Getting More ComFURtable With A Teammate

Masaru and Niku get to know each other a little better and train a shitton of stats (hopefully).

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Post by Servant » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:54 pm

Niku had met some really interesting people so far in Fur Country. She'd encountered a chuunin from Kirigakure, some samurai, and even some spear users from The Holy City of Towers. Niku had watched them spar for a few hours, having been really impressed with their ability and the spear as a weapon. It was such an amazing event that allowed young genin, like her, to meet people from all over the world, including other ninja villages. In regards to some villages, meeting those shinobi in any other setting would likely be a much more stressful situation, possibly life and death. However, in this setting, enemies, friends, acquaintances, and strangers could come together in relative safety.

Of course, with so many keen to learn new things from strangers and others keen to show off their newest skills, training grounds were hard to come by. Despite that, Niku and Masaru had managed to reserve a training ground. Naturally, they'd invited Mafuyu to join them, but the only time that they could get the training ground was nearly three in the morning, so she'd opted to sleep instead. Niku didn't blame her, but watching all of the amazing combatants throughout the day had really gotten Niku's blood going and she couldn't sleep anyways. She wondered if the day would come when someone looked at her at this Festival and admired her skill.

Because she couldn't sleep, Niku had arrived to the training ground early. At first, she watched a master teach a pupil Shinden techniques, though he seemed to have a pretty good basic physiology, so he picked them up abnormally quickly. Niku could only assume that he was proficient with the sword in some other style. She found a small, unused corner of the ground and began some training on her own. She set up a piece of paper, hanging from a dummy's arm. The training had been suggested by her grandfather before Niku'd left. The basis was simple, draw your sword at the sheet of paper in an effort to score the paper. Too soft would send the sheet flapping in the wind, while too hard would slice the sheet in half. This training was all about her ability to accurately gauge the distance and properly handle her body.

After taking a deep breath, Niku's right hand drew one of her Cardinal Directions towards the hanging sheet. Having overcompensated for her fear of slicing the sheet in half, she missed it entirely. She wasn't defeated though, or, she didn't feel defeated. She'd accomplish this task for sure before she returned home from Fur Country.

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Post by Diatenshi » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:05 pm

Hearing about the spear user from the Holy City of Towers from Niku, Masaru had become exceptionally excited. Coupled with his night terrors, he was pretty much assured not to get any sleep that night. So at about one in the morning a whole two hours before he was supposed to meet with Niku at the training grounds, Masaru was already training with his beautiful lance.

Hearing the stories about the spear users got his motivation for training going. He decided to focus on developing a new style of techniques that focused on speed. As a Senju Masaru was rather in touch with nature had drawn inspiration for his first style. Once more he was going to utilize the forces of Nature to develope a series of new techniques. This time instead of focusing on the solidity and weight of the earth, he was drawing inspiration from a storm. Flashes of lightening and fierce swift winds were the source of his ideas this time around. The style would decidely focus on fast overwhelmingly quick strikes. However before he could begin to design and practice new techniques, he'd have to increase his speed to match the style he was attempting.

He'd begin with a series of stretches and warm up exercises to prepare his muscles. the stretches increased his flexibility to keep his muscles loose while the simple exercises like squats and push ups warmed his muscles up getting them ready for the exertion. Following prepping his body Masaru would practice stances with his lance. with slow deliberate movements Masaru would reaffirm the familiarity he had with his weapon and establish his spacing. this would help prevent him from damaging the room he was in accidentally as he practiced. it'd do him no good if he had to pay extra charges for damaging the room.

His first exercise to boost his speed was using his lance to keep a rubber ball from touching the ground. In what seem like an exotic style of dance, Masaru would spin slash and thrust his polearm around in a deadly yet beautiful manner. Beads of sweat would drip down his forehead as he focused, the air in the room intense. too much force would bounce the ball to high to challenge his speed, yet using to little and moving too slow would result in missing the target or worse destroying it.

It was during this exercise that his alarm went off disrupting his rhythm causing him to slice the ball in two. Looking at the alarm Masaru would begin to feel a cold sweat as he realized he was late in leaving. If he didn't hurry he'd be late meeting up with Niku and it was not wise to keep a lady waiting. Holstering his lance on his back using the specially designed baldric.

Taking off in a sprint pushing his legs as fast as they will go ignoring the small tears in the muscles due to over exerting himself. The tears were inconsequential as after a short rest period upon his arrival theyd heal up as if they'd never happened. Arriving somewhat out of breath yet on time he'd straighten out his attire and head over to Niku who was already absorbed in her training. "Did I make you wait long? Or did you just want to get a head start?." He'd look at her noting the slight persperation on her skin opening the conversation with a warm smile on his face.

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Post by Servant » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:53 pm

Niku turned as she heard the familiar voice. "No, I just got started really." Despite her strong desire to train and grow stronger, Niku hadn't really planned anything for once the two arrived. She had her individual training, but individual training wasn't likely to enhance Squad 15's teamwork very much. Her mind tried to come up with something quick on the spot, but she failed to come up with anything short of running. She turned back to her own training, taking a deep breath to steady herself. Her hand drifted to the hilt of her blade once more, drawing her sword at the hanging paper. Unfortunately, the paper was no longer a single sheet, but two smaller pieces of unconnected paper.

With a grunt of frustration, she turned back to Masaru. "It's harder than it looks," she stated without going into what she was actually trying to do. "So... I know we've had this on the books for the last day, but I didn't really plan anything for us to do. Did you? I mean, I've got individual training I could work on, but..." Niku trailed off, feeling like the conclusion was obvious and need not be said.

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"I actually had an idea that could work for us both. In fact it can even be kinda fun as we can make a game out of it. Don't let the sack hit the ground. That is the objective. However each person can only hit the sack three times before they have to pass it to the other person. Also too much strength and the darn thing will explode or travel too far, too little and it won't travel far enough for your partner to hit it back. Final rule is that you can't touch the sack with your hands. If you want to up the difficulty start moving around as you juggle the sack. How does that sound?"

Masaru would pull a small pink sack out of his pocket. It was something he'd bought in town the day before at a stand selling small toys. The toy was a small square made of cloth about 4 inches on each side and about an inch thick. Inside the cloth, as he'd found out the hard way, was a mixture of rice glitter and confetti. He'd start bouncing the tiny little sack on his knees to give a bit of a demo. He would bounce the sack on one knee first then, he'd bounce the sack between both knees. The third part of his little demo is that he'd start using his other body parts like his feet or elbows. And as the final challenge he'd begin to move in a circle around Niku as he demonstrated the training, gradually moving faster. After doing a few loops around her, all while bouncing the pink square off various body parts, he'd kick the sack over to her. "Give it a try and tell me what you think. Oh and don't worry if you bust it, I bought quite a few of them as I kept breaking them when I first tried it. I'm still finding glitter in my armor."

He'd smile at Niku as he pictured her getting covered in various colors of glitter. It was a rather interesting mental picture to say the least. Thankfully his blush was hidden due to his face already being flush from his earlier training. Masaru would shake his head to clear such unnecessary thoughts from his mind so as not to be distracted. He' smile as he watched her first attempt with the toy. The color of the sack indicated the color of the glitter inside. If she wasn't careful she would look like she'd been hit by a pink glitter bomb.

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Post by Servant » Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:37 pm

When Masaru asked how the suggested training sounded, Niku thought it sounded remarkably simple. "Yeah, sounds good," she responded, though she doubted it would actually help her at all. She had learned awhile ago that her physical skills were considerably better than most genin so she assumed this would be more of a bonding exercise than a physical one. She could barely stifle a giggle as Masaru revealed the sack in question. He wants me to kick his little pink sack?!

She then proceeded to watch as Masaru demonstrated how the ball should be kept up, which did little to assuage her concerns about the training. Niku used her keen perception to watch Masaru, taking mental notes as she did so. He uses flat parts of his body, like his knees or feet, to ensure the sack goes where he wants it to. He's also careful to keep the sack near his body. Not only that, but after each touch, he makes sure to reset his feet. That's a good way to keep your equilibrium, not to mention allows you to use either foot if the need arise. Even as Masaru sped up, Niku assumed she'd have no trouble maintaining this little game, with the help of the tips she'd picked up from observing.

Niku then watched as Masaru kicked the sack to her. Without losing a beat, Niku moved to her left, allowing the sack to go past her, as if she'd successfully managed to dodge the sack. In response to his words regarding glitter, Niku shot Masaru a little grin as the toy fell towards the ground behind her. At nearly the last moment, Niku's right foot slid backwards before lifting off of the ground. The sack hit what most people referred to as the bottom her shoe as it rose to the toy. Unfortunately, Niku's speed and strength caused her attempt to show off to be full of far too much power resulting in the toy's innards bursting out, all over the young kunoichi. He must have put a small explosive tag inside of that sack!

Niku removed her hat, shook it and her ponytail as various things fell from off of her. "Ok, that was pretty funny, but enough playing around," Niku said, her tone somewhat scolding. I didn't skip on sleeping to have people pull pranks on me."

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Post by Diatenshi » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:24 pm

Masaru would look at her funny as she dodged the sack as if it was some kind of attack. While impressed with her agile move he was somewhat baffled by her intent. It wasn't dodge ball though with the glitter inside it could probably be used that way for a fun game. As he watched her curiously he'd see her foot swinging back for a rearward kick. While having a bad feeling in his gut Masaru continued to watch the scene play out, worried that she didn't even bother to test the sack at all prior to attempting her trick.

Pewf!

Masaru would look at her somewhat stunned. Surrounded by a cloud of glitter and confetti Niku was quite a sight. Especially as the glitter clung to her body due to her pre-work out exercise. Despite her best efforts to get rid of the confetti and glitter, while a fair amount fell off, quite a bit was still clinging to her hair and clothes. So not to mention that he was stunned by the beautiful sight before him, he was also dying inside with laughter at her overwhelming fail. She clearly tried way to hard right off the bat trying to look cool and it literally blew up on her.

"No pranks here you just hit it too hard. If you were to practice a bit first to adjust your level to the durability of the sack I'm sure you could pull off that trick. By the way I gotta say the pink really does look good on you. Alright round two. Once your used to it let me know and we'll go back and forth. As you get into a good rythem I'll start adding more sacks into the mix. My max is currently four. Once you're used to it I'm sure you can hit that number if not more.

Keeping the laughter buried inside Masaru would pull out a silver pouch and a red pouch. He'd start juggling the red pouch and silver pouch both upping the difficulty for himself, requiring him to move faster but still refrain from hasty movements. Once he was in a good rhythm however, he'd knee the silver pouch over to Niku while still maintaining the red pouch never letting it more than a foot away from his body.

As he juggled the red sack he'd also do his best to keep an eye on Niku's efforts. Part of him was watching to see when she was ready to try juggling back and forth. The other part was worried she'd intentionally try to get him back with a glitter attack of her own. Not that it was his fault in the first place, but she seemed to be blaming him none the less. Just in case he had to quickly react he'd kept his sack count to one while she warmed up. Despite this he still had a feeling that this whole thing might end in a glitter war.

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Post by Servant » Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:32 pm

Niku still wasn't convinced that this wasn't some sort of prank or game designed for weaklings. Either way, there was a large part of her that just wanted to kick the living daylights out of the stupid silver sack that came flying to her. While she wasn't known for bouts of anger, nothing made her madder than failing at something, especially something she deemed to be easy. If Masaru hadn't been there, she might've gone full force on the sack; but seeing him accomplish the task that she'd utterly failed at moments ago made her want to show her worth and conquer the little sack of glitter with all she could muster.

She moved her right knee up to meet the ball as it fell towards her. Rather than trying to hit the sack into the air, like before, she simply let the toy smack into her stationary leg. The sack didn't bounce off her fleshy thigh much, but as she straightened her leg, the sack just fell naturally. She moved her left foot under the ball, in an attempt to catch the ball. The sack landed squarely on crease of where her toes meet her foot. She'd successfully caught the ball, That wasn't so bad. With a little flick of her foot, the sack went high into the air, above her head in fact. Her eyes followed the toy, unhappy that she'd once again used a bit too much force. She watched as the ball slowly fell before placing her head under the sack. Bending her knees just a bit as the ball arrived at her head, she caused it to land softly on top. Alright... coming along.

With just a twitch of her neck, the sack went a little into the air. Now's the real test, she thought to herself as she prepared to kick the falling ball once it had fallen enough. She had to turn a little to her right in order to keep the ball directly in front of her, but as it reached just above her knee, she lifted her right foot. As the sack reached the proper height, Niku flicked her ankle upwards just a bit. The toy didn't go up much, Ok, not quite enough power. Quickly dropping her foot back to the ground, though a little farther forward than if she'd just dropped it naturally, Niku lifted her left foot in an attempt to keep the sack from succumbing to gravity entirely. Her ankle, like before, flicked upwards just before the sack made contact. This time, she'd used a tad more force, causing the toy to go up, reaching a climax just in front of her eyes.

She raised her knee as the sack reached the appropriate height, being careful not to overdo it and bathe herself in glitter once again. After three consecutive hit with her knees, Niku felt pretty confident that she had control of this silver sack. With that confidence, she looked to Masaru, whom she'd been completely ignoring while she perfected her form, in order to see if he intended to include more balls into the mix.

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Post by Diatenshi » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:46 pm

After letting Niku warm up and start building her own rhythm, Masaru would zone out as he focused on his own training. As he got in his zone he'd pick up speed and begin doing trickier manuevers. After warming up his reflexes and getting a good speed going, he'd slow down to add two glitter sacks to the mix, one brown and the other yellow

Masaru would be bouncing three different bags at once juggling them as he focused on maintaining a quick speed. Due to his focused state, he was experiencing a bit of tunnel vision. As he reached into his pocket to pull out a forth sack, his knee would come up to hard and burst a bright orange sack releasing bright orange glitter. Losing the one sack disrupted his over all rhythm causing him to drop the other two.

Already experienced with the mess from the glitter bags, Masaru would just grin and look over at Niku whom he would discover was waiting for him to toss her another sack. Shaking his head of the glitter he'd toss in a silver sack over to Niku. While he'd specifically timed his toss to blend in with her current rhythm it'd be entirely up to Niku to coordinate with him to properly maintain both sacks.

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Post by Servant » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:27 pm

Niku was mildly amused as Masaru was bathed in glitter, as she had been just moments ago. Despite her amusement, she was capable of maintaining her rhythm with the silver sack. While she was correct that she was more than capable of handling the sack in question, she had grossly underestimated the skill required to play this game. If she didn't properly control her body (and the inherent strength within it), then she could easily rupture the sack's contents all over herself once again. She watched as Masaru tossed a second silver sack towards her. The timing was near perfect as she'd just launched the first sack into the air, giving her time to coordinate her footwork with the arrival of the second sack.

Carefully lifting her foot to the incoming sack, Niku tapped the second sack into the air. As she'd observed watching Masaru, dealing with two sacks involved a decent amount of planning and preparation as you had to deal with one sack in a manner that gave you time to handle the second one. The second sack came down to meet the top of Niku's thigh as the first one was coming down just to the left of that. While she was aware that planning was key, putting it into practice was proving a little difficult when combined with her fear of slaughtering the sacks with excess strength. The second sack went up and Niku lowered her body, using the same leg, to get her foot just under the first sack before it reached the ground. The maneuver kept the sack from falling, but she hadn't actually hit the sack into the air, instead allowing it to rest on the crevice between her foot and ankle.

She took in the second sack's position before using her foot to toss the first one back into the air. This gave her time to return her foot to the ground, turn her body about twenty degrees to her right in order to tap the falling sack back into the air. This left her just about the right amount of time to readjust her body in order to deal with the other falling sack. Using her knee, Niku pushed the sack back into the air, her eyes already surveying the other sack and her mind planning the easiest way to send it back into the air. Her training with Iaido and the sword gave Niku a pretty good grasp on handling her body, but this activity proved that there was definitely room for improvement. She glanced to Masaru to see how he was handling himself and wondering if they were going to start working together any time soon. She felt like she'd gotten the hang of things, even with two sacks, so she felt ready to try it.

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Post by Diatenshi » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:34 am

Masaru would pause as he watched Niku train. With her graceful moves and practiced control of her body one might think she was dancing instead of training. As she trained he'd notice her eyes glance at him as if saying 'what else you got?' he'd pause and think as another training idea popped in his head though as to whether she'd approve or not he was unsure.

"Do you wanna keep training with the sacks or do combative training? Or we could even do both. Take turns one person maintains the juggling while dodging attacks while the other person attempts to mess them up sound good?"

Saying this Masaru would take up a practice staff provided by the training center and start using thrust to disrupt Niku's rhythm. While he said he was going to try and mess her up, he actually started off slow before adding speed allowing her to adjust her rhythm to the thrust of his polearm. It wasn't until she had a good rhythm going that Masaru tried to be sneaky. Doing a quick spin Masaru would thrust the back end of the staff towards her. The spin potentially throwing her off however as the move itself was simply another thrust he was sure she'd be able to handle it easily.

Inwardly Masaru was enjoying the "dance" he openly acknowledged that Niku was better than him and was always impressed by her skill level. As mesmerised by her swaying as he was he still knew he had to keep things challenging otherwise neither of them would get anything out of the training as such, once she seemed accustomed to the thrusting, Masaru threw in a swing to try and disrupt her tempo.

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