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Tekken Chinmi, otherwise known as Ironfist Chinmi or Kung Fu Boy, is a long-running martial arts manga authored by Takeshi Maekawa. It stars the titular young boy Chinmi from a restaurant boy into a grand master, world class martial artist... specifically Kung Fu. And this has no relationship to the Tekken video game series.

Chinmi is a young boy gifted in martial arts, and was prophesized to be a master of martial arts training under Dai Rin Temple, so he is scouted there, trains hard under various trainers in the Temple, and developing as a martial artist with a soul. He's later trained in the arts of rod-fighting and gained a friendly rival named Xu Fang. After his rod-fighting, he's sent to train under Master You Sen about fighting outside training grounds. It was one of his greatest experiences, even though You Sen died due to sickness along the way. Chinmi afterwards traveled the world utilizing his martial arts skills to help people, in a rather episodic format for a manga.

Things took a more serious turn when Chinmi got called back to fight a renegade student of You Sen, Oudow, who completely owned Chinmi in the first run, but eventually defeated using the temple's forbidden technique 'Thunder God' Fist. Since Dai Rin temple runs on Thou Shalt Not Kill, after using that, Chinmi left in Heroic BSoD, thinking Oudow is dead, but Oudow lived, had an epiphany and left in peace. Afterwards, Chinmi is promoted into an instructor in the Dai Rin temple and gained many students.

After a bit of an adventure saving the hometown of his rebellious student Gundi, Chinmi is summoned by the Emperor himself to participate in a tournament, and reunite with Xu Fang... except he's Brainwashed and Crazy by an assassin who plotted to kill the Emperor. Chinmi entered the tournament to save both Xu Fang and the Emperor from the assassination plot, while befriending a kick-based martial arts expert Dan Dan. In the end, Chinmi reigned as champion and managed to fulfill the mission.

The second set of the manga, retitled 'Shin Tekken Chinmi' revolves around when Chinmi is being called to investigate an inactive temple in Ka Nan region, only to find it under the tyrannical rule of King Jirai and his general Boru and lieutenant Soubi. Alongside 'Sword Master' Pushin and former princess-turned rebel leader Hojun, Chinmi set out to free the entire region, culminating in a fatal duel with Boru (and of course Chinmi wins).

This continues in another arc whereas after hearing his deeds in Ka Nan, the Emperor sent Chinmi, along with Xu Fang and Dan Dan to infiltrate the navy after hearing reports about possible dissent.

Then there's another single-arc adventure called 'Tekken Chinmi Legends', in which while traveling the world teaching kung fu, Chinmi and Gundi stumbled upon a plot of kidnapping of a foreign land princess named Mito by a group of bandits.

There is an anime adaptation, but it doesn't go as long as the manga.

Tropes associated with Tekken Chinmi:

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: A flashback during Tournament Arc shows that the Emperor rules China since he's merely a teen. Better yet, he's not even a Puppet King, as one would've thought from a child monarch!
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Frog Kung Fu user Bi Kei has a REALLY sharp feet that he could cut down trees in one kick.
  • Action Girl: There's only a few, considering this is an older shounen comics. Two characters stand out, though:
    • Koulan, a stage performer who's not really a martial artist, but has a picture perfect memory on her surrounding that she uses to her advantage when dealing with rowdy men that threatened her stage (being a performer, she's familiar with some weapons that she used in her stage plays), encountered as the last ally during Chinmi's wanderings. Additionally, she has Nerves of Steel and excellent breathing technique, which Chinmi learns to better use his stamina and breath.
    • Hojun, the princess of Ka Nan region until her father was deposed by the tyrannical Jirai and she went into hiding, leading a rebellion in secret and learning martial arts along the way. There is one moment that Soubi took her hostage and after throwing her to Chinmi, planned to stab both of them with his sword. Hojun responded by kicking his sword to the air, showing that nope, she's not a Faux Action Girl, her martial arts training wasn't just for show.
  • Adaptation Deviation: While Chinmi is the sole protagonist in the manga, the anime has a Power Trio formed between Chinmi, Jin Tan as Ascended Extra (and renamed Kintan), and Canon Foreigner Raochu. The anime is also short-lived and never got to the part where Chinmi becomes a martial arts teacher in Dairin and has his own set of students.
  • Anti-Villain: Jiban from Legends is a notorious underworld enforcer. He went to Dairin to check out whether he can entrust his nephew to the temple, and didn't actually do anything outright evil during the arc. Aside from delivering a well-deserved beatdown to a pompous young man in the restaurant.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Chinmi's signature move, Tsuuhaiken (literally 'through-(your) back-fist'), taught by You Sen, is a Ki-imbued palm strike that hits delivers the force directly to the target's body regardless of armor. Notably, it can even hit targets hiding behind walls without actually breaking the walls. Also works a bit like Bruce Lee's one-inch punch too, since Chinmi had to put his palm a bit too close to his target without touching it before striking it.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Encountered many times throughout the manga in any forms, a lot of them serving as antagonists for Chinmi. Their roles either boil down to 'Get humbled by Chinmi and became a better person' or 'Get thoroughly beaten and then died for it' or 'Be the Victim of the Week against the current featured enemy'.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: Basically what You Sen taught Chinmi at the core: Before meeting him, all Chinmi has been doing was training regime in a temple with set rules whenever a fight/spar is about to begin. In reality, fighting doesn't always take form of sparring, but a matter of life and death where the enemy can strike anytime, anywhere without any warnings, no rules to obey from both sides, and sometimes, Chinmi has got to deal the finishing blow ASAP (usually in one strike) instead of landing multiple blows that can be shrugged off.
  • Attempted Rape: And just about as early as the 4th volume... well, a loan shark kidnaps Yan because she couldn't pay for her debts (which he manipulates so she couldn't pay) and he decided that she should sell her body to pay for that. And eventually, when Chinmi came to her rescue, she ended up getting inflicted with a total Clothing Damage and the loan shark started groping her and making comments on how much her body would sell for a high price, much to Yan's extreme distress.
  • Bears Are Bad News: During one of Chinmi's wandering adventures, he encounters a particularly big grizzly bear with massive strength enough to disfigure a grown man's arm and particularly leaves no room for brute force like Tsuuhaiken, thus he has to use the newly learned, softer skill 'One Finger Strike' to flip the bear off and let its mass break its own neck during the fall.
  • Berserk Button: Chinmi rarely ever gets mad. But that event in the Attempted Rape entry? While it happened, he was fighting the hitman that knew Pressure Point (see below) and the hitman already partially paralyzed Chinmi by poking with both hands instead of just one. The moment he saw Yan being inflicted with such act of indecency, Chinmi was so thoroughly pissed that he started to No-Sell any pokes to his Pressure Point, broke the hitman's fingers with extreme prejudice and could've assaulted the loan shark for a worse beating if it wasn't for him and the hitman finally running away and let Yan go for good.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Riki, the master of konpo staff. Chinmi learned how to fight with konpo staff from him.
  • Blood Knight: General Boru of Ka Nan Kingdom has always been looking for a challenge. When Jirai recruited him to take over Ka Nan and turn it into an evil kingdom and Boru actually considered him a friend, he never cared about being a tyrant or a psycho (like Soubi), serving an evil king just means he gets to fight a lot of people and especially toppling stronger or cocky ones, like how he has been doing since childhood.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Xu Fang in the Tournament Arc.
  • Broken Pedestal: Dai Rin Temple was generally known as a symbol of peace, compassion and justice and it usually shows. When Oudow took over, he blackmailed the temple to generally act like tyrants, demanding and taking supplies from the innocents by force (or else who knows what he'll do to the high priest, currently being ill). Naturally, the townspeople lost faith in Dai Rin and even the students were distressed on how long they're going to have to keep up this reputation-destroying acts just so Oudow doesn't make things worse for the sick high priest. Thankfully, it was temporary; once Oudow was out of the picture, someone spread the words about the blackmail, and the townspeople were understanding enough that the temple became a Rebuilt Pedestal quickly enough.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Chinese Emperor is a bit eccentric, he loves training himself as a martial artist, introduces himself to Chinmi shirtless and attacking him to test his might, and the other thing he loves is watching good martial arts tournaments. He is also shown to be a wise ruler ever since he was a child, personally and harshly refusing an offer to boost his army's strength via Brainwashed and Crazy acupuncture (that Xu Fang ended up falling to), give the one offering such method one harsh "The Reason You Suck" Speech and then expelled him. When said offerer returned as an assassin that also brainwashed Xu Fang to exact vengeance, the Emperor revealed another thing: He only expelled the assassin if only so he could learn from his mistake and do better in his second chance rather than executing him on spot, but obviously the assassin squandered it.
  • Damsel in Distress: Early scenario ladies seems to serve as this, and recently Princess Mito. Not even the Tournament Arc is safe from this where the victim is Renka, though it's merely a small part of the conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Thunder God strike. By poking certain pressure points of one's own body, one could concentrate their own ki into their palms, and then in a short time, the user must strike the enemy with palm strikes on the forehead, chest (both in the same time) and then neck, and said ki would utterly obliterate the target, death is assured at that point. After a younger You Sen used it, causing the brutal deaths of many, he was so horrified at the result that the Dairin Temple decided to forbid the technique to be taught and You Sen just stuck with Tsuuhaiken as his Signature Move for teaching. Thus far, Chinmi was only forced to use this twice, against Oudow and Boru, which went against his and the temple's Thou Shalt Not Kill policy so he usually used it only as a true final resort. Thankfully for him, both of them are powerful enough to even survive that.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Oudow used to be You Sen's apprentice.
  • Determinator: It defines Chinmi, of course, and sometimes he has to learn from nature about it, like that one time he witnessed a cat with crazy determination chasing a mouse and ignoring everything that came between it and the mouse (like tree branches) and succeeding because of that.
  • Distressed Dude: Master Soshu during the Tournament Arc. He was inflicted with poisoned acupuncture and kidnapped after his student Xu Fang was Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Wong attacks and poisoned Ryuukai with his Venom Fist because he thought Ryuukai murdered his little brother in a spar. After Wong is beaten by Chinmi later, the High Priest explained that his little brother died because of heart attack despite Ryuukai telling him that they should call it a day for his sake. After a brief My God, What Have I Done? moment, thankfully for Wong, Ryuukai survived the Venom Fist and they make amends.
  • Drunken Master: Master You Sen, initially Played for Laughs until Oudow arc reveals that he became a drunken wreck after he's traumatized for using Thunder God Strike to kill his enemies when he was a young man.
  • Eagleland: Type 2 all the way during the You Sen arc. At least Dick Stainer is implied to have gotten better after his fight.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first few chapters are distinctively much more fantastic, compared to the more realistic later ones.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The old man who recruited Chinmi into Dai Rin is just referred as 'Old Man'. Other examples include Dai Rin's High Priest and Emperor of China.
  • Extremity Extremist: Dan Dan and also Bi Kei for feet. For fists, Dick Stainer
  • Frontline General: General Ourin during the Battle of Nazil.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Dan Dan usually held to his Extremity Extremist methods, but in both cases in the tournament arc, he's cornered enough that he decided to use anything else other than his legs, headbutting the fan-favorite champion Bumei and securing his place to the finals of the Weaponless block, and using both arms against Chinmi and became so desperate in victory that he decided to use an attack that would destroy his legs and destroying his capabilities to use his particular kung fu anymore (thankfully, Chinmi prevents that by knocking him out with Tsuuhaiken before the destructive hit lands).
  • Gonk: Bi Kei has a frog-like unattractive face, which got him bullied and isolated by children or martial arts schools alike. Because of that, he self-trained himself and created the Frog Kung-Fu (basically taking a crawling position like a frog and uses razor sharp feet to slice the opponent's leg artery and rendered them unable to walk) and took a harmless job of a ferry boat driver until he encounters someone who is a martial artist and/or insults his face. When that happens, when that person got off his boat, Bi Kei ambushes that person and then cut off their artery.
  • Hammerspace: At one point during Journey arc while thinking how to fight a dangerous armed opponent, Chinmi suddenly reveals he's been carrying his staff all this time despite the previous chapters never showed him carrying it, and neither do the next chapters.
  • Handicapped Badass: Chinmi's rod teacher is blind... but still very badass.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After beating Bi Kei, Chinmi manages to persuade him to train in Dai Rin temple from scratch.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Renka, General Ourin's daughter, during the Tournament Arc. She becomes smitten with Chinmi and went to great lengths to see him again, including sneaking behind her father's entourage to go to Dairin Temple. Initially she was jealous of Yan's relationship with Chinmi, but changed her attitude as she witnessed their bond during a flood disaster, and she went on to become Chinmi's unofficial biographer.
  • Imperial China: The story takes place in Imperial China, with culture, society, and conflicts generally known in this setting.
  • Joke Character: Shin Tekken Chinmi introduces Pushin, a hapless Boisterous Weakling who learns sword dancing skills only for show instead of martial arts and generally hopeless in just about anything despite boasting that he is a great swordsman, even the Ka Nan soldiers nicknamed him 'Cuttlefish Warrior' due to his silly mustache looking like a cuttlefish. Eventually, this slowly gets subverted, the situation in Ka Nan reaches Godzilla Threshold that the Tagalong Kid decided to ask Pushin for sword instructions for self defense, and even he makes use of his situation for the advantage of the good guys (despite him mentally screaming that he's so screwed).
  • The Juggernaut: Oudou and General Boru from the original and Shin, respectively. Not only both are Lightning Bruiser without equal, but they are also master of Ki techniques with devastating capacity. They are among Chinmi's toughest opponents if not the toughest, and in both times Chinmi has to resort to Thunder God Fist. And even they survived that (Granted, Oudow ended up having to lay down for awhile before waking up and leaving after a Heel Realization because of it)
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Chinmi's pet monkey, Goku.
  • Ki Manipulation: several characters utilize ki techniques.
  • Mega Manning: One of the reasons why Boru is damn badass and dangerous, he learns enemy moves with just seeing once. He even learns 'Thunder God' this way!
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: The Wind Wolves army of horsemen is based on the nomadic Mongolian and Manchurian tribes.
  • One-Hit Kill: This (or rather, One-Hit KO due to Thou Shalt Not Kill policy) is one of You Sen's most important teachings that dominates most of Chinmi's battles before the Oudow arc (because he's too badass to handle in one hit). If the enemies become too powerful, then the lesson can be subverted. He spent a good earlier part of Tournament Arc with Tsuuhaiken until he met a Worthy Opponent in the quarter final where said opponent cancelled Chinmi's Tsuuhaiken mid-way through. (Hitting the wrong weak spot while guessing where it is doesn't really count to the rule, when fighting Bi Kei, Chinmi hit him on the head once and he's unaffected, so Chinmi deduced that head isn't the place to strike for the finisher.)
  • Outlaw Town: The premise of the first arc in Legends. The leader of the town revealed the town's more benevolent motive.
    Please don't go too hard on us. This place exists to protect those who have lost their place in society.
  • Poisonous Person: Downplayed with the 'Poison Fist' style, where the practitioners repeatedly punch into sand mixed with a cocktail of venom for hours and hours, stopping every so often to soak that specific hand in a special antidote. At the end of the training, the poison has impregnated the practitioner's skin, allowing them to deliver venom with their touch; even when wrapped in bandages, their touch can make a victim weak and sickly, and being stabbed or cut with a naked "blade hand" strike is almost certain death.
  • Pressure Point: Chinmi's first 'really serious' opponent is against a hitman who pokes a pressure point to paralyze the surrounding area of the body that got poked. Eventually Chinmi learns around it by hardening his muscle that his pressure points are more resistant, but then he uses both hands to poke, doubling the Pressure Point effects. Unfortunately for him, someone pressed Chinmi's Berserk Button afterwards that he started to No-Sell the pokes with sheer anger.
  • Psycho for Hire: Soubi.
  • Sad Clown: Master You Sen was introduced as an alcoholic and eccentric Old Master. But he also literally lives alone in his abandoned and absurdly dirty temple, and several chapters later (after he died) reveal his Dark and Troubled Past where he, as a young man, was traumatized after using Thunder God Strike to kill his enemies.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: When Oudow studied in Dai Rin many years before the main story, he was The Bully to Ryukai and many younger students. When he returns, he's become much stronger than any of them, effortlessly beat them down, and scared the rest.
  • Secret Test of Character: Many of Chinmi's martial arts teachers have given him one of these throughout the series. Ryukai, the High Priest, and especially Master You Sen.
  • Shadow Archetype: Oudow was what Chinmi could've become if he wasn't kind-hearted. When Oudow was younger, he studied under Master You Sen who only gave him menial tasks (the same ones You Sen would give to Chinmi until he actually started teaching him) and never really taught him anything. Why? Because Oudow has evil heart and is too arrogant and impatient to learn anything from You Sen. Eventually Oudow mastered Tsuuhaiken by himself without You Sen ever taught him that, left for a lone journey, and eventually returns to Dai Rin as dreaded villain who menaces everyone in the temple.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: In the second volume, when Chinmi learned under a mountain hermit, he fell into a pit filled with nothing but a horde of venomous snakes. The hermit refused to even give him a hand and just told Chinmi to escape with what he has learned so far. Chinmi ended up being able to get away with it by finally using what was learned: meditating, emptying his mind and diminishing his presence so the snakes just thought of him as a lifeless rock, slithers around him just for sightseeing and then left him alone.
  • Snake Versus Mongoose: As part of his 'training' (especially the One-Hit Kill part), You Sen took Chinmi to witness a fight between a snake and a mongoose. The snake made several attacks and missed all of them, but the one time the mongoose attacks, it hits right on the head (after baiting the snake to attack and dodging it), doesn't let go, and kills the snake in one decisive strike.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Hojun was really cold, stiff and serious on her whole arc. Once it ends, however, she had one Humanizing Tears moment which shows her gratitude, releasing her pressured emotion.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The principles of Dairin temple, although it mostly boils down to 'Thou Shalt Not Directly Kill', because during his journey after You Sen's death, Chinmi ran into some bad guys evil enough that he couldn't let them live, but for the most part, he always managed to execute indirect killing methods (such as throwing back their weapons at them, deliver an attack that makes them stagger and fall off to a cliff). Techniques like Thunder God Fist, however, means a direct instant death (unless the recipient was too strong that they just barely survived), which was why Chinmi fell into Heroic BSoD after his first time.
  • Trickster Mentor: Master You Sen. To wit:
    "Chinmi, go buy wine."
    proceeds to knock Chinmi out in the middle of darkness of night
    When Chinmi came back battered- "Oh, I was the one who beat you up. *After a What the Hell, Hero?* Lesson One: Detect your enemies even when you cannot see!"
  • The Un-Favourite: Gunte, one of Chinmi's students, was this to his parents and older brothers. Only his younger sister actually cares about him at all.
  • Walking the Earth: After Master You Sen's death, Chinmi travels around the country until he received the news that the High Priest fell ill.
  • The Worf Effect: Seems to be the reason why Ryuukai (Chinmi's first teacher) exists. After his debut and teaching Chinmi about the closest thing you can get for Made of Iron, he proceeds to get owned by Wong (an one-arc villain), then by Oudow. Afterwards, he's just relegated to lead Dai Rin fighters to own Mooks.
  • World of Buxom: From Shin Tekken Chinmi onto Tekken Chinmi Legends, female characters are drawn with considerable bust.
  • You Are Already Dead: Downplayed. Kokuen Gang leader Zangi can launch his own chi into his target via palm strike. When Chinmi got hit the first time, he didn't feel a thing, but mere seconds later, turns out the chi has been tossed around within his body and wrecking them, giving him intense pain. Though it would've been played more straight if Zangi managed to hit with both his palms on two sides, especially on the head, as he shows how it's done against one watermelon.