(Lin Yum Ma)
CHARACTER POINTS: 311
INT: 9 REF: 10/8 TECH: 7 COOL:10 ATTR: 8/5
LUCK: 4 MA: 8/4 BOD: 7/5 EMP: 10
Mama Sifu was born in a small village in Eastern China, as an infant she was given to the Chinese Opera Research Institute in Hong Kong, and trained for 15 years in Chinese Theatre (Peking opera), martial arts, music and acrobatics. This is the same school that turned out legends like Jackie Chan and Samo Hung, the training was very rigorous and cruel, but it turned her into quite a young martial artist. Upon graduation she had a brief and forgotten film career, then returned to Mainland China and wandered around for a while, visiting various schools and learning what she could. She met Papa on a trip to Japan, the too soon fell in love but racial tensions at the time made it hard for them as a couple, so the two left Nippon for America. The two settled in California and were married soon after. When Richard Night began redeveloping Del Coronado into what is now known as Night City they moved into the asian community and set up shop teaching what they could at first to whoever would learn. Their traditional views on training and incredible skill soon attracted the student base they needed. When things started to go downhill because of the Yakuza and Tong conflicts they found themselves once again in the middle official tensions, the Yakuza wanted Papa to train their soldiers and the Tongs wanted Mama to train theirs. Instead the moved right in between the two neighborhoods and set up their own private hidden school, to insure nothing of this nature ever happened again they began holding auditions for additional instructors and son garnered the best the city had to offer in each of their respective styles.
Mama Sifu is the harshest and most skilled of all the instructors, where her small stature would normally be considered a setback she more than makes up for it by taking on any challenge that comes her way. Disrespectful and students often find themselves the victim of a beating as she wails on them with whatever happens to be close enough at hand, and when she is unarmed is when she is most dangerous. Her harshness aside, when not directly training students she is cheerful, and acts as a surrogate grandmother to all the students, especially with Yumi whom she truly views as a daughter. She has also become quite fond of Chin Lu, the young monk who teaches at the school. She is playful and flirtatious with the male student body which is perhaps the scariest thing about her (At least to the students) but she and Papa are truly happy together, although a little sad they could not have children of their own. The botanical garden is Mama's personal undertaking, and only the most prized students are ever allowed to help her in it. She sells flowers to the building next door and sells herbs and roots to the traditional healers of the area. She is quite a skilled healer herself and very few medical problems arise in the school she cannot take care of. She teaches Wui Wing Chun, Tai Chi Ch'uan, Tsui Pa Hsein, Choi Li Fut, Cha Hsuin Men, Li Chia, and Jeet Kun Do.
CHARACTER POINTS: 295
INT: 8 REF: 10/9 TECH: 5 COOL: 10 ATTR: 6
LUCK: 5 MA: 9/5 BOD: 8/4 EMP: 9
Papa Sensei was born in Honshu not long after the great war. His father was a Japanese army trainer and when the war ended he became a martial arts instructor. Papa grew up learning the various Martial arts of the land, and while his father was mainly schooled in Kyoshinkai he took every opportunity to learn as many of the various forms of Karate as he could, as well as gaining knowledge of the other Japanese styles as well. By the time he was 18 he had been winning tournaments all over the country, but his fathers strict regimen and the intensive training caused the boy to resist his fathers control. After losing a match his father beat him him severely and cast him out into the street. Feeling unworthy of further competition he went to a Sumo school and worked as a water boy for a while then shortly after he left and just sort of wandered around for a while. Lost in spirit with no sense of direction the young master found himself taking any odd job he could get and spending the money on alcohol. One day he awoke from a drunken stupor to Find himself on the steps of a Buddhist temple. He was allowed to stay with the monks for a while and managed to cleanse himself of his shame. He re-entered the competition circuit and met Mama at a match in Hokkaido, the winner of the match depends on who you talk to but in reality both were disqualified after kissing each other. When his Father heard of Papa's engagement to a Chinese he set out to find his prodigal son, and after a confrontation Papa and Mama fled to California, where they were married.
Papa is not as harsh a teacher as
he is very demanding. He is loved and respected by his
has been the object of a crush of many a female pupil.
and playful demeanor only fade when intense training begins,
and he can
usually be seen smoking his pipe lazily in the afternoon
gathered around to hear his stories and advice. Papa
in love with his wife, and much to her chagrin he will get
at her most inopportune moments, like when she is scolding a
Its a running joke between them and students have been known
and even wager on who will get the upper hand per day.
student is Yumi and his surrogate daughter is the apple of
He also welcomes Scott as her fiancee with open arms and
man like the too were already married. Papa teaches,
Hwarang-Do, Koppo, Kenpo, Te, Judo, Jui Jitsu, Aikido, and
amount of knowledge about Sumo.
CHARACTER POINTS: 241
INT: 8 REF: 10 TECH: 6 COOL: 7 ATTR: 5
LUCK: 6 MA: 7 BOD: 7 EMP: 6
Auntie Korea comes from a long line of martial artists, her family has been highly respected in the field for many years. Upon reaching the age of 18 each child is expected to set out and find her own way, spreading their school name as far as possible. Auntie Korea's journey led her to America where she opened up shop in Seattle. Unfortunately when the collapse came it hit her hard, new to the country she was caught unprepared, and was left in financial ruin. She had been working as a hostess in a restaurant when she heard of a new school in California holding auditions for instructors. She went to California and the rest is history.
Auntie Korea is a very disciplined and
woman, and this shows in her lessons. Not very warm or
is not particularly liked by her students, she is however
and her expertise is unquestioned. She resides at the
teaches Tae Kwon Do, Yu Sool, T'ang-Su, and Taido.
(HOUAK SIM PHON)
CHARACTER POINTS: 187
INT: 6 REF: 10 TECH: 5 COOL: 10/9 ATTR: 6
LUCK: 4 MA: 9 BOD: 10 EMP: 7/5
Uncle Thai was like most boys in Thailand, he wanted to be a champion kick boxer. And like most boys he trained day and night. He had promise and skill, and the determination to take him to the top. He rose quickly through the ranks and by the age of 21 he had a shot at champion. There was only one problem, organized crime controlled every aspect of the sport. When it came time for the title fight he was told to lose. This was the shot he had dreamed of all his life and he was going to be damned if he threw it away. He won the fight, but he was damned anyway, they caught up to the young fighter and in retribution cut off his leg, warning him that the next time he was seen hs head would be next. Fearing for his life he fled to the states. The money he had won paid enough for passage and a cyberleg so when he reached America he was destitute. He began teaching at a school in San Francisco but was unable to bring himself to compete, the cybered events were to fierce and he couldn't compete in the regular tournaments because of his leg. Refusing to further degrade his body he became depressed and apathetic. When word hit him of auditions at the new school in Night City he didn't know why he went, but he soon found a home.
Uncle Thai is friendly and caring, his
methods are supportive and he is generally well liked by the
However he is prone to fits of depression and keeps his
relationships. Ashamed of his leg, he keep it covered
if it is noticed or mentioned to him he will immediately
and sulk. He is however an excellent teacher. He
CHARACTER POINTS: 187
INT: 7 REF: 9 TECH: 7 COOL: 5 ATTR: 8
LUCK: 6 MA: 7 BOD: 6 EMP: 6
Auntie France is a true aristocrat, her parents are wealthy European landholders, and she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. At her boarding school in Paris she became quite an adept at the martial art of Savate and received a scholarship to college because of her promising talent. Bored of school and her lifestyle she dropped out and traveled across Europe, in Greece she made a friend and traveling companion in a young gypsy girl named Rebecca, the two traveled the world on her fathers money. The relationship started out as a business proposition, Marie had seen Rebecca giving a street performance of her martial art skills and it had impressed her. Her style had what Savate was lacking, where Savate was primarily focused with footwork Jitte was focused with hand and knife attacks, wishing to learn the new style Auntie France approached the gypsy and offered to allow her to travel with her all expenses paid in exchange for lessons. The two girls became the best of friends and eventually their relationship took a more intimate twist. After a few years the two were inseparable lovers, but then tragedy struck. They had been in India sightseeing when they accidentally became separated. Marie searched frantically but Rebacca was never seen again, it was suspected she was kidnapped by white slavers but no evidence was ever found. Marie was heartbroken and decided to go the cruelest place in the world. She ended up in Night City, settling down and opening her own business (a small boutique in the corp sector called Eponine's). She got news of a new school holding auditions for Martial arts instructors, hoping perhaps that Rebecca would show up she went. Her skills impressed Mama and Papa and she was invited to join.
Auntie France is a sad but friendly
occasionally she will take a favorite student out for an
of shopping or lavish night on the town, so students try
very hard to
her favor. Her lesbian tendencies have led to brief
a few of the female students but she sees no one on a
Her teaching methods are straightforward but effective and
are popular. She has her own apartment and when
not at the
dojo she is seeing to her business affairs. She
JAMAICA (HUGH JAMES)
CHARACTER POINTS: 189
INT: 6 REF: 9 TECH: 5 COOL: 10 ATTR: 8
LUCK: 4 MA: 5 BODY: 10 EMP: 8
Hugh is a native of Jamaica and learned Capeoria and so he could enter the blood fights held for rich tourists. As the years went by, the danger involved increased as did the stakes. Soon death matches were common and though Hugh tried to avoid them it eventually came down to either kill or quite. He quite and purchased passage onboard a cargo ship bound for the USA. He snuck into the country and began travelling. Picking up the skill of U-Ra-Do along the way. Eventually ending up in Night City. He ran around with the Voodoo Boyz for a while but there reliance on drugs for commerce was not the direction he wanted his life to take, it was too much like home. He got word of the school and applied the same evening. The school, wanting to continue in its increasing diversity took him in and now he resides and teaches there full time.
Hugh is Rasta to the bone, he has even
Mama to grow cannabis in her garden alongside Papa's
Opium. He is
friendly, trustworthy and has the most popular class of all
uncles. He is laid back and utilizes music very
occasionally playing the drums himself, he is never strict
with kindness and understanding, it may take his students
what he is teaching but and while the other masters may feel
he is to
on his pupils, the pupils themselves never have cause to
him.He teaches Capeoria and U-Ra-Do.
RUSSIA (SASHA CORSKI)
CHARACTER POINTS: 178
INT: 6 REF: 8 TECH: 7 COOL: 8 ATTR: 5
LUCK: 5 MA: 4 BOD: 10
Sasha's parents were Soviet defectors from the cold war. His father was a wrestler bound for the Olympic games when he defected during an exhibition trip in New York City. Due to his fathers size and ability to wrestle he was picked up by a talent scout and entered the entertainment industry as a professional wrestler. It was good money and all the fights were staged so he had plenty of time to teach his some his native martial art of Sambo. When his popularity faded due the end of the cold war the family moved to Denver and set up a wrestling academy catering mostly to professional wrestlers but many legitimate wrestlers attended as well. Sasha heard about the school during a match in Night City and decided to give it a try.
Sasha lives in an apartment in Old
also manages a western branch of his fathers school.
students to strive and his teaching style resembles that of
football coach, always shouting encouragement and
very vocally. He teaches Sambo, Greco-Roman Wrestling,
to take up boxing, all though he can only teach the basics
(as that's all he has really learned.)
CHARACTER POINTS: 256
INT: 9 REF: 10 TECH: 6 COOL: 10 ATTR: 4
LUCK: 4 MA: 6 BOD: 9 EMP: 8
Haruhiko is descended from a long and prestigious samurai family, and grew up in Kendo schools. By age 16 he was the National fencing champion in Japan, and a master of Zanji Shinjenken-Ryu, at age 17 he took the gold in the Olympic games. He was fast becoming a legend and upon his 18th birthday received the families ancestral Daisho. Arasaka approached him for sponsorship, this would mean massive coverage and glory for the young athlete but uninterested in serving a master he refused. In the 2004 Olympic games tragedy struck, he accidentally killed his opponent in an exhibition match. Overcome by guilt and shame he dropped out of competition. The Yakuza then found him, and tried to force him into training their soldiers. When he refused his family was threatened and to show they meant it his father was killed. Seeing no way out he conceded and began training Yakuza soldiers in the way of the sword and was exhibited like a slave in front of clients and rivals. The day came when the Arasaka gave him orders to compete in a death match against a champion from the Triads. He defeated the enemy but refused to kill him, this caused the Yakuza to lose face and they killed his mother for his defiance. Seething with rage Haruhiko slaughtered his entire class and his mothers murderer, but now hunted by the Yakuza he had no choice but to flee. Seeking salvation he went to his old friend Ichigo Hokuno, where he was offered sanctuary and a place to hone his art as well a teach it to others. Through Ichigo's connections with Char Haruhiko's bounty had been resolved with the Yakuza.
Haruhiko would be a full time teacher
school, but he is prone to leave for weeks at a time to just
place to place, he has also become an accomplished
finding art helps to soothe is troubled soul. His
a hard man to be around but an excellent teacher. His
is very disciplined and severe and is wont to come out of
an unaware student with a shinai, he does this to teach them
expect an attack, he also teaches the way of Bushido, and
of classic Samurai training. He teaches Zanji
Kendo, Ishin-Ryu, Zen Archery, and to those who would learn
CHARACTER POINTS: 172
INT: 9 REF: 9 TECH: 8 COOL: 9 ATTR: 7
LUCK: 6 MA: 9 BODY: 9 EMP: 7
Chin was an orphan who was left on the doorstep of a Shaolin temple in China. The monks raised him in their footsteps. The boy was incredible quick to learn and exhaustively scoured the monastery for knowledge. It was a simple life, learning the ways of the monks. Chin had never traveled further than the small village near the monastery, and never without accompaniment by another student or monk. He had never seen a handgun and had never had a conversation with a girl, so before he could become a monk it was decided he should see the other side of life. He was to deliver a message to Lin Yum Ma in a place called Night City America. None of the monks at the temple had ever been outside of China and knew nothing of Night City, if they had perhaps they would have had second thoughts about sending so naive a boy to such a place of corruption. Regardless the boy was given the message, 3000 dollars worth of gold pieces and some clothes to wear, donated by the village for the poor and trained in the english language for a full month (only learning basic conversation skills). The boy made his way to Hong Kong where he got a passport and exchanged his gold for Euro, then boarded a ship for America. Upon arrival he set out on foot into the city, as night fell he began looking for somewhere to sleep. Not able to find a hotel he sat down on a corner bench and began to meditate when he felt a tap on his shoulder. He was being harassed by a group of young thugs, as he was about to teach the brigands a lesson a strange man appeared black as the sun, with hair like a pom pom, and dressed in fine clothes (a black pimp with an afro). The man warned the brigands off and introduced himself as Darryl. Chin explaining his situation caused the man to take him in for the night. On the way to the man's apartment however the two were attacked from behind by the group of thugs and a few of their friends. Chin beat them into unconsciousness faster than Darryl could recognize that he was in a fight. Seeing possibilities in his new companion, Darryl took him home and gave him a change of clothes, informing Chin that he would help him find the person he sought but it would cost him 3 favors to be called when the need arose, Chin heartily agreed. He found the dojo within days and delivered the message. Chin was invited to stay at the school and accepted. It was at the school that he met Jaqcues Dubois and Thomas Johnson, and even though early on Jaqcues convinced the lad that phone calls cost a thousand dollars apiece the two became best friends and occasionally partners, Chin often accompanying the two on wild adventures. Char too, has noticed Chin's skill, and is devising a way to introduce the young master into the organization.
Chin is one of the finest martial
the world, there is not a person in the school he has not
fact he has never been defeated in hand to hand combat
never used a handgun on another human being and abhors
naive and optimistic outlook make him truly an enigma in the
of the city. Trained all his life in the martial arts
the truest soul of any encountered at the dojo he is well
with the highest regard. As a teacher he is incredible
are quickly becoming the most popular, rarely he will
with Jaqcues or Thomas but this is forgiven as he spends
then all of the part time masters, even when he is not
he is teaching. Chin teaches Shaolin Kung Fu, all
Moo Gi Gong, Tsui Pa Hsein, Tai Chi Ch'uan and Lee Kwan
Yumi, when not on assignment for Autumn Blade, fills in for many of the other instructors, her martial arts skills are on a par with Chin-lu's. She also continues as a student, always hoping to learn more styles and increase her knowledge. Regardless of whether she is teaching or not she spends a lot of time at the school, her childhood home, keeping close to her family.
(For Yumi's stats and background see Men & Women Of Autumn Blade.)
When time allows it Scott joins Yumi as a teacher and student at the dojo, since he is only there but once or twice a month he teaches the students rudimentary Gun-Fu with foam pistol replicas.
(For Scott's stats and background see Men & Women Of Autumn Blade.)
Neko teaches a select few students in the dark art of Ninjutsu, the masters of the school generally frown on this but since her schedule only allows for her to come in at the most once ever two weeks they allow it to continue. To fill her students stead in the mean time she prescribes a strict regimen of exercises for the students to accomplish in her absence.
(For Neko's stats and background see Men & Women Of Autumn Blade.)
Kimi is permitted if possible to fill in for Neko, teaching what she knows for an entire day then delivering Neko's instructions for exercise in her absence.
(For Kimi's stats and background see Men & Women Of Autumn Blade.)
(Mama Sifu and Papa
School Of Martial Arts, created and written by Deric
Art by Deric Bernier, characters created by Deric Bernier and Tim Covell. For more information on
martial arts please check out my Master Martial Arts article.)