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The Gaoh Style ( () (おう) (りゅう) , Gaō-ryū; lit. "Prostrating King Style") is an older form of classical jiu-jitsu.[1] Gaoh Mukaku was thought to be its last master until his grandson, Gaoh Ryuki, was found to still utilize the martial art.


The Gaoh Style was passed down among "cowards"; the essence of its style lies in "surprise attacks".[2] Because of this, it is unsuited for those aware of its techniques. The style is not meant for sport or fair fights, but rather for survival in incredibly dangerous situations and times. It is believed that it is the Gaoh Style's "surprise attack" nature that caused Gaoh Mukaku to modernize it into the Niko Style.[2]


Air Rending

Air Rending (裂空 (れっくう) , Rekkū) is a flying roundhouse kick thrown from a low stance (as if from a prostrate position).[2] It works best when used after the Earth-Crouching Dragon, as the technique is virtually indistinguishable from Earth-Crouching Dragon up until the flying roundhouse kick is thrown.


A primarily defensive technique that works by tightening all the muscles in the body at once to prepare for impact, Armorclad ( (てん) (がい) , Tengai) drastically increases the user's durability, useful for offense and defensive purposes. It is one of many Gaoh Style techniques that became a part of the Niko Style. In this case, it is the original name of the Adamantine Kata technique, Indestructible.[3].


A specific application of Armorclad, Pierce (穿 (うがち) , Ugachi) is where the finger muscles are developed and hardened, then used to pierce a vulnerable spot. The technique appears to be the predecessor of the Niko Style's Iron Fingers.[4]

Earth-Crouching Dragon

A surprise attack, Earth-Crouching Dragon ( () (ふく) (りゅう) , Chifukuryū) is a powerful uppercut thrown from a low stance (as if from a prostrate position);[2] it often hits the opponent from a blind spot if successful. It is likely the technique was originally used with a small blade.[2]

Retrograde Moon

Retrograde Moon (逆行月, Gyakkō Tsuki) is a technique where the user manipulates the direction of an opponent's attack through control of their joints, redirecting the attack back at the opponent. This technique is most effective against opponent's armed with a weapon.

Root Cutter

Root Cutter (根根, Kon Kattaa) is an upwards diagonal knife hand strike which travels in an arc. It is first seen when Ryuki used it on Xia ji, though its true affects are unknown due to Ji dodging it before it could land.


Shrike (モズ, Mozu) is a technique where the user jumps and stabs the enemy from behind with a knife.

Soft Strike

Soft Strike ( (やわら) (うち) , Yawarauchi) is a type of "mail-piercer", where the force penetrates inside the enemy's body. Ryuki used this move against Naidan Mönkhbat in the Kengan Association VS Purgatory Tournament.

Twin Dragon Charge

Twin Dragon Charge ( (そう) (りゅう) (とつ) , Sōryūtotsu) appears to be a charging twin punch to the opponent's head. The full extent of this move was not shown since Naidan anticipated it.[5]

Uncoiling Serpent Fist

Uncoiling Serpent Fist ( (じゃ) (しん) (けん) , Jashinken) is a technique that was anticipated by Naidan before Ryuki could use it. It appears that the technique involves the user to charge at the opponent and as they close the distance they will rapidly change the direction, catching the opponent off guard.[6]

Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow ( (やなぎ) , Yanagi) is a technique used to alter the trajectory of an opponent's attack via redirecting their flow of power. It is the exact same technique as the Weeping Willow of the Niko Style, and the only one that hadn't undergone any name changes.[7]

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