"Where do you think Karate Joe
learned his skills originally?
Watch a true master at work!
— Karate Man Senior Description

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Karate Man Senior
カラテ家の父 Karateka no Chichi
Karate Man's Father title
BPM 120, 135
Appearance Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Game Number 89
Perfect Reward 1 Flow Ball
Song Used Karate Man Senior Theme

Karate Man Senior (カラテ家の父 Karateka's father) is the 89th minigame in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. It features Karate Joe's father, the master of karate. This game includes every single function from previous Karate Man games like kicking bombs, perfecting combos, soccer balls, cooking pots and more.


Karate Man's Father gameplay
In this game, you are in the place of Karate Joe's Father. As objects fly by the character, the player must press A to punch them off-screen. On occasion, a lightbulb will be thrown and start glowing yellow indicating that a barrel containing a bomb will be thrown next. After punching the barrel open, the bomb must then be kicked away by releasing the A button at the same time. There is also a combo, which will appear when a light-bulb appears and start glowing blue instead of yellow. Directly after the light-bulb will follow with several pots and then a barrel, which the player will have to hit with a flurry of punches and kicks.

This game is shown to be more ambitious than any of the other previous Karate Man games, with many more pots to punch and 2 types of combos to do.


Button Mode

  • A: Punch, continue to enter Hold
  • Hold A: Crouch
  • Release A: Kick
  • Hold B: Start combo (flurry punch)
  • Let go of B: Finish combo (uppercut)

Simple Tap Mode

  • Tap: Punch, continue to enter Hold
  • Hold Stylus: Crouch or Start combo (flurry punch)
  • Release Stylus: Kick or Finish combo (uppercut)

Timing Notes

  • Hit: Karate Joe's father punches the assorted objects away. For a barrel, he punches it and kicks the bomb in it far away into the background. And with a combo, he punches everything away and smashes the barrel, looking happy.
  • Barely: Karate Joe's father just grazes the objects, making them fall to the ground. For a barrel, the barrel is broken but the bomb is only kicked a bit into the background. With a combo, he only hits some of the objects (either some pots if too early or late, or the barrel if not finished correctly), looking sad afterward. A barely counts as a miss.
  • Miss: Karate Joe's father completely misses or doesn't punch, and the objects fly past, with him looking surprised. For a barrel, it either flies right by him, or is punched, but the bomb is not kicked and falls to the ground. With a combo, he either lets all the objects fly by, or messes up and spins out after the move is done.

Rating Notes


  • "Junior's Feedback"

Try Again

  • "Your punching technique was...different."
  • "I didn't think anybody kicked like that..."
  • "Your combos aren't so keen..."


  • "Eh. Passable."


  • "Wow, those punches!"
  • "Nobody kicks like you!"
  • "You're the king of combos!"


Rhythm Item

LED Light Bulbs

LED Light Bulbs
Karate Memory #3
My father's most amazing trait is probably his vision. He can tell the color of a training light bulb in an instant and counter it. Will I ever be so quick?

Skill Star

Kick the 8th bomb perfectly to collect the star.

Challenge Train

  • Karate Joe vs. the Monster



  • Karate Joe makes a cameo in epilogues, physically appearing on the Try Again epilogue.
  • Karate Joe's father has different clothes in the Superb epilogue.
  • While doing "Punch, kick!", the player can knock away the barrel by press B for a combo, which interestingly doesn't break the barrel.
  • The epilogues for the game look similar to those of other Karate Man games in Rhythm Heaven Megamix: The Try Again epilogue looks similar to the one from Karate Man Combos! with both feeling weak while being in a featureless colored background, the OK epilogue in similar to the one from Karate Man Kicks! with both characters sitting down and eating, and the Superb epilogue looks similar to the one from Karate Man Returns! with both characters dashing in the air while striking the same pose.
  • This game is notable for being in a set of sequels, without having any prequels of its own (unless one counts it as a sequel to the entire series of "Karate Man")
  • This is the only version of Karate Man that had no “Hit 3!” cues at all.


Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Karate Man Senior (Perfect) (English)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Karate Man Senior (Perfect) (English)

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
JP Japanese カラテ家の父 "Karateka's father"
US English (US)
UK English (UK)
FR French Papa karatéka
ES Spanish Maestro Kárate Killo
D German Karatekas Papa!
IT Italian Karate Ka senior
KR Korean 격투가의 아빠 The Fighter's Father

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