StreetFighter
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StreetFighters do not consider themselves part of yogang culture. They seek something purer, with purpose and honor. They found it by studying the martial arts. The discipline and traditions give them something solid to hold onto in the chaos of the Street. They never refer to their groups as yogangs. They prefer to be known as a school, dojo, or similar term.

StreetFighter subculture centers around the training school: sometimes a corporate or neighborhood gym which members all attend, sometimes empty lots, or deserted basements. The most appealing aspect of the dojo is respect. Here, every student is pushed to better themselves, pushed to their limits, and yet accepted for what they are. This gives them pride and a desire to achieve. Within the school, senior belts are obeyed with deference, but even lower belts are treated with respect.

Beyond the obsession with martial arts and bettering themselves, StreetFighters vary wildly, depending on their individual backgrounds. They've all got their own interests, but martial arts and the dojo always come first. With their simple lifestyle, they have little need for money, just enough to eat and keep going to classes. To help make ends meet, they will sometimes hire out as security for clubs, as bodyguards, or as self-defense instructors. They also tend to live together and eat a lot of common meals.

As a rule, StreetFighters dislike violence. While they don't see themselves as policemen, schools are known to intervene with frightening speed when they see someone getting picked on. While they won't go out of their way to patrol troublesome areas, they’ve been known to go to certain places (where streetword says a GoGang might pass) and just hang out. Seeing StreetFighters around has a bit of a dampening effect on violence and mayhem.

What They Look Like

StreetFighter clothes are always patterned after traditional martial arts training uniforms; they’d never actually wear their training uniform outside of the dojo, but their civilian clothes are designed for the same freedom of motion. Sturdy and loose-fitting, often made of canvas or some other heavy fabric, the sleeves and leggings rarely extend past the elbows or knees. They usually have a length of leather or rope wrapped around their waist (wearing a martial arts belt in public is considered vulgar). Hair is worn short to keep it out of the eyes or tied back in a ponytail or with a headband. Rope slippers are favored by traditional types, or sneakers otherwise. Sometimes they lug along a gym bag for training gear.

Some StreetFighters carry weapons. StreetFighters particularly appreciate melee weapons for their beauty and fine lines. But they never carry guns and destroy them whenever they fall into their hands.

Each school has its own distinctive colors and symbols (usually a kanji character, an idealized image of an animal, or an abstract but artistic logo), often worn as a patch on jackets or uniforms.

Allies & Enemies

As a StreetFighter, you have few enemies. Since you don't look for violence, your only enemies are those who start trouble: MegaViolents and the GoGangers. And if there's trouble and a Guardian gang is involved, you can bet the 'Fighters will back them up pronto.

Things only get ugly when you encounter rival combat schools. In most cases, inter-school aggression is handled through ritualized tournaments and sparring matches. But sometimes it gets out of line, particularly if a former student leaves the school and sets up his own dojo nearby. Then the Street can explode in a series of bloody and brutal battles, in which each school attempts to decimate the other. The worst cases happen when rival schools are pushed into a conflict by local neighborhoods or become the pawns of warring Triad ganglords.

Tags

Tags aren't a major part of StreetFighter culture. Some have them, some don't. It is mostly a matter of preference. To StreetFighters, it is far more important to declare one's school than to tout a personal title.

Slang

Bushi tough, hard-core
Claat StreetFighter
C.Q. negative adjective meaning excessively bright, flashy, sweet, etc.
Dojo the School
Giri obligations, promises you must keep
Kata the way things are, the rules, the bureaucracy
Kick around to hang out, to meet, to have fun
San a term of respect, usually after a name, like Smith-san
Sensei teacher; your martial arts master
Take to go to, move into
Triad a general term for members of the Asian Mafia; also any organized crime figure

Yogang Benefit

  • Martial Artist: StreetFighters start with the Martial Artist Edge.
  • Kata: StreetFighters start with Fighting at d4.

Yogang Complication

  • Pacifist: StreetFighters start with the Pacifist Minor Hindrance.

Gear

Choose four things from the list below:

  • 4 Shuriken
  • Tonfa
  • Nunchaku
  • Kendachi Monokatana
  • Kendachi Monotanto
  • V-Card with virtual Sparring Partner (Fighting d8, Parry 6)

StreetFighters

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