Well, talk about a surprising turn of events. The first student who was finished was Rinko and her antics with his first Water clone. He specifically said to showcase their swordsmanship by sparring, not flailing around her sword in an attempt to finish off his clone. Not to mention using jutsu was a no-no for this practical session, especially jumping on her teacher like himself. Thankfully, his clone somehow smacked her on the head as his way of giving her an incorrect procedure. With that, he stopped his clone from sparring her any further as he frowned and stared at the mischievous girl.
For Setsu, he was a bit impressed at his sword fighting skills. Despite a small interference from Rinko, he did manage to land a hit despite his loss. Regardless, he felt it was a great effort for him. Tetsu, on the other hand, was more troublesome than the young raccoon-tailed girl. As he turned around to see him, his eyes widened to see him ignoring his Water clone completely and aimed his sword towards him. However, he remained calm as he created a handseal from his right hand and before Tetsu's sword can reach him, a puff of smoke enveloped both of them. If Tetsu managed to see through the smoke, it seemed that he managed to hit Yuu's head. But if he looked closer, he can see how his sword penetrated his head, which revealed that it was actually made of water as the replaced clone began to melt into what he was originally made of.
As for the real Yuu, he attempted to place his wooden sword's blade near Tetsu's neck and said, "Don't make me repeat myself. You're supposed to spar with my clones, not with my real self."
He would have used his Thunderfist to infused his wooden weapon and stun the Genin, but he wouldn't go that far. Instead, he lowered his blade and glared at the young man. "Well, since you have some interesting moves and that you managed to bypass my clone, I'll let you off with a warning. But..."
With his ripple-patterned eyes, he glared at Tetsu and said in a harsher tone, "Do that again and I will report you to the higher-ups for your misbehavior. Do I make myself clear?"
Whether if Tetsu would heed his warning or not was up to him. Regardless, he decided to continue on with the lesson as he turned his eyes to Rinko. "As for you, Rinko-san, you seemed to panic during the spar and resorted to using your Ninjutsu to escape my clone. Although Ninjutsu is also essential to support your sword fighting techniques, please refrain using them again during this class unless you want to disturb your classmates again," he said to her with his normal calm tone before he turned to Setsu. "Setsu, you didn't win the spar, but it was a great effort. Despite Rinko's disturbance, you managed to use it to your advantage just to land a hit. I commend you for that."
With that said, he stood his wooden sword like a cane and turned his attention to his students. "In any case, I can see some interesting styles you showed me in your spars. However, the purpose for the spars is to determine if the type of sword you used are perfect for you, guys. In fact, ask yourselves this. 'Is the sword I used too light or heavy?', 'Is this sword perfect to use along with the element of the Ninjutsu to your choosing?' As long you think about these questions, it's only a matter of time until you can find the perfect sword to accompany you in your future battles. And regarding the final point of swordsmanship, I think it would be already obvious after what Tetsu-san did. Whether if they are young or old, weak or strong, they might be skilled swordsmen and if you let your guard down based on their movements or appearances, there is a chance you may lose your arm or your life."
He then walked around until he was back in the center of the dojo as he continued his lecture. "But a parry or a counter-attack aren't the only ones you should look out for. There are some people like bandits or some missing shinobi who would use underhand tactics to gain the upper hand. You can't predict what will they do next, but you can sense their movements based on sound and instincts. And yes, that means you have to rely on your hearing to do so. Not only that, you have to rely on your gut instincts to act or not. Battles can be unpredictable and it's up to you to react to turn the tide of battle." Yuu then drew his wooden sword and faced it in front of him as he assumed his fighting position. "Now then, you will have to use your hearing and your instincts to dodge my sword. When I called your name, I want you to sit in front of me and face away from me. I will not tell you if I should strike, so it's up to you to decide to dodge depending on your timing. Again, it doesn't matter if you fail this task, but I have you warn you that my swing can be a bit... strong."
That word was an understatement for him, considering how long he was using his broadsword for 3 years now. Thankfully, he has to hold some of his strength for this next test. Besides, he can't hurt his students during his first class after all. Regardless, he called out his students' names based on the order: Rinko, then Tetsu, and lastly, Setsu.
- Fourth round everyone! For this round, your character has to sit in front of Yuu while facing away from him and they have to dodge his sword as he swings it to their head.
- You are free if they managed to dodge Yuu's sword or not.
- You still have 2-3 days to post. But due to NaNoWriMo coming up, the next round post will be slow. I'll let you guys know in advance.