Mister Fifteen

Kao
Joined: May 22nd, 2010, 7:41 am

August 30th, 2017, 12:10 am #1

The sun was straddling the horizon, bathing the trees of Fur Country in soft golden light. The events of the day had yet to begin, and many of the residents and visitors of the local village hadn’t even crawled from their beds yet. There was one, however, who had taken to the woods to do what so many shinobi had done: train until their muscles ached and cried for mercy.

Kotaru sat on the steps of a ruined shrine, wrapping his hands with a roll of thick grey bandages. The genin’s appearance had changed quite a bit since arriving in Fur Country the week before. His once tiny, wiry frame had filled out considerably with muscle, and though he was still a small young man, his bulkier frame suggested he was much stronger than his height and soft facial features suggested. A few days prior, he had helped Mitsuo and Tatsuo unload a cart, and every day since then he began his morning with a jog and light strength-based exercises.

He had asked Mitsuo to join him in training, and he hoped his buddy would arrive soon. In the meantime, the Akari finished wrapping his hands and he flexed his fingers to make sure he still had a full range of motion. With a grunt, he approached a nearby tree with a trunk eight feet or so in diameter. There were also three smaller trees around it in a sort of semi-circle. He began to punish the wood with strong blows with his palms, alternating between his right and left palms. He hit the trunk over and over, and his blows created loud, dull thumps that resounded throughout his corner of the woods.

After several dozen strikes, he backflipped and channeled chakra to both the base of his spine and his feet. The chakra he directed to his feet served as a way for him to land on the trunk one of the nearby trees. The chakra at the base of his spine had the effect of making his melashiin manifest behind him. As soon as the three tendrils unfurled, he launched himself forward and twisted midair, and the melashiin twisted as well to a point. Kotaru moved like a little arrow towards the large tree, and just before he collided into it he uncurled his body and landed a pretty strong kick to the side of the trunk.

The genin landed in a crouch, then turned his body around so that his back faced the tree and then his shiin landed six quick jabs in succession. With that, he sat down on the ground and sighed. He sure hoped Mitsuo would hurry and show up, otherwise he would just have to train on his own. And where was the fun in that?

460 Words Taijutsu Training
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September 4th, 2017, 2:26 am #2

"Those are some fancy moves you got there!" Mitsuo called out with a sly grin as he approached the ruins. He had silently watched from a distance as the genin had assaulted the surrounding trees with his taijutsu attacks. Since the first day that he had met the boy, Mitsuo had been interested in Kotaru's style of combat. He hadn't gotten the impression that the boy was focused on taijutsu, but being an Akari, he supposed the boy would have had to have been at least somewhat skilled in the art in order to control his shiin.

As he approached, Mitsuo carried a thick wooden replica of a wakizashi, a training sword of sorts, in his right hand. He had decided, recently, that he wanted to start learning how to adequately use some of the weapons that he and his family often forged and he figured that a training session with the genin Akari would be a good opportunity to ease himself into it. He had decided to start with the sword, in part because it was one of the easiest weapons that he could find a training weapon for. The weapon felt odd in his hand though. He was a bared handed fighter, rarely, if ever, using weapons other than his brass knuckles. Just training himself to get used to using a weapon in general was going to take some work.

"So I supposed you want to do some sparring, rather than just hitting those trees all day." He said as he approached Kotaru, "I hope you don't mind if I use this," He said, holding up the training sword, "Trying to teach myself some of the basics and whatnot."
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Joined: May 22nd, 2010, 7:41 am

September 4th, 2017, 3:17 pm #3

"Thanks for noticing," the genin responded as he looked over his shoulder casually waved one of his shiin in a greeting. He was glad that Mitsuo finally showed up. The other boy's tardiness allowed Kotaru to warm up before their spar, and he was sure that he would later be glad that he had that opportunity. Mitsuo was a big guy, and due to his rank Kotaru was almost certain that his skills in taijutsu would be much greater than his own. Kotaru wasn't intimidated by someone of a higher rank. After all, he had held his own against someone he was positive was at least a chuunin the previous day. But one look at Mitsuo's muscles had him worried that one or two good punches from the guy could make his head spin for days.

"Fine by me," he said with a shrug as he eyed the wooden wakizashi. "As long as I can use these," he gave his melashiin a wiggly wave and added, "you can use whatever. I'm still learning to fight effectively with my shiin, so we're in the same boat." When the boy finally stood up, he eyed Mitsuo's sparring weapon and stretched his arms above his head. He had never been great at taijutsu, and he currently could do little more than dart around and slap things with them and do his best to coordinate his movements.

He approached Mitsuo, and once he was within reach he gave Mitsuo's wakizashi an experimental tap with one of the tendrils as if checking its sturdiness. Then, "Readysetgo!" he yelled, and another tendril whirled around towards Mitsuo's right side, aiming to deliver a blow to the side of his cheek. As that tendril moved to slap the chuunin, Kotaru moved his body into a crouch to position himself defensively, just in case he hadn't caught Mitsuo off guard and needed to counter him.

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September 4th, 2017, 4:23 pm #4

Mituso barely had time to lean backwards as Kotaru's tendril swung at him, watching as it swooped by him, mere inches from his face. Instinctively, Mitsuo leapt backwards a few paces, giving him some distance between himself and Kotaru as the Akari boy seemingly dropped into a defensive stance. He was lucky that he had some experience fighting against members of the Akari clan. While he hadn't expected the attack, his previous trainings with Tatsuo had taught him to always be aware of the placement and movement of an Akari's shiin whether it was aimed at you or not. Still, if Kotaru's attack had been just a bit faster, it likely would have landed, striking him in the cheek.

"Sneaky sneaky," Mitsuo called out with a grin. "You almost got me there." While some might call Kotaru's sneak attack brash and impulsive, Mitsuo wondered if there was more to it. Could it have been that the genin understood that Mitsuo, being larger, faster, and stronger that him, would have the upperhand, prompting him to launch the sneak attack? Or was he just being playful, a side of Kotaru that Mitsuo had never really known. Either way, he should have followed up, Mitsuo thought with a silent critique. Mitsuo gripped the training sword tighter in his hand as he quickly contemplated his counter-attack. He had committed to primarily using the training weapon in this fight, meaning none of his other taijutsu techniques were fair game. He could use general punch and kick combos, but his primary attacking tool would be the sword. The problem was, he wasn't exactly sure what to do with it outside of general swings and thrusts. Though, he supposed, that was what this training was for.

Without any further thought, Mitsuo launched himself towards the genin, his training sword raised to chest level in his rear hand with the tip of the sword facing Kotaru. The weight of the weapon felt odd and foreign in his hands as he had rarely in the past ever used such a weapon in a combat situation. It was something that he was going to have to get used to as he learned how to truly wield the weapon. As he neared the genin, Mitsuo thrust the sword forward aiming at Kotaru's chest, attempting to 'impale' the genin on it. Not expecting the first blow to land, Mituso grasped the handle of the sword in both hands and circled the blade around his head before bringing it down in a diagonal cut, aiming for Kotaru's collarbone area. If either strike landed, Kotaru would likely experience some pain, but he would find that Mitsuo wasn't putting his full strength into the strikes. Not yet, at least. He didn't want to hurt the kid but that didn't mean that he was going to go easy on him.
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September 5th, 2017, 4:18 am #5

As expected, Mitsuo was good, and he managed to dodge the blow easily from Kotaru's point of view. "Not sneaky enough, I guess," he mused, a little disappointed that he had missed. He didn't truly think the blow would meet its target, but he had hoped he'd be able to slap the chuunin around a bit before they truly began to spar. Mitsuo was very tall in comparison to Kotaru, so he figured he would have to use the extended reach of his melashiin to have a chance at being somewhat of a challenge for the other boy.

When Mitsuo thrust the "blade" towards Kotaru's chest, the boy gasped and took one, two steps back and brought a tendril in front of him to block the movement. 'He's fast!' He thought to himself as his playful demeanor began to rapidly wane. As soon he blocked the first blow, a second came swinging towards his collarbone. This time Kotaru moved a different shin but he didn't manage to block it, and the heavy wood slammed into him. He winced at the impact and his legs momentarily wobbled from the shock of pain that radiated through his entire body. Although Mitsuo claimed he didn't know much about using sword weapons, his strength alone made up for it and made him into a formidable sparring partner.

It only took a moment for Kotaru to steady himself again, but when he did he raised his middle shiin above Mitsuo's head and brought it straight down. Then, the boy directed the heel of his palm toward the underside of Mitsuo's chin. An advantage of having three extra limbs was that Kotaru could defend and attack at almost the same time. Though he had this advantage, Kotaru wasn't exactly great at employing. He had yet to coordinate the movements of his shiin and the rest of his body, and as a result there was enough time between the attempted strikes of his shiin and his palm for Mitsuo to block and counter if he so chose, and Kotaru realized that fact even as he moved his palm forward.

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September 10th, 2017, 9:06 pm #6

Mitsuo was somewhat surprised when his initial thrust missed its mark; he hadn't expected the genin to be fast enough to adequately dodge it. When his second strike landed, however, he felt a sense of satisfaction. Well, about as much satisfaction as one could reasonably feel when striking a child with a wooden stick.

Mitsuo didn't have much time to revel in his satisfaction, however, as Kotaru recovered from the blow relatively well considering their differences in size and strength. Within moments, the Akari was mounting a counter attack, bringing one of this tendril shiin down from above to strike at Mitsuo while launching himself at Mitsuo with an upward palm strike. The whole movement caught Mitsuo off guard, causing him to revert to old tactics. Rotating his body to the side, Mitsuo dodged the Akari's tendril attack while simultaneously grabbing on to the boy's raised wrist. With a bit of strength, Mitsuo lifted the boy by his wrist and tossed him, Kotaru landing some distance from him.

Damn it, Mitsuo thought to himself. He was mad with himself. He had promised himself prior to the fight that he was only going to utilize the sword for both offense and defense and yet here he was resorting to old habits when he got caught off guard by one of Kotaru's attacks. While it obviously wasn’t one of the biggest deals in the world, Mitsuo knew full well that the only way that he was going to truly learn the strengths and weaknesses of the weapon that he was wielding was if he utilized only it and none of his other techniques, even if it meant taking a hit because he was unable to stop it using the sword. He would rather take the hit and learn the limitations of the weapon than avoid the hit by attacking without the weapon. So, from here on out, that was exactly what he was going to do.

Raising the sword, Mitsuo charged at Kotaru and closing the distance between them. Swinging the wooden blade, Mitsuo first made a right diagonal slash at the genin's chest before following up with a left diagonal cut as well. By the end of this match, he was going to have at least a basic understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of this weapon, no matter what.
670 + 390 = 1060 First Training done.

60/500 second training.
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September 10th, 2017, 11:49 pm #7

He wasn't at all surprised when Mitsuo easily dodged his attack. What he did not expect, however, was for the chuunin to grab him by his wrist and throw him around like some sort of rag doll. While he flew through the air, Kotaru tried to twist his body in the air like a cat, but he didn't quite have the body control necessary for such a maneuver. He only twisted his body partially midair, so instead of landing upright and gracefully on his feet, he fell belly-down and had to catch himself with his hands and landed on all fours. Mitsuo gave him almost no time to right himself. He was almost immediately right on top of the Akari, charging and preparing to slash.

With an almost inaudible yelp, Kotaru buckled down and went on the defensive. He used his strength to push his body upward and upright, almost as if doing a super push up, and his shiin served as a counterbalance as he did so. Once he was on his feet again, he used two of his shin to try to block the strikes by bringing two of them around his body and in between him and Mitsuo. He wasn't quite fast enough. The first strike that hit Kotaru's shiin scraped the side of it before he could fully block it. Had the boy been physically stronger he could have blocked it more effectively and might have even been able to bat it away. But the strength and speed of the blow pushed the tendril to his chest painfully, and he had to grit his teeth to continue blocking with the second tendril.

When the second strike hit, Kotaru was pushed backward and the genin was forced to nearly take a knee. But somehow he kept his balance well enough to avoid having his knee fall fully onto the ground. Mitsuo was even stronger than the boy imagined, and a quick mental analysis of both of their skills led Kotaru to believe he wouldn't fare well against him if he kept this up. Thinking quickly, Kotaru leaped upward and back onto the nearest thick tree. As he did so, he concentrated chakra to the bottom of his feet and landed in a crouch several feet above Mitsuo's head. 'Too risky to fight him on level ground. Gotta get above him...

"You're really fucking strong!" he commented from his perch. As soon as the words left his mouth, he jumped down and tucked his body into a dive roll, and as he came out of the roll to strike Mitsuo from above with his shiin.

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September 24th, 2017, 12:47 am #8

Mitsuo winced a little himself as each of his strikes landed against the genin. While he had been slightly pulling his strikes, he had to remind himself that the strength difference between the two of them was significant. If he were to strike the boy at full strength, it was likely that he would cause a few broken bones if he hadn't already. Then again, he probably shouldn't go easy on the Kotaru; any enemies he might face surely wouldn't.

As Kotaru took to the trees, Mitsuo started to plan his next moves. It was a smart move on the genin's part as it made a frontal assault more difficult for Mitsuo to pull off. He could take to the tree's himself and give chase, but other than swinging his sword wildly while soaring through the air he had no idea what kind of attacks would be able to pull off in the trees. Luckily for him, his prey seemed more intent on coming to him.

"Hey! That's some foul language young man!" Mitsuo called back in reply, partly in jest, as the boy lunged at him from the trees. As the genin began to roll in the air, signalling an attack with his exposed shiin, Mitsuo's instincts told him to dodge, to physically move out of the way of the strike to avoid damage. It was something that he likely could have done with ease considering the difference in their skills and physical capabilities, but retreating would allow the other boy time to regain composure and retreat or follow up. While this was only a spar, Mitsuo had no intention of letting the kid gain momentum in the fight.

Deciding to test the sturdiness of his weapon against the attacking shiin, Mitsuo widened his stance slightly to give himself more stability while he raised the bokken in a horizontally defensive position. While he had only been performing basic movements and strikes with the weapon, Mitsuo was starting to become more comfortable with it as he began to understand how it moved based on its weight and its shape. The real bladed weapon would likely be different from his current wooden variant, but he was happy to be learning what he could for now.

As Kotaru's shiin struck his weapon, the fleshy tendrils curled around it, using it as an axis to continue their assault before finally striking Mitsuo in the back, his head having been covered by his weapon. While he had assumed that such a chain of events would occur, Mitsuo still winced slightly at the pain of having been essentially whipped in the back, but he initiated his counter attack nonetheless. Having just launched an assault from the sky, gravity and momentum would force Kotaru to the ground within relatively close-quarters of Mitsuo and his shiin, having just been used in an attack, would be in less of a position to defend him unless Kotaru's shiin control had improved. When Kotaru did land, Mitsuo would lunge towards him, his bokken moving in a left-to-right backhanded swing aiming at the boy's chest level. While he was pulling his strength slightly, if not blocked or deflected, the strike would likely cause some significant bruising if not broken bones.
60 + 540 = 600/500 second training done.
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September 26th, 2017, 9:12 am #9

When he landed, he was quite a bit closer to Mitsuo than what he considered comfortable. Kotaru had never been much of a melee fighter, nor was he the most skilled in fighting closer than mid-range with someone who was so obviously stronger than him physically. But he had trained quite a bit with that bastard criminal Koutaishi in hand to hand combat, and had gained finer motor control over his melashiin tendrils than he thought was possible. Still, there was plenty of room for improvement. This was the perfect opportunity to practice fighting almost primarily with his shiin, and he intended to take it.

The boy landed in a slight crouch only a few feet behind Mitsuo, and he intended follow up the attack by swiping at his feet with a tendril to knock him off balance a bit. The move should have been entirely feasible, but as soon as Kotaru's feet hit the ground the chuunin was on top of him, bokken swinging. Somehow Kotaru managed to bring all three shiin between them to block, but Mitsuo's strength was nothing to sneeze at. The force of the impact pushed him onto his back, and had there been bones in his shiin they would have surely been broken. Luckily for Kotaru, despite the overal fragile nature of his melashiin, they were resilient in that they healed quickly. Almost immediately, the large bruises on the melashiin slowly but surely began to heal.

Undeterred, Kotaru used the momentum from the hit to roll backwards by bringing his legs over his head and putting his palms down on the ground. He somersaulted backwards and was able to land back onto his feet. That particular move was something he probably wouldn't have thought to do before that moment, and he was luckily able to coordinate blocking with his shiin and somersaulting nearly simultaneously. But there was no time for the Akari to congratulate himself on his quick improvement. Their difference in strength was so great that the simple block reverberated from his shiin to the rest of his body. The point of impact on the frontmost melashiin that got the brunt of the hit was throbbing, and the rest of them were equally sore. The ache would make it more difficult to spar with them, but he would have to push through it. Quitting because of a little pain wasn't an option.

Once he was on his feet again, he brought his left foot back behind him to widen his stance, then snapped one of his tendrils toward Mitsuo's wrists. Immediately after, another tendril whipped at Mitsuo's leg from his left side. If he attacked his grip, Kotaru figured, it may be easier to throw of his movements with the bokken, and if the hit to Mitsuo's thigh landed, he intended to follow up with a strike to his legs from the other side with the third tendril. Kotaru may have been inferior in strength, size, and speed, but he wouldn't let that stop him from smacking Mitsuo around a bit.

+507 = 2,073
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October 2nd, 2017, 1:56 am #10

Mitsuo had to admit, the boy had recovered from Mitsuo's assault quite well. While he had expected his strike to land, Mitsuo hadn't expected Kotaru to react fast enough to shield himself from the majority of the damage. He also knew, given his experience fighting other Akari (cough cough Tatsuo cough), that whatever damage he had just done to Kotaru's shiin would be gone in a few moments.

While Kotaru's counter attack didn't catch him off guard, Mitsuo knew, given the distance between them, that he was only going to be able to completely defend against one of the strikes, meaning that he was going to take at least one hit from the genin. Out of sheer reaction, Mitsuo brought the bokken up to deflect the first tendril aimed at his wrist, angling his weapon so that the tendril was pushed off course and moved beyond him. Bringing his weapon down in a sweeping motion, Mitsuo attempted to block the second incoming tendril aimed at his leg. Having been distracted by the first tendril, however, Mitsuo's second block was not quite fast enough, colliding with the tendril as it struck his thigh. Though his block was able to diffuse some of the force of the tendril, the placement of the hit caused Mitsuo to take a knee involuntarily. Soon after, he noticed the third tendril coming at him, now at shoulder/head level, and knew that he had to either dodge or block the strike. Fulling committed to learning to use his weapon, Mitsuo chose to defend himself using the bokken to block rather than outright dodge the strike. While he had no formal training in the use of the sword, wooden or otherwise, his use of it during this sparring match had taught him a few things about how to wield it. As the tendril approached, Mitsuo steadied his weapon, preparing to strike at it as it came into range. Right before it would strike him, Mitsuo suddenly swung the bokken in an upward sweeping strike using both hands, simultaneously striking the tendril and deflecting it up and over his body.

"That combo wasn't bad." Mitsuo called out as he rose to his feet, shaking out the leg that Kotaru's tendril had struck, "I have to admit, I hadn't expected you to recover so well from my attack let alone let loose a counter attack like that." He added. "Now it's my turn." Mitsuo suddenly lunged forward towards the genin, closing the distance fast with his weapon raised. Now that he knew that the genin was capable of defending himself with his shiin, Mitsuo would have to attack with multiple strikes in order to break through and strike at the genin himself. As he neared Kotaru, Mitsuo first brought his bokken up in an upward diagonal one handed slash before gripping the weapon with both hands and bringing it down in a strike aimed at the other boy's shoulder. If successful, he would then proceeded to follow up that strike with a forward thrust aimed at the torso area, knowing/hoping that Kotaru would use his shiin to defend himself.
100 + 522 = 622/500 third training done. 122/500 fourth training.
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