My adventure with manga is patchy to at best. But one that I really like was Kenji, written by Ryuchi Matsuda. Here's the wiki entry for it:
One thing that made Kenji stand out from other manga that feature martial arts, is that the styles are depicted in a very realistic way. That's mainly because they are actually exist. It was really refreshing, because at the time one of the more famous martial arts manga at where I live was Takeshi Maekawa's Kungfu Boy.Meet Goh Kenji. He's a teenager who's very fond of martial arts, particularly Bājíquán. He learned the style from his grandfather since he was very little. However, his grandfather left for China when he was 8, left him only with some basic training and techniques. This doesn't stop him from practising martial arts though. He learns other martial arts too while keep practising the basic training his grandpa had left him. After a series of events, he finally has a chance to meet a Bājíquán master who lives in Japan, enabling him to continue his lessons to further levels.
The story is also very good and quite mature, Kenji journey in finding his grandfather was more than just about fighting and learning martial arts, but also about how he grow up to be a man.
The story was told in 21 books, and I don't know if it has an anime version.
Anybody ever read this and like it too?