P2 1 Dragon Punch: Science of the Shoryuken

Corban C. B. Gardiner, Joel E. Grout, Oliver J. T. Brough, Tom E. Halliday


We investigate the speed at which the character Ken Masters, from Street Fighter, must perform his Shoryuken move in order for flames to ignite on his fist. It was found that he would need to punch upward at Mach 1.96, or 672.28 m/s. Furthermore, he would experience 13163.26 g’s and would need to consume 100 servings of spaghetti bolognese (Ken’s favourite meal) for the energy required to perform the move.

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