Ironfist Chinmi

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Ironfist Chinmi
The cover from Journey To Mount Shen
Genre Comedy, Martial Arts
Written by Takeshi Maekawa
Published by Kodansha
English publisher United Kingdom Bloomsbury
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run December 1983February 1997
Volumes 35
Anime television series
Studio Ashi Productions, Toho
Network TV Asahi
Original run July 2, 1988December 24, 1988
Episodes 20
Tekken Chinmi Gaiden
Written by Takeshi Maekawa
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run August 1997 – ongoing
Volumes 4
Shin Tekken Chinmi
Written by Takeshi Maekawa
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run March 1997November 2004
Volumes 20
Tekken Chinmi Legends
Written by Takeshi Maekawa
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run September 2006 – ongoing
Volumes 18
Anime and Manga portal

Ironfist Chinmi (鉄拳チンミ Tekken Chinmi?) is a Japanese manga series written by Takeshi Maekawa. It was published by Kodansha in Monthly Shōnen Magazine from 1983 to 1997 and collected in 35 tankōbon volumes. It is centered on the story of a boy called Chinmi who learns Kung Fu through the staple manga method of fighting progressively more challenging foes. The first 12 volumes were published in English in the UK by Bloomsbury. The series was adapted as an anime television series in 1988, which was dubbed in English in the early 90's as Kung Fu Boy and into Arabic as MadressaT El Kung Fu" (Kung Fu School). The latter is considered to be one of the most popular anime in the Arabic speaking countries.[citation needed] In Indonesia, the series known as Kungfu Boy.

In 1987, the manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen.[1] It was followed by a sequel series, Shin Tekken Chinmi ("New Ironfist Chinmi").


Chinmi is a boy who was helping his sister in restaurant business. He has a certain talent in martial arts, and used to play with his pet monkey named Goku (named after the Monkey King Sun Wukong) in the forests, causing him to develop great agility. He is prophesized to become a master of martial arts, under the Dairin Temple. After defeating people who harasses his sister's restaurant, an old martial artist from the Dairin Temple (usually referred as 'Old Man') witnessed his talent and arranged him to depart into Dairin Temple. From there, Chinmi learned Martial Arts, especially Kung Fu. It spans from the first to the sixth volume.

Starting from the sixth volume, Chinmi starts learning weapon-based Martial arts, mainly using long rods. He gained a friendly rival, Xu Fang. Chinmi's rod training saga ends at the 8th volume, which continues with the next saga about training with the revered Master You Sen. Chinmi later learned one of his signature moves, also fought against a foreign boxer Dick Stainer, one of the opponents that could possibly defeat him (although the result was draw), but later Master You Sen died, and Chinmi prompted to go on a journey to master his skills.

The journey spans in many volumes, but starting on the 23rd volume, Chinmi was forced to return to Dairin Temple after the temple was desecrated by a former apprentice of You Sen, the ruthless prodigal Oudow. Chinmi tasted true defeat for the first time against Oudow, but later the Old Man told him the secrets of Dairin Temple's forbidden move: the Thunder God Fist, one that could almost instantly kill the victim. Due to Dairin's no-killing policy, Chinmi hesitated to use it even to Oudow, but he used it anyway, crippling Oudow and prompted Chinmi to leave the temple, thinking that he violated the rules of not killing his opponents. Fortunately for him, he found out that Oudow actually survived and as a result softened his attitude, enabling Chinmi to truly return to the Temple. He is later promoted into a Kung Fu teacher.

As a teacher, Chinmi garnered a group of students, but the most notorious and rebellious was Gundi, though he later becomes enchanted with Chinmi's bravery and virtue to actually be more tolerant with his friends. After reacquainting with his students, Chinmi was thrust into the next saga where he fought the Wind Wolves army of horsemen (Fictional race based on the nomadic Mongolian and Manchurian tribes), who set their sights on Gundi's hometown. His deeds were noticed by the general of Chinese army and invited him to meet the Emperor himself.

Chinmi attended to his sister's wedding before heading to the capital. It turns out that the Emperor invites him to participate in a tournament of martial arts. Chinmi was reunited with Xu Fang, but it turns out that he was brainwashed by an assassin who plotted to use him to kill the Emperor. Chinmi also befriended Dan Dan, a youth experts in martial arts solely based on kicking, and he helped him restore Xu Fang's mind and foiling the assassin's plot to kill the Emperor. Chinmi ended up as the champion and returned to the Dairin Temple. The first series of the manga ended there.

Shin Tekken Chinmi[edit]

In the 1st saga, Chinmi was sent to Ka Nan, an autonomous region in the south, where he is to investigate Ko Rin temple whom Dairin has lost contact for two years. It turns out that Ka Nan government has been taken over by a corrupt businessman who rules with an iron fist. Chinmi is targeted by the ruler's personnel consisting of an army, a vicious captain and a general. Chinmi engaged the captain throughout the whole saga and had a final duel with him in volume 8. After defeating the captain, he was to engage against the general which was a much tougher foe to defeat compared to the inferior captain. Fortunately, thanks to Chinmi's agility and quick reflexes, he managed to defeat the general resulting in him falling out of the castle walls. The general committed suicide as he did not want people to know that he was defeated by enemies weaker than him and died under his own technique. This saga ends at book 13.

The 2nd saga depicts him of infiltrating the naval base as a spy for the emperor. The emperor has suspected that there were men with other motives and to overthrow the current admiral in order to gain authority in the navy. Chinmi, Dan Dan and Xu Fang were sent to act as spies for the emperor. The trio eventually uncover a plot to disrupt the inheritance of the Admiral position and must save the true successor who is being targeted in a massive intentional friendly-fire incident. This saga spans from volume 14 - 20.

Ironfist Chinmi Legends (Tekken Chinmi Legends)[edit]

A more recent title, "Ironfist Chinmi Legends" continues Chinmi's story in a new arc, where he along with one of his students are involved in an incident where a princess (different from the one in the first saga of "New Ironfist Chinmi") was kidnapped by bandits.

Volume 01:

  • Chapter 01: Encounter
  • Chapter 02: Maulong
  • Chapter 03: Pursuit Behind Enemy Line
  • Chapter 04: Zeigan

Volume 02:

  • Chapter 05: Negotiations
  • Chapter 06: The Encounter
  • Chapter 07: Precipitous Cliff
  • Chapter 08: Rough Spot

Volume 03:

  • Chapter 09: Monkey Tamers
  • Chapter 10: Jump
  • Chapter 11: Two Monkey Tamers
  • Chapter 12: Wild Strength
  • Chapter 13: Hunter

Volume 04:

  • Chapter 14: Struggle Hard
  • Chapter 15: Meteor Hammer Expert
  • Chapter 16: 3 On 3
  • Chapter 16.5: Omake

Volume 05:

  • Chapter 17: Pendulum Spider
  • Chapter 18: Collapse
  • Chapter 19: Falling
  • Chapter 20: Two Tsuuhaiken Masters

Volume 06:

  • Chapter 21: Face To Face
  • Chapter 22: The Path To Get Through
  • Chapter 23: Tsuuhaiken vs Tsuuhaiken
  • Chapter 24: Proof of Mastery

Volume 07:

  • Chapter 25: Evolution of Tsuuhaiken
  • Chapter 26: Red Eyed Swordsman
  • Chapter 27: The Dark Wing
  • Chapter 28: The Remaining Option

Volume 08:

  • Chapter 29: The Advance Guard
  • Chapter 30: The Weapon Fight
  • Chapter 31: Rod vs Sword
  • Chapter 32: The Red-eyed Swordsman Reappears
  • Chapter 33: The Eagle's Ambush

Volume 09:

  • Chapter 34: Predator
  • Chapter 35: With All of One's Strength
  • Chapter 36: Promises
  • Chapter 37: Ending and Beginning

Volume 10:

  • Chapter 38: Kung Fu
  • Chapter 39: Messenger
  • Chapter 40: Proof of His Growth
  • Chapter 41: Dairin Temple Performance Show
  • Chapter 42: Their Relationship

Volume 11:

  • Chapter 43: Flood Disaster
  • Chapter 44: Flood
  • Chapter 45: I'll Protect You
  • Chapter 46: Adrift
  • Chapter 47: Unity

Volume 12:

  • Chapter 48: A Heroic Tale
  • Chapter 49: Rumor
  • Chapter 50: The Strength of Dairin Temple
  • Chapter 51: Challenger
  • Chapter 52: Trap
  • Chapter 53: Hitman


English Book Titles[edit]

Volume 01: Kung Fu Boy
Volume 02: Journey to Mount Shen
Volume 03: Victory for the Spirit
Volume 04: Leap of Faith
Volume 05: Attack of the Black Flame
Volume 06: Blind Fury
Volume 07: Pole Stars
Volume 08: Drunken Master
Volume 09: Breaking Glass
Volume 10: Boxing Clever
Volume 11: Whirlwind Fist
Volume 12: Cutting Edge
Volume 13: The Crooked Cross (Advertised but unreleased)
Volume 14: Killing Moon (Advertised but unreleased)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 

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