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Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

The Academy is a three story pagoda, well-maintained despite the many years of lesson-induced damage and climate-based degradation. It is located near man-fashioned forests on the cliff of one of Cloud's more majestic mountains. It has educated generations of loyal servants and all of Cloud's most famous leaders with its wide variety of classes ranging from basic training to the advanced techniques utilized by specialized ANBU squads. The Dojo Annex, recently re-opened to the entire shinobi population, was once built by a student, has since been expanded heavily to a high-quality training facility where shinobi can train, practice dueling, or run an obstacle courses with over a half-million different configurations.

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Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:19 am

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When it came to missions, all he can feel was a mix of fear and excitement. But when it came to academy classes, Yuu was very nervous. It didn’t help that this time, he will be the one who will be the teacher for the academy. Thankfully, with the help of some shinobi, he managed to have some ideas on what he would teach.

Right now, he was organizing some of the weapons that were placed on the weapon racks in the academy’s dojo. However, these were not the usual weapons as most of them are several types of wooden swords such as longswords, rapiers, katana, and some short swords. After he remembered the time with his former teacher and the time that he almost got into trouble by carrying a formerly stolen spear, which was now one of his main weapons, he asked one of my father’s friends to make several wooden weapons for his classes. He also asked the blacksmith who made his weapons to make several lightweight swords for demonstration purposes as his Newborn Sword was now part of his Rinnegan abilities and using it might be a bit unfair and extreme for him to use in this situation.

The weapons aren’t the only ones he was checking on as several training dummies and bamboo straw bundle that he gathered from the forest. It’s not much, but it was enough to help him guide some students on the basics. Of course, he had to make sure his class was known as he already put up a poster not only at the dojo’s door but also on the bulletin board.

”Poster” wrote:
Basics of Swordsmanship: The Art of Blade
Open to all students and interested Genin!
You will be supplied with a sword if you don’t own a sword.

While most of the items he brought for the class might be a bit scarce, Yuu was satisfied with them. Besides, he wanted to give his students the basics and he will make sure that his class would be the best first step for them to decide on their first weapon. Now all he has to worry about was how many students or Genin will be arriving.

[MFT/WC: 365 (Including the words in the Poster)]
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  • I will be posting the time limit soon, but feel free to let your characters introduce themselves to Yuu when they enter the dojo.
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Re: Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:23 pm

"Oof!" A tanuki girl plopped onto the academy grounds. It took a few moments for air to return to her lungs, and finally she lifted her head and gasped. She reached for her glasses that had flung from her face. "Whew...not broken." She rose from the ground and dusted herself off while taking in the scenery. "This is...the academy grounds? Shit...is this another filler episode? I'm never going to finish the nunnery arc at this rate." She kicked the earth with her sandal before shrugging. "Whatever, what lesson that may or may not stick with my main character development will I learn today?" She assumed her destination was the inside of the academy, and approached it with a frown. Upon entering, she saw the poster on the bulletin board. "Swordsmanship... this isn't going to become a Detergent filler arc...is it? I really don't want to waste time sword-fighting vampire wannabes and get nothing out of it." For better or worse, there didn't appear to be any other classes running at this time. Rinko sighed. "Swordsmanship it is."

It took a bit of wandering around, but eventually Rinko found the dojo with a copy of the bulletin board poster. She slid the door open and lightly kicked her sandals off at the entrance. She scanned the room in search of the teacher, but only saw a boy no older than her. He must be here for the class too. Assuming the authority figure for the day was away, Rinko walked into the center of the room without an introduction. She curled her puffy tail underneath her and sat on it like a cushion. While she waited for the teacher to reveal himself, Rinko glanced at the array of weapons, pondering which one she would use.

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Re: Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:07 am

More than anything, his teeth hurt. The bottle was ever so slightly swaying back and forth in Tetsu's mouth as he dipped his hands into the river with some weeds he thought he heard somewhere made a good replacement for shampoo. When they were wet, he'd dip his head back, letting the bottle's sweet contents start to warmly fill his stomach as he scrubbed the vegetation into his scalp; a little trick he learned to help him speed up the whole bathing process, since, you know, he'd have to put the bottle down to breathe sooner rather than later. There was nothing, in the end, that was more important to the development of a shinobi than efficiency, and today would mark an important milestone in the boy's life.

In some other way, and in some other place, Tetsu could have been the most important person in his whole village, carried on the shoulders of the stars that had come before him. 'The world was so full of hope, without a whole lot of justice, let's say,' the boy was thinking as he wobbled to his feet and eyed his little dirt-and-leave-filled sleeping tunnel with contempt, but all that could change on the heels of some phenomenon. Something that would shock people so completely that it would pull the breath from their lungs as they sat there stunned, watching history unfold before them. Tetsu had waited so long for this moment, and his hour in the sun was finally upon him; the love he felt for himself seeming so powerful that he swore he could feel it coursing through the forest floor beneath him, ready to bring every living piece of vegetation to blossom.

He stopped at the entrance of the academy, scrutinizing his reflection for any stray leave or particle of dirt that might have previously escaped his attention. He wanted to look impeccable. He needed for everything to go perfectly. He was ready, finally, for love.

He had watched, through his year of training in the forest, the progression of academy students and Genin that practiced in the academy, or at the obstacle course, or in the forest generally. He knew he was better than them. Better than their teachers too. There wasn't even a comparison to be made, and all the while, Tetsu had been hiding away in obscurity, training harder, it seemed at least possible, than any other shinobi that had come before him in Cloud. 'Just think of the women, too,' and the boy was really focusing intently at this point, 'Think of the women who'll be fawning over me when they learn that I'm really the secret prodigy of Kumo'. He briefly broke away from the little reverie calling him to define, precisely, what kind of girl he was really the most into, as if he was designing some character in a video game. He was speed reading the words on the poster, enough to see "... interested Genin!" Permission. "Perfect."

When he beats up the instructor, from a forensics point of view, it would be important to establish a clear line of justification. Even something as small as entering a class designated exclusively for academy students could be enough to cast aspersions on his moral character, and therefore take away from the pureness of the spectacle. Tetsu walked in, noticing that the room had kind of a dojo-ish vibe to it and some of the wind was immediately taken out of his sails. He arched his back to read the sign a bit more thoroughly. "Well this sucks..." The setting was a bit too beating-up-the-instructor appropriate to cause any kind of scandal. He looked around, ignoring Yuu for the moment and locking eyes with the girl sitting on a cushion, "Maybe I could..." Kill an academy student? Would he still be famous when he got out of prison?

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Re: Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:58 pm

Setsu had just finished submitting the paperwork for his exam application to the Academy’s main office and was on his way home when he noticed the class posting on the bulletin board.
Basics of Swordsmanship: The Art of Blade
Open to all students and interested Genin!
You will be supplied with a sword if you don’t own a sword.
Swordsmanship, Setsu thought to himself. He had mainly limited himself to kunai and shuriken as he was not the biggest fan of melee combat. Though that proved to be a setback during that “special lesson” Tanuki-sensei gave me. After some silent internal debate, he decided to attend. Even if he wasn’t very proficient with the sword, Setsu figured there might be something he could apply to his own fighting style. Plus, if he kept shying away from difficult tasks, it might become a habit to run away from things he didn’t like in the future.

He made his way to the dojo indicated on the board and entered with a quiet, “Excuse me.” The young boy took a moment to see who would be his classmates this time. Once again, Tanuki Rinko was there. The boy tried to catch her attention with a wave, but she was intently observing the weapons that were neatly lined up on the racks. Still, Setsu felt a bit more at ease with the Tanuki girl there, though a small flashback of being smacked upside the head by a wooden hammer floated through his mind. I hope she’s still not mad at me.

He turned his attention to the other two people in the room. One older boy with a bottle, who seemed to have just come out of the bath or something. Maybe he was in a hurry? Setsu wouldn’t judge, he had been late to a lot of things and the Kumo Academy staff weren’t very kind to latecomers.

The other boy was about his age, maybe a little older than he was, but he had a forehead protector on his left arm. That makes him at least a genin then, I wonder if he’s the teacher? Setsu glanced over the older boy again, he didn’t see a headband anywhere, By process of elimination I guess it does. Setsu thought it was impressive that someone so young was already teaching a class. Might as well go introduce myself, then.

Setsu approached Yuu and bowed slightly, “Hello, I’m Suzuki Setsu. I’m looking forward to learning from you.”

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Re: Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:53 pm

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As Yuu sat down in the middle of the dojo, he pondered at the possibilities that the students and Genin may bring. Back when he was a student, most of the teachers in his classes saw his potential in Taijutsu. Hopefully, he might able to find some who may have the same potential as him.

But there was one problem. Yuu was 13 years old and the path he was using right now is a near-perfect clone of his original body. In a sense, he may look like a Genin than a Chuunin qualified to teach in the academy. This was proven when he saw the first person entering the dojo and sat on the center of the room, ignoring him completely. He was sitting near the weapon rack, but he guessed that she mistook him as an Academy Student or a Genin. He was okay, yet he was completely dumbfounded that she has a big raccoon's tail behind her.

The next person who entered the dojo was even more confusing. He was a bit older than the young girl and he was carrying some kind of bottle. And like her, he ignored him as he sat down without caring about anyone. Considering his appearance, he can tell that he might be a Genin or Chuunin. Regardless, he has to do something about the bottle or his behavior to prevent any problems during his class.

The last person entering the dojo was a bit of surprise. The young boy was about his age, yet there was something about him that made him curious. In fact, the blue-eyed boy approached him and introduced himself. Then again, he might have recognized him by his forehead protector tied around his waist. Which made him wondered why didn't the other two notice it in the first place. Regardless, he bowed to the young boy, Setsu with a smile. "Nice to meet you, Setsu."

Upon seeing three people in the dojo, Yuu decided to start his class as he stood up and walked to the center in front of the students (and Genin). "Alright. My name is Kashino Yuu and I will be your teacher for this class. If you're wondering about me, then yeah, I'm actually 13 years old. But to tell you the truth, I started my shinobi career from the age of 10, then I worked my way up to Chuunin for three years now. So in short, I'm practically a veteran shinobi."

Okay, that was not a good introduction as a teacher. He was still nervous and he never taught three people before. Yet, he felt a little excited as it was his turn to teach the next generation of students what he knew. "Introductions aside, let's talk about the art of the sword." Yuu took a broadsword from the rack and showed it to the students. "I know what you're thinking. Using a sword is easy to use for any shinobi, right? Well, that's true, a one-handed sword like this one is easy to handle and a decent weight for you to carry. But as you continue to use it, it can be hard to master. If you don't know how to use it correctly, it would just become a dull blade that is useless in battle," he explained as he walked towards a bundle of bamboo straw tied together and prepared his sword. "But in the hands of a master swordsman..."

He then quickly swung his sword horizontally to the straw. In the eyes of the other students, it seemed that his sword missed the bamboo completely. But a few seconds later, a straight cut shown itself in the middle of it as the top portion of the bamboo straw fell on the floor. "It can be the most dangerous weapon in their arsenal yet." Yuu laid the sword's tip of the blade on the floor as he turned towards his students and said, "All of you grab any wooden sword from the weapon rack to your left. As for you two, please give this time to introduce yourselves. Speaking of which..."

Without any warning, Yuu pulled out a wire that he borrowed from Yuri and threw it to Tetsu's bottle. He then attempted to pull it away from him, which if he succeeded, he grabbed the rim of the bottle and said, "I will be holding on to this until the end of the class." Whether if he succeeded in confiscating the bottle or not, there was no way he tolerated any kind of drinking in the dojo.

[MFT/WC: 760]
Notes:
  • Feel free to take any kind of wooden sword that Yuu offered in the weapon rack.
  • You have about 2-3 days to post until the next round. I'm really loose in the time limit, but I will inform you for any updates or delays.
  • This is IC and only for Tetsu, but there is a chance Yuu may succeed on confiscating Tetsu's bottle or not, please feel free to roll a dice or decide what happens next.
  • This is just a note, but as Setsu's reminder, he will be not taking any class rewards.
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Re: Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:54 pm

The next person to enter after Rinko was a tall lad with an earthy smell to him. She met his eyes, but averted them quickly. Something about him felt awkward. She had a feeling she didn't want this guy to be her sparring partner, not only due to his odd presence, but also because he definitely had far more reach than her. Being small had its perks, but today would likely not display those advantages. She breathed a sigh of relief when the familiar form of Setsu entered the dojo. Perfect! I bet I could kick the crap out of Setsu! She avoided his gaze, not wanting him to see the wicked smirk on her face.

When Kashino placed himself before the group and confirmed that he was in fact their teacher for today, RInko cocked an eyebrow. As the boy explained himself further, the girl frowned. She too had entered the academy at ten-years-old. Sure, she'd been skipping classes and doing the bare minimum for a while, but to jump in rank so quickly either reflected poorly on her, or showed how talented this kid must be. At his declaration of basically being a veteran shinobi, Rinko visibly winced. She hoped he was joking. If not, that was kinda an insult to people like her Pops who had been serving for decades. She closed her eyes and took in some air, hoping to calm her irritation. You're not a failure Rinko...this kid is just the second coming of Jesus Saito...probably... She opened an eye to get a better look at the scrawny teacher. Maybe?

Having recovered her composure, Rinko listened to Kashino and nodded occasionally. While she felt that Ninjutsu and Genjutsu were superior due to their long range capabilities, she couldn't help but shiver as the bamboo toppled over. Her tail puffed up from under her as she imagined someone lopping off her tail with such a swing. Okay...maybe swords are scary. At the very least I've gotta respect this kid's proficiency with this kinda thing. Feeling a bit less confident than before the class started, Rinko rose and gave a small bow to Kashino. "Tanuki Rinko." She slunk to the weapon rack and grabbed the sword that had caught her attention earlier. It was a wooden sword crafted in the form of Bear Country's bonguk geom. Rinko didn't know much about weapons, but this one seemed good enough. She walked back to her original spot and stood with the sword apprehensively in her grasp.

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Re: Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:38 am

Tetsu stared bleakly at his empty hands as his bonded and precious bottle of brandy was plucked from it. Longing, anxiety, and anger all mixed inside of him as he watched his old friend sailing in the air as if to some distant shore. He bit his tongue, but waited for the appropriate pause in murmurs and movement to very formally and dramatically make his way to the front of the class, to stand beside his ambitious young professor, smiling towards Rinko and Setsu, and addressing them as if the introduction request came with an implicit demand to formalize the whole process. "My name is Omoi Tetsu. I may not be as young and gifted as our brilliant teacher," He began, eyeing his classmates with a face brimming with evil mirth and childishness, "But I hope to one day follow in his footsteps, becoming talented enough to one day be given the most elite role in the village; teaching children how to play with wooden swords." He nodded politely to the class before snorting and laughing in decidedly impolite fashion, and finishing with, "Thank you." Before reaching out to grab a wooden Southern Broadsword-style sword, the one made of white ash wood, and walking over to stand beside Rinko, nudging her with his elbow without first looking at her, as if to be discreet with the gesture.

"Hey." He said, making her complicit in his little note-passing-style conversation, "Is that... fully articulating." He was staring now with narrowed eyes at the girl's apparent bushy tale, "You can move it just by thinking?" The girl he was still considering killing seemed like she was the type to live primarily in her head, either smiling to herself and at nothing or puffing up her bushy tail in shock at the teacher's little parlour trick. She seemed to be going through some kind of schizophrenically lonely phase, spurred on, it seemed likely, by growing pains, unable to open up enough to gain any recognition from her peers or gain their love and affection. It really was a shame that she'd never get a chance to finally come out of her shell and open up to people, and Tetsu thought that the least he could do was to offer a little bit of conversation that the girl wouldn't even have to work to get started. Even though she was probably technically an animal, and so it wouldn't be murder, he was still tempted to err on the side of sympathetic pity for her.

He was rapidly, however, getting restless with the situation he now found himself in. The image he had of how this class was going to go seemed to be suffering a kind of death by a thousand cuts. It wasn't even as if anything was going terribly badly, he just felt like a man about to yell out some thundering speech, and being interrupted by people in the audience trying to find their seats, or dropping a glass bottle that slowly rolled down toward the stage. His fingers almost felt itchy, gripping and relaxing against the handle of his wooden sword. He looked at Rinko, at the polite latecomer, and at the child prodigy.

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Re: Swordsmanship Basics: The Art of Blade [Class]

Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:25 pm

Thirteen years old?!? The young empath was flabbergasted, their instructor was only two years his senior. What kind of training did you go through to get that powerful so quickly? Setsu shuddered at the thought of it. Will that happen to us? He looked at Rinko and the other boy. Kashino-sensei went on to describe himself as a veteran shinobi, something Rinko seemed to take umbrage with for some reason. Setsu on the other hand, was impressed that someone so young could be considered a veteran. Though if that were the case, the life expectancy of a shinobi was short indeed. Hopefully we all will be able to call ourselves veteran shinobi one day.

After demonstrating his skill with a sword, Kashino-sensei directed the other two members of the class to introduce themselves and then choose a weapon. But before anyone could follow those instuctions, wire wrapped itself around Tetsu’s bottle and yanked it out of his grasp. Kashino-sensei informed the older boy that he would be able to retrieve the bottle after the class was finished.

Rinko introduced herself with a curt bow, her speech and demeanor probably affected by Kashino’s display of technique, and selected her weapon. It was a long and thin blade, designed for slicing. It resembled the swords that the Lightning Country soldiers carried, though something was different about it. Setsu was not experienced enough with weapons to tell though. The older boy, introduced himself as Omoi Tetsu. Even Setsu could tell that the boy’s next words were laced with sarcasm. I guess he really liked that bottle, maybe Kashino-sensei could have just asked him to put it away instead of taking it. But that doesn’t mean you should just start insulting his profession, teaching is important too. Setsu decided to not get involved, hopefully Kashino-sensei would just ignore the slight and continue with the class. Tetsu moved to grab a sword, it had a wider blade that flared out and curved upwards at the tip.

Now it was his turn, “Um, I’m Suzuki Setsu! I mean I said that already, oh um I don’t really have much in the way of dreams, basically just seeing my family again. Haha…,” he trailed off. Tetsu seemed to be talking to Rinko, and Kashino-sensei was waiting to start the lesson. “I’ll just go pick something then,” he said quietly as he shuffled over to the weapon rack. He grabbed a shorter blade that resembled the ancient Kumogakurean xiphos. It was a short thirty centimeter blade that was designed for combat in enclosed areas. He then moved over to where Tetsu and Rinko were standing and waited for Kashino-sensei’s next instructions.

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