Holy shit, you don’t wanna piss this guy off! Ever!
Karate champion Kim Do Nguyen’s moves are influenced by Chinese monks and the 1987 videogame Street Fighter. You can recognize Nguyen’s signature maneuver as the Shoryuken – aka the Dragon Punch – a fictional special attack from the Street Fighter series used by Ryu, Ken, and other Street Fighter characters trained under the same style. The move is a jumping uppercut in which the user spins, knocking the opponent to the ground.
With his already world famous routines – the Shoryuken, some occasional break-dancing moves and traditional kicks and punches – Nguyen has received over 100 martial arts trophies, including awards from four world championships. At the karate competitions he attendeds – something like gymnastics floor performances – instead of playing classical music, Kim Do syncs his movements to pop tracks overlaid with Street Fighter sound effects.
I practice about one hour for every three hours of gaming I do, Nguyen says. Better not challenge him to a death match, eh?