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Kazuya Mishima from Tekken

Kazuya Mishima is one of the original playable characters from the Tekken series of video games.  The only game in which he does not appear is Tekken 3 where the likes of King take center stage and Kazuya makes only two brief cameos.  Kazuya was raised as an aristocrat in Japan before the death of his mother.  After his father threw him off a cliff, Kazuya awakened his Devil Gene, which provided him greater physical strength.  He trained throughout his childhood and eventually participated in the King of Iron Fist Tournament.  Kazuya’s general appearance has remained mostly unchanged throughout the series.  He wears white martial arts pants, and red martial arts gloves and shoes.  If you want the silver studs to be part of your costume, you can cut the fingertips off a pair of motorcycle gloves instead of using a fingerless sparring set.  In later iterations, his pants become a bit flashier with flame detailing, which you can add by using iron-on patches.  Likewise, he trades his standard black belt for a red belt with gold details later in the series.  Kazuya also sports a nasty scar across his chest, which you can use scar wax to replicate.

Xialing Wu from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Xialing Wu (played by Meng’er Zhang) is the sister of Shang-Chi and the eventual leader of the Ten Rings organization in the Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Having trained in secret while her father mentored her brother in martial arts, Xialing is a powerful fighter in her own right and joins her brother and his friend Katy on a journey to China to stop their father from releasing a soul-eating monster known as the Dweller-in-Darkness. Xialing has a short blunt bob haircut and trades in her dark-colored clothing for a pale uniform enhanced with dragon scales from the Great Protector once she reaches the village of Ta Lo.

shang-chi from shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings

Shang-Chi Xu from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi (played by Simu Liu) is the main character in the Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  Alongside his friend Katy and his sister Xialing, Shang-Chi must stop an ancient evil from being released by his father, the leader of the Ten Rings organization.  Shang-Chi’s hero uniform consists of a red and black shirt and bo staff made of dragon scales.  To recreate the look of his bo, a wooden staff can be embellished with red tape at the ends to mimic the color of the dragon scales.  If you’d like to imitate the appearance of Shang-Chi wielding the Ten Rings, it can be difficult to find replicas to wear.  However, some generic rubber bracelets can help evoke the same feel, especially if you’re feeling crafty enough to take a little paint to them to make them look more like the weapons from the film.

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