|Kanji:||山下 一之進（やました かずのしん）|
|Epithet:||"The Fist Eye"|
|Relatives:||Yamashita Kazuo (descendant)|
Yamashita Kenzo (descendant)
Yamashita Yasuo (descendant)
|Manga Debut:||Chapter 217|
Yamashita Kazunoshin (山下 一之進, Yamashita Kazunoshin; "Kazunoshin Yamashita"), also known as "The Fist Eye" (拳眼, Kengan), was a fighter in the early days of the Kengan Matches.
In stark contrast to his descendant, Kazunoshin was an honorable, steadfast, and noble man. He had a strong bond with his employer to whom he swore absolute loyalty, and even fought to help Eikichi achieve his dream despite being badly wounded.
Hailing from a ruined samurai family in the Edo period, Kazunoshin and his family were saved from debt by a merchant named Nogiya Eikichi, who provided him with financial support on the condition that Kazunoshin fight for him. Kazunoshin agreed, and swore absolute loyalty to Eikichi.
Kazunoshin was a strong supporter of Eikichi's dream to become the chairman of the Kengan Association and rebuild the Association. When the Association agreed to hold a tournament, Kazunoshin willingly entered to represent Nogiya, despite having been badly wounded in a match a month before. Ignoring Eikichi's warnings and pleas to forfeit, Kazunoshin made it to the semi-final of the tournament, and while he won, he succumbed to his injuries and died. With no substitutions allowed in this tournament, Nogiya had no choice but to forfeit the tournament before the finals.
Centuries later, Eikichi's descendant, Nogi Hideki, discovered Kazunoshin's descendant, Yamashita Kazuo, who happened to be working at one of his subsidiaries, and immediately called for another tournament, to become Kengan Association Chairman and right the wrongs of the past.
Power & Abilities
Kazunoshin was a strong fighter, able to fight against bigger opponents very well, but Kazunoshin's greatest weapon was his incredible kinetic vision. This enabled him to predict and evade any and all attacks that his opponents threw at him.