Mr. Karate is the alias of and alter ego of both Takuma Sakazaki and his son Ryo Sakazaki in later games. Takuma wears a Tengu Mask to hide his true identity when he was once forced to work for the corrupt policeman and later crime lord Geese Howard during the events of the first Art of Fighting (1992) where he is the final boss of the game. 

Takuma returned using that alias and the Tengu mask in a couple later games like the crossover fighting game SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom (2003), in The King of Fighters XIII (2010) Mr. Karate became a DLC character for the console versions.

In SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom, SNK introduced a slightly different version of him called Serious Mr. Karate (Honki ni Natta Mr. Karate) that is one of the two final boss characters in the game.

Ryo Sazuki, Takuma’s son is also using the Mr. Karate alias sometimes and is sometimes referred to as Mr. Karate II. Their movesets are similar but not identical. Ryo is known as Mr Karate even without using the Tengu Mask sometimes. He debuted as Mr. Karate in Buriki One and Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition that were both released in 1999 and featured Ryo as a guest character. 


Mr. Karate from the Art of Fighting & King of Fighters Games: an Overview

Charactername: Mr. Karate   Developed /Created by SNK 
Gameseries:  Art of Fighting   First seen on:  Arcades
First Game: Art of Fighting   Year first seen: 1992 
Last Game: The King of Fighters XIII (2010)   Birthplace: Japan 
Role(s) and Characteristics:  Fighting Game Boss/Character   Martial Arts Style: Kyokugenryu Karate 
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Mr. Karate from the SNK Fighting Games


The King of Fighters XIII (2010)

King Of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 (2006)


NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (2005)


SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos (2003)


SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos (2003) (Serious Mr Karate)




Mr. Karate in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

Mr. Karate is a part of our Fighting Game Boss Tribute and was first drawn for it in 2011 already


Selected Fan Art and Cosplay of Mr. Karate


Mr. Karate KOF Redux Redesign Concept

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Updates in the Video Game Character Database entry and game art gallery of Mr. Karate

10.09.2018 – Serious Mr. Karate Info and art added

21.03.2018 – Creation of Mr. Karate’s Gallery and DB Entry