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Kappa-ryu is a swordsmanship style used by the samurai Kawamatsu. As noted by Raizo and Kikunojo, this style is Kawamatsu signature fighting style, despite the latter being a sumo wrestler.[1]

OverviewEdit

According to Kawamatsu, fighting against the Kappa-ryu is like trying to swim against raging waters. When wielding his Soto Muso, Kawamatsu was able to blow away several men charging against him, taking them down with a single blow.[1]

TechniquesEdit

  • Menamu-gawa (滅南無川めなむがわ Menamu-gawa?, literally meaning "Destructive Hailing River): Kawamatsu lunges toward his opponents, holding the blade's tip toward them and overwhelming them. It was first used against several Beasts Pirates guards in the Prisoner Mine.[1] Namu (南無?) is a transliteration of Sanskrit नमस् (námas, literally "to bow") and it is used in Buddhist salutations or expressions of faith. In the VIZ manga, this is called River of Retribution.
  • Yorikiri (寄り斬り Yorikiri?, literally meaning "Frontal Force Out Cutter"): Kawamatsu performs a slash and sends opponents flying away. It was first used against several Beasts Pirates guards in the Prisoner Mine.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 One Piece Manga — Vol. 94 Chapter 948 (p. 11-13), Kawamatsu attack the Beasts Pirates.
  2. One Piece Manga — Vol. 94 Chapter 949 (p. 5), Kawamatsu uses Yorikiri.

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