Kenji (manga)

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Kenji volume 4
Genre Martial arts
Written by Matsuda Ryuchi
Illustrated by Yoshihide Fujiwara
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run January 1988December 1992
Volumes 21
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Kenji (Japanese: 拳児?) is a manga series written by Ryuchi Matsuda and illustrated by Yoshihide Fujiwara. The series follows Kenji Goh, a practitioner of the Chinese martial art Bājíquán.

Matsuda drew from his own knowledge of the martial arts when writing the manga.[1] Kenji features Bājíquán, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Baguazhang, Chen-style t'ai chi ch'uan, Piguaquan, Xingyiquan, Muslim Chinese martial arts, Shaolin Kung Fu, Hung Gar, Daito Ryu, Shotokan and numerous other styles, frequently featuring real-life practitioners, such as Master Su Yu-Chang, director and founder of the Pachi Tanglang Martial Arts Association,[2] and Grand Master Liu Yun Qiao 劉雲樵 from Wu Tang.[3]

Kenji was serialized in Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday from 1988 to 1992, totaling 21 volumes.


The story chronicles the life of modern-day martial artist. Kenji Goh is a teenager fond of the martial arts particularly Bājíquán, which he studied from his grandfather at an early age. While Kenji's training in Bājíquán is not complete, he learns other martial arts to complement his skills. Kenji's rival is Tony Tan, a Chinese gangster skilled in Hung Ga Shaolin Kung Fu and Muslim Chinese martial arts like Xinyiliuhequan.


  1. ^ Tokitsu, Kenji (1990-03-29). "L'histoire du karaté 19 : Le regard dans le combat du kisémé" (in French). Tokitsu-Ryu. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  2. ^ Pachi Tanglang Martial arts Institute. "Master Su Yu-Chang". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Legacy of the Late Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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Kenji (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia