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* RealityEnsues: This being a very realistic manga, it happens quite often:
** Before the timeskip, Meguru and Takashi as kids get in a fight with three older kids and find out that [[GoodOldFisticuffs some basic knowledge of karate just isn't enough against untrained opponents that are more numerous, more experienced in fights, and larger to boot]].
*** After the timeskip Takashi discovers that being a good karate-based ''teen amateur'' MMA fighter just isn't enough against an experienced bodyguard with a past as a ''professional'' boxer, especially if one can't defend against hooks at the torso (and Takashi trainining specifically for those gets him through a number of fights), and later the flashback of Takashi's time in an orphanage shows what happened when a teen with some basic knowledge of karate and no body conditioning gets in a fight against a larger opponent.
** Takashi's father used to get in many fights as a teen, and later left his family to have a career as a karateka in Tokyo expecting a cakewalk. His arrogance crumbled when he discovered that Tokyo had karatekas from all around Japan with many stronger than him, and his attitude eventually pushed him to join the Yakuza.
** During the timeskip, [[YouKilledMyFather Takashi trained hard so to be able to kill the man responsible for his father's death]], counting on his yakuza uncle, who wants him as his heir, to be able to confront him as soon as he gets out of jail. [[spoiler:Takashi finds out that his father's killer has been murdered in jail, and it's implied the order came from ''his uncle'', who didn't want his chosen heir to get in jail for murder]].
*** Later Takashi beats up a thug that had got on his uncle's "punishment list" because [[PragmaticEvil his attitude risked to get them in trouble with the law]], and lets the friend hired to capture him take him to his uncle. He later finds out that [[spoiler:the yakuza wanted the thug ''dead'' for resisting the initial attempt at punishing him (why Takashi went to take him down: his friend had been beaten up and captured and was risking to get killed) and had Takashi's friend take the fall so he wouldn't risk jail for the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he gave him, with the friend gladly accepting because while he had little choice but becoming a yakuza Takashi had a brighter future ahead]].
** After being convinced to enter a MMA match, Maki neglects to train in grappling beyond some basic defensive technique, expecting to carry the day anyway thanks to [[HugeSchoolGirl the reach given her by her height]] and her powerful kicks. Her opponent, Kaoru, takes quite some damage but eventually forces her to submit in grappling.
** ''Proper'' dieting to get in a weight class is quite hard. Urasawa's defeat in a match is blamed partly on him failing to lose weight properly, and Meguru gets in the Kanto Tournament because one of the contestants in his weight class couldn't pass the weigh-in due ''getting too muscular''.
** Four untrained and arrogant thugs with knives are no match for a good MMA fighter that isn't pulling any punch, especially if he's smart enough to attack first with no warning. To the thugs' credit, one of them went ''immediately'' for the drawer they were keeping a gun in, but Takashi saw him and broke his hand with a kick first-because he knew perfectly he would have been no match for a gun.
** Getting in an openweight tournament can have someone forced to fight an opponent two or three times their size-and that can close the gap even against a master of technique.
** Proper physical conditioning is extremely important. Momoko, being a genius at Judo and Ju-Jitsu, would often neglect it, and, as Yudai points out before it happens again, she often lost tournaments because she got too tired.
*** On the same, proper physical conditioning takes time. Momoko's defeat for tiredness at the openweight tournament happens ''after'' she starts training properly, but only a few weeks of training didn't give her enough stamina to properly fight five matches in one day (two in a bantamweight tournament, and three in the openweight. The semi-finals opponent being a 1.80 meters giantess who was informed of her poor conditioning and [[CombatPragmatist took advantage of it]] didn't help arriving fresh at the finals).
** While having a favored technique or combo is normal, someone getting fixated with a specific one ends up being prevedible and easily countered by a more rounded opponent, no matter how good they are at said technique. It gets to the point that, while watching the match between Meguru and known "ankles maniac" Masuoka, Kagaya can anticipate that Masuoka will launch his final attack by jumping at Meguru's ankle-and that Meguru will knock him out with a knee strike.

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* RealityEnsues: This being a very realistic manga, it happens quite often:
** Before the timeskip, Meguru and Takashi as kids get in a fight with three older kids and find out that [[GoodOldFisticuffs some basic knowledge of karate just isn't enough against untrained opponents that are more numerous, more experienced in fights, and larger to boot]].
*** After the timeskip Takashi discovers that being a good karate-based ''teen amateur'' MMA fighter just isn't enough against an experienced bodyguard with a past as a ''professional'' boxer, especially if one can't defend against hooks at the torso (and Takashi trainining specifically for those gets him through a number of fights), and later the flashback of Takashi's time in an orphanage shows what happened when a teen with some basic knowledge of karate and no body conditioning gets in a fight against a larger opponent.
** Takashi's father used to get in many fights as a teen, and later left his family to have a career as a karateka in Tokyo expecting a cakewalk. His arrogance crumbled when he discovered that Tokyo had karatekas from all around Japan with many stronger than him, and his attitude eventually pushed him to join the Yakuza.
** During the timeskip, [[YouKilledMyFather Takashi trained hard so to be able to kill the man responsible for his father's death]], counting on his yakuza uncle, who wants him as his heir, to be able to confront him as soon as he gets out of jail. [[spoiler:Takashi finds out that his father's killer has been murdered in jail, and it's implied the order came from ''his uncle'', who didn't want his chosen heir to get in jail for murder]].
*** Later Takashi beats up a thug that had got on his uncle's "punishment list" because [[PragmaticEvil his attitude risked to get them in trouble with the law]], and lets the friend hired to capture him take him to his uncle. He later finds out that [[spoiler:the yakuza wanted the thug ''dead'' for resisting the initial attempt at punishing him (why Takashi went to take him down: his friend had been beaten up and captured and was risking to get killed) and had Takashi's friend take the fall so he wouldn't risk jail for the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he gave him, with the friend gladly accepting because while he had little choice but becoming a yakuza Takashi had a brighter future ahead]].
** After being convinced to enter a MMA match, Maki neglects to train in grappling beyond some basic defensive technique, expecting to carry the day anyway thanks to [[HugeSchoolGirl the reach given her by her height]] and her powerful kicks. Her opponent, Kaoru, takes quite some damage but eventually forces her to submit in grappling.
** ''Proper'' dieting to get in a weight class is quite hard. Urasawa's defeat in a match is blamed partly on him failing to lose weight properly, and Meguru gets in the Kanto Tournament because one of the contestants in his weight class couldn't pass the weigh-in due ''getting too muscular''.
** Four untrained and arrogant thugs with knives are no match for a good MMA fighter that isn't pulling any punch, especially if he's smart
often, enough to attack first with no warning. To the thugs' credit, one of them went ''immediately'' for the drawer they were keeping a gun in, but Takashi saw him and broke his hand with a kick first-because he knew perfectly he would have been no match for a gun.
** Getting in an openweight tournament can have someone forced to fight an opponent two or three times their size-and that can close the gap even against a master of technique.
** Proper physical conditioning is extremely important. Momoko, being a genius at Judo and Ju-Jitsu, would often neglect it, and, as Yudai points out before it happens again, she often lost tournaments because she got too tired.
*** On the same, proper physical conditioning takes time. Momoko's defeat for tiredness at the openweight tournament happens ''after'' she starts training properly, but only a few weeks of training didn't give her enough stamina to properly fight five matches in one day (two in a bantamweight tournament, and three in the openweight. The semi-finals opponent being a 1.80 meters giantess who was informed of her poor conditioning and [[CombatPragmatist took advantage of it]] didn't help arriving fresh at the finals).
** While having a favored technique or combo is normal, someone getting fixated with a specific one ends up being prevedible and easily countered by a more rounded opponent, no matter how good they are at said technique. It gets to the point that, while watching the match between Meguru and known "ankles maniac" Masuoka, Kagaya can anticipate that Masuoka will launch his final attack by jumping at Meguru's ankle-and that Meguru will knock him out with a knee strike.
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* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Maki is straight, but since she goes to an all-girls school, it's only inevitable that she receives this kind of attention from [[SchoolgirlLesbians certain]] [[BiTheWay types]], much to her chagrin.

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* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Maki is straight, but since she goes to an all-girls school, it's only inevitable that she receives this kind of attention from [[SchoolgirlLesbians certain]] [[BiTheWay certain types]], much to her chagrin.

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* InsufferableGenius: Mitsuya is a former candidate for the ''Olympic Games'', and has the awesome strength and skills one would expect from such an athlete. He also has a horrible attitude that got him kicked out of the Olympic Games training.

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* SoreLoser: Kiyoshi Ogasawara can really hold a grudge to the point where he wont let go of it till he beats you in a rematch.


** Four untrained and arrogant thugs with knives are no match for a good MMA fighter that isn't pulling any punch, especially if he's smart enough to attack first with no warning.

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** Four untrained and arrogant thugs with knives are no match for a good MMA fighter that isn't pulling any punch, especially if he's smart enough to attack first with no warning. To the thugs' credit, one of them went ''immediately'' for the drawer they were keeping a gun in, but Takashi saw him and broke his hand with a kick first-because he knew perfectly he would have been no match for a gun.


* CheatersNeverProsper: The referees are ''very'' observant, and whenever someone executes a foul they're promptly punished by them... With the single exception of the one who pulled a thumbing on [[InsufferableGenius Mitsuya]] and [[CurbStompBattle got punched out faster than the referee could stop the match]].



** When facing four knife-wielding thugs, Takashi has been shown to use techniques that ''start'' with [[GroinAttack kicks in the crotch]] and gets progressively more painful and potentially lethal. By the time he was finished, [[spoiler:his yakuza boss uncle had to have someone else take the fall as [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he had hurt them so badly he would get jailed for excess of self defense and he wanted Takashi clean]].

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** When facing four knife-wielding thugs, Takashi has been shown to use techniques that ''start'' with [[GroinAttack kicks in the crotch]] and gets progressively more painful and potentially lethal. By the time he was finished, [[spoiler:his yakuza boss uncle had to have someone else take the fall as [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he had hurt them so badly he would get jailed for excess of self defense and he wanted Takashi clean]].]]


* CowardlyLion: Ayako, the [[spoiler: MMA practicing]] competitor in an amateur women's kickboxing event.

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* CombatPragmatist: Skilled fighters ''will'' take shamelessly advantage of any weakness of their opponents, be it fixation on a certain technique, being too muscular for the sport, or not having the adequate physical conditioning just to mention three. {{Downplayed}} due the presence of rules and very strict referees, but if it's not forbidden the athletes ''will'' do it.
** When facing four knife-wielding thugs, Takashi has been shown to use techniques that ''start'' with [[GroinAttack kicks in the crotch]] and gets progressively more painful and potentially lethal. By the time he was finished, [[spoiler:his yakuza boss uncle had to have someone else take the fall as [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he had hurt them so badly he would get jailed for excess of self defense and he wanted Takashi clean]].
* CowardlyLion: Ayako, the [[spoiler: MMA [[spoiler:MMA practicing]] competitor in an amateur women's kickboxing event.

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*** On the same, proper physical conditioning takes time. Momoko's defeat for tiredness at the openweight tournament happens ''after'' she starts training properly, but only a few weeks of training didn't give her enough stamina to properly fight five matches in one day (two in a bantamweight tournament, and three in the openweight. The semi-finals opponent being a 1.80 meters giantess who was informed of her poor conditioning and [[CombatPragmatist took advantage of it]] didn't help arriving fresh at the finals).


*** Later Takashi beats up a thug that had got on his uncle's "punishment list" because [[PragmaticEvil his attitude risked to get them in trouble with the law]], and lets the friend hired to capture him take him to his uncle. He later finds out that [[spoiler:the yakuza wanted the thug ''dead'' and had Takashi's friend take the fall so he wouldn't risk jail for the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he gave him, with the friend gladly accepting because while he had little choice but becoming a yakuza Takashi had a brighter future ahead]].

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*** Later Takashi beats up a thug that had got on his uncle's "punishment list" because [[PragmaticEvil his attitude risked to get them in trouble with the law]], and lets the friend hired to capture him take him to his uncle. He later finds out that [[spoiler:the yakuza wanted the thug ''dead'' for resisting the initial attempt at punishing him (why Takashi went to take him down: his friend had been beaten up and captured and was risking to get killed) and had Takashi's friend take the fall so he wouldn't risk jail for the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he gave him, with the friend gladly accepting because while he had little choice but becoming a yakuza Takashi had a brighter future ahead]].


** Aya, Maki's rival from Osaka, is a nice and ditzy girl. She's also Maki's rival in MMA and the only one who defeated her in a kick-boxing match, and during the All Japan Amateur Shooto Championship she [[spoilers:blocks Maki from behind and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown repeatedly punches her from behind]], the single most brutal technique allowed in amateur rules]]-and when Maki comes back, she does it ''again''. Even her trainer was slightly disturbed...

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** Aya, Maki's rival from Osaka, is a nice and ditzy girl. She's also Maki's rival in MMA and the only one who defeated her in a kick-boxing match, and during the All Japan Amateur Shooto Championship she [[spoilers:blocks [[spoiler:blocks Maki from behind and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown repeatedly punches her from behind]], the single most brutal technique allowed in amateur rules]]-and when Maki comes back, she does it ''again''. Even her trainer was slightly disturbed...


** Aya, Maki's rival from Osaka, is a nice and ditzy girl. She's also Maki's rival in MMA and the only one who defeated her in a kick-boxing match, and during the All Japan Amateur Shooto Championship she [[spoiled:[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown blocks Maki from behind and repeatedly punches her from behind]], the single most brutal technique allowed in amateur rules]]-and when Maki comes back, she does it ''again''. Even her trainer was slightly disturbed...

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** Aya, Maki's rival from Osaka, is a nice and ditzy girl. She's also Maki's rival in MMA and the only one who defeated her in a kick-boxing match, and during the All Japan Amateur Shooto Championship she [[spoiled:[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown blocks [[spoilers:blocks Maki from behind and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown repeatedly punches her from behind]], the single most brutal technique allowed in amateur rules]]-and when Maki comes back, she does it ''again''. Even her trainer was slightly disturbed...

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** Aya, Maki's rival from Osaka, is a nice and ditzy girl. She's also Maki's rival in MMA and the only one who defeated her in a kick-boxing match, and during the All Japan Amateur Shooto Championship she [[spoiled:[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown blocks Maki from behind and repeatedly punches her from behind]], the single most brutal technique allowed in amateur rules]]-and when Maki comes back, she does it ''again''. Even her trainer was slightly disturbed...

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* StrongAndSkilled: All professional MMA fighters and those who plan to go pro, as they need much greater strength than the average amateur and the skills to properly apply it. In fact, Furuya (who actually challenged the ''Pacific Rim Champion'') cannot say if strength or technique is more important, and states that lacking one means certain defeat.


*** After the timeskip Takashi discovers that being a good karate-based ''teen'' MMA fighter just isn't enough against an experienced bodyguard with a past as a boxer, especially if one can't defend against hooks at the torso (and Takashi trainining specifically for those gets him through a number of fights), and later the flashback of Takashi's time in an orphanage shows what happened when a teen with some basic knowledge of karate and no body conditioning gets in a fight against a larger opponent.

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*** After the timeskip Takashi discovers that being a good karate-based ''teen'' ''teen amateur'' MMA fighter just isn't enough against an experienced bodyguard with a past as a ''professional'' boxer, especially if one can't defend against hooks at the torso (and Takashi trainining specifically for those gets him through a number of fights), and later the flashback of Takashi's time in an orphanage shows what happened when a teen with some basic knowledge of karate and no body conditioning gets in a fight against a larger opponent.

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* HonorBeforeReason: When Takashi confronts a gang of thugs alone, he enters their den by walking directly through the front door instead of ambushing or sneaking. His reasonimg? "I'm a Karateka."

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