The First Blow ((最初の一撃!, Saisho no Ichigeki!?) is the 12th chapter of the Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple manga written and illustrated by Syun Matsuena it also known as Battle 12.


At Ryouzanpaku dojo, Sakaki seemed mad at Kenichi for knowing that Tsubaka's style is merely made of steps, but Sakaki was just kidding. Sakaki then decided to teach Kenichi a way to fight Tsubaka. Akisame told Shigure that good masters teach disciples and good disciples teach masters. Kenichi and Sakaki properly greeted each other before training. Kenichi then told Sakaki that he wants to get strong enough to protect Miu, but Sakaki laughs that Kenichi should do it or not with Miu and Apachai overhearing.

Elsewhere, Tsubaka was reporting to the female leader that Kenichi wasn't as strong as she thinks. The leader then hands him a photo of a judo fighter for him to fight.

The next day at school, Kenichi left for Gardening Club and Miu left for Gymnastic Club. Two students were jealous of Kenichi being friends with Miu and wanted to talk to her until they ran away after seeing Tsukaba beat up the judo fighter like he did with Kenichi. Tsukaba was disappointed with the weak freshmen. Miu stepped in to stop the fight and help the loser to the nurse's office. Tsukaba grabbed onto Miu from behind, but her reaction forced Tsukaba's hand back at him hard. Tsukaba saw that Miu was strong and wanted to beat her up despite her gender. Tsukaba gave Miu two or three free hits until Kenichi came and yelled at him to stop. Kenichi decided to have a rematch with Tsukaba despite all the pain that was from the last time he fought him. Kenichi remembered that Sakaki told him that the first blow is always important. Kenichi went for a punch when Tsukaba rushed in only for it to be blocked. However, it was a Yamazuki used to aim at both the opponent's face and gut.

Characters that AppearedEdit


  • Kenichi vs. Tsubaka: Round 2 (ongoing)

New TechniqueEdit

Chapter NotesEdit

  • Kenichi learned Yamazuki from Sakaki


N/A Introduction Arc The Three Man Squad of Valkyrie Arc
N/A Chapters
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
N/A Episodes
1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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