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The Tatsumaki (竜巻? "Tornado") is a special move used by Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Sakura, Sean, Dan, Gouken, Evil Ryu and Oni.

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Official artwork of Ryu's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku from the Street Fighter II series.

It originates from the classic Capcom fighting video game series Street Fighter. The practitioner jumps and, while in the air, rotates his or her legs, kicking the opponent 1~3 times depending on button pressed. It is usually performed by moving the joystick or D-pad a quarter circle backwards the opponent from the down position, then pressing a kick button. The Tatsumaki, in some games, will lift the user high enough to fly over projectiles, such as the HadokenSonic Boom, Soul Spark and Yoga Fire.

Different types of TatsumakiEdit

Tatsumaki SenpukyakuEdit

Users: Ryu, Ken, Evil Ryu, Violent Ken, Gouken
Debut: Street Fighter

The Tatsumaki Senpukyaku (竜巻旋風脚 Tatsumaki Senpūkyaku?, "Tornado Whirlwind Leg"), also known as Hurricane Kick, is a special move that is usable by Ryu and Ken in Street Fighter. In its early appearances, it hit up to three times. In later games, starting with Super Street Fighter II, Ryu's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, though spinning much, usually only strikes the foe once, harshly, while Ken's has more hits and is more combo-able. Both of their "evil" counterparts use it as well in their games. In Street Fighter IV, this attack has Armor Breaking properties and can also become an EX special move. Ryu's Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku Super Combo becomes his EX variant, while Ken retains a normal Tatsumaki Senpukyaku flight pattern, albeit with more damage and better properties. Gouken can use it only as his airborne Tatsumaki.

In Street Fighter V Ryu's Tatsumaki Senpuyaku functions the same (as does the EX version) but Ken's has undergone a significant revamp. All versions of his Tatsumaki Senpukyaku attacks now knock down and, when he uses the hard variation, he first launches his opponent with his knee then performs an arcing Tatsumaki Senpukyaku as opposed to one that travels parallel to the ground. Ken's EX Tatsumaki Senpukyaku travels diagonally upwards, similar to how it is performed in the Marvel vs. series. The airborne Tatsumaki is mostly the same for Ken but his EX variant is closer to a dive kick wherein he travels downwards at a diagonal angle as opposed to following his jump arc.



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User: Dan
Debut: Street Fighter Alpha

Dan uses a parody of Ryo Sakazaki's Hien Shippuu Kyaku (飛燕疾風脚, "Flying Swallow Hurricane Leg")as his version of the Tatsumaki called Dankukyaku (断空脚 Dankuukyaku?, "Severing Air Leg"). In the Street Fighter Alpha, SNK vs. Capcom, and more recently, Street Fighter IV series, he can also perform it while airborne. The Dankukyaku has three strength variations. The weakest version is a leap and knee jab forward. The knee jab can strike both crouching, standing and aerial foes, which is when it is most damaging. The second is a knee jab and kick, while the third is a knee jab and kick followed up by a second kick that can send opponents to the turf. Its EX version kicks twice and then kicks low (with an airborne-twisting stationary slamming inward-kick), sending the opponent flying to the ground.

Dan Dankukyaku


User: Sean
Debut: Street Fighter III: New Generation

Sean is another fighter that also uses a variant of this move, called Tornado. It looks similar to Ryu and Ken's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, but uses both legs, thus making it more similar to Dan's version and also resembling Ryu's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku from the Street Fighter EX series.


Tatsumaki ZankukyakuEdit

Users: Akuma, Cyber Akuma, Oni
Debut: Super Street Fighter II Turbo

The Tatsumaki Zankukyaku (竜巻斬空脚 Tatsumaki Zankūkyaku?, "Tornado Slashing Air Leg"), also known as Hurricane Scythe Kick, is Akuma's version of the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. Though his movement is similar to Ryu and Ken, in some games lightning may be created by his feet during his Tatsumaki. Like most of his techniques, it is much stronger and faster than Ryu and Ken's. It can hit multiple times, and is considerably faster and somewhat harder to control than Ryu and Ken's. It can combo well into his other moves, and it can be used in the air. The traits of the move itself are a mix of Ryu and Ken's; it has the power of Ryu's and the multi-hitting property of Ken's. In the Marvel vs. Capcom series, the attack takes on lightning properties and hits 5 times, while in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Akuma's version of the move is shown to produce a poisonous gas, as Ryu's moves are already enhanced with electricity in this game. Cyber Akuma, the boss counterpart of the regular Akuma in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, has a stronger variant dubbed Thunder Shock Zanku Kyaku. Oni's version of the Tatsumaki Zankukyaku is more damaging but slower than Akuma's. In Street Fighter IV, Akuma only hits once, but still allows for combos, such as the staple LK Tatsumaki Zankukyaku -> HP Goshoryuken. The EX variant is similar to Ryu's (spinning in place).

Akuma also possesses the Messatsu-Gourasen, a Super Art version of this move. In Super Street Fighter IV, Akuma receives what is probably the most lethal of all Tatsumaki techniques, the Demon Armageddon.



User: Sakura, Dark Sakura
Debut: Street Fighter Alpha 2

The Shunpukyaku (春風脚 Shunpūkyaku?, "Spring Breeze Leg"), also known as Twirling Gale Kick, is Sakura's own version of Ryu and Ken's own Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. Instead of floating in the air, Sakura's variation allows her to uprise and then float back down while spinning. In Street Fighter IV, the EX version adds an extra kick that launches the opponent, and in Super Street Fighter IV it can be followed up with a Sakura Otoshi, Shouoken, Shinku Tengyo Hadoken, Shinku Hadoken or Haru Ranman. In the OMEGA Mode in Ultra Street Fighter IV by clicking another kick button while Sakura makes the Shunpukyaku medium or heavy and Sakura will hold a kick that knocks the opponent on the ground called Shunpurenkyaku.


Tatsumaki GorasenEdit

User: Gouken
Debut: Street Fighter IV

The Tatsumaki Gorasen (竜巻剛螺旋 Tatsumaki Gōrasen?, "Tornado Strong Spiral") is Gouken's version of the Tatsumaki, based off Akuma's Messatsu-Gourasen Super Art from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. However, instead of spinning in place or moving across the screen, the Tatsumaki Gorasen moves upwards, bringing the opponent with it. Once Gouken reaches the top of the screen, he finishes with a powerful final kick which sends the opponent flying across the screen while Gouken slowly descends to earth. This attack can be executed in mid-air, in which it becomes the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku.

Super/Ultra VersionsEdit


  • Throughout the series, the way the Tatsumaki technique is performed has changed. Assuming the player is facing rightwards:
    • In the original Street Fighter, the player would spin to the left (or towards the background) and kick with the right leg.
    • Since Street Fighter II - The World Warrior, the player would spin to the right (or towards the foreground) and kick with the right leg, until...
    • Street Fighter III: New Generation, where the player would spin to the left and kick with the left leg instead. From that point, most Tatsumaki techniques in every main series games and crossovers would be performed in that way.
  • In a chapter of the game Project X Zone, Ryu, Ken, and other members of their small were presumed dead but managed to survive mysteriously due to the Kuuchuu Tatsumaki, and the Guren Senpuu Kyaku.
  • Gouken's air version of the Tatsumaki becomes the Airborne Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, and not Tatsumaki Gorasen. Also, instead of flying in an arc like Ryu, Ken and Akuma's Tatsumaki in the Street Fighter IV series, it flies straight forward like the Tatsumaki from the Street Fighter II series.
  • In Street Fighter: The Movie, the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku was called "Hurricane Kick."
  • When voices are set to English in Street Fighter IV, Ryu, Ken and Akuma's voice actors (Kyle Hebert, Reuben Langdon and Dave Mallow respectively) do not say the name of the move (Or "Tatsumaki Zankukyaku in Akuma's case) when performing it (although Ryu will still shout "Shinku Tatsumaki!" when performing the EX version of it), instead belting out a generic battle shout. It was in Marvel Vs Capcom 3 where Ryu's English dub VA shouts the move's name as well as the hyper combo variant and in Street Fighter X Tekken, all three characters' Englsih dub VAs now shout the name of the move when performing it.
  • In Street Fighter V the phrase will be shortened or spoken fully depending on which version of the attack is used (so for light versions only "Tatsumaki!" will be said, medium "Tatsumaki Senpu!", and for hard the entire "Tatsumaki Senpukyaku!" phrase). Both voice actors will use the full phrase.

References in Popular CultureEdit

See: Tatsumaki/Pop Culture.



See Tatsumaki/Sprites.



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