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Ryu SF2-Senpukyaku Sprites

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 Arcade Stick Right + Arcade-Button-MKick
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Unique Attack Arcade Stick Right + Attack hard
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 AkumaEdit

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.

Yun and YangEdit

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 "Xuanfangjiao" (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 acts as a solid mixup tool.

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.

Other AppareancesEdit

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

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