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Post by Akemi on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:48 pm

Crap. That was the one word that passed through his head as Satori suddenly grasped Akemi’s shoulder and leg. That was worse. He should’ve taken the opportunity to get farther away, instead he’d tried to jump to the attack. Akemi’s mother had told him to always think, and to plan ahead before jumping into an assault like the one he’d planned. Satori-san had been more than prepared for his attack and worse still that Satori-san had had a counterattack more than planned.

He was literally caught in a tight grip and there was little that he could do to escape it. He’d have to think and think quickly, within a little bit of time he would be spending quite the recovery time in an infirmary. But the question quickly became what could he do?!

Akemi was being driven further and further towards the ground, and he had almost no ways to turn this situation around. Hopefully the nearby instructor would keep them both from crashing into the ground. Work around the problem. You can think your way out of just about anything. What did he have on hand? His hands, that was about it and then, of course, his brain. Yet, he’d miscalculated at basically every angle…

Here he couldn’t afford to screw up, there were only a few moves he could logically make and all of them had their own possibilities of failure. One of them was worse and brought some degree of danger to Satori himself as well. But as the two of them raced back towards the ground he realized that not wanting to put Satori in danger, not wanting to have that killing instinct, that was what had put him in this situation.

Realizing he only had one recourse, to keep his head, shoulder and back from being smashed downwards, he did the only thing that he logically could think of. Waiting until they were practically on the ground itself, he suddenly reached back to grab hold of Satori’s hair and pull his head forward while suddenly bracing his body against Satori’s and forcing himself forward. With their momentum he would push the other boy down so that he would be breaking their fall instead. Either way it was going to end badly for one of them.

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Post by Satori Ryuutei on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:48 pm

Akemi seemed to realize he was in trouble, though his reaction was interesting. Instead of simply using his free arms to attack a vital spot, or inflict pain to force him to release him, the boy was simply trying to beat him in a battle of grappling. A grin split his lips, it was stupid, but he had to give it to the guy-- he had balls. Still, it wouldn’t change the outcome, and as Akemi grabbed at him around his neck, Satori kept his grip on the boy's shoulder firm-- bracing his limb and forcing it so that quite simply, the much smaller boy wouldn’t be able to properly get a hold around his head or neck.

He grabbed his hair and seemed to think something as simple as that pain could halt him. But Satori had grown up taking far more pain then a bit of hair-yanking, and without comment he utterly ignored it, focusing entirely on his counter. The result was that Akemi held on to his upper body while being slammed into the ground. The force would jolt Satori’s neck, certainly, but nothing compared to the impact of having your entire upper body and head into the earth from being airborne.

Of course, as the impact smashed Akemi into the ground there would be a clear difference-- the ground around them having been turned to sand, cushioning the blow immensely. Satori barely felt a thing, and Akemi would definitely have taken damage but nothing like previously that would have cursed the boys head. Their sensei calmly stood to the side, holding the snake seal with a sigh.

“Satori wins the first round. Separate, if you intend to continue, to perform the seal once more and begin. If you’re done, then make the seal of reconciling.” He didn’t expect Akemi to want to go again, not after seeing what Satori was willing to do in a fight, but he still made the offer. Satori slowly straightened, releasing the boy as he grinned down at him because unlike his teacher he didn’t think that the boy was going to give up so easily.

He offered Akemi his hand, claws drawing back into his fingertips. “Best out of five?” he asked simply, his other hand resting on his hip. The boy had lasted longer than anyone else had against him, besides Lula, but they hadn’t really been sparing in the same way. He was certain if they continued like this, Akemi could quickly manage to hold his own far more effectively in a battle against him, and as such, against others as well.

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Post by Akemi on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:49 pm

They came down and Akemi immediately knew that he’d made several errors in judgement. The first thing that he’d failed to take note of was the fact that his opponent was far more calculating than he’d give him credit for. Such was the problem of underestimating his opponent, and as Satori brought him pile driving into the ground, he was suddenly incredibly ashamed. His mother had taught him better than that, how often had he underestimated her? Only to get smashed into the ground? How many times had she hit him with a water jutsu?! The point was that by this point he should have known better than to underestimate an opponent.

Thankfully, as he was being suddenly brought down to meet the rock below him, it was suddenly changed to sand. He felt a sharp bit of pain shoot up through his neck as he slammed down in, but he’d managed to keep his upper body and head from taking such a horrible brunt of damage. For a few seconds his neck felt bad, and he heard the instructor shout out that Satori had won the round. Frustration bubbled up inside of him while he listened to the instructor tell him to separate if they wanted to go again. But he could hear some hint of worry from the professor, saying to make the sign of reconciling, if they were done. No. The steely determination in his eyes would tell Satori long before Akemi raised his two fingers into the air. Akemi gave a smile, one that said we need to keep going.

“You know, Satori-san, I’ve never experienced such overpowering strength and technique before. Yet there’s going to be a lot we have to do, and so this fight is definitely going to help out, and more importantly, make us both more skilled!” He squared his stance, this time feeling a bit more prepared for Satori’s wild fighting style and gave a wide smile. He still needed more work, and there was only one way to get it, and Satori was probably the best springboard that he’d be able to find. It was what he liked about the guy.


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Post by Satori Ryuutei on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:49 pm

The teacher blinked several times in a mixture of confusion and admiration for the boy's decision. Certainly, even Satori grinned as the boy not only got back up but made the sign of confrontation once again. Satori mimicked the movement before he would lower his body closer to the ground-- and instead of doing something as predictable as shifting back into that animalistic style, Satori raised both his hands up in a casual fighter's stance. His legs remained slightly spread, his fists slightly open to allow movement.

Shaking his head in bemusement, the teacher raised his hand before lowering it downward, “Begin!” Unlike before, Satori didn’t just launch at the boy. His style had completely changed, as he would instead remain exactly where he was, feline eyes casually examining the boy while he waited for Akemi to make the first move. He had to admit, he liked the boy, he had fire in his eyes and a desire to push himself beyond anything the others in their age range really had. To top it off they both seemed to have decent chemistry.

But, if Akemi thought Satori was stupid enough to use the exact same style twice in a row he was dead wrong, versatility to one's style meant that one couldn’t be pinned down. It made movements harder to recognize, and read. Satori had battled against his father for hours on end in the past, and that had come with its benefits as far as learning and understanding how to fight in the long term. His father had beaten him into the ground time and time again, simply by slightly changing how he handled the fight without a single jutsu used.

Of course, neither he nor Akemi were going to be using jutsu anyway, but the meaning was still there and clear. Keep yourself fluid, never fall into habits, carefully control the way you do battle to ensure you’re as difficult to predict as possible while maintaining efficiency in your movements and attacks. Satori had every intention of following that code as closely as possible.

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Post by Akemi on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:50 pm

Akemi was consistently fascinated by those in his age group, as most were usually only focused on what they could learn in the academy. Few of them wanted to excel, to exceed and push themselves further beyond what they were learning already. That was what he liked about Satori; much like Akemi himself, Satori had a powerful drive to be better. They both had different goals, to be sure, and while their roads would diverge later on, they were starting at the same place. Better still he was improving, slowly perhaps, but he was improving.

The moment that he heard the teacher shout for them to commence, he suddenly raced at Satori, while the other boy stayed still. Both had had the same idea, change up your fighting style, don't be predictable. His mother had long ago told him that if an adversary is too hard to fight one way then do something else, find that chink in the armor and puncture it. This was even more important considering that they both wanted to be ninja and any opposing ninja could be as observant. Constantly fighting the same way was foolish.

It made him smile when he realized that he and Satori were now taking the opposite combat styles of last time. He'd switched to a charging offense while Satori wasn't moving from his spot. Yet Akemi had made one important observation: he wasn't relying solely on sight, and that would make this fight a bit more difficult. Still Akemi’d have to persevere.

He leapt into the air and came down at Satori with a spinning kick aimed at the boy's side. Then, with the same momentum, brought his fist across to the other boy's face. He didn't want to end this quick and knew that this wasn't going to do it; still though with this he'd show that he had learned something. Round two had begun.

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Post by Satori Ryuutei on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:50 pm

Satori watched, like a cat he waited patiently for the boy to lunge at him as his gaze remained calm, analyzing every move carefully until the boy suddenly leaped up with a spinning kick aimed at his side, his shoulder moving as well signifying the secondary blow. Satori did the simplest thing, and his body moved as the boy jumped, placing himself just out of range of the incoming sweeping kick, and therefore well out of the range of the right hook.

It wasn’t that the boy was that much slower than him, but his movements were predictable, straightforward. The initial kick had been a feint, but due to the difference in range between a kick and punch, and the lack of mobility while in the air, it didn’t matter. The feint was useless, he hadn’t even needed to analyze it much to avoid it completely, but what truly mattered was that as he dodged, the momentum of Akemi’s kick was rotating him. He’d poured all his momentum into those strikes, and that force would carry him in a spin mid-air.

Satori would capitalize on that, and as Akemi's right fist and leg missed him, causing the boy to rapidly begin spinning to the left in mid-air, Satori immediately released a powerful knee with his own left leg up to smash into the boys now exposed back as the boy was going right, while keeping his own right side prepared to guard, counter, or block should the boy try to lash out as he spun. Along with the kick, he was prepared and lashed out with his leg immediately after.

The effect was clear, there was no way for the boy to even see the knee coming properly, let alone the fact that should the knee somehow be escaped or blocked, the leg was going to directly extend afterward to catch the boy with a powerful blow using his shin instead. A proper feint, some would consider this mocking an opponent, and the teacher sighed-- but Satori knew Akemi wouldn’t take it that way. He wasn’t mocking his opponent, he was showing him what he’d done wrong, teaching him, so he could do better next time.

Worst case he was going to damage the boys lower back, a contrast to the previous move that had finished their last round damaging the boys upper-back. Even now, he was slowly picking apart at Akemi’s form, the more damage the boy took the more he would struggle to move properly, and damage, especially to the back, tended to hinder all forms of movement. Perhaps the earlier blow from the judo-slam would even hinder the boy's ability to avoid or counter the knee, even more, only time would tell in those sparse moments as blows were exchanged.

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Post by Akemi on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:51 pm

Once again Akemi had been too eager, and even as he spun, he saw Satori move just out of the way. He couldn't see the knee, but he knew that something would be coming. Satori had planned this all out too well, had waited him out… Once again Akemi cursed himself, as the knee slammed into his lowerback and pain erupted into him and shot up.

Watch more carefully. Be more calm. Smarter not harder.

He landed and the pain went through him causing him to shake, but no he had to persevere further. Every blow he took was another place to be more aware. He knew that Satori was picking him apart, but he was seeing places where his defenses were lacking, where improvement was needed. Akemi had split seconds to decide how to respond, and so he did the one thing he knew to do best.

Hands suddenly raised, though loose to guard his head, he sidestepped closer to Satori, to dodge any further hit with the other boy's leg. He gave a small kick to the boy's left leg something of a feint, before bringing out a quick left punch, not a hook, but a testing jab.

He was far more analytical, smile vanishing from his face in this movement. Akemi was watching Satori’s body in its entirety, waiting to see how it moved but didn't sacrifice offense in the same moment. He had been doing this wrong the whole time, in a way Akemi was beginning to realize that he needed to be close to attack but prepared to move out of the way. There was no stopping Satori, buthe could test his adversaries movements. He hoped that Satori would keep up with this, the picking him apart, so that he could learn more. Ironically Akemi was also trying to learn Satori’s fighting style, if they were ever on missions together this knowledge would be invaluable.

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Post by Satori Ryuutei on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:51 pm

Akemi was learning, and though the initial knee had landed he’d managed to avoid the incoming kick. A slight smile formed on Satori’s lips as the boy quickly countered, releasing a quick kick and jab in order to gauge him, Satori however simply remained exactly where he was and used his palms to idly raise in order to brush the movements aside while remaining close to his own core. He was studying him now, trying to dissect Satori’s movements, and that was something far more useful then what he’d been doing previously.

He was a quick learner-- good. Relaxing his movements, Satori would idly remain where he stood, waiting patiently as the boy threw his jabs. Not backpedaling, but nor dodging, simply remaining grounded in place while he waited for the blows as each time he carefully deflected the blow without taking the brunt of it. He wanted to analyze him now, but Satori had no intention of just letting him do so, in order to analyze and examine movements he needed Satori to actually do something.

But is Satori never did, remaining calm and relaxed, then it was a pointless endeavor. Whether the boy threw testing jabs or kicks, each time Satori would simply lift a limb and carefully deflect the blow with minimal movement, focusing on slowly frustrating Akemi. He wanted him to keep going, to try and find a hole, an opening, anything to take advantage of as he carefully continued to block using his left hand and leg each time. Keeping his right limbs close to his chest, it was an old trick, and he wondered if the other boy knew it.

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Post by Akemi on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:52 pm

Akemi’s light blows were easily being deflected, as he had believed they would be. That was when he began to notice that Akemi was only utilizing his left side and was keeping his right extremities close to his core. His mother did the same thing sometimes when he sparred with her.

The testing jabs were over, though, and he threw a more powerful punch to Satori’s right side, one that would require more a bit more blocking. Then, not skipping a beat, he took a hopping step to get in close and used his knee to kick into the boy's left side, trying to take advantage of the further close space. This whole time he was doing his best to keep his own form closed up and keep up his assault.

Akemi had stopped making the wide, obvious moves that had caused the damage he was currently experiencing. He had gone now to a focused assault and was still trying to keep his own defenses up. Further analysis was needed and he'd have to continue poking at Satori. Hopefully stronger attacks would force more of a reveal.

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Post by Satori Ryuutei on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:52 pm

Satori watched, carefully biding his time, and then the bait was taken. The “secret” wasn’t that one side was better at defending, or anything like that. The secret was that an opponent automatically assumed that when you favored one side, there was a reason, and that meant the opposing side was a weak point in your defenses. In short, it was a way to lie to your opponent, carefully over time in order to lure them into a trap. Akemi had done exactly that, attacking his “offensive” side, likely thinking that he was weak there in this stance.

He was not, he had been waiting for it. The moment the boy's initial blow flew out, a powerful blow to Satori’s right side, he switched up everything. His hand that had been raising to guard suddenly lashed out over the incoming punch, Akemi’s fist went right underneath Satori’s arm and past his side, beneath the pit of his arm. In the same instant, Satori’s own fist was aimed to smash directly into the side of Akemi’s head and send him crashing into the ground.

His left side that had been “offensive” had switched at the last moment to defense just as his right had switched to offense, curling and using his forearm to block the kick and deflect it’s forced upward in order to shift Akemi’s balance and throw his leg far higher into the air than the boy intended. Trying to tilt his body, better allowing his fist to smash into the boys head.

But his combination wasn’t done, and whether the fist landed or not, Satori’s hand remained on the boy's leg and pushed upward while his foot yanked toward him. The movement was minimal, on its own it wouldn’t do more than stumble the boy, but combined with Satori’s hand shoving his other leg upward, the combination was far more effective to completely sweep the boys only anchor-- his foot that was supporting his entire body, out from under him.

Aiming to once more bring the boy to the ground, if the punch hit, it was almost guaranteed in his mind-- but if it missed at the most it would greatly throw the boy off and grant Satori the opportunity he was after, his fingers tightening, digging into the meat of his calve as he prepared for the next series of steps based on how Akemi reacted.

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Post by Akemi on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:53 pm

Akemi had been concerned about Satori’s right side being used so primarily for defense, and as his leg came up, he was a bit caught off guard, but not entirely surprised when Satori suddenly switched offensive and defensive sides. First, Satori’s right arm rose above the Akemi’s punch and came straight at the boy, then his knee was grabbed by Satori, holding onto him and pushing him off balance. But Satori had underestimated Akemi, this time.

Satori’s fist had come flying at him and with how far off balance the boy had attempted to push Akemi, Akemi had figured out the strategy. He leaned his entire body back, only barely evading taking a full on punch instead feeling an intense pain as it scraped along his forehead. Akemi retracted his hand, and thrust them both at the ground to brace himself as his second leg swung out from beneath him. It was a bit of an awkward fighting style, were he to be honest, as he suddenly swung his now free leg into something of an axe kick. He was beginning to pant, however; he had never done this intense of combat with wounds like this, so he’d have to stop and recuperate soon.

But he had that urge to keep going and improve, to learn more about Satori’s own fighting, so that he could better understand the boy. His chest was heaving and he knew that he couldn’t do much more, Satori’s unnatural stamina had outlasted Akemi, but he’d gained valuable information. There were quite a number of things that he could still learn. He didn’t want this to end… Not yet.

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Post by Satori Ryuutei on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:54 pm

Akemi using his momentum in order to dodge the attack was interesting, but it didn’t change too much. The boy lashed out with his leg, aiming to kick him with the momentum of his fall-- but all Satori had to do was raise his leg up, blocking the blow. He felt a slight tinge of pain, but nothing more, and more importantly it meant that Akemi was now stuck with his leg locked against Satori’s own in a clash, with the boy holding his other leg, as well as now having all his weight placed and balanced on his two arms while facing upward.

Suffice to say it wasn’t a good position to be in, and as Satori planted himself firmly, and pushed forward, he pushed all their combined weight forward aiming to force Akemi head-first into the ground. The boy was at far to awkward an angle and was running low on stamina, he doubted he had the strength needed to try and push their combined weight along with Satori’s own strength back. Pushing forward, Satori did the simplest motion in grappling, and as he forced forward to slam the boy into the ground he used his grip on his leg to force his body upward.

It was a submission hold forcing the boys leg up to his head, one that could dislocate his hip at the joint if it went too far. As they fell, once again the ground turned to sand as the pair smashed into the earth with Akemi at the receiving end. The call for the winner filled the air once more, and Satori didn’t hesitate to immediately release the boy's leg so that he could function properly and not injure his leg more than necessary.

Despite the fact he seemed to have beaten the other boy so easily again, he grinned. “I actually had to block a hit from you. I’ll probably have a bruise on my leg, nice hit.” Satori didn’t put him down, nor act arrogant and smug, he simply congratulated the boy on his success and offered him his hand just like before. However, he didn’t pull him to his feet, instead just helping him sit up straight.

“Let’s continue later. It’s no use practicing when you’re tired, right? Catch your breath.” With this, he would wave to the teacher.

“We’re gonna wait a bit sensei, we’ll call you when we want to start again.” The man stared at them with a confused expression, before sighing and turning to continue examining the other students as Satori fell to sit down in front of Akemi with a grin.

“How’s your back?” he asked simply, making sure that the boy wasn’t in too bad of a situation if so they could always run to the nurses office again. Though Satori was sure Akita-sensei was getting tired of him bringing in injured students.

It wouldn't do any harm to have that much more extra work though, besides, he liked Akemi. It wouldn't have any point to permanently harm the boy or slow him down, the more he could get out of him, the faster he would improve. The move he improved, the more powerful he was making Kirigakure. It was the same outlook he had with anyone that was willing to endure his training methods, and why he had gotten as close as he had to so many individuals.

All of them had drive, varying types of it, certainly-- but drive nonetheless, and that was important.

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Post by Akemi on Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:55 pm

He felt Satori push him downwards, using both his own weight and Akemi’s, and was pushed down to the ground, which quickly became sand around them. Akemi heard Satori’s name called out as the winner, of course, and he smiled as Satori suddenly released him. With a huff, Akemi flipped forward onto the ground, landing on the sand and relaxed for a moment, breathing in and trying to catch his breath, laughing all the while. Yet when Satori told him that he’d given a nice hit, Akemi couldn’t help but smile.

Slowly he sat up and smiled, looking up at Satori. “Thank ya, Satori! That was a great fight, and it’s helped me to learn where holes in my defenses are. I’ll have to up my training a bit if I ever want to be nearly on your level though.” And when Satori said that they would continue later, Akemi nodded and breathed in a bit. He wasn’t used to combat this intense, especially when he was so tired. His mother, not wanting to injure him, didn’t push him like Satori suddenly had in this one fight. “I’m definitely going to need to catch my breath after that one.” He moved his arms around a few times, trying to stretch out his shoulder.

Looking up, he saw as Satori sat down in front of him and returned the grin that the other boy gave him. With a bit of twisting his arm and stretching his back, Akemi replied, “It’ll be ok after a night of rest. I’ll do a bit more reading before the day is done, and probably do some stretches to make sure that there’s no real damage. Still, I’ve gotta admit that you are one hell of a fighter. You’re really good! Who trained you? Cuz it was my mom that trained me in what little taijutsu I know.”

He smiled and continued stretching his shoulder. “Next time we meet We should discuss other some otf the other jutsus. I’m no as much a fan of genjutsu, myself, but I like ninjutsu!” Then he started to twiddle his thumbs. “I’ve got a lot to still learn and read about, and more training and practice definitely won’t hurt, it seems. I’ve gotta thank you for your help. I’ve learned a lot!”

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