Dambe Moraingy Ginta Lethwei Pencak Silat Sanda Hwa Rang Do Tang Soo Do Systema Eagle Claw Kung Fu Ayame Kickboxing Nippon Kenpo Shorinji Kenpo Judo Krav Maga Boxing Sambo Shunran Capoeira Shaolin Kung Fu Wing Chun Wushu Northern Praying Mantis Baguazhang Changquan There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The Splendid Seven’s more updated martial arts styles. Your comments and additional suggestions are more than welcome. Cheers and have a lovely day.

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The Fairly OddGamer – Top Gun

With the upcoming release of Top Gun Maverick, I’ve decided to dedicate the entire month to reviewing video games that tie in to that very movie. We start off with THREE games for the NES as well as the Game Boy Advance. Are any of these games good? Check out the review and find out. Special thanks to Ena Akasuki (https://twitter.com/EnaAkasuki) for designing the title card and Anthony “A-Log” LoGatto for voicing Scrooge and… “friend” for this month’s Patreon shout-outs. Finally, a very special thanks to animator CJDestroyah and musician PaulyBFromDa303 for helping out with the “Top Gun Month” intro. And finally, thank you so much 8 Bit Universe for allowing me to use their 8 bit tribute rendition of “Danger Zone” for the video. It really mean a whole lot to me.

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The Splendid Seven Pair-Ups in Martial Arts Styles

Greetings, fellow Splendid Seven devotees and martial arts aficionados. Antoni here with another piece of written revolving around my Splendid Seven Iron Fist AU headcanon. I briefly covered some pairings and the martial arts Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Hakkaku, Ayame, and Shunran would spar in whenever they are divided into groups of two or three in a previous entry I made. Now, I will state the following martial arts each pairing would find themselves in whenever they are together, regardless of sparring or working together with them. With that said, I hope this interests you. If you agree with the martial arts styles I chose for each pairing whether they be romantic or platonic, please let me know. Enjoy.   The Most Loved OTP for Life Couples   Inuyasha x Ayame Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Bokator, Pankration, Ancient Greek Boxing, Ancient Greek Wrestling, and Kapu Kuialua   Ginta x Shunran Sanda, Tang Soo Do, Capoeira, Wing Chun, Lethwei, Wushu, and Eagle Claw Kung Fu   The Liked Pairings but not on OTP Level   Sesshoumaru x Ayame Kyokushin Karate, Shotokan Karate, Mixed Martial Arts, Taekwondo, Sambo, Nippon Kenpo, and Shorinji Kenpo   Shuran x Shunran Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Vale Tudo, Systema, and Baguazhang   Hakkaku x Shunran Brazilian Jujitsu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Systema, Baguazhang, Judo, Panantukan, and Japanese Jujitsu   The Main Familial Platonic Pairings   Sesshoumaru x Inuyasha Taekwondo, Kyokushin Karate, Shotokan Karate, Hapkido, Pankration, Ancient Greek Wrestling, and Ancient Greek Boxing   Sesshoumaru x Shuran x Inuyasha Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Ancient Greek Wrestling, Pankration, Pehlwani, Malla-yuddha, and Mongolian Wrestling   Sesshoumaru x Shuran x Hakkaku Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Judo, Pehlwani, Kajukenbo, Pradal Serey, and Muay Thai   Shuran x Hakkaku x Ginta Muay Thai, Lethwei, Judo, Japanese Jujitsu, Brazilian Jujitsu, Turkish Oil Wrestling, and Tegumi   Inuyasha x Hakkaku x Ginta Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Lethwei, Bokator, Kajukenbo, Panantukan, and Judo   Inuyasha x Ginta Bokator, Kapu Kuialua, Pehlwani, Malla-yuddha, Sanda, Lethwei, and Pencak Silat   Hakkaku x Ginta Muay Thai, Lethwei, Pradal Serey, Kajukenbo, Pencak Silat, Sanda, and Panantukan   Sesshoumaru x Inuyasha x Shuran x Hakkaku x Ginta Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Lethwei, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Mongolian Wrestling, Pradal Serey, Bokator, Taekwondo, Mixed Martial Arts, Japanese Jujitsu, Ancient Greek Wrestling, Ancient Greek Boxing, and Pankration   Ayame x Shunran Nippon Kenpo, Kickboxing, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Wushu, Taekkyeon, and Subak   The Heterosexual Platonic Pairings   Sesshoumaru x Shunran Wing Chun, Shaolin Kung Fu, Northern Praying Mantis, Wushu, Shorinji Kenpo, Taekkyeon, and Hwa Rang Do   Shuran x Ayame Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Judo, Sambo, Boxing, Krav Maga, and Tegumi   Inuyasha x Shunran Taekwondo, Kyokushin Karate, Shotokan Karate, Wushu, Wing Chun, Hwa Rang Do, and Bokator   Hakkaku x Ayame Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Kajukenbo, Nippon Kenpo, Pradal Serey, Judo, and Krav Maga   Ginta x Ayame Lethwei, Kickboxing, Pencak Silat, Krav Maga, Judo, Nippon Kenpo, and Sanda   Sesshoumaru x Inuyasha x Shunran Kyokushin Karate, Shotokan Karate, Taekwondo, Shaolin Kung Fu, Baguazhang, Wing Chun, and Wushu   Shuran x Hakkaku x Ayame Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Judo, Mongolian Wrestling, Muay Thai, Kajukenbo, and Boxing   Hakkaku x Ginta x Ayame Muay Thai, Lethwei, Pradal Serey, Pencak Silat, Kickboxing, Kajukenbo, and Nippon Kenpo   Super Strong and Diversely Dynamic Groups   Sesshoumaru x Inuyasha x Ayame Mixed Martial Arts, Kyokushin Karate, Shotokan Karate, Pankration, Bokator, Ancient Greek Boxing, Taekwondo, Nippon Kenpo, Shorinji Kenpo, Kickboxing, Kapu Kuialua, Hapkido, Ancient Greek Wrestling, and Krav Maga   Shuran x Hakkaku x Ginta x Shunran Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Judo, Muay Thai, Pradal Serey, Lethwei, Systema, Hwa Rang Do, Tang Soo Do, Pencak Silat, Sanda, Taekkyeon, Kajukenbo, and Mongolian Wrestling   Inuyasha x Ayame x Ginta x Shunran Taekwondo, Pankration, Bokator, Nippon Kenpo, Shorinji Kenpo, Kickboxing, Lethwei, Sanda, Pencak Silat, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Capoeira, and Wushu   Formidable Square-Offs chiefly with Main Platonic Pairings   Sesshoumaru vs Inuyasha Shotokan Karate vs Taekwondo, Kyokushin Karate vs Hapkido, Mixed Martial Arts vs Pankration, Hapkido vs Bokator, Japanese Jujitsu vs Ancient Greek Wrestling, Taekwondo vs Ancient Greek Boxing, and Brazilian Jujitsu vs Kapu Kuialua   Shuran vs Hakkaku vs Ginta Mongolian Wrestling vs Muay Thai vs Lethwei, Sumo Wrestling vs Pradal Serey vs Pencak Silat, Professional Wrestling vs Kajukenbo vs Sanda, Ssireum vs Taekkyeon vs Hwa Rang Do, Turkish Oil Wrestling vs Panantukan vs Tang Soo Do, Kurash vs Dambe vs Systema, and Shuai Jiao vs Moraingy vs Eagle Claw Kung Fu   Sesshoumaru vs Shuran vs Hakkaku Shotokan Karate vs Mongolian Wrestling vs Muay Thai, Kyokushin Karate vs Sumo Wrestling vs Pradal Serey, Mixed Martial Arts vs Professional Wrestling vs Kajukenbo, Hapkido vs Ssireum vs Taekkyeon, Japanese Jujitsu vs Turkish Oil Wrestling vs Panantukan, Taekwondo vs Kurash vs Dambe, and Brazilian Jujitsu vs Moraingy vs Eagle Claw Kung Fu   Inuyasha vs Ginta Taekwondo vs Lethwei, Hapkido vs Pencak Silat, Pankration vs Sanda, Bokator vs Hwa Rang Do, Ancient Greek Wrestling vs Tang Soo Do, Ancient Greek Boxing vs Systema, and Kapu Kuialua vs Eagle Claw Kung Fu   Ayame vs Shunran Kickboxing vs Capoeira, Nippon Kenpo vs Shaolin Kung Fu, Shorinji Kenpo vs Wing Chun, Judo vs Wushu, Krav Maga vs Northern Praying Mantis, Boxing vs Baguazhang, and Sambo vs Changquan   Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. The Splendid Seven sparring pair-ups I have concocted. Please let me know if you have suggestions too. Cheers.

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5 Simple Drinks – Gin

Today i take a look at Gin and honestly if not for my celebrity crush on Ryan Reynolds i had for a while, i would probably never really have tastet gin, but because of him i got a bottle of Aviation, which is now a constant part of my bar, here are my top 5 drinks using this traditionally english spirit.

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The Splendid Seven Martial Arts Diet and Warm-Ups

Greetings and salutations, Splendid Seven devotees and martial arts aficionados all over the world! Antoni here with another Splendid Seven-related piece of work revolving around the martial arts Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialise in. This time, I am focusing on their warm-up rituals that see them being in pique physical, mental, and psychological strength and power whenever they get themselves in tournaments, in cage matches, and in battles with opponents ten to a million times larger than them. Have you ever wondered how Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran are the mighty Yokai warriors that they are? Do you know how they obtain their individual and collective strength? The answers lies in their intense physical training, über active lifestyle, and an all-natural diet that have seen them thrive so wonderfully in everything they do as warriors and as individuals. They have never met an opponent they did not like and are always embracing challenges that make them grow a whole lot stronger than they are.   The Splendid Seven’s diet and lifestyle are what make them physically strong and mentally healthy, for they live on a carb-free, sugar-free, yet protein-rich as well as fat-rich diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Instead of the usual cow’s, goat’s, sheep’s, and/or camel’s milk, Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Shuran, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran drink the milk of bull and ox Yokai which manage to be beneficial for stronger bone density, quicker muscle repair, and ensuring a more formidable mental capacity, especially for clearer focus and higher energy, thus making it a great breakfast food staple alongside Birds of Paradise eggs cooked either sunny side-up or scrambled, which is high in protein, zinc, and selenium as well as having a more savoury flavour than chicken eggs and ostrich eggs combined; boar demon bacon, which has more of a meaty texture but far less sodium and a whole lot more niacin, Vitamin B12, and magnesium than regular pig’s bacon; Birds of Paradise sausage, which has more protein and Vitamin B12 than regular sausage; and a mixture of blueberries, strawberries, passion fruit, and dragon fruit. Furthermore, the milk of bull and ox Yokai is richer and creamier in texture than cow’s, goat’s, and camel’s milk combined and is also very useful for making cheese, butter, and cream. Meats and fish would usually consist of boar demon, crow demon, salmon, trout, tuna, eel, bird demon like Tekkei, owl demon, crocodile, and alligator which would give The Splendid Seven the super strength, stamina, and stealth they need to kickstart every physical activity they get themselves into. Fruits and vegetables would consist of blueberries, strawberries, apples, passion fruit, dragon fruit, spinach, purple yam, celery, carrots, seaweed, broccoli, onions, and kale in order for their bodies to be rid of free radicals. Rice and noodles are still part of their diet, but they are eaten very sparingly and are eaten alongside meat, fish, and vegetables. Therefore, their diet is guaranteed to keep them energised from sunup until sundown with the strength of an entire army.   Coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle is how Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Shuran, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran physically and mentally prepare themselves for every fight they engage in. They do these preparations either with punching boards or bags, dummies, lifting weights, and/or fighting imaginary opponents.   Sesshoumaru’s conscientious expertise in Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Japanese Jujitsu, and Shorinji Kempo means that his warm-ups are firmly rooted in tradition, physical fortitude, and unwavering discipline. He bench presses huge barbells and even boulders and does deadlifts with heavy weights. He practices his punches on a Makiwara as well as a metal punching bag, his kicks on huge boulders, and grapples with a stuffed demon dummy made of the hid of boar demon and stuffed with the feathers of crow demon. Moreover, Sesshoumaru also practices Kata in order to fully condition himself whenever he takes down his enemies. Even when he is in his full Yokai form with red eyes and jagged stripes on his cheeks, he focuses his energy on doing his Kata, punching on a Makiwara and a metal punching bag, and kicking huge boulders so that his bones and muscles will harden like the strongest of iron.   Inuyasha’s undeniable formidability in Pankration, Ancient Greek Wrestling, Ancient Greek Boxing, Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Bokator, and Kapu Kuialua demonstrates how he is not afraid to go all out when wanting to take his foes down. He bench presses huge barbells, boulders, and dense demon bones as well as does deadlifts with heavy weights. He practices his punches and kicks on huge boulders and on thick wooden blocks, wrestles stuffed deerskin dummies, and has boxing matches with giant demon bones. Inuyasha even shadowboxes to make sure that his iron fists are in great shape to deliver some powerful uppercuts, jabs, and hooks as well as his entire body is ready to deliver roundhouse kicks and submission holds. Even when he is in his full Yokai form with red eyes and jagged stripes on his cheeks, he focuses his super strength and boundless energy on bench pressing, deadlifting, shadowboxing, punching and kicking huge boulders, thick wooden blocks, and thick demon bones, and wrestling with stuffed deerskin dummies, thus strengthening his muscles and bones just like the huge war tank he ought to be.   Shuran’s towering persistence in Mongolian Wrestling, Sumo Wrestling, Ssireum, Tegumi, Turkish Oil Wrestling, Kurash, and Shuai Jiao highlights how he can use every battle he is in to his advantage. He bench presses giant boulders, does ab crunches, and does deadlifts with heavy weights. He even wrestles with giant dummies stuffed with cotton. Whether the dummies are made of deerskin or alligator leather, it does not matter to Shuran just as long as he keeps himself as well as his muscles mighty and strong as a professional wrestler and grappler willing to tackle all of his foes.   Hakkaku’s excitable energy…

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The Splendid Seven’s Iron Fist Familial Bonds

Greetings and salutations, Splendid Seven devotees and martial arts aficionados all over the world! Antoni here with another Splendid Seven-related piece of work revolving around the martial arts Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialise in. I will start off with their dominant and individual martial arts, traverse into groups revolving around my main Splendid Seven BroTPs then OTPs, and finally all of The Splendid Seven members sparring like one big, formidable, powerful family. I will do another entry revolving around all the Splendid Seven BroTPs and the martial arts they spar in on a daily basis. Sesshoumaru is a gold-medal prizefighter in Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, and Brazilian Jujitsu who can give his opponents vice-like submission holds, joint locks, and chokeholds supported by his quick foot sweeps, iron hooks, jabs, uppercuts, and elbows to the face, cheeks, guts, mouth, and/or chest, and, most of all, his devastating kicks devoid of the proverbial foot-fencing, for they can cause collateral damage to his enemies, regardless if the kick is a roundhouse, a hook, a spin or a crescent. He also has experience in Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Judo, Nippon Kempo, Vale Tudo, Marine Corps Martial Arts, Shootfighting, and Japanese Jujitsu on his side to effectively propel his attacks. Strength, stealth, and stamina are the names of his game when opponents dare challenge him and incomparable skills as a striker and a grappler. Shuran has seen triumph after triumph as a prizewinning wrestler specialising in Mongolian Wrestling, Sumo Wrestling, and Ssireum. He may have also had his roots in Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Tegumi, Turkish Oil Wrestling, Kurash, and Shuai Jiao, but these martial arts have helped him strengthen his skills as a full-fledged grappler, although his strikes are just as effective such as his palm strikes, gut punches, tiger feint kicks, shoot kicks, and head-bashers. Shuran’s chokeholds, back-breakers, and bearhugs are his signature attacks, thus leaving his opponents desperately gasping for air until they can no longer breathe. Therefore, Shuran never holds back on the grappling, and his towering size and brute strength speak volumes. Inuyasha is optimally platinum level when it comes to his combat skills in Pankration, Ancient Greek Wrestling, and Ancient Greek Boxing. He is also a complete hand-to-hand martial artist when it comes to combining striking with grappling, considering his insurmountable experience in Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Judo, Nippo Kempo, Kapu Kuialua, Bokator, Pehlwani, and Malla-yuddha. Therefore, Inuyasha’s uppercuts, hooks, jabs, roundhouse kicks, spinning back kicks, clinches, Full Nelsons, Boston Crabs, camel clutches, and his ever-popular bodyslam are the stuff of legends to the point where his enemies end up severely injured. Combining muscular strength, sheer combat power, and heaps of determination have always made him a champion who never surrenders. Hakkaku has the Thai gods’ blessings in his great abilities in Muay Thai, Pradal Serey, and Kajukenbo. He is also just as great in Lethwei, Judo, Japanese Jujitsu, Brazilian Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Panantukan, Moraingy, Dambe, and Taekkyeon, given that his grappling, striking, and acrobatic capabilities have made him a strong combatant through and through. Although predominantly a striker, Hakkaku’s clinches, elbow strikes, and sleeper holds have proven to be really deadly and have incapacitated his enemies. Even his axe kicks, shin kicks, and knee kicks can guarantee a lightning quick and frighteningly painful finish that will see his opponents fall down to the ground like huge trees being felled at. Hakkaku’s relentlessness is what also propels his moves to incapacitate all of his foes. Ginta has the ancient Burmese kings’ honour in his unparalleled abilities in Lethwei, Pencak Silat, and Sanda. He is also equally laudable in Muay Thai, Judo, Japanese Jujitsu, Brazilian Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Systema, Hapkido, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, and Tang Soo Do, for his combination of grappling, striking, and acrobatics have made him truly formidable. This is specific in terms of his clinches, elbow strikes, head-butts, scissor kicks, and head scissors which make his enemies writhe in a lot of pain. Equally noteworthy are his axe kicks, shin kicks, and knee kicks that could also figuratively break his enemies’ bones to smithereens. Ginta’s persistence is the hallmark of his creed and his way of life. Ayame is the reigning champion of Kickboxing, Nippon Kempo, and Judo. Furthermore, she is just as great in Shotokan Karate, Kyokushin Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Boxing, Krav Maga, and Sambo. If it were not already clear, Ayame is a predominant striker and is just as adept as a grappler, for her main strengths are in punches and kicks. For instance, every backfist, uppercut, hook, jab, gut punch, haymaker, roundhouse kick, front kick, spinning back kick, axe kick, shin kick, knee kick, and side kick she throws can cause collateral damage to her enemies because their bones could break and they could suffer internal bleeding if they are not careful. Ayame’s super strength is beautifully complimented by her long-lasting stamina and undying determination, thus ensuring that her amazing efforts do not go to waste. Shunran is a shining and flashing star in Capoeira, Shaolin Kung Fu, and Wing Chun. She is also just as phenomenal in Brazilian Jujitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Baguazhang, Northern Praying Mantis, and Changquan. As Shunran is agile and graceful, her dominant attacks are striking-related, given the huge array of kicks she can master, although she is also capable of throwing hooks, jabs, haymakers, elbow strikes, uppercuts, and a few chokeholds to add to her repertoire, all while defying gravity. Whether she does a roundhouse, a spinning back kick, a split kick, an axe kick, a flying kick, a shin kick, a knee kick, a side kick or any other kick she can do, Shunran has an indubitable number of foot attacks devoid of any form of foot fencing. She would effectively incapacitate her enemies with her shins, her knees, and her…

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