[Open]Zai's school of hard knocks..

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August 21st, 2017, 7:24 pm #1

OOC: Here's the plan: you get a clone and go into the woods to train. If you destroy a clone, you get a new one, though it'll fight harder than before. Posting rotation will depend only you and me, no matter how many people join, as there will be multiple individual spars happening at the same time.

She had finally figured out the best way to do it. She needed to train her control, and control was always the hardest for her to improve. It required not just patience, but creativity in finding a useful method that trained it relatively quickly, else she'd be training for months with little to show for it. And this idea came with the added benefit of potenially meeting new recruits or sources of information.

She had once again taken to advertising around town, but this time she was a little smarter about it. The signs read:
wrote: Are you looking to grow stronger?

A bored Taijutsu master is in search of any and all that seek to grow stronger. You'll receive top of the line guidance as well as work-out, and in exchange provide entertainment through the sparring and a unique form of training for the master in question. If interested, meet in the woods north of town.
Once they arrived, they'd find Zai patiently sitting and meditating.

Kazekage
Sunagakure no Sato
A-ranked Missing Ninja
Kumogakure no Sato
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I honestly didn't realize "akatsuki" was in Zai's name, and i'm pretty embarrassed about it. Think of a better one and pm me it plox.

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August 22nd, 2017, 10:34 pm #2

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The sign had been simple and ordinarily the young Karagata wouldn’t have sought out help from others though he had been learning lately that he couldn’t do everything on his own. In fact the few situations where he had allowed himself to work with others and begin accepting his flaws had been the times where he had benefited the most. So it was that he decided to follow the instruction on the poster. He would seek out this self-proclaimed taijutsu master and learn all that he could before the remainder of the competitions. He knew that many strong individuals had gathered in this country, already he had encountered many that outclassed him. Perhaps this person would be someone that he had already observed or perhaps not. Either way the young Jinchuriki was ready to reach a new level.

Not wanting to waste any time he decided to get right to point, sprinting towards the northern forests as fast as he could. His instincts screamed at him that this was a terrible idea though he was tired of being scared and cautious all the time in the midst of these top tier fighters. If it was his destiny to die then so be it though he doubted that anyone would risk actually trying to kill someone during the event. He had heard that Kage’s from three different nations had attended and would no doubt wish to keep the peace and rain down on any who broke the rules of this gathering. Even the legendary Bannin of Kirigakure; Karagata Shiv was in attendance.

No, there was no true risk to his life. He could afford to be reckless for once in his life. As soon as he was in the Northward forests the boy would dart around, searching the area for the person whom he was supposed to meet. He would vary from jumping between trees and darting along on the ground and after some time when he realized he had scouted the rough area and had been unable to locate the person he would come to a stop. “So you’re good at hiding are you? I’m here to train, show yourself!” he demanded. Already his breathing was elevated, his body warmed and ready. Perhaps it wasn’t the best first impression of him. Normally the young Karagata was cautious to the point of paranoia and ever calm and practical though today he felt like he needed to let off some steam. He had begun to get frustrated at his weakness and especially his lack of ability in tracking which had more than once proven to complicate things while within this country.

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August 23rd, 2017, 3:53 am #3

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The quietly meditating Zai heard the boy far before he got close to finding her. Performing her seals, she created a clone and sent it in the direction of the newcommer before going back to meditating.

The clone wasted no time, moving with top speed to the source of the noise. It had limited stamina, and anybody else that enterred the fray would require a new clone which would mean even less stamina. There wasn't much time for moving slowly. So with a dramatic leap and landing, Zai's clone arrived directly in front of the young Jinchuriki, though neither of them knew this vital information about each other.

"First lesson is to never challenge an enemy you know nothing about." Grinning and without any kind of warning, she dashed forward and aimed to send a regular punch to the gut. If contact was made, it'd likely knock the wind out of him as well as send him flying backwards. It was a fairly simple punch, however, so it could be relatively easily be dodged.
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Kazekage
Sunagakure no Sato
A-ranked Missing Ninja
Kumogakure no Sato
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I honestly didn't realize "akatsuki" was in Zai's name, and i'm pretty embarrassed about it. Think of a better one and pm me it plox.

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August 23rd, 2017, 8:58 pm #4

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The young man had once more allowed a sign to direct him where to go on this rather peaceful day, at least this time though the sign appeared to have been made by someone with greater intellect and hand writing that a six year old. Zao silently shook his head from left to right as he walked, a new addition were the small wraps that were upon his wrist and ankles on this day. They were simple weight restraints that honestly didn't even way that much but for the scholar who had rather weak physical attributes it was enough for now as his muscles were already a bit tired of wearing them and he had only put them on this morning hoping that he could slowly become use to the weight and passively increase his own strength at the same time. Adjusting the scroll that run across his lower back the former Suna-nin had his short range sensory technique active at the moment simply out of habit as he was approaching the location specified by the sign back in town now. His thoughts were quietly wandering back and forth about who this taijutsu master could be?

As it stood right now the man had already met the female assassin looking shinobi who was someone that he would have considered a taijutsu master from those that he had already met here in Fur country. But the chance to meet another was definitely an exciting thought now as he maneuvered his way through the thick brush before finally coming upon a trail now that seemed to be headed in the same direction which he was attempting to travel. Zao felt his body beginning to perspire lightly as the addition of just the light weights had slowed down his travel speed ever so slightly but the man continue to walk determined not to stop until he was able to see this master face-to-face. Truly the scholar had mediocre hand to hand skills at best so even a little bit of assistance from someone with a deep knowledge in the art would be of great help and it would also be an opportunity to do something that he often put off, physical training of his body. Despite being rather weak physically the man had a rather decent amount of stamina most likely from his constant ninjutsu training which had come to a pinnacle which was another reason he wished to close the gaps of his weaknesses.

Finally after about another twenty minutes of walking up and down and around the small changes in terrain that wound through the rather thick section of forest he came to the area which should have been the location. As he arrived the person he saw was not someone he had never met and to his surprise it was the same woman that he had sparred with before with those two younger men. Part of the young man told him that he should probably turn around as this person could kill him before he even knew what happened but the other part of him was craving to learn more about this woman and her skills as she truly hadn't even demonstrated anything against the three of them on that day. But what she had shown was actually written down in great detail within the worn book that was currently tucked away in one of Zao's pouches, a source of knowledge that would one day be transmitted in books for all to read about when he settled down to write about he adventures he planned to journey and complete in the future. Yet, their were a number of things that he needed to do before he could begin any of those adventures and this was one of them.

"Senior Zai, I wish to ask for some instruction in the manner of physical training and taijutsu."

A look of determination filled the bright blue eyes of the young man as he approached the meditating Zai and gave a light bow of his head and a martial arts salute of fist in hand as he spoke to the woman who was seated in the lotus position now, not paying attention to the faint pains in his legs and arms from the extra weight that they weren't use to carrying around on them. Quietly Zao weighted for response after holding the light bow for a few second before standing back up into his normal posture...

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Yami Kasai - Kiri's Black Reaper - Retired Jounin
Saisuko Zao - Suna's Archeologist - Former Jounin/Civilian
Sato - Dragon Country C-Rank
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August 24th, 2017, 1:10 am #5

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Zai smiled pleasantly as one of her most enthusiastic and immediately useful recruits reappeared. She didn't move from her position, instead performing some handseals and creating another clone, which immediately began speaking as the original returned to her close-eyed meditation. Returning the slight bow with an even slighter bow, Zai smiled and motioned in a different direction back into the woods, speaking as she did so.

"Good. You recognize your weakness and wish to work on it. Today will be different from last time, you'll be fighting me at a lowered physical strength. Today we'll truly see what you're capable of when paired with somebody that's around your strength and speed." Stopping when they were 20 meters away and out of sight, surrounded by trees, she turned and stared at the fourmer jounin. "You aren't allowed to use chakra and you are to come at me with everything you have. And while we're at it, we'll use this opportunity to learn a little bit more about you in general. So, come." She beckoned to him as she had before, though this time, he'd be dealing with a much more manageable, though still powerful target.

Her speed and strength was now both 20. He'd be facing somebody just as fast, but twice as strong as he was.
[+] jutsu
Assassin's Ruse
C-ranked Taijutsu Stance
With the intention of hiding her true strength, Zai is able to hold herself back well enough that she can lower what her stats appear to be. By consistently running and responding slower, for example, she can convince her opponents she has lower speed. By pulling her strikes and overreacting to damage, she can also lower her perceived strength and stamina. To see through this technique, opponents require a [Taijutsu+Instinct]/2 greater than Zai's.
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Kazekage
Sunagakure no Sato
A-ranked Missing Ninja
Kumogakure no Sato
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I honestly didn't realize "akatsuki" was in Zai's name, and i'm pretty embarrassed about it. Think of a better one and pm me it plox.

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August 24th, 2017, 2:01 am #6

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"Lords above have mercy on me, because Shado won't." Was the only thing Yudai could think while he made his way out to the woods to train with one of her clones. She had been relentlessly training him, trying to help him improve himself so that he could better serve her. Not to mention she was helping him grow stronger so that he could get his revenge for Hina. She told him that they would be trying to improve his endurance that day, not only so that he could last longer in a physical fight, but so that his Open Mind technique did not drain him as badly as it currently did. He had feeling that the training would include quite a lot of physical exercises, and possibly even fighting, though he was still bruised pretty badly from his sparring session with Koutaishi.

"So....what is on the agenda for today? Am I getting my ass kicked, or am I just going to be carrying a boulder up a mountain?" His tone was slightly playful as he yawned, but he was truly dreading the grueling workout he knew was coming. She never went easy on anyone, and he sometimes believed that she pushed him harder than any of her other "recruits."

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August 24th, 2017, 3:17 pm #7

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A confident smile appeared upon the young man's lips now as the meditating woman formed a shadow clone now which after a slight bow simply motioned in the direction of the nearby woods and following the assassin's led the scholar immediately gathered himself mentally and began to follow. It was truly an honor in the man's mind to even be graced with the opportunity to train under such a powerful taijutsu user even if he still didn't know exactly who this mysterious female was. It only took a few moment for the pair to traverse the twenty or so meters to their nearby destination, the woman spoke as they moved informing the former Suna-nin that he would be dealing with a weaker version of herself which meant that he might actually have a chance of hitting her in a spar at least once, maybe. She would probably be almost equal in speed though he doubted she'd be able to lower her strength to his level, sadly. As they had finally arrived she had completed speaking.

"Thank you for this great opportunity."

The young man circled around until he was only about three meters away from the clone's position now as he spoke a thank you to her for allowing him to do some training underneath her, thought he did silently question about the last portion of her words about this opportunity to learn a bit more about him in general. Were those words meant for him to learn more about himself or for the woman to learn a bit more about him. Shaking out his arms and legs for a moment he moved into a boxer like stance with his left leg acting as the lead leg of the stance now, the weights on him were truly light and only dropped his speed by one which was a negligible difference but to someone like Zai it would definitely be an advantage as Zao himself would not even be able to realize a difference of one speed or strength from an opponent. But when she said for him come he knew that he needed to do so with nothing holding him back. Taking a moment the wrist back were slide off and
*then the ankle ones followed suit but they hardly made a sound as he tossed them to the side but even the release of such ea small amount of weight was a welcome feeling for the young man as he moved back into his fighting stance.

"Very well, here I come!"

Their was a mixture of excitement and uncertainty on the scholar's face as his white hair was pushed back out of his face by his rapid advance at full speed, not holding anything back for such a thing would have been seen as a disgrace toward his teacher. Exhaling as he crossed the short three meter gap between the two shinobi he led off with a lead hand punch from his left and followed with a powerful right cross that constituted a short one-two combo now. This truly demonstrated the lack of taijutsu training the young man had received as a shinobi due to having such strengths in a number of other things he was capable of and those were the things that he had been focusing all of his attention upon. What made the challenge even harder for Zao was the face that he wasn't able to utilize any chakra to support his attack either. For a shinobi who had only used chakra based techniques his entire life to compensate for his other weaknesses this was definitely untraveled territory. After delivering the first two strikes if allowed the young man would then follow up with a basic hook from the left arm after it had drawn back from the original lead hand punch.

The goal of the three simple, but well controlled strikes were to determine how close to his own speed and strength that the clone actually as and the most obvious goal to to gain as much close range fighting experience as he could and to maximize any time training with this mysterious assassin as he could. Though he wasn't to sure about what the woman herself was getting out of this training session unless it was something to do with the manner in which she was utilizing the shadow clones. Perhaps she wasn't even trying to train any of her physical attributes....

[738+736=1474 Speed Training]
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Sato - Dragon Country C-Rank
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August 24th, 2017, 10:10 pm #8

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Zai smiled as the familiar heartbeat and pace of Yudai appeared before her. She could hear the fatigue in his breath and movements, the last couple of days had been brutal for him. She had no plans of letting up. He was suffering from his own success, as his performance indicated that he could handle more, which in turn caused her to ramp up the pain. His desire for revenge and need for strenthening was an endless fuel. He was a little bitch about it at times, but ultimately, he always pushed onwards. So if he could handle it, she would make him do so. After all, he was one of her greatest weapons in the making.

Again, without speaking, she created a clone that immediately gestured for Yudai to follow while speaking. "Good to see you up and about after that beating yesterday," She teased with a shamelessly taunting grin. "Today you're going to get another beating, though not as severe. Your job will be to fight me at a speed and strength just slightly lower than yours, but while also listening to as many kinds as you can hear within the area. Our location will move often and you will need to pay attention to which thoughts are coming from which people and making sure you're actually going to remember what you hear. At the same time, you'll be fighting. It will be both physically and mentally exhausting."

With that, she reached a point in the woods and turned to look at him. "Your objective is to destroy this clone, but to add on to the difficulty, the whole time you're listening and fighting, you'll also be telling me all that you're hearing outloud, summarizing for me. So take a moment to hear who's within your range now, and then come at me."
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He was a bit stuffy and formal, but that was only obnoxious, not detrimental. His enthusiasm was not just promising, it was downright adorable. She had to find out more about what he could do and what he wanted if she was to make the best use of him. He seemed like the analyst type, which she respected, and was sure he had other abilities. today, however, it was going to be a test of his weaknesses.

His attacks were straightforward and probing. He had the right idea, keeping it simple while discovering what his enemy could do, so she would make it very clear for him. She weaved her head to the left, dodging the straight before taking a step back to dodge the hook. With the next punch coming in, she ducked and stepped forwards, aiming a punch to the liver that would both be painful and send him backward.

She made sure to move at the full speed and strength she had set, allowing him to see just what this form was capable of. "Just Zai, and that right there is the fastest I can move and hit right now. What'll you do now that you have that information? And tell me, why do you want to get stronger?"
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Assassin's Ruse
C-ranked Taijutsu Stance
With the intention of hiding her true strength, Zai is able to hold herself back well enough that she can lower what her stats appear to be. By consistently running and responding slower, for example, she can convince her opponents she has lower speed. By pulling her strikes and overreacting to damage, she can also lower her perceived strength and stamina. To see through this technique, opponents require a [Taijutsu+Instinct]/2 greater than Zai's.
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Kazekage
Sunagakure no Sato
A-ranked Missing Ninja
Kumogakure no Sato
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I honestly didn't realize "akatsuki" was in Zai's name, and i'm pretty embarrassed about it. Think of a better one and pm me it plox.

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August 25th, 2017, 1:05 am #9

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Zao silently cursed as the woman simply weaved her had to dodge his straight jab, then proceeded to take a step back causing for his cross to barely miss and strike only air. Insyead of continuing to retreat to avoid his next strike the masked woman stepped forward while ducking under the hook and it was at this point the man's bright blue eyes continued to track her movements. She was just as fast as he was but their was a huge experience gap between the two shinobi in terms of not only fighting techniques but also fighting experience in general. But at last the man was able to actually track her movements this time allowing for him to gain some much needed first hand instruction.

Though he already knew tgat this specific period of instruction want going to end so painless as she had positioned herself iin his back left side after dosing under the hook. With himself to off balance to spin or dodge out of the coming punch that was zeroed in on his kindey. Sadly it wasn't like a pumch to the stomach where one cpuldn tighten their abdomen mucsles to help against the impact of the strike. All he could do was take the attack which sent a shock of sharp pain across the body and sent him tumbling forward and to the right as he broke his fall with his arm.

The best that he could do was to roll and turn allowimg himself to return to his feet as he spun around with the lead arm up in the guard while the other pressed against his back in the area of the kidney attack. Pain was still throbbing through through he back as his blue eyes landed back on the woman's figure to find that she had thankfully not followed up the attack with any type of follow through. Letting out a quiet sigh of relief for that fact he wasn't suffering anymore than he already was for the moment his determination hadn't wavered in the slightest as he forced himself to stand straight up as if nothing had happened, clenching his teeth lightly aft he did.

"Just Zai, very well. "

Zao listened quietly now as the woman said to simply call her by her name and nothing else before then going on to explain that he current strength and speed would be all that she wpuld be using against him for the time being. The young, white haired man took in what she was saying and was already fling some calculations about this shadow clone and is true purpose. But it was the last portion of the woman's words that caught him a bit of guard a he didn't expect such a powerful and mysterious figure would even care for the reason why he was striving to become stronger. His blue eyes seemed to almost gain a faint glow to them as they adjusted themselves solely onto Zai now as he started to speak in his confident and gentle voice.

"I can tell that we are pretty much equal in speed but just from your strike alone you have probably twice the strength I do. But the most important factor is the sheer difference of fighting experience that you parse over myself. Tge pinky way for me to compete with you is either to incense my physical stats about that puff your clone or to increase my fighting experience through taking a beating from you and lessening it first hand..."

The young man paused for a minute as he wished to properly explain his personal reasoning for wishing to become stronger and how it was needed for him to be able to safely wonder some off the dangerous areas that this world had to offer. It was because some of those dangerous areas also bells important knowledge or artifacts that the world needed to know about our see. Tgat was his wrist and he was actually rather proud to be given the chance to tell another about it.

"I need to become stronger because I wish to travel the world search for a list of artifacts and to explore various places forgotten to even some history books. But to be able to safely do that I have to be stronger than my current self, I didn't reenlist as a shinobi of the sand village to remove the restrictions that shinobi have and to allow myself to focus completely inn my personal dreams. "

[751+1574 = 2325 words for speed training.]
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August 25th, 2017, 1:29 am #10

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Shinjiro’s attention shifted suddenly as he sensed movement to his right. Surely enough a woman dressed in black appeared, it wasn’t anybody he recognized though she certainly did have a certain aura of strength about her. The boy had grown up around assassins such as her and had a good eye for gauging strength though even he didn’t understand her true level. His first thought was that she too likely hailed from the village of the mist, within their ranks were hundreds if not thousands of skilled assassins and swordsmen, something of a specialty that none around the world could rival or so Kirigakure natives believed. Fearlessly Shinjiro stared her down, there was a wildness to his vibrant green eyes, a certain strength and sense of aggression. “Likewise” was all he had time to utter before the woman surged forward into an attack.

The moment she had landed the young Jinchurriki had already reached for his weapon and ensured his stance was strong and ready for a swift attack or counter. And surely enough that was precisely what he would have to do. Rather than attempt to dodge he would take advantage of the simple and telegraphed attack, swiftly drawing his sword in a slash that was both offence and defence. The speed would be considered quite impressive for someone of his young age however if the woman’s clone was using the full extent of the originals ability and hadn’t let her guard down at all then it could be avoided. Still the technique would be difficult to evade even for someone whom was faster than him due to the nature of already being commited to a forward motion and having a blade come from up to down in such close proximity, utilizing the well renowned style of Iaido for un-paralleled drawing speed. Reacting on instinct and honing his sheer speed of motion the boy made no attempt to hold back his attack. If it connected the blade would run down from collarbone, across the chest and down to the hip,a lethal blow against flesh and blood. In his mind if anyone who claimed to be a taijutsu master attacked in such a reckless fashion without being superbly confident in their ability or having a full-proof means of survival then they were a fool and deserved to die.

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[Iaido • Back Draw]
C-Rank Kenjutsu Discipline
Prerequisite: 15 Taijutsu
An unorthodox and difficult skill to master Shinjiro has learned how to harness the Iaido skills from the drawing position of a sword strapped across his back. Any Iaido related technique can be performed from this sword position with the same efficiency as a draw from the waist. The difference is that when drawing and sheathing in this manner the user has learned to utilize only one hand, potentially allowing the user to wield more than one weapon at a time.

*[Iaido • Snap Draw]
C-Rank Kenjutsu Maneuver
Prerequisite: 15 Taijutsu, 15 Speed
With a honed body capable of producing torque within the user's muscles, the user is capable of achieving a 'Blurred Sword' effect in an attack. The user draws their sword with such speed and power that the strike itself is incredibly difficult to notice without a high amount of instinct.
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Natsuki Takeo - Hokage of the Leaf
Karagata Shinjiro - Kiri Chunin; Jinchuuriki
Natsuki Yozei- Konoha Genin
Takeda Ichiro - D-Rank Waterfall Country
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