Kusanagi style of ancient martial artsEdit
The Kusanagi style of ancient martial arts is the main fighting style of the Kusanagi family. Originally, due to their family's treasure, it had weapon-based origins but it was adapted over the years to focus on utilizing the user's fists for their pyrokinesis abilities. It remains a legacy amongst the family's members and is traditionally handed down with each passing generation. The exception to this is Shingo, who was taught albeit jokingly by Kyo, and then later by Saisyu.
The style was shared by their family's friend, the Yagami (formerly Yasakani) clan. However, after the Yasakani subjected themselves to Orochi's blood, their styles began to deviate from one another.
This martial art is very much like traditional Japanese karate style by adding Chinese kung fu in it. Kyo put his own spin on the style by incorporating Kenpo in The King of Fighters '96 onwards.
Its been insinuated, particularly in The King of Fighters: Kyo that the Kusanagi style harbors a dark side that potentially transforms the practitioner into a mindless berserker, not very different from the Riot of the Blood and Street Fighter's Satsui no Hado. Careless practitioners of the Kusanagi bloodline may end up falling to this path if they lose themselves to its darker side. This happens to Kyo in the 1998 drama CD and The King of Fighters: Kyo manga and echoes with his clones in the Hong Kong comics. Souji in the KOF Kyo story is particularly wary about it that he stopped training lest he becomes one himself completely.
Kyo's SDM in KOF2001 also has him briefly in a deranged berserker-like state in his Shiki 524 Kamakura, a possible nod to the aformentioned state.
- Saisyu Kusanagi
- Kyo Kusanagi - and his clones Kusanagi, Kyo-1, and Kyo-2 (though Kusanagi is a mirror image of Kyo in canon)
- Souji Kusanagi
- Shingo Yabuki - imperfectly taught by Kyo and then mentored by Saisyu
It is not known if Aoi can fight but she inherits her family's innate pyrokinesis ability.