Chun-Li Spinning Bird Kick

Official artwork of Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick from the Street Fighter II series.

The Spinning Bird Kick (スピニングバードキック Supiningu Bādo Kikku?) AKA Kaitenteki Kakukyakushuu (回転的鶴脚蹴 Rotating Target Crane Leg Kick?) is one of Chun-Li's original attacks in the Street Fighter II series. It debuts along with Chun Li's other special move, the Hyakuretsukyaku, in Street Fighter II. This move also appears in Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game.[1]

Appearance Function Input
Street Fighter II
Most appearances
Special Attack Arcade Stick CDU + Arcade Button Kick
Super Street Fighter II Turbo
Several other appearances
Special Attack Arcade Stick CBArcade Stick Right + Arcade Button Kick
Street Fighter EX series Special Attack Arcade Stick QCF + Arcade Button Kick



Chun-Li jumps up, feet first in the air, and does a split (before Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, she started the move with a quick handstand to get in position; since then, she has started propelling herself from her feet). She then twirls her upside-down body and attacks, with her legs like helicopter blades. It is similar to Ryu and Ken's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku; if the opponent is standing, Chun-Li's feet will repeatedly hit the opponent in the face until the attack ends. Its controller input depends on whatever game Chun-Li was in, as shown above. A few games allow Chun-Li to perform this move in the air.

The EX Special version introduced in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and in Street Fighter V does not move forward, instead remaining stationary (not unlike a Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku) and acting more as an anti-air reversal attack. If the opponent is standing just close enough to be hit by the move, they will be sucked in a vacuum-like effect for additional hits.

In some versions of Street Fighter II, it is possible to do a jumping forward Spinning Bird Kick[2]

In Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, a new followup move from this attack is added called the Hajinkyaku (覇人脚 Hajinkyaku?, Champion Leg), where upon recovering from the spinning momentum of the attack Chun-Li follows up with a back-spin kick through the air with her leading leg.

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Spinning Bird Kick/Pop Culture






  1. Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game