Both the Turtles and Team Kyokugen were in awe as they watched while their respective leaders were engaged with one another in close quarters combat. It had been a good twenty minutes since Leonardo and Ryo Sakazaki began, and in that time spent they had either been dodging or blocking, even intercepting one another’s attacks, neither one of them managing to land a blow onto the other. Neither side had wanted to cheer, afraid that their voices of encouragement would break the concentration of either Leonardo or Ryo. And the level of skill had been quite impressive— so much so that the Kyokugen fighters were quite surprised that the individual whom they believed was in a rather elaborately made costume was able to fight so fluidly and with a skill that they hadn’t even anticipated.
Both Leonardo and Ryo had to commend one another for their level of skill, their technique and precision as well as their tenacity seemed to be on an even level. At this point, it all would end up on the individual representing their respective styles. Both were working to gauge one another, reading the others movements to attack, defend or counter the other. And yet… the battle had gone on for so long where neither managed to land a strike yet. However, Leonardo and Ryo would turn with their weight and swing their legs out, performing high roundhouse kicks to one another, and both would impact each other’s leg in the shin region. The power the two sent would cause each other to immediately stumble back, and both would work to regain their footing.
But Ryo was ready.
Quickly summoning the reserves of energy within himself, he focused his Ki to move through his body and channeled it through his right arm and into his hand. Opening the palm of his hand, a blue swirl of energy formed, and Ryo thrust his arm outward and willed that energy to project outward.
“Kou-Ou Ken!” The Kyokugen fighter shouted with power.
The shot of energy moved quickly in towards Leonardo, and the red masked ninja widened his eyes in shock—not having expected Ryo to perform such a technique like that. So… this was the power of Kyokugen, and a taste of what laid in store for himself and his brothers. Good to know. Because he and they had fought super powered opponents before, and this would only encourage them to utilize more of their skills. Using the quick thinking which he was often known to employ in battle, Leonardo immediately turned and he moved his arms across, slashing his steel ninjaken diagonally to the right, and his blades made contact with the blue energy sphere. With effort, Leonardo would cleave through the energy shot, causing it to dissipate in blue wisps.
“Whoah! Did you guys see Leo do THAT?!” Michelangelo gasped, expressing his immediate shock.
Ryo would immediately rush in towards Leonardo, unleashing two quick punches for the red masked Turtle’s head and his chest region. Leonardo leaned back, dodging the hook punch and he positioned his right arm, using his forearm to block the punch aimed for his chest. Ryo responded by snapping his left leg outward in a front kick for Leonardo’s chest, but the Turtle had crossed his arms out once more and took the strike to his forearms while shifting his weight forward to prevent himself from being pushed back.
“Come on bro! What are you doing? You got this!” Yuri shouted, encouraging her brother to remain in the fight.
Ryo once more focused on the energy which was within him, and immediately directed it to flow through his arms once more. Quickly, Ryo immediately pushed himself to the air— and he swung his right arm upward and slammed in his right fist firmly into Leonardo’s chin as he performed the Koho technique.
Taking the impact, Leonardo went with the motion as he then had pushed himself upward and back while throwing his weight in reverse, performing a reversal somersault and flipped back twice to get some distance between himself and the Kyokugen fighter. Ryo once more rushed in towards Leonardo, but then once more went airborne as he leapt towards the Turtle with a leg extended out, intending on hitting the red masked ninja however, he turned and once more swung his back leg across, another technique from Kyokugen’s arsenal.
“Hien Shipuu Kyaku!”
Leonardo immediately rushed in towards Ryo, only to then drop and roll forward underneath the Kyokugen fighter. The Turtle swiftly swung his right leg across, aiming for the Kyokugen fighter’s legs and successful impact was made, causing Ryo to fall back hard onto the concrete. Grunting in discomfort, Ryo aimed to quickly rise, but Leonardo immediately rolled forward and pounced, aiming to use Ryo as a landing pad as he snapped both legs down. Ryo grunted in further discomfort as the impact was made, and Leonardo flipped off from him.
Realizing that his opponent was quite skilled, Ryo knew that at some point he would’ve had to pull out the more powerful techniques in his arsenal. He rose to his feet once more, and rushed in for his opponent.
The Kyokugen fighter immediately unleashed an assortment of punches and kicks, releasing a variety of jabs, strong straights and hooks, even the occasional backhand. Every now and then, he would throw in a kick as well, from front kicks, to side kicks and roundhouse kicks as well. But Leonardo would respond in kind as he had parried and deflected many of the strikes intended for him, and even countered with his own punches while still gripping his steel blades, his fists impacting Ryo’s, and a similar situation with his kicks.
“Come on, Leo! Don’t let him push you around like this!” Raphael shouted with irritation.
Like before, Ryo would summon the energy which was within himself— directing it to move through his body and he immediately snapped back into a stance, while slowly moving his left arm and closed it firmly into a fist. As he did so, he lowered his right arm down and clenched his hand firmly into a fist. Immediately, he thrust his right arm forward and out, intent on slamming it down onto Leonardo’s plastron protected chest to deliver a powerful energy infused blow.
“SHIN TENCHI HAOKEN!”
But Leonardo had learned in his fight with Ryo. And reading his body movements carefully, he saw what he was planning to do plain as day. The red masked ninja immediately tensed his leg muscles, pushed himself up and over Ryo in a quick somersault, landed feet first and turned as he hunched only to swing his left leg back and managed to impact Ryo’s ankles once more. Feeling that energy placed in the punch now leaving him, and his gravity being snatched from under, the Kyokugen fighter immediately slammed onto his back. Without any hesitation, Leonardo spun his twin swords swiftly and he swung his arms down for a finishing blow. The blades slashed through the air and Ryo widened his eyes as he raised his arms to cover himself as he closed his eyes.
“RYO!” Robert shouted with grave concern.
But the blades didn’t make contact.
Robert, Yuri and King breathed all sighs of relief and allowed themselves to relax. For a moment they had thought that Ryo would’ve been bisected. Ryo did as well for that matter. A bead of sweat ran down the side of his face and he looked to Leonardo with a look of surprise but then briefly smiled as the red masked Turtle then spun his blades and then slipped them over his shell, placing them back in their scabbards only to extend a hand out. Taking the three digit hand, Ryo allowed himself to be helped to his feet.
“I concede. You definitely had me dead to rights.”
“That was some fight… Now I know we might be up against in this competition.” Leo responded.
The announcer’s voice blared through the speakers installed in the chosen area, announcing that Leonardo was the winner of the first round and that the next one was about to begin.
Both the Kyokugen fighters and the Turtles regrouped, discussing as to who would go next. It wouldn’t be long for that choice on both sides to be made.
“Guess I’m up!” Robert spoke out as he stepped forward and immediately looked over to the Turtles.
In all honesty, Robert Garcia had not at all once believed that Ryo would’ve lost in the first round to some guy in a Turtle costume, or what he thought was a man in a Turtle costume. But in his mind, Ryo never really had a sense of style in his way of fighting… And yet, he did. Wanting to show it, Robert immediately snapped his right leg out rapidly in a series of quick side kicks, holding the leg up as high as he could for about a good thirty seconds. Then, he lowered his leg down before he bounced on his toes, shuffling forward and back while also performing a series of quick jabs to display how clean and well formed his punches were.
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael looked over to one another.
“My turn.” Raph gruffly spoke.
Stepping forward, the red masked pugilist now then turned his head from side to side— snapping the bones in his neck and then rolled his shoulders forward. He clasped his fists in each hand, cracking his knuckles to better prepare himself for this particular fight. Seeing the round which Leo and Ryo had engaged themselves in, Raphael had an idea on what to expect but it seemed like as if Robert might be something of a different fight altogether.
“Be sure to keep your cool, Raph.” Donatello pointed out.
Raphael blinked and stared to Donatello with a dead panned look. It honestly felt like sometimes that his brothers never really gave him the credit which he felt like he deserved. But they knew he was a skilled ninja, and he had won some battles which even took Leo, Don and Mike by surprise.
“C’mon, Turtle Boy! What are you doing keeping me waiting?” Robert playfully taunted.
Ryo and King just stared to Robert before they released somewhat annoyed sighs while King would place a palm over her face and shook her head from side to side. Yuri couldn’t help but jump and pump a fist in excitement.
“You got this Robert!”
Raphael then had moved his arms down and he took hold of the red cloth braided handles of his twin sai, only to pull them out from his utility belt and the red masked Turtle then spun the sharpened prong weapons in hand swiftly, and then gripped them to stop them from spinning as he then tucked them in his palms while gripping them firmly. He took a moment to look over Robert, observing his movements and his stance— but also his attire as well. If Raphael didn’t know any better, this guy came from money…
“Kick ass out there, bro!” Michelangelo yelled out.
Raphael couldn’t help but smirk. It was honestly good to know that Michelangelo was definitely in his corner. He looked back to his brothers. Leonardo gave a subtle nod as he crossed his arms while Donatello had placed his hands on the top of his bo-staff, resting his chin on the top of his knuckles. But Raphael knew they too were in his corner. Now it was definitely time to get started.
Focusing on the energy within, Robert channeled it through his body and into his right arm and hand only to thrust it outward and project that energy outward in the form of an orange colored flaring sphere.
Raphael immediately rushed as fast as he could, and he quickly leaned forward and rolled underneath the incoming projectile— only to then reposition himself onto his feet and he pounced forward with his sai extended out, firmly gripped within his hands as he aimed to tackle Robert.
Now the second match between the Turtles and the Kyokugen Team commenced…
The second match up of my TMNT arc has finally been written up and it was sort of easy to pick out who was going to fight who next. What was challenging was writing up the fight between Leonardo and Ryo Sakazaki from my last match up. If anything else, I didn't want it to go on too long and I also wanted to show that Leo and Ryo were neck and neck in terms of skill. Hopefully, this one will be similar match up.
Also, I strongly recommend for anyone who ISN'T familiar with the Mirage Turtles to take a look at the Mirage TMNT Respect Thread to see what they are capable of.
Raphael is low tier superhuman in terms of physicals. Think Above Peak Human due to his mutation.
Raphael possesses his Twin Sai, Shurikens, Smoke Bombs and Kunai.
Robert Garcia is Peak Human in terms of physicals.
Robert Garcia possesses his move set from the Art of Fighting and KOF series.
Both combatants are NOT fighting to the death.