SNF 2021.07 - SNF: Ken vs Ryo - "Shitenno-Ji Shotokan Showdown"

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Description: A global martial arts tour wouldn't be complete without a stop in Japan, home of the Ryukyu islands, the birthplace of karate! America's Ansatsuken master Ken Masters will face off against Kyokugen karateka Ryo Sakazaki in front of Japan's oldest Buddhist temple! Why was this location chosen, you may ask? Because it looks cool! And it'll look even cooler with a fireworks display overhead!

The US Martial Arts Champion and Famously Known Street Fighter, Ken Masters has arrived in Japan. Actually, he's been here a few days because he's got all kinds of connections over here in Japan and even the Mrs and the Son have been brought along for the fun. Granted, they're both back at the hotel (on of Ken's hotels, of course) because he maybe didn't actually mention the reason he was coming to Japan was to get down with some fighting.

It is, after all, his first love. Eliza gets it. Right?

Anyway, Ken's arrival has him walking up to the front of the temple while pulling and straightening out his sparring gloves. His red gi is attached with that black belt of multiple degrees. There's a big grin on his face since he hasn't really taken to the streets to get his fight on in a while. Those blond locks tossed about as he makes sure his signature unkept style is rocking for the on-lookers and passerbys.

Ken Masters is ready to kick some ass.

Ansatsuken and Kyokugenryu Karate have long been a point of comparison within the fighting community. So naturally, when the Invincible Dragon of Kyokugenryu is invited to face off against one Ansatsuken's famous leading pair... he simply could not decline, could he? This is a matter of honor and pride both, clearly.

Of course, being the japanese one of the two set to fight today, Ryo Sakazaki has made sure that he is the first one at the Osakan temple. It would be exceptionally rude to not be the one welcoming to the foreigner to the stage in his homeland, afterall!!

And so Ken will find, after ascending the final steps in the long stairs leading up to the temple on the hill, a tall, muscular japanese man in a sleeveless orange gi waiting. Standing at the center of the long stone-tiled pathway leading up to the temple's main building, with his powerful arms crossed together over his chest.

"Ken Masters!" The man calls out as the american approaches, his arms uncrossing to allow him to dip into a traditional, deep bow of the karateka. "Welcome to Japan. Now here, representing Kyokugenryu--!"

Upon straightening up from the bow, the man immediately shifts not back into his rigidlyupright posture, but rather spreading his legs and bending his knees, with one fist pulled back to his hip with an open-palm hand held out in front of him.

"Sakazaki Ryo will be your opponent!!"

This one's apparently immediately ready to go.

Well, hang on just a second, Ken Masters is at /least/ Japanese American! So he knows some of these customs and what not. Could be one of the reasons he's leaning into the American side of his heritage. He's not exactly an expert and he would never disrespect an honorable location such as this. He just needs to style it up a bit with his crazy American ways. It's all part of the East Fights West shenanigans.

Ken's grin just grows wider as he approaches and he even goes so far as to give one of those cool upnods and even a wave. It's all part of the process of making himself look like he's so much cooler than his opponent. His nonchalantness at this whole deal only adds to it. He's not even worried. He's Ken Masters. He's got this.

"Who?" Ken's already mouthing off with some trash talk because it's just in his nature. "Sounds like a piece of cake." Ken plants a fist into a palm and proceeds to get his own bow on. It's Americanized, of course, because if anybody's around, they got to get this good side for the pictures.

Ken straightens back up and steps almost immediately into his own fighting stance, those shoeless feet of his allows him to bounce on his heels as he brings his fists up to the ready. He adds a cocky smirk to the mix and extends a hand with a beckoning finger.

"Bring it on! I'm ready for ya'!"

Ken Masters is just as ready to go.

COMBATSYS: Ken Masters has started a fight here.

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Ryo lets out a sharp scoff over the taunting, his face twisting and tightening into a frown. "Typical! But at least you seem prepared!"

With a subtle intake of breath, he sweeps his rear leg up forward, with a heavy stomp, both his hands thrusting forward now, fingers spread and palms held forward, the heels of them towards each other as bright-blue energy gathers up his arms -- and promptly explodes!


The exploding energy forms into a wide blast that sweeps in a wave across the stone pathway towards the other gi-clad warrior!

COMBATSYS: Ryo has joined the fight here.

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Ryo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0      Ken Masters

COMBATSYS: Ryo successfully hits Ken Masters with Ko'oh Ken.

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Ryo              0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0      Ken Masters

Maybe there's such thing as too much taunting or taunting too early because even Ken's still in the business of grinning and motioning for Ryo to bring the fight to him when Ryo does exactly that. Ken's barely ready for the explosive wave of energy that comes in his direction as evidenced by the way he tries to sidestep but only ends up crashing into said wave without so much as a blink. It overtakes him and knocks him backward a bit, stumbling the Ansatsuken master right there on his feet.

"Oh, okay. You comin' out hot, huh?" Ken smirks as he straightens himself up enough to give a nod of respect in Ryo's direction. "Let me show you how it's done, Ryo!"

Ken straightens up faster than he probably should be able to, spinning inward on a heel to bring himself closer to Ryo. His leg comes up high over his own head as his body lunges toward Ryo and Ken brings that vicious heel down toward his opponent's skull like some sort of stylish guillotine or something.

COMBATSYS: Ken Masters successfully hits Ryo with Inazuma Kakato Wari.

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Ryo              0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0      Ken Masters

Ryo does not provide a a response to Ken's continued taunting after the energy blast smacked onto him. He instead sweeps his feet along the ground again to reassume the prepared karate-like stance. He does, however, nudge his forward-stretched hand in a beckoning gesture at Ken. Maybe the serious-faced karateka isn't entirely beyond taunting himself, afterall, even if it is much mor subtle.

And Ken promptly responds ot that gesture, too. Ryo would be disappointed if he didn't, afterall. The other blonde's eyes narrow on the spinning maneuver of the american, and he quickly steps to the side--

But that guillotine-kicking foot ends up tracking the Kyokugenryu-master faster than he'd expected. It smacks upside his skull and draws a sharp grunt from him, hissed past grit teeth as he falls down to one knee momentarily.

"Hhh-- not bad--" Ryo growls down there -- but he doesn't stay down there on one knee for very long, no. He springs right back upwards almost immediately, lead by a rising fist aimed for Ken's chin in a furious uppercut, with a turn of his heel bringing his body into a spin meant to drive his knuckles even harder into the other man!

COMBATSYS: Ryo dazes Ken Masters with Mouko Raijin Satsu!

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Ryo              0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\1      Ken Masters

Once again, the Masters of Ken is probably doing a little too much talking crap. But it's just so easy when you're such a beast in the fighting community. Especially on the streets. He's even in the middle of tossing his hair after letting that leg do some damage to his opponent that he doesn't realize that Ryo's coming at his chin with some vicious uppercut furiousness. The connection is flawless and so much so that Ken even ends up sailing backward and smashing into the ground with a hard thud. Something cracks. It could be the ground or Ken's back. Who knows.

By the time Ken gets back to his feet, DAZED and confused don't even begin to cover it. He can barely stay still with the way his body is swaying and his fists are barely held up high enough to look like a threat. He's got his eye on about six different Ryos at this point.

"Lucky punch." is slurred through dazed karate master vocals as Ken stumbles in Ryo's direction and just aims a moderate and wild punch in his direction. It's almost just a damn flail at this point.

COMBATSYS: Ryo just-defends Ken Masters' Medium Punch!

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Ryo              0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\1      Ken Masters

"Luck has nothing to do with it, Masters-san," Ryo declares in response to the slurred taunt, coupled with another scoff while he boucnes back away from the uppercut with a brush of a thumb over his cheek. "I thought you said this was going to be a piece of cake? What's wrong?"

His feet kick in when Ken comes stumbling in, and he lets out a sharp breath. Another sweep of a foot forward to adjust his stance, bringing right foot ahead of the left -- and in time with that, his right palm comes thrusting agains Ken's fist as it comes arcing towards him, suddenly stopping it in it's tracks with a subtle shockwave exploding out!

"I thought Ansatsuken was better than this!" He taunts, still keeping his palm pressed to that fist while his left hand comes in, clutched in to a tight fist -- in a rapidfire array of quick jabs aimed for Ken's face, gradually letting his side lean towards the side levelling the jabs at him until... Until his right hand sweeps away from the blocking effort, winding back and swinging up again, with a spinning turn aiming another uppercut at the other gi-clad fighter!

COMBATSYS: Ken Masters blocks Ryo's Zan Retsu Ken.

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Ryo              0/-------/--=====|=======\==-----\1      Ken Masters

It takes a moment for Ken to clear his head but when his punch gets blocked like that, it gives Ken that moment he needs to shake the cobwebs out. Which he does, verily. So much so that he's taking a hop back in preparation for what's sure to be some sort of retaliation. He's learned a bit from Ryo just in the beginnings of this fight. Or, rather, he's learned not to be as overconfident as he usually is.

"I mean, hey, if you don't want me to keep goin' easy on ya'..." Ken tries to save face with a bloody mouthed smile when Ryo comes in for another one of those vicious uppercuts. Ken does not want to feel that fist again so his hand movements are quick to reach out and stop said fist from connecting with him yet again. However, the force of the blow from Ryo's strength is no joke! The fist comes crashing through those hands and Ken's forced to backpedal to keep himself from seeing more stars.

"Don't worry, I'm just gettin' warmed up." Ken says with a bit of a wink as he brings his hands up, gathering some of his own chi energy into a ball between his palms. There's the step, the smirk and the thrusting of those hands in Ryo's direction.


Incoming Fireball!

COMBATSYS: Ryo blocks Ken Masters' Hadouken.

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Ryo              0/-------/-======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2      Ken Masters


A deep breath runs it's c ourse through Ryo's body -- and this time, his foot sweeps back instead, for the momentary gain in distance in between him and Ken when the fireball comes. And with that turn, the arm on the side left to facing his opponent comes lifting up, forearm facing up to intersect against the ball of fiery energy. It collides with the bare, muscular limb, pressing and grinding into it with sparks flying everywhere!


And a sweep of his arm suddenly throws it off course entirely before dissipating. There's scorch mark on his skin, but otherwise the Invincible Dragon of Kyokugenryu seems mostly fine still.

"I thought you were going to stop going easy on me?" the blonde japanese man scoffs out. "For as much as you talk, you don't seem to have much behind your words! HAA--!"

He doesn't come lunging in after him this time around, no. Instead, he stands up straighter, legs spread apart to the sides now instead of the usual stance, with his arms pulled back, fists held at his sides--

And blue, fiery energy bursts up at his arms before spreading accross the rest of his body, in a bright display of gathering energy concentrating on his form!

COMBATSYS: Ryo gathers his will.

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Ryo              1/----===/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2      Ken Masters

Ken straightens back up after fireball launching to make sure that none of his hair is in his face. He's still smiling even though he knows he's on the back foot of all this and that he's fighting one of those uphill battles to see if he can't even things out a bit. He's been known to style his way into a comeback or two. Often against his forever rival Ryu.

This one here's just one letter off.

The good natured fighter banter is met with another smirk from Ken. "I dunno if you really want me to turn up the heat, Ryo!" Ken tosses those words in Ryo's direction as he reaffirms his fighting stance... just long enough to take off in a quick sprint for Ryo! He aims to feint a punch before reaching out to grab at his opponent, spinning and hoping to yank them up and over his shoulder for some optimum throwing action! It may not be his most stylish maneuver but Ken is definitely aiming to put a little stank on his comeback journey!

COMBATSYS: Ryo interrupts Seoi Nage from Ken Masters with Koho Shippuken EX.

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Ryo              1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2      Ken Masters

There's no answer to Ken's question from Ryo! Not verbally, anyway. But there is a very much expectant look on the other blonde's face while he regards Ken, watches him adjusting his stance...

And when he comes lunging for Ryo, the Kyokugenryu fighter takes a step back, seemingly to try and avoid that first feinting punch! But the instant his feet land on the groudn again from the pounce, and Ken's hands are reaching in for the grab, he's suddenly lunging right back in! The backward step apparently was mostly done for the purpose of gathering momentum rather than as an evasive action, for the lunging step back in is accompanied by a lightning-fast straight punch that collides into Masters' sternum the instant his hands grab on to his opponent's gi! The brief grab does result in the shoving force of his punch bringing Ryo off-balance, too-- but he's quick to push himself into a deliberate leap instead of letting himself wall, rolling across the groudn and around Ken before settling onto one knee with a slam of a palm onto the ground.

"Was that meant to be you 'bringing up the heat'?" He asks with a hint of a taunt in his otherwise level-headed tone of voice. "Perhaps you have trained more in talking than fighting afterall."

The look on Ken's face when he realizes he f'd up is one that has been seen by many an individual. Mostly Eliza but that's what married life does to a guy like Ken. It's almost like the entire fight freeze frames for a moment as Ken's eyes go completely wide and his internal voice is screaming at him: 'Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!'. He might even be sweating an extra bullet or two.

When the moment of 'freeze frame' has passed, the vicious punch connects right with Ken's chest and it sends him sailing backwards at a speed and rate that should be putting a finale on this here 'bout. Ken crashes into the ground and groans, the pain in his body starting to take over as he pulls himself up to his feet. It's a slow process and even though he's been getting his butt handed to him with ease, Ken Masters does not give up. If there's anything that can be said about him, it's that. Quitters Never Ken.

"Alright..." Ken takes that next moment to actually spit some more blood out of his mouth. The internal bleeding is getting worse but that's what happens when there's fist connections to his sternum like the one that just wrecked him. "So you know your stuff. I'm impressed."

Ken does a little more taunting as he gets into his wobbly fighting stance. Fists up and ready to fight? Maybe? But he can't just motion for Ryo to come into what may or may not be some sort of street fighting trap!

"And bored." Oh snap! He just called Ryo's fighting skills BORING! OHHHHHH! GOTTEEEEEM!

COMBATSYS: Ken Masters bumps his fists together! Get serious!

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Ryo              1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>-\1      Ken Masters

Ryo blinks. Ryo looks at Ken's face, and then down at Ken's feet. one blonde brow sloooowly arches upwards.

"Even your insults are losing their edge, Masters-san," he states with a shake of his head.

"Come on then!" He urges of the other man now, straightening his stance again with his fist brought back to his sides as more of that blazing blue energy comes gathering around him, up along his arms and flaming up towards the skies! "Show me what your Ansatsuken can do! Or are you only good for taunts?!"

COMBATSYS: Ryo gathers his will.

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Ryo              1/--=====/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>-\1      Ken Masters

"Say Less."

Ken may or may not have picked up that particular slang variant from Mel and those dang video games that he's always losing to his son to. Still, though, there's not really any reason that Ken shouldn't be diving back into the brunt of this here battle and that's why he's adding a bit of flair to his rushing of Ryo! There's a hop-step and even a somersault to help close the gap and maybe even throw Ryo off his game. Though, even Ken knows this man has been on point this entire match so fat chance! Ken drops to his knees to slide the last bit of the way.

No more witty banter needed (but some is sure to still come), Ken stops short in front of Ryo, leaps quickly, spinning and drawing upon the flaming chi to surround his leg as he brings it around in Ryo's direction for some heated payback.

"I can turn up the heat!"

COMBATSYS: Ryo endures Ken Masters' Senpuu Nata Otoshi.

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Ryo              2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\1      Ken Masters

A corner of Ryo's mouth twitches subtly when Ken comes for him. No banter this time around means Ryo has nothing else left to say, too, beyond receiving Ken's assault of a kick now. The Kyokugen karateka's eyes track the other blonde's motions carefully while sweeping his own feet along the stone path, keeping himself in motion while the other man approaches.

And then comes the flaming kick at hte end of the somersault! Ryo ducks right in towards the other blonde with an almost defiant edge. There's not so much focus on avoiding hte kick or even blocking it, rather than just blazing right through!

With Ken's foot slamming right into Kyo's side, there's a sharp groan of pain with the muscles under the gi taking the brunt of the hit, and likely causing some severe bruising there for later... but his motion already begun. While Ken's leg is still up in the air and not fully withdrawn from the kick, Ryo's left fist makes the first lightning-speed strike-- flowing quickly into a kick with the right foot, into a hook with the right fist, a knee strike with the left leg... a rapid array of probing strikes while energy builds and gathers around him, leading up to sudden upward leap that carries his right fist from below in a powerful uppercut, wreathed in a wide mass of flaming energy -- and punctuated by an ethereal roar of a tiger from somewhere!

...Wait, tiger? Wasn't he called a dragon...?

COMBATSYS: Ken Masters interrupts #Retsu Ryuko Ranbu EX# from Ryo with #Guren Enjinkyaku#.

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Ryo              0/-------/-<<<<<<|-------\-------\0      Ken Masters

That signature Ken Masters Smirk is all over the Street Fighter's lips as he spots Ryo's movements. That's right, Ken Masters loves when the fight really gets going and it looks like it's getting going right about now.

"Now we're talkin'!"

Ken's words are only said to cut through the sudden arrival of that lightning fist of Ryo's! It connects with a vicious brutality that only manages to cause Ken's own movements to kick into high gear. Ken spins off the punch, groaning from the pain as his body twirls itself down to the ground.

"Now time to finish this!"

Ken takes to the air for a quick flaming jump kick! Which manages to connect at the same time as Ryo's kick does against his own body! There's a grunt of of pain as Ken plants his free foot into Ryo's chest and leaps off! Ken's feet hit the ground for a stylish pivot, pausing only long enough to wink and throw some more commentary into the mix.

"No holds barred!"

Ken rushes Ryo once again! His leg picking up more flame as he sweeps his opponent into the air with some a burning display of hurricane kicking!

"Now for the finale!"

Ken levels one final kick at Ryo's face for some stylish insulting and injurious behavior before somersaulting back down to the ground for his own three-point landing. His head lifting with a smirk and a blowing of his hair from in front of his bruised face.

"Guh--!" The speed at which Ken manages to slip a kick into his combo with is... unexpected. Perhaps all that taunting did serve it's purpose afterall! If only to lull Ryo into a false sense of security, the thought that the other blonde warrior might really just be only all talk!

Oh how wrong he is proven when he takes a foot right to the face and is sent into the air, groaning out with each rapid kick that juggles him through space, until he finally lands down, slammed down by the final kick that sees him boucning off the stone-paved ground off of his back.

"Agh... Hhhr... Very well, Ken Masters..." Ryo growls before he rolls himself over onto his stomach, first, and then boucnes himself up onto one knee -- spitting blood down onto the pavement. "...I will admit I underestimated you."

That's all the compliment Ken will get, though. For in an instant, he's suddenly not only on his feet -- but speeding across the pathway, in nearly a blink of the eye! And just like that, Ken will find the other orange-clad martial artist right in front of him, and in the very next split second--!


His right fist practically EXPLODES forward, crossing the distance between him and Ken with such speed that a loud sonic boom actually rings out from the sheer speed of it alone as it's launched for Ken's chest!!

COMBATSYS: Ryo successfully hits Ken Masters with Tenchi Haoh Ken.

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Ryo              0/-------/------=|>>>>>>-\-------\0      Ken Masters

Ken's cocky nature is has taken over once again to put him back in the driver's seat. And if there's one thing that Ken knows how to do... it's drive. Which is why he's smiling as cockily as possible in these next moments.

Ryo, though, has learned how to knock that smile off his face.

Ken catches sight of Ryo's retaliating punch and almost lazily throws his hands up to block it. He's got those hands scouted, baby. He's ready for these punches now. He's... wait, Ryo's fist is plowing right past his fingers! The explosive force is enough to crack his ribs and sends the US Martial Arts champion to the ground in a messy heap of red gi, blood, and blond hair. How he's even managing to groan through the pain is beyond the gods at this point. Just beyond them all.

Ken's sparring gloved fist pushes into the ground as the fighter forces himself up onto a knee. He's battered and bruised and his pride's been abused but still Ken Masters continues to fight, to rise to the occasion in this epic battle of SHOTO.

"Girl, same." Ken mutters in a half-attempt at agree-ing with Ryo and also tossing some light trash talk into the mix.

"Here I go!"

Ken triggers his next attack with a sudden flame in his eye, as he rises from that crouched and kneeling position into the first of the flaming twisting uppercut known as the: Shoryuken!

"Shouryuu Reppa!"

Ken's body just keeps moving in an attempt to lay into Ryo with two more flaming Shoryukens as well. It would seem that Ken Masters is trying to put this way before he's put away!

COMBATSYS: Ryo just-defends Ken Masters' Shouryuu Reppa!

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Ryo              0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0      Ken Masters

No more insults, no more taunts. Ryo's focus is purely on the fight now, on Ken. Perhaps there is even a measure of respect in the man's eyes... when he can get past the mouthiness of the other Shoto-fighter, anyhow.

The karateka's footwork continues slowly, steadily in kata-like flow while he anticipates Ken's assault.

And again, he stomps forward when the attack comes! A thickly-muscled, bare arm sweeping out across the air into the side of the flame-wreathed arm as it comes for the uppercut! A brief burst of flames in Ryo's own arms seems to work to cancel out the chi there, preventing it from burning his skin while the deflection goes through!

But rather than stopping, Ryo continues the turn begun with the sweeping deflection. And unless Ken manages to twist his body out of the way, he would find his spin completely halted as his opponent's hands grip into his gi -- and make use of the momentum started by the SHORYUKEN! to sweep him right across his own head, and down again, to slam him down onto the stone pavement head-first!

COMBATSYS: Ryo dazes Ken Masters with Tani Otoshi!

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Ryo              0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0      Ken Masters

One of the biggest mistakes of Ken Masters and his flair for fighting is that he's often in the air. It's hard to actually dodge or block anything while in the air. Things just tend to not work out in his favor when he's floating around up there. The flames around his body are gone by the time Ryo's ready to put this particular blond ShotoKen out of his misery.

Ken barely registers his gi being grabbed and the resulting collision with the ground might as well be putting the poor rich hotel mogul beneath the stone and pavement below their feet. His face crunches and when his body falls down to meet it, there doesn't seem to be much of anything left in the physicality of Mr. Masters.

There's a grunt, though, as Ken's hands plant themselves against the ground. His arms shake weakly as he tries to find the strength to pull himself up to his feet. And he does... kind of.

Ken's body spins as he's completely DAZED and dizzified. He blinks as he tries to stay on his feet but only manages to see that he's surrounded by Ryos. This is not good. And the only way he can be sure to get himself out of this predicament is to launch himself into the air and extend one leg and let loose a furious, last ditch effort to fight off this absolute badass.

"... tatsumaki senpuu kyaku?"

He can't even say it with conviction. There's just too much pain. And before Ken even knows if he's managed to connect, the leaping has drained whatever's left and the blond pretty boy fighter is out like a light!

K! O!

COMBATSYS: Ken Masters can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Ryo just-defends Ken Masters' Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku!

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Ryo, apparently, is not cock-sure enough to assume that toss was enough to take down the american! His left foot sweeps in a wide arc with the heel of his right as an anchor point for turning him quickly around to facing Ken, alreayd in a prepared stance once more.

He might even take a step forward with the intention o f driving a kick into the hotel mogul to... well, for the lack of a better wording, kick him while he's down. But Mister Masters does turn out to be quick enough to get up before he manages to get close enough, and the quick redirectino of his efforts gives Ken the time required to leap out in one final attempt of a hurricane kick!

One that Ryo, unfortunately, meets with another wide sweep of his arms from the outer side of Ken's spinning leg, to completely set the man's trajectory away from him. He's already ready to move in for the counter-attack, half-expecting him to land on his feet there and ready for another assault on the japanese man--!

...But then he stops, in the face of Ken's body slumping onto the groudn as a result of the consciousness having gone away midway through his flight. Ryo frowns as he stomps his feet down, still watching the other fighte carefully. Just in case it's a ruse, just in case there's a sudden second wind...

But then comes the audible announcement from the speakers in the SNF camera drones whirling around the two combatants, and Ryo Sakazaki finally allows himself to relax.

THere's still no taunt to go along with the victory, at least. No pouring salt on the wounds. Simply a fist raised high towards the skies, in triumph.

COMBATSYS: Ryo has ended the fight here.

Log created on 12:24:30 07/02/2021 by Ryo, and last modified on 20:46:52 07/02/2021.