Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada describes how learning martial arts as a child impacted his world view and insights on fighting

He may give off boss fight energy at times but he doesn't want to actually fight you

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 20, 2019 at 6:07 a.m. PDT

Tekken is one of the longest running and most successful fighting game franchises of the past 25 years, and it showcases a ton of different martial arts and fighting disciplines from around the world albeit stylized to look cooler and hit harder than their real life counterparts.

Katsuhiro Harada, the longtime producer and director of the Tekken series, recently had part of an interview posted online where he discusses how learning martial arts from a young age affected his views on fighting and violence in the real world along with their discipline and technique.

The Tekken director reveals that he actually began learning karate and taekwondo in elementary school which taught him that weight can be one of the biggest determining factors to the outcome of a fight — a concept pretty much completely absent in the fighting game genre.

"I learned a number of things there," said Harada in the interview. "Such as that in a real-life physical altercation, the biggest factor truly is weight... You just can't overcome weight and reach. If we're honest about it, there are a lot of situations where technique isn't really going to get you anywhere at all."

He also admits that while he may give off a more threatening vibe at times, he has actually not been in a real fight since maybe elementary school since he learned that actual fighting is "no joke."

"I grew to understand that there was a top to our world which is one that is full of depth," said Harada. "Because of this, I stopped using any sort of violence in real life. This was an incredibly valuable thing to learn."

You can take a look at the full insightful and short clip of Harada talking about martial arts below.


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