Tatsumaki Senpukyaku

Osarenkhoe Uwuigbe


This paper investigates the special move Tatsumaki Senpukyaku from the iconic video game franchise, Street Fighter. The practitioner of this special move, used in this paper, is one of the protagonists from the franchise, Ryu. By modelling the structure of Ryu as a normal British human and the horizontal flight of the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku to be helicopter-like it was found that while using this move Ryu would have to travel at a speed 30 ms-1 (~67 mph) through the air in order to maintain lift and stay afloat. This is a speed which is only 3 mph less than the motorway speed limit for cars in the United Kingdom (which is 70 mph).


Computer game; Physics; Aerodynamics; Tatsumaki Senpukyaku; Street Fighter

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