The Combat Shadow Fighting Saga (実戦シャドーファイティング編, Jissen Shadōfaitingu Hen) is the first saga of Hanma Baki manga series. The Combat Shadow Fighting Saga was comprised chapters 1 to 14 of the Hanma Baki manga series and episodes 1 to 2 of Hanma Baki.
This story follows a boy named Rumina Ayukawa being bullied and forced by his friends into challenging the world's strongest senior Baki Hanma in a fight, after being overwhelmed by him and after meeting Strydum, he learns that his father Yuujirou Hanma killed a Giant African Elephant which was on a rampage and also that his father was the strongest creature on earth, then afterwards finding out that he plans to fight and defeat his father someday and that he needs to train for it.
After learning the news of his father Baki shows Rumina that he can fight and train himself using a skill called "Shadow Boxing" but he made it so advanced that he can visualize his opponents and their fighting spirit in front of his eyes, which he says that when his opponent attacks, the damage they can cause is real and not just an illusion. He then visualizes out Iron Michael, a former heavy weight boxing champion, spars and defeats him with a roundhouse kick which Rumina says is a foul in boxing.
After showing Rumina a glimpse of the visualization technique, Baki says that Iron Michael was just a warmup and that he plans to fight a tougher opponent than the Giant African Elephant which is now in the basement of his house. He then visualizes a Big Praying Mantis (weighing around 100 kg) and its fighting spirit out of an actual mantis in a box and says that if the mantis were to be this big, it would prey upon the African Elephant easily, he then uses various martial arts techniques in fighting against it and afterwards thinking that it was useless, he then tries out the Chinese Kenpo: Toroken, which mimics the fighting style of a praying mantis, he then finds it's weak spot and succeeds in hurting it and in the end, It's Baki total victory against the Praying Mantis.