(幕之内 一歩, Makunouchi Ippo
), voiced by Kōhei Kiyasu, is the main protagonist of the Anime series Hajime no Ippo. He lives with his mother, Hiroko Makunouchi, and helps with the family charter boat fishing business. Ippo is a classic power in-boxer and is well known for his Peek-a-Boo style of boxing and hard punches which include three signature punches: a rib-cracking Liver blow, Gazelle punch (an uppercut variant), and the Dempsey roll technique. His signature punches appear to be modelled after Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and Jack Dempsey respectively. He is also extremely well-endowed, which Takamura discovers much to his dismay. Because of this lots of jokes are made at Takamura's expense, moreso in the manga.
Ippo is bullied throughout most of his school life. After being rescued by Takamura, he ends up being brought to Kamogawa Gym, where he displays an explosive punching power. After seeing a video of Mike Tyson, he becomes inspired to take up boxing to feel reborn with strength, as a sort of therapy. He soon proves himself to Takamura and Kamogawa, and starts on the path to being a pro boxer. He is also very good in uppercuts, rivaling Takeshi Sendo's. His current record as Japan's featherweight champion is 22–1–0, with 22 KOs, and he has a single digit ranking in the WBC. He is the 2nd best boxer in the whole series after Mamoru Takamura. Even though he is not a technical boxer, he makes up for that with his superb fighting spirit. His ring name is the God of Wind, named after the force of his powerful blows.
Not much is known in Ippo's early life, except for his childhood when his father died in a boat accident. Like at the present Ippo was a very shy, kind and obedient kid. He was also very strong willed and stubborn. During the time when his father (Kazuo) was missing out in the sea, Ippo went everyday to the shore to wait for his return. He believed his father's words that upon his return he will never leave Ippo and Hiroko again. Although his father never returned, Ippo was somehow able to satisfy himself that his father fulfilled his promise by finding the cap he wears during his father's departure
High School and Pro Debut
One day when he was being tormented by Umezawa and his gang he was saved by Takamura (who was in the middle of his Road Work at the time). After that he began to take up boxing in order to learn what it means to be strong.
After joining the Kamogawa Boxing Gym he meets Miyata Ichirou and has 2 sparring matches against him. In the first fight Ippo displays his impressive stamina but is still outright defeated, in the second fight however Ippo manages to hit Miyata's jaw with an uppercut and gains an unexpected KO victory. Becuase of this, Miyata leaves the gym in order to be able to face Ippo again in the Pro Ring, and the become each other's Eternal Rival.
Ippo then takes the pro-boxer licensure exam and pass it with ease. After the test he meets Mashiba Ryou who is in the same weight class as him. Mashiba tells him to move another weight class, but Ippo does not yield and tells him that he want to fulfill his promise to Miyata that they would meet in the pro-ring again in the rookie kings tournament.
Ippo's boxing style is said to be modeled after Mike Tyson and Hamada Tsuyoshi. He is a natural In Fighter, a great Hard Puncher with an impressive KO rate of 100%.his style has had vast improvements which now consists of sways and liverblows, that eventually lead to the Dempsey roll his finishing move.his strong blows have earned him the title wind god(ironic because Miyata Ichirou has the title lightning god due to his fast blows).he's revealed to be the number one infighter in japan.
The peek a boo style emerged from trainers such as Cus D'amato who trained Mike Tyson. Peek a boo allows the boxer to maintain a low center of gravity as the boxer lowers his stance and hunches whilst using their elbows to block their stomach area, and both fists covering the chin (ultimately only seeing the bohttp://www.crunchyroll.com/editarticle?group_id=126216#aboutxers eyes- thus 'peek a boo'). Offensively it is quite limited at further distances- since the boxer would stance more square-on to the opponent- thus there is less rotation for punches such as a right straight. However, it is a infighting stance as it allows the boxer to cover majority of the vital spots whilst giving them the freedom to utilize hooks and uppercuts easily and maintaining a good level of defense. Moreover, it does retain good defensive capabilities even against outfighters as the boxer covers up like a turtle.
Also known as the "Turtle Plan," this strategy where a boxer waits for the "right moment" to launch an attack while focusing on defense. Ippo uses this technique when his openent is about to finish him off. Often, Ippo turns the table around because of the enemy's recklessness using this strategy during his amateur days in boxing.
The Dempsey roll was a technique used by the boxer Jack Dempsey. He was able to dominate his weight class by utilizing a technique whereby he would almost bob while throwing punches like a pendulum- so bob to the left and come back with a left hook and vice versa. It allows certain defensive capabilities since it allows the boxer to bob left to right, but is open to counters since the rhythm is repetitive and easy to time. But, the major factor here comes from the weight shifting and full rotation to the back and hips to allow a powerful hit which comes from the blind spot- since the bobbing aspect takes the boxer to the further parts of the other person's vision and thus there is a factor of being hit without seeing it (unless the person steps back).
New Dempsey Roll
After Ippo's fourth title defense against Shimabukuro Iwao, the Dempsey Roll's weakness against counters became apparent to boxers all over Japan. Not wanting to drop his best weapon, he works to improve it. The result is a Dempsey Roll that stops and starts abruptly, avoiding counters and throwing off the opponent's rhythm. However, the sudden movements put a great strain on the legs and hips, and overuse can cause permanent injury. Ippo first uses it to defeat Sawamura Ryuuhei in his fifth title defense.
Gazelle Punch is a technique where Makunouchi Ippo springs downwards then forward then uses the momentum of that motion into an uppercut. It was first used by Floyd Patterson who was a heavyweight. Ippo first used it in his match with Volg Zangief.
The liver blow is a hit to the liver, which is underneath a individuals right pectoral behind the rib cage. If hit hard enough, it ruptures the liver causing internal bleeding, which causes the person to experience nausea and feel faint. It is a very effective attack to stop someone from moving around, especially outfighters.This is one of Ippo's strongest moves and first use in fighting Mashiba in the East Japan Rookie Finals.
Sakki is the technique of adding rage or bloodlust to a feint punch to fool the opponent into guarding or attacking so that the user can land a counter or buy some recovery time. It is introduced in the mountain camp with Nekota Ginpachi as Makunouchi Ippo's technique to beat Sendou Takeshi.
A counter punch is, as the name implies, counterattack against an opponent's punch. It can be blocked, dodged, or slipped by the counter puncher, and in the window of opportunity before the opponent can cover up and defend themselves again or maneuver away from the counter puncher, the punch of the counter puncher's choosing for the scenario is thrown. Because the opponent is on the offensive and putting weight forward to throw punches, their own power is turned against them, combined with the force of the counter punch itself, amplifying it further. When accurate, they can be truly devastating if on target, all the more reason why fighters are told to keep their hands up at all times and not allow any opportunity to be counter punched whatsoever.
Miyata Ichiro is a textbook example of an individual who uses counter punching to their advantage, using his technical skills and superior speed and footwork to make them all the more dangerous. However, a missed counter punch can lead to the counter puncher being countered themselves, all the more reason to only attempt when it is clear and certain when the punch will land on target.
One Centimeter Punch
This is a superclose-ranged punch to the body that would often have the same power as a punch thrown normally. This is a punch that Ippo developed against Date in his First Japan Championship Match. This punch is often done during clinches or while neutralizing range attacks by being superclose to the enemy.
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Cross Arm Block
Cross Arm Block is a block using both hands thats makes a cross shape.
Heart Break Shot
Heart Break Shot is a direct punch to the heart. This victim experiences breathing difficulties. This is one of Date Eiji's weapons. If the punch connects, the opponent is stunned for a short time.
Source: Wiki Ippo