What We Know About Yuichiro Hanma (Baki’s Grandfather)

Yuichiro Hanma is the grandfather of Baki Hanma and Jack Hanma and the father of Yuujirou Hanma. He was a legendary fighter and was once known as the “strongest creature on Earth.” So, what do we know about him? Unfortunately, not much.

We know that he was a very powerful martial artist and that he had a huge impact on his grandson’s development as a fighter. He was a shadowy figure who has been mentioned in passing a few times throughout the manga and anime. In this article, we will explore what little information is available about him and try to piece together his role in the Baki story.

Who Is Yuichiro Hanma?

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Yuichiro Hanma was born in Japan in the early 1900s. He was a well-known martial artist and one of the most mysterious characters in the Baki universe. He was also the father of Yuujirou Hanma and the grandfather of Jack Hanma and Baki Hanma. 

Yuichiro was a powerful fighter, and he was the only person aside from Yuujirou to defeat the USA — yes, the United States of America — on a small island in the Okinawa territory during WW2. In fact, it seems that the US military was his biggest opponent throughout his life.

Yuichiro Hanma was a powerful character who only appeared in the manga, not the anime. He first appears in chapter 285, “Son, Father and…”, which serves as Yuujirou’s backstory. He appears in Baki Gaiden: Kenjin where he is seen briefly fighting Doppo Orochi, karate grandmaster and head of the Shinshinkai Karate School. 

Yuichiro also appears in the story as a spiritual apparition near the end of Baki’s climactic fight against his father. His purpose in appearing is to cheer on his grandson and give him encouragement. He also teases Yuujirou for having so much difficulty fighting against a kid who is less than half his age. However, Yuujirou is able to overcome his opponent, and Yuichiro disappears shortly thereafter.

After that, Yuichiro Hanma is not seen again. This is an interesting moment because Baki Hanma series usually don’t have any supernatural moments.

Appearance and Stats

Though not much is known about Yuichiro Hanma, the few details that are known paint a picture of a kind and gentle giant. His massive size and strength would have been intimidating to many, but those who knew him loved him for his gentle nature. 

Yuichiro Hanma was a man of impressive stature. Standing at 5’11” and weighing in at 330 lbs of lean muscle, he was a force to be reckoned with. Not much is known about his personality, but his friend Mitsunari Tokugawa noted that he was the complete opposite of Yuujirou. While Yuujirou is somewhat evil, Yuichiro was probably kind and gentle. 

Despite his impressive fighting skills, Yuichiro was not a ruthless killer. He only fought to defend himself or others. However, in battle, he was a ferocious opponent who fought with explosive power and brutal efficiency. He possessed inhuman strength, speed, and stamina, making him a formidable force. This was demonstrated during the battle of Okinawa, during which he was able to easily defeat several American soldiers despite being outnumbered. 

The true depth of Yuuichiro Hanma’s strength is still currently unknown. All we know is that he possesses superhuman strength, condition, speed, agility, stamina, endurance, and durability. He also has reflexes that are far beyond the capabilities of a normal human.

Fighting Style

Yuuichiro Hanma was a master of judo. Judo is a Japanese martial art and combat sport that emphasizes throwing and grappling techniques. Judo practitioners, known as judoka, use a variety of techniques to throw their opponents to the ground and submit them with joint locks or chokeholds.

One of his most famous victories came against the United States Army, whom he defeated using a technique called “Dress,” which involves grabbing the opponent by their ankles and/or wrists and spinning them around rapidly. This technique gives the illusion of a cloak being formed around the user, hence the name.

He could execute the move so quickly and blindly that entire squadrons of soldiers are unable to fire their weapons quickly enough to counter this incredibly horrific maneuver. The technique was also used by Yuujirou Hanma in a battle against Baki Hanma, so it’s possible we’ll see it again in the future. 

Yuuichiro also had access to a special fighting technique that gave him an even greater edge in combat. The technique is called “Demon Face,” and it allows the user to flex their back muscles in such a way that the face of a demon is formed. This gives the user increased strength and durability, and they can absorb virtually any attack.

The Demon Face technique is a secret of the Hanma family, and Yuuichiro was one of the few people who knew how to use it. When he tapped into this power, he became nearly unstoppable, making him a force to be reckoned with on the martial arts circuit.

However, we don’t know much about Yuuichiro’s past or what motivated him. This makes it difficult to gauge whether he had any emotional weaknesses that could be exploited in a fight. We also don’t know how he would react if he ever faced someone who was stronger than him. Until we learn more about Yuuichiro, it’s hard to say whether he had any real weaknesses.

Is Yuuichirou Hanma Stronger Than Yuujirou?

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Yuujirou (also known as The Ogre), the father of Baki Hanma, is currently the strongest character in the Baki Hanma universe and a highly-paid freelance mercenary. But, who would win in a battle between Yuuichirou Hanma and Yuujirou Hanma?

The answer is harder than it seems! Both characters managed to single-handedly beat the US army and both characters use the same “Dress” technique. However, we believe that Yuujirou is actually stronger than his son. Why is that?

Yuuichirou Hanma is not only stronger than his son, but he’s also stronger than anyone else in the entire world. For proof, one need look no further than the fact that he survived getting nuked on an island and then proceeded to vanquish the entire US Army. Also, the tradition in the Hanma family is that no one will be stronger than the father. 

Is Hanma Yūichirō Stronger Than Baki Hanma?

Any martial artist will tell you that size doesn’t matter when it comes to strength. This is certainly true of Hanma Baki, who despite his small stature is one of the most powerful fighters in the world. Many people have wondered whether he can surpass his grandfather’s strength.

If Baki managed to get stronger than his father Yuujirou and beat him in a fair fight, there’s a possibility that he could also catch up to Yuichiro in terms of strength if he continues to train and improve as a fighter. 

Additionally, Baki has access to modern training methods and techniques that his grandfather did not have available during his prime. While only time will tell for sure, there is no doubt that Baki Hanma is a powerful fighter in his own right.


Who is Yuichiro Hanma’s wife?

Very little is known about Yuichiro Hanma’s wife. What is known is that she suffered a serious emotional and psychological shock when her son Yuujirou was born. She immediately perceived his threatening aura and his malice, and he subjected her to his will. She has great feelings of shame, fear, and disgust for her offspring.

Who is Yuichiro Hanma based on?

Yuichiro Hanma is a fictional character who was based on the real-life Japanese judoka and professional wrestler, Masahiko Kimura.

Why did Yuichiro Hanma fight the US army? 

The island of Okinawa was a fiercely contested battleground during World War II, as both the United States and Japan were determined to control its strategic location. Yuichiro Hanma fought the US army because they were attacking his homeland. He did it for himself, for his family, and for all the people of Okinawa.

How did Yuuichirou Hanma die?

Yuuichirou Hanma’s death remains a mystery. The most likely explanation is that he died of old age, but the exact circumstances of his death are unknown. It is possible that he died peacefully in his sleep, or that he passed away after a long and fruitful life. However, it is also possible that he met a more sudden and violent end. 

Final Thoughts

Yuichiro Hanma is a mysterious character. We don’t know much about him, but what we do know makes him one of the most intriguing characters in the Baki Hanma series. He is the grandfather of the main character, Baki, and is said to be one of the strongest men to ever live. 

There are many rumors about his past, and we see glimpses of his extraordinary strength throughout the series. However, we never get a full picture of who he is and what he’s capable of. Thank you for reading!