As a youngster, Ryu was orphaned and left without any memories of his parents, including if they were even still alive. He was found and adopted by a man named Gouken, an aging Martial-Arts Master, who raised Ryu in his solitary dojo and trained him in his methods of Ansatsuken ( 暗殺拳 , literally "assassination fist"). Shortly thereafter, Gouken would later train his best friend’s spoiled son, Ken Masters. Ken served not only as a talented sparring partner, but also gave Ryu a friend in the form of a kid his own age. Ryu revered Gouken as a father figure, and views Ken as his best friend, surrogate brother and eternal rival, a multifaceted relationship which continues to this day. When Ryu was 23 years old, Gouken felt Ryu was ready to explore the world in order to test and sharpen his martial skills against the best fighters from around the globe. With his blessing, Ryu left Gouken’s dojo, and headed to compete in the World Warrior tournament. And the rest, as they say, was history.