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Budokan: the Martial Spirit manual

                           Budokan:  Martial Spirit

You can load the game with certain features set the way you like just by
typing an argument after the lodaing command, BUDO:

The program automatically detects the best graphics mode for your computer -
you're not required to enter an argument.  However, there are occasions when
you'll want to change the graphics mode.  Maybe your computer is capable of
handling EGA mode, but you'd rather view the game in CGA mode.

The program does not automatically detect the best sound driver (except for
Tandy).  If you want to listen to your Adlib card instead of your internal PC
speaker, you'll need to instruct your computer to use the Adlib card.  You
must have the card installed to be able to use it.

These are the arguments you can use:

HERCULES               Runs game in Hercules mode.
CGA                    Runs game in CGA mode.
EGA                    Runs game in EGA mode.
VGA                    Runs game in VGA mode.
MCGA                   Runs game in MCGA mode.

CMS                    Plays music on the Creative Music Card (CMS Card)
ADLIB                  Plays music on the ADLIB Card
MT32                   Plays music on the Roland MT32 cards.

JOY1                   Player 1 uses Joystick #1
JOY2                   Player 2 uses Joystick #2

NOSHADOWS              The characters in Budokan cast shadows if the program
                       thinks your computer is fast enough to display them.
                       You can increase the game speed by removing them with
                       this command.
SHADOWS                If shadows don't appear and you want them to, type this

Let's say you want to load the game with these features:  EGA graphics mode,
music generated with the AdLib board (you must have an AdLib board installed),
and no shadows.  You'd type:



I am Tobiko-Sensei, a simple teacher.  This dojo exists to offer martial arts
training to those who seek it.  Do you come to the Tobiko-Ryu Dojo to study
bujutsu, the art of battle, or budo, the path of life?  That is for you to
decide, but be forewarned that either path will require rigorous training and
absolute dedication.  Empty your mind of preconceptions; they will only delay
your physical and spiritual advancement.  And also know that martial arts can
not bestow physical strength on one who is not also strong of spirit.

The Tobiko-Ryu Dojo offers training in four martial arts:  Karate, Kendo,
Nunchaku, and Bo.  First you will jiyu-renshu; or practice your skills alone.
Then you will kumite; or spar against instructors.  There is also a Free Spar
mat where you can spar against students practicing other disciplines.

When you are ready, if you wish, you can travel to the world championship
martial arts tournament at the Budokan.  There you must match your skills
against advanced students in many disciplines, and you will see weapons and
techniques that are not used in this dojo.  How well you preform against these
opponents depends entirely on your experience and dedication.


Press ESC at any time to display the Game Configuration menu.  This menu lets
you specify how to control different parts of the game.  To choose an item,
enter its number.  Press Esc again to return to Budokan.


Press 1 or 2 to specify how Players 1 and 2 will control the game.  You can
choose the keypad, the keyboard, or a joystick for your input device.  For
each martial art, the game controls are shown on grids, and the actual control
depends on the input device you choose.  The following grids show the actual
commands, depending on the input device.

  Q  W  E      7  8  9
  A  S  D      4  5  6
  Z  X  C      1  2  3

Keyboard       Keypad

The Action button lets you make selections and perform certain moves.  For the
different input devices, the Action buttons are:

Keyboard               Left Shift key
Keypad                 Right Shift key
Joystick               Joystick button

If you select joystick control, a grid appears to help you center your
joystick.  Press T to tune your joystick, and follow theprompts.  Press any
key when you are done to return to the Game Configuration menu.


3                      To toggle sound on and off
4                      To specify the way music will be created
5                      To return to DOS


You stand in the main courtyard.  Surrounding you are the various training

To begin your training, walk into one of the four dojos: * Karate, Kendo,
Nunchaku, or Bo.  Use the eight directions of Player 1's input device to walk
into a dojo.

*  The dojos direction are listed here.  Make a note of this.

Tobiko-Sensei          Top of the screen
Bo                     Middle-right of the screen
Karate                 Lower-right of the screen
Nunchaku               Lower-left of the screen
Kendo                  Middle-left of the screen
Free Spar Mat          Top-left of the screen

In each dojo, you are given three choices:

Jiyu-renshu            Lets you practice alone
Kumite                 Lets you spar with an instructor
Leave Dojo             Returns you to the courtyard

Move the Yin Yang symbol up and down using Player 1's input device or the
cursor keys, and press ENTER to make a selection.

At the start of each exercise, Tobiko-Sensei says hajimae (pronounced
ha*gee*may), which means "begin" in Japanese.


This is a time of practice and self-study where you fight an imaginary enemy.
Practice each move again and again until you can perform any of them quickly
and precisely.  When you have memorized every move and can throw any strike
and parry any blow immediately, imagine yourself facing an opponent.  If he
throws a punch to your solar plexus, parry the blow with a mid-range block.
If he spins to kick your forehead, drop to a crouch and kick his leg out from
under him.

The Stamina Bar at the top of the screen tells you how tired you are and how
well you can perform.  For more information on this indicator, see the Stamina
Bar section.

When you are through practicing alone and want to spar with another student or
leave the dojo, press B to bow and conclude the exercise.


This is an opportunity to spar with instructors of various degrees of
difficulty.  You are given three choices:

Sankyu                 Easiest
Ikkyu                  More difficult
Shodan                 Most challenging

Move the Yin Yang symbol up and down using Player 1's input device or the
cursor keys, and press ENTER to make a selection.

In addition to your Stamina Bar above you on the left, your sparring partner
also has a stamina bar.  For more information on this indicator, see the
Stamina Bar section.

Use your instructors wisely.  They are not there for you to simply fight or
defeat.  They are also there so you can practice combination moves, timing,
and correct distance.  Do not think instructors reduce their attacks as you
grow weaker.  It is the quality of your technique, variety of moves, and how
comfortable you are with that knowledge that counts.  Remember, your
instructors are your partners.


Each time you strike your opponent, a number appears indicating the strength
of your strike; the higher the number, the more damage you inflicted.  And you
receive a bonus when you use a move for the first time.  When the match is
over, you are shown your score, which is the total of all your strike points.

If you want to stop in the middle of a sparring match, press B to bow and exit
the match.


The Stamina Bar indicates your current strength and endurance; the longer the
bar, the more stamina you have.  Performing difficult moves or being struck by
an opponent reduces your stamina.  Resting and successfully blocking blows
from your opponents lets your stamina increase.

Blocks prevent you from regaining stamina, so only block your opponent's
attacks as they come.  If you perform a block and hold it, your stamina will
not increase until you relax again.

The Stamina Bar is color-coded so you can approximate your status with a

Green                  Full strength.  Your moves are quick.
Yellow                 60% stamina loss.  Your reactions are slow.  Avoid
                       making high-energy attacks and try to block your
                       opponent's strikes.
Red                    80% stamina loss.  You are very close to exhaustion.
                       You cannot perform strenous attacks quickly.  Avoid
                       most offensive moves and block your opponent's strikes
                       until you regain strength.


Ki (pronounced "key") is the term describing the energy of the universe.  It
is the essential life force that flows through and around us.  Your ability to
accumulate and focus this energy and let it flow freely within you is
essential to your understanding and growth.

The Ki Bar is a measure of how much ki you have; the longer the bar, the more
ki you possess.  The longer you stay in a match without attacking, the more ki
you collect.  The more ki you focus when you attack, the more damage you

When you attack, you use half your ki for the blow.  If you strike your
opponent, he loses half of his ki, too.  Similarly, if you are building up ki
and get struck by your opponent, you will lose half of it from the blow.

If you are forced off the mat during the match, you lose half your ki.


The grids on the following pages correspond to your input device.  The lines
on the grids show the path the joystick must follow, or they connect the keys
you must press.  Wherever a circle appears, press your Action button.  A thick
line indicates a path you follow while holding down the Action button.

For example:  The grid below shows you how to perform an attack in karate
where you first crouch and then kick high.  Next to him is the movement grid
showing how to perform this move.

(My drawing might not be that good so just do what you can with it)

7  8  9         7  8   /
4  5  6         4  | /
1  2  3         1  O  3

With a joystick:

1.  Pull the joystick down to crouch.
2.  Press the Action button and quickly move the joystick to the upper right
    corner to kick.
3.  Release the Action button and return the joystick to the center.

With the keypad (keyboard commands are in parentheses):

1.  Press 2 (X) to crouch.
2.  Simultaneously press RIGHT-SHIFT (LEFT-SHIFT) and 9 (E) to kick.
3.  Release all buttons.

To smoothly perform each move, time your controls to the character's movement
on the screen.  If you are using the keyboard, each keypress must quickly
follow the previous keypress.  For instance, in the above example, if you
release the 2 (X) key and wait too long before pressing the 9 (E) key, you
will stand back up and throw a high punch.  Until you learn to perform a move
fluidly, do not release any keys until the move is completed, and you will
learn timing more quickly.

Though each martial art has many different moves, each motion is represented
in an intuitive way.  To do high kicks, blows, or blocks, you use the top row
of keys on your keyboard or push the joystick up.  To do low kicks, blows, or
blocks, use the bottom row of keys or pull the joystick down.

With practice, you will be able to perform each move quickly and smoothly.
Jiyu-renshu to learn them well.  Only when they become second nature will you
be ready to take on human opponents.

(The diagrams for the moves are in a separate file which is named MOVES.DOC.
It is for your convenience, since you will want to print them out.  My
apologies if you cannot understand them.)


Walk to the Free Spar mat to compete with a human or computer opponent.

Move the Yin Yang symbol with your input device or the cursor keys and press
Enter to make a selection.  sparring on the Free Spar mat is similar to
Kumite.  See "Kumite" in the Tobiko-Ryu Dojo -- The Training Hall section for
a complete description of sparring.  Note, however, that your opponents on the
sparring mat are not teachers, but students like yourself.  They will not
reduce their attacks as you weaken.


Walk into the building between the Free Spar mat and the pond to seek wisdom
from Tobiko-Sensei.  Inside, you are given three choices:

Budokan                Select this when you are ready to travel to the
                       Budokan.  Press the spacebar to begin the tournament.
Talk                   This seeks wisdom from your sensei.  Press the spacebar
                       when you have duly noted his advice.  Do not pester the
                       sensei, for he is a man of great patience, but not
                       eternal patience.
Courtyard              Returns you to the dojo.


In the tournament, you are only allowed to use any one martial art a maximum
of four times.  Under each martial art are dots indicating how many more times
you can use that art.  To win the Budokan, you must use many arts, thus you
must plan each choice of art carefully depending on the martial art chosen by
your opponent.  Do not fight your easiest four opponents with your best art.

Engaging opponents in the Bodokan is similar to kumite (See "Kumite" in the
Tobiko-Ryu Dojo - The Training Hall section for a complete description),
except you are often pitted against adversaries who practice martial arts not
taught in the Tobiko-Ryu Dojo.  Even if they practice an art that is taught in
your dojo, remember they were instructed in a different dojo, and they will
have different fighting styles and may perform attacks unfamiliar to you.

You are give three chances to defeat each opponent.  If you succeed, you meet
the next contestant.  If you fail three times, you are set back to your
previous contestant.  (For example: If you last Match 5 three times, you are
taken back to Match 4.) If you run out of weapons to fight with - remember you
can only use each weapon four times - you are taken back to the Tobiko-Ryu


Every school has its own way of ranking.  Most commonly, a beginner wears the
white belt.  As you grow more skilled in your art, the color gradually
progresses to black.

Kyu Ranks (Mudansha) Undergraduates

Level    Rank
  6      Rokkyu
  5      Gokyu
  4      Yonkyu
  3      Sankyu
  2      Nikyu
  1      Ikkyu (Most advanced undergradute)

Dan Ranks (Yudansha) Black Belts

Level    Rank
  1      Shodan
  2      Nidan
  3      Sandan
  4      Yondan
  5      Godan
  6      Rokudan
  7      Shichidan
  8      Hachidan
  9      Kudan
  10     Judan (Most advanced master)

Below are the diagrams that you will need to know to be able to block or
attack during the game.

The execution of a move is pretty tricky, so don't be discouraged if your move
doesn't turn out like how you planned it.


        Jump Back   7    8    9   Jump Forward

Lean Back to Kick   4    5    6   Lean Forward to Kick

        Step Back   1    2    3   Step Forward

       High Block   7    8    9   High Punch      With the shift key
                                                  press down, press
        Mid Block   4    5    6   Mid Punch       one of these key.

        Low Block   1    2    3   Low Punch

      (With Front Leg)           (With Back Leg)
         High Kick   o    8    o   High Kick      Press either 4, 6, 4 & 1,
                     |         |                  4 & 7, 6 & 3, 6 & 9, and
          Mid Kick   o --- --- o   Mid Kick       then Action Button.
                     |         |
          Low Kick   o    2    o   Low Kick

    High Spin Kick   7    8    9                  Press 6, Action Button, and
                      \-------\                   then quickly press 7, 4, or
     Mid Spin Kick   <======== o                  1.
     Low Spin Kick   1    2    3

      Jump Forward   <======== o                  Press 9, AB, and 7.
      Spin Kick              /
                     4     /   6

                     1    2    3

         Spinning    <=== o    9                  Press 8, AB, then 7.
         Jump Kick        |
                     4    |    6

                     1    2    3

         Jump Back    Jump Kick    Jump Forward
         and Kick    o    o    o   and Kick       Press either 7, 8, or 9, and
                       \  |  /                    AB.
                     4   \|/   6

                     1    2    3

                     7    8    9                  Press 2 & 1, or 2 & 3, and
                     4   | |   6
            Crouch       | |       Crouch
            Sweep    o---| |---o   Low Kick

            Crouch   7    8   /                   Press 2, AB, 9.
            High             /
            Kick     4    | /  6
                     1    o    3

          Jump Back  7    8    9   Jump Forward

Lean Back to Strike  4    5    6   Lean Forward to Lunge

          Step Back  1    2    3   Step Forward

                                   Two-Handed High
         High Block  |    8    /   Strike           Press AB, then either 9,
                     |       /                      6, 4, 4 & 7, or 4 & 1.
          Mid Block  <=== o ===>   Two-Handed Mid
                     |             Strike
          Low Block  |    2    3   (Two Hits)

                     7    8   /|   Two-Handed     Press AB, 9, and then 6.
                            /  |   High & Mid
                     4    o    |   Strike
                                   (Two Hits)
                     1    2    3

                     7    8    o   High Lunge     Press either 4, 6, 6 & 3,
                               |                  or 6 & 9, and AB.
        One-Handed   o---- ----o   Mid Lunge
        High Strike            |
                     1    2    o   Low Lunge

         High Parry  7    8    9                  Press 6, AB, and either 1,
                      \-------\                   4, or 7.
          Mid Parry  <======== o
          Low Parry  1    2    3

                     7    8    9   High Strike    Press 4, AB, and either 1,
                      /-------/                   6, or 9.
                     o ========>   Two-Handed
                     |             Mid Strike
         Two-Handed  |    2    3
         Low Strike

                     Jumping One-Hand
               High  <=== o    9                  Press 8, AB, and either 4 or
                        / |                       7.
                Mid   /   |    6

                     1    2    3

                     7    8   /o   Jump Forward   Press 9, AB, and 6.
                            /  |   High Lunge
                     4    /    |

                     1    2    3

                     7    8   /o   Jump Forward   Press 9, AB, and 3.
                            /  |   High Strike
                     4    /    |
                     1    2    |

                     7    o    9   Jump Mid       Press 8, AB, and 2.
                          |        Strike
                     4    |    6
                     1    |    3

                     Jump High
                     7    o    o   Jump Forward   Press either 8 or 9 and AB.
                          |  /     High Strike
                     4    |/   6

                     1    2    3

                     7    8    9                  Press 2 & AB, or 2, 1, AB.

                     4    |    6
            Crouch        |
          One-Hand   o--- o    3
        Low Strike   Crouch Two-Handed
                     Low Strike

                     7    8    9                  Press 2, AB, then 5.

                     4    |    6   Crouch
                          |        Two-Handed
                     1    o    3   Mid Strike


         Jump Back   7    8    9   Jump Forward

    Ready to Twirl   4    5    6   Ready to Whip

         Step Back   1    2    3   Step Forward

        High Block   7    8    9   High Roundhouse

         Mid Block   4    5    6   Mid Roundhouse

         Low Block   1    2    3   Low Roundhouse

                     7    8    o   High Whip      Press 6, 6 & 3, or 6 & 9
                               |                  and AB.
                     4    -----o   Mid Whip
                     1    2    o   Low Whip

     Twirl Weaopon
     Triple Strike   7   /     9                  Press 4, AB, and either 2
                       /                          or 8.
                     o-----    6
         Underhand   1   \     3

          Jump Mid   7    o    9                  Press 8, AB, and 5.
          Strike          |
                     4    |    6

                     1    2    3

                     7    8   /o   Jump Forward   Press 9, AB, and 6.
                            /  |   Mid Strike
                     4    /    |

                     1    2    3

                     Jump and
                     7    o    o   Jump Forward   Press 8 & AB, or 9 and AB.
                          |  /     and Strike
                     4    |/   6

                     1    2    3

         Jump Spin   <=== o    9                  Press 8, AB, and 7.
       High Strike        |
                     4    |    6

                     1    2    3

                     <======== o   Jump Forward   Press 9, AB, and 7.
                             /     Spin High
                     4     /   6   Strike

                     1    2    3

                     7   /o    9                  Press 8, AB, and 4.
                       /  |
         Jump Spin   /    |    6

                     1    2    3

                     7    8 /-/o   Jump Forward   Press 9, AB, and 4.
                      /----/ /     Spin Mid
                     4      /  6   Strike

                     1    2    3

        High Parry   |    8    9                  Press 4, 4 & 1, or 4 & 7,
                     |                            and AB.
         Mid Parry   o-----    6
         Low Parry   |    2    3

                     7    8    9                  Press 2 or 2 & 1, and AB.

                     4    |    6
            Crouch   o--- o    3
         Parry Low    Crouch
                      Strike Low

                     7    8    9                  Press 2, AB, and 5.

                     4    |    6
                     1    o    3
                     Strike Mid

                     7    8    9                  Press 2, AB, and 4.

                     \    |    6
                       \  |
                     1   \o    3
                     Parry Mid


          Jump Back  7    8    9   Jump Forward

Pull Back to Strike  4    5    6   Lift Forward to Strike

          Step Back  1    2    3   Step Forward

         High Block  7    8    9   High Thrust

          Mid Block  4    5    6   Mid Thrust

          Low Block  1    2    3   Low Thrust

        High Strike  o    8    o   High Strike    Press 4, 6, 4 & 1, 4 & 7,
                     |         |                  6 & 3, or 6 & 9, and AB.
         Mid Strike  o--- 5 ---o   Mid Strike
                     |         |
         Low Strike  o    2    o   Low Strike

                     Spinning Jump Strikes

                     <=== o    9   High Strike   Press 8, AB, and 7.
                     4    |    6

                     1    2    3

                     7   /o    9   Low Strike     Press 8, AB, and 1.
                        / |
                     4 /  |    6
                     /    2    3

                     <======== o   Forward High   Press 9, AB, and 7.
                             /     Strike
                     4     /   6

                     1    2    3

                     7    8 /- o   Forward Mid    Press 9, AB, and 4.
                      /----/ /     Strike
                     4     /   6

                     1    2    3

                     Overhead Strikes

       High Strike   7    8    9                  Press 6, AB, and 4, 1, or
                      \-------\                   7.
        Mid Strike   <======== o
        Low Strike   1    2    3

                     Spin Strikes

                     7    8    9   High Strike    Press 2, AB, and 6, 3, or
                      /-------/                   9.
                     o ========>   Mid Strike
                     1    2    3   Low Strike

                     Jumping Mid Strikes

              Back   o    o    o   Forward        Press 7, AB, and 4, 8, AB,
                     |    |    |                  and 2, or 9, AB, and 6.
                     |    |    |
                     1    |    3

                     Jumping High Strikes

              Back   o    o    o   Forward        Press 7, 8, or 9 and AB.
                       \  |  /
                     4   \|/   6

                     1    2    3

                     7    8    9                  Press 2, and 1 or 3, and
                     4   | |   6
            Crouch       | |       Crouch
       Spin Strike   o --| |-- o   Low Strike

                     7    |    9                  Press 2, AB, and 8.
                     4    |    6
                     1    o    3
                     Crouch Mid

And that concludes the diagrams that shows you how to block, strike, etc.  If
you are using the keyboard instead of the pad, just simply replace the numbers
with the letters.  The equivalence of the keyboard to the keypad would be:

Q    W    E            1    2    3

A    S    D            4    5    6

Z    X    C            7    8    9