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Sprites of Ryu performing a Senpukyaku from Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.

The Senpukyaku (旋風脚 Senpuukyaku?, "Whirlwind Leg") is a unique attack used by Ryu, Akuma and Evil Ryu. It only appears in the Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter EX and Marvel vs. Capcom series. In Street Fighter EX Plus, Cycloid Beta can also use it.

Yun and Yang also possess a move with the same name in all of their appearances, though it is completely different, based on a real-life move in Chinese martial arts.

Appearance Function Input
All appearances Unique Attack Forward + Medium kick
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Unique Attack Forward + Hard attack
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Back Aerial Backwards + A Button


Both are executed by moving forward and pressing medium kick.

Ryu and Akuma[]

The user leaps forward in an arc with an outward spin kick aimed at the opponent's head, in a similar motion to a Tatsumaki and is also used mostly for their vertical jumping HK/heavy kick animations (also for Ken). It is most likely the precursor to the said Tatsumaki series of techniques as it is very similar in motion, though without the "ki tornado" that allows the user to repeatedly soar through the air with successive spins.

Most notably, Akuma's version will hit on slightly later frames with a lower hitbox due to how his jumping arc is handled differently compared to Ryu's. In the Street Fighter EX games, the user instead hops with a back spin kick forward while slanted a bit back.

In its appearance as one of Akuma's unique attacks in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Akuma flies more straight in the air as opposed to in an arc.

In its appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, a reversed version of this move is used as Ryu's back aerial, which references the version of it that is executed during a vertical jump in the original Street Fighter games as a jumping medium kick or heavy kick, depending on the title.

Evil Ryu[]

Visual-wise, Evil Ryu's Senpukyaku is strongly resembles Ryu's variation from the Street Fighter EX series. Mechanic-wise, it is a much better command normal as not only it has all the traits the normal Senpukyaku has, it is also one of the few moves that can be cancel into the Shun Goku Satsu.

Yun and Yang[]

The user leaps an at arc and performs an inward swinging-turn kick that hits overhead. This version of the technique is themed after the inward-turn-kick of the same name in Chinese martial arts, which in Chinese pinyin is known as "Xuanfengjiao" (as "Senpuukyaku" is the move's name in Japanese on'yomi). It is also known as a 540 kick.


The leap allows the move to go over most low attacks (as a staple "low crushing" tool), as well as being a primary tool for both Ryu and Akuma to leap at opponents to close the distance with a quick-recovering attack to stuff pokes with. The Lee brothers' Senpukyaku also makes for a solid mixup tool due to hitting overhead and when combined with their respective Genei Jin/Seiei Enbu for added pressure.

However, both different versions are plagued with slow start-up, which makes them very easy to beat out when not spaced properly against faster pokes, which also makes them risky tools to use in neutral.

Evil Ryu's Senpukyaku gains a massive notoriety in Super Street Fighter IV. In high-level play, the player can 'masked' the lengthy input command of the Skun Goku Satsu and it's obviously telegraphed animations by rapidly buffering the input during the spinning portion of the Senpukyaku, then execute right before the move connect (as the Raging Demon is a command grab move, it will missed if the opponent is in any state other than neutral ie. hitstun, blockstun or airborne). If done correctly, the opponent will be left with only two choices: Either they do not block the attack and take damage, or they block the attack and risks the point-blank Shun Goku Satsu, with virtually no time to react or jump away.

Other Appareances[]

  • The attack is also mentioned in the official profile of BelleStarmon, a Digimon based on Belle Starr, a notorious American outlaw.