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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:

  • Absurdly Sharp Feet: Frog Kung Fu user Bi Kei has a REALLY sharp feet that he could cut down trees in one kick.
  • Action Girl: Very few. There's Koulan, a stage performer who isn't really an official martial artist, but still kicks much asses with just stage knowledge. And then there's princess Hojun.
  • 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.
  • Bald of Awesome: Dan Dan.
  • Blood Knight: Boru is this through and through.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Xu Fang in the Tournament Arc
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Distressed Damsel: Early scenario ladies seems to serve as this, and recently Princess Mito.
  • 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'.
  • Extremity Extremist: Dan Dan and also Bi Kei for feet. For fists, Dick Stainer
  • 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.
  • Joke Character: Pushin from 'Shin'. And HOW.
  • 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!
  • One-Hit Kill: Or rather, 'One-Hit Decides The Winner' due to Thou Shalt Not Kill policy. This 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.
  • 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.
  • Psycho for Hire: Soubi.
  • Reality Ensues: 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.
  • 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.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Hojun was really cold, stiff and serious on her whole arc. Once it ends, however, she had one Cry Cute moment which shows her gratitude, releasing her pressured emotion.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.


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