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. Its been insinuated that members of the Kusanagi bloodline may also follow this path if they lose themselves to their 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.
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.
- 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.