The redhead wasted little time in tossing her weapon over to the man teaching them, just as Ken wasted little time in beginning to twirl the spear around him. It was an elegant dance, he had to admit, as he moved the spear over his head; across his body; covering his left flank just before moving back to his right. It started slowly enough, so that the 8 students before him would be able to easily keep track of the movements, but soon enough the Kenitsuna found himself increasing the speed with which he moved, now with his feet as well as with his hands and arms. The spear became a blur as it went left, right, across, up; to the point where it was a certainty that none of the children assembled would be able to track the motions with their own untrained eyes. "Hikaru, Kaoru!" On the eldest man's command, the two slight students moved almost in unison, throwing a single kunai each at their teacher. The man didn't skip a beat, twisting the end of his spear upwards and moving the first kunai above his head. At the same time his feet moved to the left, and with another twist of his wrists the spear moved across from his hip and thrust the second projectile into the ground, where it remained quivering.
For most of the Bannin's life, his specialty had been only in techniques relating to the use of bladed weapons, be they daggers, short-swords, katana, or even great-swords. Recently, however, he had begun to see the promise of branching out and learning techniques from other styles for the sake of variability. He had set his eyes on a fighting style meant to break the bones of an opponent with well-placed punches, but when Erizawa, Matsuko had requested that Ken teach her the soujutsu style of the Holy City of Towers, he had decided that that would be what he would master first.
So it was that he found himself before 8 promising Academy students outside the walls of Iwagakure. Most days it would hardly have been necessary for them to meet at the location that the Bannin had chosen, an out of the way field just south of the village. Today, on the other hand, Ken had plans that would require a vast amount of empty land in order to act upon them. As much as he was training his students, before long he would need to train himself; and the space around him would bear the marks of such training for a while yet, he was sure. About 100 meters to the west, swords; spears; and other weapons of all descriptions lay against the side of a sudden incline, ready for use in case Ken needed any of them. Besides that land mark, however, the 9 shinobi were surrounded only by flat earth for hundreds of meters.
With the lesson over, the 8 students began to make their way back to the village guided by one of their regular academy instructors. Ken himself would make no such movement, instead kneeling down and lapsing into prayer while he waited for the man who he had invited to this training session to arrive. The Genkouyoushi were a punctual people after all.
* Kushou・Low Wind Rising
D-Ranked Taijutsu Stance
The foundational stance of the Kushou style, Low Wind Rising involves the spinning of the user’s spear or polearm around their body constantly whilst remaining in motion. While in this stance, the user will be able to deflect projectiles with less strength than their own, while also making unpredictable movements of their spear.