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Kenichi Shirahama is the title character and main Protagonist of History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi. He is the Disciple of the six masters of Ryōzanpaku, studying martial arts from them to not only get stronger but to ultimately gain the strength and courage needed to protect the people and values that are most important to him. He is also a member and the honorary "co-founder" of the Shinpaku Alliance, alongside the founder Haruo Niijima (the latter of which he is not entirely happy about) and is currently a second-year student at Kōryō High School in class 2-E. At the conclusion of the series, he not only marries the love of his life, Miu Fūrinji, but he finally becomes a Master himself.
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Name: Kenichi Shirahama, Ryōzanpaku's Number One Disciple, Rival Of The East, Weak Knees, The Strongest Disciple in History, History's Strongest Disciple
Classification: Human, High-Class Disciple, Author, Grand Master Martial Artist (epilogue)
Striking Strength: Small Building Class
Durability: Small Building level
Stamina: Immense. He was able to take serious injuries, and still get up and fight
Range: Standard melee range
Standard Equipment: Chain-mail
Intelligence: Average, though is a very good battle tactician and knows a lot about plants
Weaknesses: Kenichi lacks "killer instinct" due to his kind nature. When called a coward, he will rush in without thinking. He does not hit girls. Kenichi is also not a fan of weapons, and some of his techniques require him to be truly calm and can be interrupted.
- Can kick under water with zero water resistance
- Outran a truck
- Stopped a large boulder from crushing his father
- Karate User: Sakaki has taught Kenichi multiple stances and Kata from different Karate styles, which has taught him the essence of self-defense and countering. Sakaki has mainly taught Kenichi a variety of defensive techniques, stressing the philosophy of "Defense" being the true nature of Karate; as a result, Kenichi has a very strong sense of defense, being able to effectively attack and defend at the same time using the techniques he has learned from Sakaki.
- Muay Thai User: Apachai has taught Kenichi the art of Muay Thai. At the beginning, most of Apachai's attempts to train Kenichi resulted in him almost dying, but as time went on Kenichi slowly began to learn how to survive training with him, which greatly increased his defensive capabilities. Plus, as a result of training in Muay Thai with Apachai, Kenichi has gained many techniques that allow him to overpower many physically strong fighters. Apachai has also trained him to "attack through" his opponents, which allows him to easily fight against opponents with strong defenses.
- Jujutsu User: Akisame has always been teaching Kenichi different throwing techniques from more than one variation of Ju-jitsu. As a result, Kenichi is able to throw his opponents in various positions and put them in various submission holds. Kenichi has even begun to learn throwing techniques that involve using no strength and using the enemy's own power against them. Although it has been shown that Kenichi can only achieve these kinds of techniques when using Ryūsui Seikūken.
- Chinese Kenpo User: Kensei Ma has taught Kenichi various types of Chinese Kenpo, although he has mostly learned the soft forms of kenpo, including Baguazhang and Taichi. Because of this, Kenichi has learned the Kung Fu principles of "Inner Strength", which has made Kenichi's body incredibly durable to internal damage and even given him the ability to cause internal damage to his opponents.
- Kōsaka Style User: Despite being an unarmed fighter, Shigure has taught Kenichi the basics of the Kōsaka Style and how to use and fight against weapons. Shigure has mostly taught him swordplay and techniques that counter melee weapons. Because of his refusal to use weapons however, Kenichi has had to learn how to adapt these techniques of the Kōsaka Style with his own techniques, in order to effectively use them without a sword. Kenichi achieved this by using knifehand strikes he learned from Karate as a sword substitute. This has given him a great sense of adaptability during his fights and has even given him a unique new form of counterattacking.
- Fūrinji Style User - Hayato has taught Kenichi only three techniques from the Fūrinji Style: Seikūken, Ryūsui Seikūken and Korui Nuki. Despite only knowing these three techniques, Kenichi has taken full advantage of the benefits each technique gives him in battle, from an absolute defense, to outmaneuvering his opponents, and finally, to a technique that can break almost any defense. Additionally, in the process of teaching him these techniques, Hayato has given Kenichi greater reflexes, more balance, and has given him greater use of his Ki.