Kenshi was the descendant of the great blind samurai. As his mentors before him Kenshi learned to fight in darkness from childhood. He was thought to be the best swordsman who lived in his family. Kenshi's sword was said to consist of souls. He could sense his opponents from very far without seeing them.

Kenshi participated in the grand tournament of Mortal Kombat and defeated Shao Kahn, thus saving the Earthrealm from the emperor.

But after Shao Kahn began to invade the Earthrealm, Kenshi survived the destruction.