Tekken: Tale of the Tape – Katarina Alves vs Shaheen

After countless months of waiting and a string of always-amazing trailers to keep us on our toes, the long-awaited “Tekken 7” is finally here! The newest chapter of one of the greatest fighting game franchises of all time arrives for Playstation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles, along with Microsoft Windows. It will not only bring the series’ long-running story arc surrounding the Devil Gene full circle, but also bring loads of new content for gamers to sink their teeth into, including several new characters to the “Tekken” mythos!

Yes, like every previous chapter in the “Tekken” saga, the newest installment introduces gamers to a slew of new fighters eager to test their skills in the King of Iron Fist Tournament. Of course, we can’t let this momentous occasion pass without introducing you to the newest “Tekken” characters, and certainly not without lining up them side-by-side in their introductory match ups. So take your seats readers, here comes KFK’s “Tekken” Tale of the Tape, and first up, it’s Katarina Alves vs Shaheen!

Katarina Alves

This Brazilian-born fighting machine lost both her parents at a young age, and her years as an orphan turned her into a street-wise, sharp-tongued rapscallion. Katarina was eventually adopted by a mysterious stranger, but her natural rebelliousness compelled her to defy him, until he introduced her to the art of Savate, and turned Katarina into a fighting machine. One day her adoptive father disappeared, but the headstrong Katarina vowed to find him. When she learned of the upcoming King of Iron Fist Tournament, she knew she had the necessary fighting skills to win, take home the cash prize and use it to scour the globe to find the man who made her the warrior she is today!


The first Middle Eastern martial artist to enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament, this Saudi-born defender of kings acquired his fighting skills in the military and would later become one of the world’s most sought-after bodyguards, with those under his protection said to be untouchable. However, when a friend of his with ties to the oil industry is found dead, Shaheen is skeptical that the death was accidental. When his friend’s company is bought by G-Corporation, all of the management, consisting of his family members, suddenly resign, which only fuels his suspicion, and he soon learns that the conspiracy leads to Kazuya Mishima, leading Shaheen to enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament to avenge his friend’s death.

So, there you have it, readers, the first in our “Tekken” Tale of the Tape series. Will Katarina or Shaheen be the one to emerge victorious? You’ll just have to play “Tekken 7” to find out…In the meantime, stay tuned on KFK for the next “Tekken” Tale of the Tape!
(Check out our full Tekken series retrospective too!)

Brad Curran

From the earliest days of childhood, Brad Curran was utterly fascinated by martial arts, his passion only growing stronger after spending time living in the melting pot of Asian cultures that is Hawaii. His early exposure developed into a lifelong passion and fascination with all forms of martial arts and tremendous passion for action and martial arts films. He would go on to take a number of different martial arts forms, including Shaolin Ch'uan fa, Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate and remains a devoted student, avid and eager to continue his martial arts studies. Brad is also an aspiring writer and deeply desires to share his love for martial arts and martial arts movies with the world!

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