Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ninja in the Dojo

Just then, the bell rang. Lunch was over.

Taro's afternoon classes were about as exciting as the rest of them. Already, he was much less concerned about actually doing well in his classes and much more concerned about taking advantage of opportunities to observe his target Aimoto. He figured this post would only be temporary anyway, and he would be withdrawn from this school as soon as they learned what they wanted to know.

The thought of leaving the school kind of made him sad, even though he had only been there two days. Already, he was making a place for himself, and more importantly, he enjoyed the freedom. Back at the hideout, they would tell him when to train, and what to do, and he had very little free time. Here, even though he was on a ninja mission, he at least had the freedom to make his own decisions and experience new things.

He began hoping that after he finished this mission that they would send him on another, and then another. Perhaps he might even work under the command of Michio some day, he thought.

Very little happened after lunch. Aimoto sat in class looking bored, the raccoon boys were chatting away in the back of the classroom, and Mr. Kawa kept ranting on with his lectures. Occasionally Taro would scribble on his paper to make it seem as though he was paying attention because even though it didn't seem like Mr. Kawa cared whether or not anyone actually paid attention, he figured he probably did.

The time went by rather slowly so Taro was particularly happy when the final bell rang. Apparently not as happy as Mr. Kawa though because he left immediately as he seemed to do quite often.

Everyone got up and formed into their small cliques before disappearing out the door. Aimoto, however, stayed in his seat for a while looking as if he was going over a tough problem in his head. Then, he got up and walked over to Taro who was one of the few people left in the room.

"Ready for your first day at the dojo?" he asked. He smiled as he said this, and somehow, he reminded Taro of Michio, though the two seemed nothing alike, but they seemed to strike the same chord for Taro.

It wouldn't happen until later that night that this would seem particularly odd to Taro and he would contemplate whether he was getting too attached to his target, but at that time, he would also decide that it probably didn't matter since his mission was to get intel on some kid in high school.

For now, he was just kind of surprised at how friendly Aimoto was, having always expected to have some kind of natural animosity for his target.

"Yea," Taro said.

The two of them when down stairs and walked to the dojo together. Taro didn't say much, but he was keenly watching Aimoto to see if he could discern any important information, but to no avail.

The two of them got suited up in one of the small rooms connected to the main part of the dojo. Taro's gi was a little loose and made a fair amount of noise when he moved, much different than the uniform he was used to which was designed in every way to be as silent as possible.

When they came out, there were several other students warming up. Master Tao Zing was there also. He was off on the side of the room smoking his tobacco pipe, standing with a wide, relaxed stance.

"Attention!" shouted one of the boys, and all the students in the room lined up.

Taro, too, joined the line, purely on instinct. After years of training, he didn't need to think about joining a formation for training.

The group did a set of training exercises, mostly consisting of practice kicks and punches, as well as some stretching and cardio to warm up, nothing that challenged Taro all too much, but a few of the kids seemed like they were much less in shape. Aimoto wasn't one of them.

The boy who led them through the exercises was clearly one of the higher ranking students, Taro recognized. Though they didn't have any indication of rank at all, it was immediately clear to Taro that there was definitely a pecking order among them.

After warm-ups, Master Tao Zing excused the boy who joined the ranks. He stood before the group and cleared his throat but didn't proceed to speak immediately after. Instead, he took a few more puffs of his pipe and examined it thoughtfully as if he had never taken the time to notice the intricate details carved into it.

Master Tao Zing cleared his throat again and then staid, "Dear students. Today, we have a new member of our dojo. I do not know how many of you have had a chance to meet Taro Nagesaki who has recently joined our school, but I'm sure you will all get along quite well."

Then, moving right on to the next topic, he said, "You have all grown quite a lot since the beginning of the year. I am very impressed with your dedication and progress. However, you must keep in mind that kung fu is about peace and balance and not about the techniques you learn or the battles you win. It is about being one with everything around you and blowing gently in the breeze like a delicate leaf, while being strong like bamboo. It is important to meditate whenever you are unsure of yourself or need guidance, and it is always better to find peace with your enemies than to defeat them."

Master Tao Zing took another couple puffs of his tobacco and then began coughing violently, patting himself on the chest. This didn't seem to upset the students' concentration at all, Taro noticed.

Once the old master had recovered, he began directing people to form different groups. After everyone else had been sent off to work on different techniques, only Taro and Aimoto were left.

"You two should work together," he said. "But first, I would like to see you two spar one more time."

Hearing this, Aimoto flashed a big grin. It was obvious to Taro that he had been anticipating this rematch for quite some time. Though Taro hid his anticipation, he was fairly excited too. Taro had already come to the decision that he was going to find his own way of completing his ninja mission, and so he no longer was afraid of getting too involved. And anyway, he thought; what better way to get to know my target than in the heat of battle?

Read "Rematch" >>>>>>

It's time for Taro and Aimoto to face off once again; ninja versus kung fu fighter. However, this time, Taro is excited for the match? Very interesting! What will happen next? Who will win this time? And will Master Komatsu find out and punish Taro for his reckless behavior? Has Michio already told Master Komatsu about the first fight? So much going on! Tell me what you think in the comment section below. Then come read more of the story in the next section of Taro's Ninja Spy High School!!!

1 comment:

  1. Nah, why would Taro tell his master about the fight or the dojo? That would make sense. ;)


What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.