Articles by Antoni Matteo Garcia

The Splendid Seven’s Five Deadliest Martial Arts

Greetings, Splendid Seven devotees and martial arts aficionados. Antoni here with another written entry focusing on Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialising in the martial arts they do and have defined them as fighters and as individuals. Today, I will be delving into the five main martial arts I highly convict Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran define their fighting styles, them as individuals, and their overall identities.   I have listed the seven martial arts that Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialise in to a high degree. You, my dear readers and fellow martial arts fans, have read how much I have been delving into and dedicating myself to make each of their fighting styles come to life in writing, which I hope to transfer into illustration. Now, I want to delve into the five main martial arts that I believe Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran would incorporate and mix with lethal gusto. Therefore, I personally believe that it is not the martial art that is measured by how lethal it is, but the practitioners who use the martial arts, push themselves to thrive in them, and make them effective weapons of self-defence, power, accurate timing and, to some extent, mass destruction. With that said, let the joints break, the fists and feet fly, and blood be spewed from opponents’ bodies when Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran are on the prowl to punch, kick, strike, and grapple loads of butts.   Sesshoumaru: MCMAP, MMA, Brazilian Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate, and Taekwondo Military precision and lethal stamina are the hallmarks of what make Sesshoumaru an effective martial artist. Marine Corps Martial Arts provides him with the quick reaction time he needs to disarm his enemies and rain vicious blows. The same thing can be said about Sesshoumaru’s ground and pound attacks in Mixed Martial Arts plus his grappling leverage in Brazilian Jujitsu. More than anything, Sesshoumaru exhibits focus in Shotokan Karate and Taekwondo thanks to his signature roundhouse kicks, spinning backfists, and jabs to the body. All of Sesshoumaru’s foes would easily find themselves shattered with intimidation.   Shuran: Vale Tudo, Sambo, Profesional Wrestling, Sumo Wrestling, and Pehlwani Brutal physical strength, an imposing body size, and a larger-than-life personality may define Shuran as a grappler, but his personal dedication shines like the brightest of diamonds to the point where promoters would be happy to have him featured as the heavyweight champion fighter. Shuran does take advantage of Vale Tudo’s and Sambo’s bloodily vicious ground and pound attacks, elbow strikes, and knee strikes plus Pro-Wrestling’s showman-like bravado, Sumo Wrestling’s raw power, and Pehlwani’s will to go down and dirty thanks to how he uses a myriad of submission holds. Shuran’s grappling can indubitably tear his foes to tiny shreds.   Inuyasha: Pankration, Kapu Kuialua, Bokator, Kenpo Karate, and Kyokushin Karate Heaps of resilience and super strength certainly make a powerful fighter like Inuyasha thrive so wonderfully, regardless if he is in a 100-man Kumite or unleashing a flurry of punches, kicks, strikes, and grapples on large hard objects. Pankration’s and Kapu Kuialua’s ferocity are put to exceptional use by Inuyasha when he approaches his enemies with submission holds and chokeholds galore. Inuyasha’s ferocity is also evident in Bokator, American Kenpo Karate, and Kyokushin Karate when he unleashes his uppercuts, Superman punches, and spinning axe kicks, thus leaving his foes with external and internal bleeding and severe bone damage.   Hakkaku: Muay Thai, Pradal Serey, Kajukenbo, Dambe, and Panantukan The enthusiasm, grit, and excitement Hakkaku radiates with all flow in his blood, veins, heart, and overall being when he prepares for his fights presented in some of the world’s royal arenas. This is thanks to the sheer power, torque, force, and leverage found in his formidable myriad of punches, knee strikes, elbow strikes, shin kicks, and headbutts, specifically used in Muay Thai and Pradal Serey. Hakkaku’s formidability is just as clearly illustrated when he puts his signature cross punches, shin kicks, elbow strikes, headbutts, clinches, and knee strikes in Kajukenbo, Dambe, and Panantukan, thus reducing his foes to microscopic crumbs.   Ginta: Lethwei, Sanda, Pencak Silat, Hwa Rang Do, and Jeet Kune Do The charm, lovability, and honour Ginta exudes on a day-to-day basis are all reflected in how positive the audience reception is when he enters every single fight he finds himself in. Coupled with how positive Ginta is as a person is his speed, power, balance, timing, torque, and grit in his shin kicks, knee strikes, elbow strikes, headbutts, clinches, and punches, especially used to great effect in Lethwei, Sanda, and Pencak Silat. Coupling with those attacks are his signature flying kicks, spinning kicks, and gut punches present in Jeet Kune Do and Hwa Rang Do, thus doing as much irreparable damage and destruction to all of his foes.   Ayame: Kickboxing, Koppojutsu, Hapkido, Boxing, and Krav Maga There is no question that Ayame possesses a high degree of ambition, determination, confidence, and strong willpower to deliver an amazing repertoire of punches, kicks, and strikes complete with breakneck speed, Herculean strength, and quick reactive timing. Her powerful fists and flashy footwork are especially made clear in Kickboxing, Boxing, and Hapkido when she unleashes her signature uppercuts, jabs, hooks, cross punches, Superman punches, and leopard blows. She also has brutal disarming skills used in Hapkido and Krav Maga when she permanently annihilates her foes’ bones thanks to her lethal strikes of doom.   Shunran: Capoeira, Shaolin Kung Fu, Ninjutsu, Aikido, and Baguazhang There is nothing to doubt when Shunran bears more than sufficient resourcefulness, cleverness, avidness, and grace to demonstrate that she is not fooling around with her kicks, tricking, strikes, and punches filled with speedy agility, Mercurial rapidness, and frightening unpredictability. Her dancelike moves combined with her agile leg and arm strength are clearly shown in Capoeira, Shaolin Kung Fu, and Baguazhang when she launches her butterfly kicks, split kicks, flying kicks, hooks, jabs, backfists, and knife…

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My Top Three Main Splendid Seven Platonic Spars

Greetings, Splendid Seven devotees, martial arts aficionados, and fighting video game fans. Antoni here with another written entry focusing on Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialising in the martial arts they do. Today, I will be delving into the main martial arts sparring matches my three personal platonic pairings revolving around Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran. Once again, they are Sesshoumaru and Shuran; Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta; and Ayame and Shunran.   We have now come to this, ladies and gentlemen, the main martial art sparring matches that my three favourite Splendid Seven platonic pairings Sesshoumaru and Shuran; Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta; and Ayame and Shunran specialise in the most. This time, I am elevating things with main martial arts that I believe are the most deadly and can cause the most amount of collateral damage against their opponents per platonic pairing. With that said, let the blows fly and the camaraderie commence.   Sesshoumaru and Shuran: Mixed Martial Arts vs Vale Tudo With Sesshoumaru’s precise use of Shotokan Karate, Goju-Ryu Karate, and Shito-Ryu Karate in Mixed Martial Arts as well as Shuran’s great use of Combat Sambo, Pro-Wrestling, and Sumo Wrestling in Vale Tudo, these two powerhouses are at an advantage when combining Sesshoumaru’s lethally accurate strikes and Shuran’s brutally strong grapples. Furthermore, the respect, moral support, dedication, and allegiance they would have for each other as combatants and as individuals compliment the relentless number of attacks they have in store against their hapless opponents who are brazen enough to challenge them.   Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta: Pankration vs Muay Thai vs Lethwei The sight of Inuyasha’s, Hakkaku’s, and Ginta’s own blood thrills them when they are on the prowl to deliver some serious close-range blows and clinches to their opponents. Inuyasha may be formidable in Kyokushin Karate, Seidokaikan Karate, and Enshin Karate; Hakkaku may be fierce in Pradal Serey, Panantukan, and Kajukenbo; Ginta may be fearless in Sanda, Jeet Kune Do, and Pencak Silat, but their versatility in their punches, kicks, strikes, and grapples are also incorporated in Pankration, Muay Thai, and Lethwei. Their brotherly sparring sessions together are also filled with integrity, truth, honour, and determination.   Ayame and Shunran: Hapkido vs Shaolin Kung Fu There is a slight chance that opponents would ever survive when Ayame delivers her powerful punches and incredible kicks and Shunran unleashes her array of kicks, tricking, and strikes. Ayame’s strength and power in Kickboxing, Koppojutsu, and Nippon Kenpo are applied well in Hapkido, while Shunran’s agility and speed in Capoeira, Aikido, and Ninjutsu are well-implemented in Shaolin Kung Fu. What further solidifies Ayame’s and Shunran’s sisterhood is how they build each other up with openness, cooperation, a positive attitude, and resilience to make every punch, kick, and strike have stronger significance as fighters and as individuals.   There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, my three favourite Splendid Seven platonic pairings in the forms of their main martial arts sparring matches. Please let me know in the comments which one is your favourite. Until then, train hard and well, and stay healthy.

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My Top Three Splendid Seven Platonic Combat Spars

Greetings, Splendid Seven devotees, martial arts aficionados, and fighting video game fans. Antoni here with another written entry focusing on Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialising in the martial arts they do. Today, I will be delving into my favourite platonic pairings revolving around Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran in the forms of the martial arts they spar in. Today, I will be taking a look at the three out of my favourite seven platonic pairings in martial arts sparring form revolving around Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran.   It should be no surprise that I enjoy the Splendid Seven platonic relationships of the same sex, especially when it come to how they spar in their respective martial arts, because of the bonding possibilities I can see in each of them. Overlooking their various martial arts skills, there is also an underlying sense of respect and allegiance each platonic pairing has, considering that each sparring session is rich with camaraderie and the constant need for improvement. With that said, let us get ourselves warmed up with those punches, kicks, blocks, and great physical and mental conditioning because these seven Yokai martial artists are ready for action.   Sesshoumaru and Shuran: Lethally Intimidating Leverage Incarnate Combinations could not get any deadlier than having Sesshoumaru’s completeness as a martial artist be meshed with Shuran’s brute force as a powerful grappler. In fact, Shuran’s repertoire of chokeholds, bearhugs, and bone-breakers compliment Sesshoumaru’s program of punches, kicks, and strikes in an extraordinary fashion. They would even balance each other exceedingly well, with Shuran tapping into Sesshoumaru’s unparalleled skills as a grappler and Sesshoumaru demonstrating that Shuran can channel his brute strength into something productive while not using it to show off, evidenced in the following martial arts. Shotokan Karate vs Sumo Wrestling Motobu-Ryu Karate vs Vale Tudo Goju-Ryu Karate vs Sambo Shito-Ryu Karate vs Ssireum Marine Corps Martial Arts vs Pro Wrestling Mixed Martial Arts vs Pehlwani Shootfighting vs Malla-yuddha   Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta: Muscularly Powerful Brutality Engendered Punching, kicking, elbow striking, knee striking, clinching, and grappling into action are Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta whose powerful fists, metallic elbows, rock-hard shins, and flashing feet can cause pain and devastation to various opponents. Sure, Inuyasha is also a grappler who can deliver some mean ground and pound attacks while Hakkaku and Ginta are mainly clinchers and strikers, but they build each other up in ways that empower each other and encourage each other to do their very best in their skills as fighters and in their lives as people. The trust, synergy, and brotherly love are reflected in these following martial arts. Bokator vs Muay Thai vs Lethwei Pankration vs Pradal Serey vs Pencak Silat Ancient Greek Boxing vs Panantukan vs Sanda American Kenpo Karate vs Kajukenbo vs Jeet Kune Do Kyokushin Karate vs Taekkyeon vs Eagle Claw Kung Fu Seidokaikan Karate vs Dambe vs Hwa Rang Do Ashihara Karate vs Moraingy vs Tang Soo Do   Ayame and Shunran: Beautifully Deadly Torque Personified Agility, flexibility, dedication, determination, intuition, speed, and kinesthetics are the hallmarks of what make Ayame and Shunran a couple of fiery auburn-haired beauties capable of obliterating any and every form of challenger. When Ayame puts her furious fists and fleet feet into potent motion and Shunran puts her amazing agility and sterling speed to great use, they would be unstoppably invincible. Therefore, Ayame’s wide range of punches and kicks as well as Shunran’s list of kicks, tricking, and flips can compliment each other perfectly while bearing a sense of cooperative sisterhood shown in the following martial arts. Kickboxing vs Capoeira Nippon Kenpo vs Shaolin Kung Fu Shorinji Kenpo vs Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu Koppojutsu vs Aikido Hapkido vs Savate Taido vs Ninjutsu Boxing vs Wing Chun   There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, my top three most favourite Splendid Seven platonic pairings in martial arts sparring form. Please let me know which of these is your most favourite, and have a lovely time, everybody.

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My Weight Loss Progress: Barely Three Years On

Hello, everybody. Antoni here, and I have some wonderful news regarding my weight progress so far. I am now at 10 stone 8.2 lbs (148.2 lbs or 67.2 kg) in my weight loss journey that lasted nearly barely three years from now. I could not be any happier because I am officially at my normal weight, but I do aspire to achieve more weight loss goals than ever before, especially with my coveted 7-stone-2 pound (100-pound or 45.4-kilogram) weight loss goal being put into firm practice. I started my weight loss journey back on August 29, 2019 weighing in at 17 stone 3.6 lbs (241.6 lbs or 109.6 kg), which meant that I was heading into trouble with becoming more obese than I was if I did not control myself. Mind you, it was not the first time that I was classified as medically obese at worst and medically overweight at best, as I have been on a constantly struggling odyssey with my weight nearly all of my life. However, after watching weight loss documentaries and shows such as Fat Families, Supersize vs Superskinny, and Secret Eaters, especially during my pre-university vacation in Paris, Bordeaux, and Dresden, I began to adapt to walking a whole lot more from A to B instead of constantly relying on public transportation, specifically for one-hour journeys by foot, and I even adapted to surviving on child-sized portions plus liquids as my only meal. This was a habit that I ended up integrating when walking from my home to my university, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and vice-versa, with the fruits of my labour paying off, despite the occasional binge or two. In 2020, my weight loss progress was more fully realised when I lost 3 stone 1 lb (43 lbs or 19.5 kg), making me land at 14 stone 2.6 lbs (198.6 lbs or 90.1 kg). This was also helped by the fact that, since it was during the first Covid-19 pandemic wave, public places such as restaurants and takeaway places were on lockdown, thus reducing my urge to binge and, most of all, lust for takeaway food, which was one of my greatest downfalls of all time plus my excessive intake of carbohydrates. Although I was still medically obese, I did not want to be complacent, and I was introduced by a very great friend and their wonderful family to the Keto lifestyle. I refuse to call it a diet because the Keto lifestyle really did address where I went wrong with my eating habits and patterns. Thanks to the consistency I did my best to maintain, I was no longer classified as obese but medically overweight during my tenure of losing weight from September to December of 2020. In fact, on December 31, 2020, I weighed 12 stone 8.4 lbs (176.4 lbs or 80 kg), which kept my motivation even higher than ever before. 2021 saw me constantly battling with my weight even more, although I still thanked my lucky stars that I was no longer classified as obese. I even reached my lightest weight of 11 stone 1.4 lbs (155.4 lbs or 70.5 kg), which meant that I was in my normal weight for the first time in years. It made me feel a whole lot happier, healthier, and set for life. However, I did stumble and ended up regaining some weight because I did lose a drastic amount of weight from mid-June to late-July by restricting my food intake almost to the extreme. All of this meant that my cravings were coming back with a mighty vengeance, but I still obtained compliments from friends, relatives, and people I have been in good contact with about how much healthier I looked and how much slimmer I looked in comparison to the many occasions where I tried to lose weight. At least the encouragement served to further strengthen my resolve. This year, my weight may have gone up and down, but I still managed to do my very best to keep the mantra of eating less and moving more, thus living on a calorie deficit complimented by physical activity such as walking, floor exercises, and stretching. I also did what I could to decrease the amount of calories I was taking in a day and always reserved Fridays for fasting. After regaining some weight and losing it again, I managed to 7.3 lbs (3.3 kg) lighter than what I was last year when I was at my lightest weight. Now, I am proud to say that I am 10 stone 8.2 lbs (148.2 lbs or 67.2 kg) putting me nicely in my normal weight range with a normal BMI of 23.5. I could not be any prouder let alone happier for myself that I have achieved being at my normal weight range. As I said before, I cannot afford to rest on my laurels let alone be complacent. Ever since I heard multiple testimonies of people losing over 7 stone 2 lbs (100 lbs or 45.4 kgs) of weight in certain amounts of time ranging from 5 months to 4 years, I thought it would be great if I got myself into this too. After all, I am about to celebrate my third year weight loss anniversary this coming August 29, which makes it 3 weeks and 2 days from now. My goal weight is 10 stone 1.6 lbs (141.6 lbs or 64.2 kg), which means I have 6.6 lbs (3 kg) to lose in order for me to attain that goal. Any weight that is lower than 10 stone 1.6 lbs (141.6 lbs or 64.2 kg) is all the better for me, especially when I aspire to reach 9 stone (126 lbs or 57.1 kg). The point I want to drive home is that any weight lost is better than any weight regained. I am happy that I have come this far, and I never want to go back to being overweight ever again because I am far too gorgeous to ever be…

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The Splendid Seven Main Platonic Sparring Matches

Greetings, Splendid Seven devotees, martial arts aficionados, and fighting video game fans. Antoni here with another written entry focusing on Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialising in the martial arts they do. Today, I will be taking a look at the main martial arts that my seven most favourite Splendid Seven platonic pairings of all time. This means, instead of the seven signature martial arts each platonic pairing I have listed, I will focus on the main martial art sparring match per platonic pairing.   Yesterday, I compiled the seven martial arts that each of my seven most favourite Splendid Seven platonic pairings would spar in, and it was absolutely enjoyable. Now, it is time to give each martial arts sparring match the Splendid Seven platonic pairing that fits it the most. The only rule is that the platonic pairings in the form of sparring matches will have one martial art each. With that said, let us get striking and grappling, everybody.   Ayame and Shunran: Kickboxing vs Capoeira These auburn-haired striker sisters combine agility, leverage, power, speed, accuracy, and quick reflexes to rain blows on their enemies in battle and on each other when they spar. Ayame’s powerful punches and cataclysmic kicks are an outstanding compliment to Shunran’s acrobatic tricking and agile flying kicks, especially when they team up to use their limbs to deliver some really impactful blows. This is also helped by how both Ayame and Shunran find gracefulness in what they do, with Ayame taking advantage of Kickboxing’s quick footwork, and Shunran taking full advantage of Capoeira’s well-timed rhythm.   Hakkaku and Ginta: Pradal Serey vs Sanda Leave it up to these two wolf brothers to take advantage of the speediness, deadliness, and high impact Pradal Serey from Cambodia and Sanda from China have as martial arts. There is no doubt that Hakkaku and Ginta know how to entrap their enemies by clinching them and delivering a huge rainstorm of blows onto them. Even as they try it on each other, they know fully well to take it up to the next level as a means to never surrender as warriors. In fact, when Hakkaku puts his elbow strikes, Ginta puts his knee strikes, and put their fists and feet to great use, they can prove themselves to be practically potent combatants.   Sesshoumaru and Shuran: Shootfighting vs Sambo Given Sesshoumaru’s extensive background as a Jujutsuka, Judoka, and Karateka and Shuran’s skills as a wrestler, these two warriors would be more than happy to spar in Shootfighting and Sambo respectively. These two respective martial arts demonstrate that neither Sesshouamru nor Shuran can ever be pigeonholed, although Sesshoumaru leans towards being a striker and Shuran leans towards being a grappler. Nevertheless, the fruits of their labour are found in how effectively they can implement powerful takedowns, mighty blows, and brutal grapples to strengthen each other as martial artists and as individuals.   Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha: Shotokan Karate vs Kyokushin Karate There is no doubt that Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha have made Karate a way of life from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, for they have always grown in honour, integrity, and brotherhood. This is also thanks to their father who has imprinted onto them that Karate is not just about breaking hard objects and winning 100-man Kumites but also about discipline and dedication. Furthermore, Sesshoumaru’s deadly pinpoint accuracy in Shotokan Karate and Inuyasha’s brutal close-range blows in Kyokushin Karate truly fortify each other as Japan’s and the world’s most efficient Karatekas as well as brothers supporting each other.   Sesshoumaru, Shuran, and Inuyasha: Mixed Martial Arts vs Vale Tudo vs Pankration Super strength, ballistic brutality, and terrifying takedowns are the names of the game Sesshoumaru, Shuran, and Inuyasha commit to when it comes to giving their opponents a series of brutal beatdowns and strengthening each other as mighty combatants. When combining Sesshoumaru’s lethal use of ground and pound attacks in MMA, Shuran’s vicious throws and hammer fists in Vale Tudo, and Inuyasha’s bloody grapples, punches, and kicks in Pankration, they become a force of nature nobody should dare tamper with. Besides that, these three are rich with perseverance, determination, and dedication to the martial arts.   Shuran, Hakkaku, and Ginta: Pro Wrestling vs Kajukenbo vs Jeet Kune Do What happens when you combine Shuran’s macho strength as a Pro Wrestler, Hakkaku’s relentless strikes in Kajukenbo, and Ginta’s durability in Jeet Kune Do? You would attain a formidably dynamic trio who thrive on physical stamina and mental endurance in order to build on each others’ strength and potent desire to achieve a lot more than they can ever dream of. Perhaps one devastating move they would perform together is having Shuran bodyslam the opponent, Hakkaku deliver a series of punches and kicks, and Ginta finally incapacitating the opponent with numbing chi blocks in order to keep them still as a mouse.   Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta: Bokator vs Muay Thai vs Lethwei K-1 should be prepared to hire Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta because their respective skills in emitting Bokator’s ferociousness, Muay Thai’s lethalness, and Lethwei’s brutality promise effectiveness in their clinching, striking, and penchant for close-range combat. The fury, fortitude, and flash in their punches, kicks, elbow strikes, knee strikes, headbutts, and clinches demonstrate that they mean serious business and that their opponents should be prepared for blood and carnage. Powerful clinches and lethal strikes aside, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta would show loyalty, cooperation, and brotherhood towards each other.   There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the Splendid Seven’s platonic pairings in the form of signature martial arts sparring sessions. Once you overlook how powerful their attacks really are, their true strengths are in solidarity, genuine cooperation, and dedication. If you have a favourite platonic pairing in martial arts sparring session form, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading.

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The Splendid Seven Favourite Platonic Pairing Survey

What is your favourite Splendid Seven platonic pairing focused on Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran? A. Ayame and Shunran: Auburn-Haired Sisters for Life B. Hakkaku and Ginta: Lovably Funny Wolf Brothers C. Sesshoumaru and Shuran: Formidably Fierce Brothers D. Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha: Potently Powerful Dog Yokai Brothers E. Sesshoumaru, Shuran, and Inuyasha: Brutally Strong Bro Trio F. Shuran, Hakkaku, and Ginta: Flexibly Dynamic Bro Trio G. Inuyasha, Hakkaku, and Ginta: Fearless Knockout Bro Trio

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The Splendid Seven Martial Arts Platonic Pairings

Greetings, Splendid Seven devotees, martial arts aficionados, and fighting video game fans. Antoni here with another written entry focusing on Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialising in the martial arts they do. Today, I will be delving into my favourite platonic pairings revolving around Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran in the forms of the martial arts they spar in. Mind you, these platonic pairings are of the same gender, which means that men spar with men and women spar with women.   Barely three months ago, I made a similar entry to this. However, looking back at it, I was not completely satisfied with it, as I was relying more on nostalgia, and some of the martial arts I gave them were not as fully realised as I thought they were. Furthermore, lumping the platonic and the romantic pairings together was not really that clever. Nevertheless, I present to you my favourite Splendid Seven platonic pairings and the martial arts they do together as a means of sparring and staying fit and well for each other.   Ayame and Shunran: The Stupendous Striker Sisters Tenacity, drive, confidence, determination, dedication, cooperation, and discipline are what make a pair of gorgeous sisters such as Ayame and Shunran truly beautiful and stunning on the inside and on the outside. Overlooking how gorgeously vivacious these two auburn-haired beauties are, they also possess quickly timed strikes so fatal that they can result in an instant knockout against their opponents. Ayame has the furious fists to perfectly compliment Shunran’s fleet feet to harmonious effect. When they put their potent and agile fists, elbows, knees, shins, legs, and feet to phenomenal use, it is all over for their opponents. Kickboxing vs Capoeira Nippon Kenpo vs Shaolin Kung Fu Shorinji Kenpo vs Northern Praying Mantis Kung fu Koppojutsu vs Aikido Boxing vs Wing Chun Taido vs Ninjutsu Hapkido vs Savate   Hakkaku and Ginta: The Clinching and Striking Brothers These two wolf Yokai brothers may seem fun-loving, goofy, positively energetic, and bursting with jolly ebullience, but they should never be underestimated let alone have their jolliness be sorely mistaken for weakness. They are in possession of speedy clinches, elbow strikes, knee strikes, shin kicks, and headbutts that could do serious damage to their opponents. Considering they have found themselves competing in Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines among other countries, Hakkaku and Ginta have an unmistakable speed, ambidexterity, strength, and agility that have made them so renowned. Muay Thai vs Lethwei Pradal Serey vs Sanda Kajukenbo vs Jeet Kune Do Taekkyeon vs Eagle Claw Kung Fu Panantukan vs Pencak Silat Dambe vs Hwa Rang Do Moraingy vs Tang Soo Do   Sesshoumaru and Shuran: The Mighty Grappler Brothers The ground is not only home to Shuran when it comes to giving his opponents a good chokehold and stranglehold but also to Sesshoumaru whose grappling work is just as deadly as Shuran’s is. Leverage, joint manipulation, and body locks are the name of their games when they spar together, thus testing each others’ endurance and extent to see how far they can go in order to make their foes turn black and blue. They would even compliment each other in significant ways where Sesshoumaru’s low and slow approach to Shuran’s brutal strangulation approach can guarantee an instant lights out to their foes. Brazilian Jujitsu vs Sumo Wrestling Japanese Jujitsu vs Mongolian Wrestling Mixed Martial Arts vs Vale Tudo Shootfighting vs Sambo Judo vs Pehlwani Marine Corps Martial Arts vs Pro Wrestling Aikijutsu vs Malla-yuddha   Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha: The Karate Master Brothers From infancy to boyhood to adolescence to adulthood, these two dog Yokai brothers have been brought up on Jujitsu, Judo, Taekwondo and Karate, with the latter martial art reigning supreme. Sesshoumaru’s and Inuyasha’s father, Toga, is a master Karateka who has also been their Sensei ever since they were toddlers to the point where Karate has been their tradition. Their mastery of Kihon, Kata, and Kumite saw them grow with fortitude, honour, and brotherhood, as both of them are proud to have seen each other grow as martial artists and as people all while unleashing devastating blows against a huge crowd of opponents. Shotokan Karate vs Kyokushin Karate Motobu-Ryu Karate vs Seidokaikan Karate Goju-Ryu Karate vs Ashihara Karate Shito-Ryu Karate vs Enshin Karate Shorin-Ryu Karate vs Wado-Ryu Karate Uechi-Ryu Karate vs Gosoku-Ryu Karate Shorei-Ryu Karate vs Budokan Karate   Sesshoumaru, Shuran, and Inuyasha: The Ground and Pound Attack Bro Trio If there is one attribute that has brought Sesshoumaru, Shuran, and Inuyasha together, it has to be their love for ground and pound attacks, relentlessly brutal takedowns, and earth-shattering chokeholds of doom. The strength and leverage they possess when it comes to their takedowns make them worthy adversaries thanks to Sesshoumaru’s lethal accuracy, Shuran’s brute strength, and Inuyasha’s muscular endurance. Physical power aside, these two powerful dog Yokai warriors and mighty panther Yokai warrior bear a brotherhood rich in solidarity, interpersonal fortitude, and boundless perseverance on and off the arena. Shotokan Karate vs Japanese Jujitsu vs Judo Taekwondo vs Ssireum vs Kyokushin Karate Aikijutsu vs Sumo Wrestling vs Brazilian Jujitsu Mixed Martial Arts vs Vale Tudo vs Pankration Marine Corps Martial Arts vs Pro Wrestling vs American Kenpo Karate Shootfighting vs Sambo vs Ancient Greek Boxing Judo vs Mongolian Wrestling vs Ancient Greek Wrestling   Shuran, Hakkaku, and Ginta: The Clinching Knockout Bro Trio Shuran may be primarily a grappler, Hakkaku and Ginta may be primarily clinchers and strikers, but they can find balance and cooperation by working together so effectively in terms of combining Shuran’s strength, Hakkaku’s speed, and Ginta’s balance. As soon as Shuran’s strength is combined with Hakkaku’s speed and Ginta’s balance, they become a fearsome tank ready for the heat of battle. One favourite method they would do involves Shuran locking the opponent in a strangulating chokehold. Once accomplished, Hakkaku and Ginta would proceed to beat the opponent up with a myriad of strikes. Vale Tudo…

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The Splendid Seven’s Martial Arts Monikers

Greetings, Splendid Seven devotees, martial arts aficionados, and fighting video game fans. Antoni here with another written entry focusing on Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialising in the martial arts they do. Today, we are delving into the nicknames that define Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran as martial artists and as individuals.   Whether one is an athlete in the Olympics or a fighter in the arena, it seems like second nature to have a moniker that appropriately and, to an extent, perfectly describes the individual and their skills. This is what also makes them stand out against their competitors and leave a hallmark based on high self-esteem and hard training. For Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran, their monikers are more than just titles, they are badges of honour that they were with pride, distinction, and reverence.   Sesshoumaru: The Lord Executioner of Death Dragons and demons better be prepared to be slain by Sesshoumaru’s punches, kicks, and grapples because he can do all of that and more, showing no mercy whatsoever. With his extensive background in Karate (Shotokan, Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Shorin-Ryu, Shorei-Ryu, Motobu-Ryu, and Uechi-Ryu), Jujitsu, Shootfighting, Judo, Taekwondo, Mixed Martial Arts, and Marine Corps Martial Arts, Sesshoumaru would never hesitate to serve his opponents a meal consisting of a roundhouse kick to the head, hook and cross punches to the chest and stomach, an arm bar, and a chokehold, all with a side of honour, decorum, and reverence.   Shuran: The Grappling Sasquatch of Voracity There is no wrestling ring, no MMA cage, and no underground arena potent enough to contain this hulking Panther Yokai of a fighter known as Shuran. As a professional wrestler who focuses on Pro Wrestling, Ssireum, Mongolian Wrestling, Sumo Wrestling, Malla-yuddha, Pehlwani, Sambo, and Vale Tudo, he does not hold back on his brutal grapples that leave his foes with broken bones, frightened looks, and damaged psyches. Just one bearhug and stranglehold from Shuran complete with ground and pound attacks, knee strikes, and one a huge palm strike to the face and it is all over before his opponents know it.   Inuyasha: The Psycho Bludgeoner of Bloodshed As fighters can already see, Inuyasha is known for his powerful blows and takedowns that make mortal men weak in the knees. His expertise in Full Contact Karate (Kyokushin, Seidokaikan, Wado-Ryu, Ashihara, Budokan, Enshin, and Gosoku-Ryu), American Kenpo Karate, Pankration, Ancient Greek Wrestling, Ancient Greek Boxing, Bokator, and Kapu Kuialua all denote his euphoric ecstasy in getting close to his opponents with a scary grin, raining a series of uppercuts, Superman punches, and axe kicks, then finishing his opponents off with a double axe handle and a piledriver that could permanently hospitalise them.   Hakkaku: The Charging Bullet of Ferocity With his knees of steel, shins of iron, elbows of stone, and will of platinum, Hakkaku springs into action to launch a series of strikes and clinches to paralyse his foes inside and out. His striking and clinching are evident in his boundless penchant for Muay Thai, Pradal Serey, Kajukenbo, Panantukan, Dambe, Moraingy, and Taekkyeon, which he does with passion, drive, and determination. Hakkaku would unleash a cavalcade of knee strikes, elbow strikes, shin kicks, punches, and kicks in order to make his opponents fall like banana trees.   Ginta: The Speeding Acid Rain of Chaos Speed, agility, endurance, and quick reflexes are the hallmarks of Ginta’s capabilities as a warrior who never quits even when the chips are all down. His rapid speed is incredibly evident in his skills in Lethwei, Sanda, Jeet Kune Do, Pencak Silat, Hwa Rang Do, Tang Soo Do, and Eagle Claw Kung Fu to the point where he uses his fists, feet, elbows, knees, shins, and even head to do his foes in. He would do this by unleashing a powerful flying kick to the head and proceed to whale it on them with elbow strikes, knee strikes, and shin kicks before culminating it all with one potent headbutt to make his opponent fall.   Ayame: The Tiger Queen of Furious Fists Mighty fists of iron, a steely will, Herculean strength, Mercurial speed, and bundles of confidence do not even begin to illustrate how much of a figurative and literal powerhouse Ayame really is. With her unparalleled prowess in Dutch, American, and Japanese-Style Kickboxing, Savate, Boxing, Koppojutsu, Hapkido, Nippon Kenpo, Shorinji Kenpo, Taido, Aikido, and Krav Maga, she never misses an opportunity to rain blows on perpetrators. She could very well attack her opponent with a rainstorm of jabs, uppercuts, hooks, cross punches, leopard blows, and spinning backfists and emerge as the victor to high acclaim.   Shunran: The Fiery Angel of Tricking Treats Tricking, kicking, flipping, leaping, striking, and flying through the air with the greatest of ease is Shunran whose physical flexibility and ambidexterity are nothing short of miraculously phenomenal. Her experience in Capoeira, Shaolin Kung Fu, Ninjutsu, Wing Chun, Savate, Koppojutsu, Systema, Wushu, Baguazhang, and Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu demonstrate her prodigious speed and accurate timing. This is demonstrated when she launches her flip kicks, spinning hook kicks, butterfly kicks, spinning back kicks, split kicks, backfists, and knife hands against her opponent, all while performing dance-like gymnastics.   With monikers that define The Splendid Seven in terms of martial arts skills and personalities, they are a definite shoe-in for emitting honour to themselves, their families, their mentors, and their martial arts institutes. Enemies better beware when these seven powerful Yokai martial artists are on the prowl because they wear their monikers with pride, dignity, and integrity.   If you agree with Sesshoumaru’s, Shuran’s, Inuyasha’s, Hakkaku’s, Ginta’s, Ayame’s, and Shunran’s monikers, please let me know in the comments below. Stay fit and kick butt, everybody.

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The Splendid Seven’s Finishing Combo Attacks

Greetings, Splendid Seven devotees, martial arts aficionados, and fighting video game fans. Antoni here with another written entry focusing on Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran specialising in the martial arts they do. Today, I will be delving into The Splendid Seven’s finishing attack combos which can leave their opponents thoroughly lacerated, brutally injured, and pale with a near-death experience they would have had.   Do you enjoy the thrill of pressing the chosen buttons on your joystick while playing your most favourite fighting video game in the whole world and seeing characters just completely whale it out on their opponents with their finishing moves? If your answer is yes, then you have come to the right place. Whether you are familiar with Tekken’s Rage Art and Rage Drives or Street Fighter’s Ultra Combos, you will automatically recognise that these attacks are no joke. They can leave foes with a quick knock out and an instant victory to the attacker who does this. Now, it is time for Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Inuyasha, Hakkaku, Ginta, Ayame, and Shunran to unleash their finishing combo attacks which would not only leave their foes and opponents writhing in a world of pain but will make them realise that these lethal, powerful, and ferocious Yokai martial artists are never to be messed with. Moreover, their finishing combo attacks promise extremely high degrees of collateral damage and boundless pain.   Sesshoumaru: Rampaging Kraken Typhoon Sesshoumaru starts in his Shotokan Karate stance, pulls his left fist back but keeps his right fist forward, all while an aura charged by a mighty wind surrounds him. He lunges a series of front punches, cross punches, jabs, and gut punches. He then launches a powerful spinning roundhouse kick to the opponent’s head and takes them down with a twisting arm bar.   Shuran: Stampeding Mammoth Volcano Shuran begins in his powerful Sumo wrestling stance, fists by his sides and his aura charged by lightning and thunder. He charges to his opponent with an overpowering tackle plus a knee strike to the gut, throws a series of hammer fists to their head, lifts them up, launches a painful bearhug, and drops them savagely to the ground.   Inuyasha: Punishing Dragon Meteorite Inuyasha powers up in his Kyokushin Karate bow, gets into his stance, and pulls his fists back with his aura charged by fire. He speeds towards his opponent with a huge Superman punch plus a flurry of jabs, uppercuts, and hooks. He lands a double axe handle and an axe kick to the head before giving them a piledriver and a neckbreaker.   Hakkaku: Devouring Crocodile Cyclone Hakkaku commences in his Muay Thai stance, places both fists in front of him, raises his right leg up, and has an aura charged by metal formations. He advances towards his opponent with a clinch, which is followed by a flurry of shin kicks, front punches, an uppercut to the face, and a massive elbow strike to the head.   Ginta: Wailing Orangutan Monsoon Ginta propels the action in his Lethwei stance, places both fists in front of him, puts his right foot forward, and bears an aura charged by a gushing waterfall. He sprints to his opponent with a clinch, lands a barrage of jabs to the face, low kicks to the legs, and one massive headbutt to finish it all.   Ayame: Pouncing Lion Earthquake Ayame jettisons her combo attack in her Dutch Kickboxing stance, pulls her left fist back, keeps her right fist straight for the aim, and an aura charged by rumbling rock formations pervade her. She launches a stampede of uppercuts, jabs, hooks, and cross punches, and ends things with a spinning back fist to the nose and a foot sweep to knock her opponent cold.   Shunran: Charging Condor Tornado Shunran initiates her combo attack in her Capoeira stance, complete with her right leg bent, left leg stretched, right arm arched to her face, and left arm extended, as an aura charged by cherry blossoms encircles her. She leaps to her opponent with butterfly kicks, flying kicks, spinning kicks, cartwheel kicks, and an incisive knife hand to the face to make them fall.   There you have it, martial arts aficionados, The Splendid Seven’s finishing combo attacks. I hope you all enjoyed this, and I would love to know which ones you like, if you agree with these attack combo moves or if you think something could be tweaked up a bit. Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for reading.

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