Christmas Bash - Match 2 - Dept Store Bash

Description: What could possibly be a better setting for a clash between gentlemen in overpriced designer clothing than a Hollywood department store? (Benimaru had to run, and gave Robert the win since he was behind.)

Hollywood. It's only fitting that the two combatants that have been pit against each other would be brawling it out in a place like this, a place full of movie stars and actors, flashing lights, limos, and the like. There's been a special area reserved for this match-up however.
The area isn't just your average department store, this store holds perhaps the most expensive things one could imagine, isles upon isles of hats, shoes, props, standees, and there's some used furniture and the like. From the register back is cut off so the fans and media can watch and cheer, everyplace else? Free reign.
The first opponent introduced is Benimaru Nikaido, model, lover, fighter, and is responded with a tremendous roar of approval from the crowd- Being half-american helps with the fanbase, you see. He's dressed up in a light red, silk shirt, tucked into black, arguably too-short shorts, and boots, hair worn down at the moment. He takes his stance at the front of the store, tightening his gloves and waiting patiently as his opponent is then introduced...

COMBATSYS: Benimaru has started a fight here.

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Benimaru         0/-------/-------|

Well, at least an American would think that this department store is the center of all that is fashion - but not an Italian. Robert Garcia is introduced to significantly less fanfare, and even a few jeers of 'El-VIS! El-VIS!' in response to his choice of blue leisure suit. The man himself seems to be ignorant of it all, instead occupied with glancing around at what the store has to offer as he walks to meet his opponent at center stage. "It really *is* true what they say back home...Italy's latest fashion one year is America's the next.", he comments more to himself than anyone in particular on the approach.
Shaking his head, Robert instead turns his attention to Benimaru. Well! At least this guy knows how to dress out for an occasion, even if the shorts worry him slightly. "I'm not one for long introductions. So let's make this a good fight!" Tightening his own fingerless white gloves as per usual, he motions to Benimaru with his fingers to 'bring it'.

COMBATSYS: Robert has joined the fight here.

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Robert           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0         Benimaru

Benimaru furrows his brows a bit.. He's fairly sure he's seen Roberts face before, but he can't quite put his finger on a name or where he may have even seen it aside from the promotions. He gives a small shrug, deciding not to let it bother him and he gives a bit of a smirk to his opponent, "That's a shame, since mine tends to be rather lengthy, but you already know who I am anyway so it doesn't really matter, does it?" he replies, his tone soft as usual, fists raised toward his chin in response to Roberts motion, "Lets make it more than just a good fight, lets make it," and he dashes forward, his right fist suddenly crackling with electrical energy, the blue-hued fist looking to slam into Roberts chest in a sparkly display, "A /beautiful/ fight!"

COMBATSYS: Robert dodges Benimaru's Raijin Ken.

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Robert           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0         Benimaru

Robert grins back at Benimaru, recognizing him as...some well-known fighter or another, but their names all sort of blend together in his head. Study his opponents? Know their moves before he enters a fight, so that he has the advantage? ...That'd take all of the fun out of it, though! It may not be the smartest approach to fighting, but it *is* Robert's - confidence, and lots of it.
...Of course, maybe being less of a slouch might have him better prepared for openers like this, Garcia barely having the time to raise his own arms in a stance and begin toeing the ground in his usual fashion before Benimaru comes rushing forwards. Woah there! With an aisle to his left and an aisle to his right, it seems the best option for evasion is...up! Leaping over the attack, Robert tries to take advantage of the situation by coming right back down at Benimaru with a surprisingly swift kick.

COMBATSYS: Benimaru blocks Robert's Hien Ryuujin Kyaku.

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Robert           0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0         Benimaru

He was a quick one, that Robert Garcia, even Benimaru looks a little suprised by how quickly he evades the shootfighters attack; in fact a bit of a smile plays on his lips, "Impressive, this will be interesting," he murmurs, more to himself than anyone else really. Benimaru leans back slightly, the kick smacking into his joined wrists, and he's immedietly back on the offensive, left hand reaching out to grasp Roberts shoulder. Should he be so lucky, a small orb of chi forms in his palm, which he'd then slam into the mans gut to give him a wake-up call in the form of a big electrical shock!

COMBATSYS: Robert just-defends Benimaru's Benimaru Collider!

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Robert           0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0         Benimaru

Robert seriously lucks out in this case, because Benimaru's block is solid enough to where he can springboard away just in time for the blonde fighter to electrify...air. Seeing the opening, Robert doesn't just stand there dancing in place. Dashing two steps forward, he takes to the air again but in more of a lunge this time, swinging his torso back to deliver a series of three strong kicks to where Benimaru was standing. And hopefully before he can recover from his attack.

COMBATSYS: Benimaru dodges Robert's Flying Whirlwind Kick.

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Robert           0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0         Benimaru

Benimaru may have looked open, but he wasn't really- he was stunned for a brief moment by Roberts display of speed, almost doing a double-take really. It's shaken off in time for the model to crouch low and slide under Roberts spinning kick, his evasion perhaps not as impressive as the italians, but he'd make up for it later, "Interesting style," he then says aloud as he gets to his feet and light-foots his way toward Robert again, snapping a quick kick at the mans side, "It looks familiar, what is it?"

COMBATSYS: Robert interrupts Light Kick from Benimaru with Ryuuhan Shuu.

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Robert           0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0         Benimaru

There really isn't much room to get out of the way given the momentum from his last attack, leaving Robert with little option but to trade kicks with the other fighter - taking Benimaru's in the side, his response is to snap his own leg straight up and bring his heel cracking down. Once the blows are exchanged he takes a quick hop back to regain a bit of distance. "Not so bad yourself. As for my moves...? Only the best of the best! The extreme of the extreme!" Robert chances a quick glance around, then cracks a sparkling grin directly at the camera. "Kyokugen Karate!" *ting* There, he snuck in his mandatory advertisement for the fight.

Traded blows isn't exactly the style of fighting Benimaru is fond of; that is, if he's not the one initiating it. Benimaru hisses lightly, holding his chest as he hops back the exact moment Robert does, standing off during the cheap advertsisement.
".. Oh god," Benimaru mumbles, rolling his eyes and shaking his head, "Actually, Kyokugen style is interesting, decent at best," a light hop forward, and Benimaru swings two more fast fists, first to Roberts gut, and then a quick hook across the cheek, "Haven't you noticed that the other practicioners of the style aren't exactly... Sane?"

COMBATSYS: Benimaru successfully hits Robert with Medium Punch.
- Power hit! -

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Robert           0/-------/--=====|==-----\-------\0         Benimaru

Blink. A blink that costs him. In that split second, both hits fully connect and Robert is successfully shown up on live television. Robert rolls away from the clash to escape, coming up on his feet and rubbing at his cheek with an extremely annoyed look in his face. Grrr. He then turns that look to Benimaru. "What the hell is that supposed to mean? Ryo's about as normal as they come, and old man Takuma, sure, he's a little strict..." Suddenly, there's a visible twitch in his mouth, and then both of his eyes narrow on his opponent. "Wait a minute. You aren't speaking badly of Yuri, are you?"

COMBATSYS: Robert gathers his will.

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Robert           1/------=/=======|==-----\-------\0         Benimaru

Benimaru whews, he didn't actually think both blows would actually connect so cleanly, a bit of a playful smile forming on his lips both to that and Roberts accusation. Those who knew Benimaru would know he doesn't speak ill of females, with a couple of exceptions, and even then it's nothing so personal. But even still, ".. I could be, Garcia, I very well could be," he coo's, drawing his right fist back, and then lounges forward once more, the strike once again exploding with electrical energy at the mans chest again, ".. The fact you think I'm speaking of her says something though, don't you think?"

COMBATSYS: Robert blocks Benimaru's Raijin Ken.

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Robert           1/-----==/=======|===----\-------\0         Benimaru

Robert smiles in response, but now it's far less friendly and decidedly more of the 'arrogant bastard' flavor. He catches Benimaru's hand at the wrist, but not quickly enough to completely save himself from all of the voltage, which he accepts with a grunt of mild pain. "Not really, I'm just trying to decide how much of a thrashing I owe you. My dojo's honor is one thing, but a lady's honor is a completely different league!" ...Garcia, of course, is far less unilateral of his pandering to women and keeps it strictly in the league of that girl in particular. On the subject of getting some booty, Robert's foot is suddenly drawn toward kicking Benimaru's *ass* in reprisal. ...Literally!

COMBATSYS: Benimaru interrupts Medium Kick from Robert with Super Inazuma Kick.

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Robert           1/-======/=======|=====--\-------\0         Benimaru

"Ahhh, I see," Benimaru replies rather plesently, "Well, you take your pick, I actually don't think either answer would change your strength that much," And as the model had expected, Robert provided himself with an opening that the model takes care of quite quickly, the other mans kick only assisting in his sudden twist and a flash-kick style double kick slams up at the italians chin, followed by a snap of lightning from below. He lands in a slight crouch, his smile then almost cattish, ".. Don't take it the wrong way of course, I think I like you."

"Grrk!", comes Robert's thoughtful midair reply. Up he goes, and damned if it doesn't smart. But even as he's smacked upward, the Italian has enough wind left in him to swing his weight back into a flip and land standing right in front of Benimaru. ...Which is exactly what he was hoping for. "Thanks all the same.", he quips cheerfully as he moves to try and strike his crouching opponent in the face with his knee, followed by a lunge of - count them - nine midair kicks before he finishes it with a flash-kick backflip of his own. (so trendy these days!) Of course, should Benimaru manage to tough out the onslaught, Robert's back will be awfully exposed.

COMBATSYS: Benimaru blocks Robert's Muei Shippuu Juudan Kyaku.

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Robert           0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\0         Benimaru

The model chuckles lightly, "Anytime," .. No, it isn't very often that he gives compliments to his male opponents, Robert either is quite polite, or understands just how rare such a thing is from Benimaru. And then comes his onslaught, Benimaru actually having a little trouble timing the barrage of deflects and full on blocks from the very quick combination that leaves his arms feeling rather sore in the end.
At least his face didn't get jacked up though, and even if Robert is exposed, he's pushed by Benimaru back enough so that he can't take /immediet/ advantage, so tries to make up quantity with quality, a suprisingly long reaching kick snapping out, the model crouching to catch the back of his opponents knee and get him a little off balance, "Hyah!"

COMBATSYS: Robert blocks Benimaru's Light Kick.

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Robert           0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\0         Benimaru

As much as it would have been nice to land that assault, Robert is pretty sure that it must have worn on the guy at the very least. ...Or so he hopes, because he's boned if Benimaru is just *that* good. Robert, of course, quickly casts that thought aside - skill and natural talent will get him through this, not wondering about factors he can't control. Before he can break away from his technique, Benimaru grabs ahold of Robert's leg (the same tactic he used on one-eye's wife the other day!), but the kick his deflected by a quick drop of guard arm. Not having much room for maneuvering at the moment, Garcia goes for a gamble, pushing his leg *into* Benimaru's grip instead of wrenching from it, snapping his other leg up in an attempt to kick off of his chest with all the force he can muster and hopefully send him careening into the aisle of merchandise behind him!

COMBATSYS: Benimaru blocks Robert's Ryuuchou Kyaku.

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Robert           0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\1         Benimaru

Well don't ask him straight up, he'll say right away that he's on of the greatest fighters around. And then look at Robert as if he lived under a rock the past couple of years. Now, Roberts attack, Benimaru can read it like a book. He can read it like a complete book as if it were going in slow motion; which is exactly why he just defends against it rather than attempt to get out of the way. His arms cross against Roberts feet and he gives a very pained groan upon the contact; at this rate he won't be able to keep his guard up much longer. Pushed back a little himself, the model ends up rushing forward again, attempting to grasp Roberts collar. And if he can, he twists around and throws him over his shoulder, slamming him to the ground, "Gotcha!"

COMBATSYS: Robert dodges Benimaru's Medium Throw.

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Robert           0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\1         Benimaru

Whoops! Looks like Benimaru made the same miscalculation that Mature did. Collars are certainly useful things to make use of in combat, but...a leisure suit? The garment exposes quite alot of chest by design, leaving what little collar there is at his shoulders - and not offering much leverage besides!
Robert flows against Benimaru's motion, the grip at his collar failing and allowing an opportunity for the Kyokugen fighter perform another backflip that will hopefully clear his personal space once more. He'd *like* some range for what he has planned, because damned if he's going to pay for any damaged merchandise.

COMBATSYS: Robert successfully hits Benimaru with Ryuu Zanshou.
- Power hit! -

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Robert           0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1         Benimaru

Well damn.. If only Benimaru were a little faster.. This time Benimaru can't move in time to try and get away from the Roberts attack, and it hits him hard, making him loose his footing and crash against one of the 'Homer Simpson' standees that breaks in half upon contact. D'oh!
".. Yeow," he mutters, but is soon on his feet again with a kip-up, and sprints at Robert once more, though actually he blazes right past the man, ending to ram his elbow into the fighters side along the way, "Good shot!"

COMBATSYS: Benimaru successfully hits Robert with Jab Punch.

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Robert           1/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1         Benimaru

Sure, Benimaru clips Robert as he passes by. But not without due cause - because the Kyokugen has taken a step back and firmed up his stance, elbows lowered to his sides with clenched fists and teeth as he lets out a howl. Benimaru's punch? The thought occurs to him to dodge it, but rather than that he just continues to stand there and build up strength. He winces as he gets popped for a good one by the passing Benimaru, but doesn't lose his focus - until finally he's ready, and turns to face Benimaru with his cocky grin from earlier back in place. "Come on, if you're ready for the consequences."

COMBATSYS: Robert gathers his will.

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Robert           1/---====/=======|=======\==-----\1         Benimaru

Benimaru hmmns, and he tightens his gloves, quirking an eyebrow Robert-wards. He's not exactly sure what to expect this time around, but he has a feeling his usual tricks won't work this time around- But since when has something like that ever stopped him? He takes a couple of steps backward, smirking right back to the kyokugen fighter, "Oh yeah? All right then, lets see what you have," though he does't attack directly, no, he actually goes a bit out of his element and picks up one of the matal crates that are full of Groucho Marx funny-glasses, and hucks it at his opponent, "Because this fight is already over!"

COMBATSYS: Robert overcomes Large Thrown Object from Benimaru with Haoh Sho Ko Ken.

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Robert           0/-------/-------|=======\==-----\1         Benimaru

Even as the create of funny-eyebrow glasses comes for him, Robert has already taken a single step back and is crossing both arms in front of him at the wrist. "Haoh..." At this point Robert does pause to consider the absurdity of just what that crate flying at him contains, but the solution to the dilemma is simple; hurling both of his palms open and forward, he hurls a giant fireball of chi that certainly violated the speed limit posted in the parking lot. "...Shou Kouken!!" The crate is simply nothing compared to the Kyokugen fireball, not only causing it to explode and send shrapnel of glasses and moustache hair all over the place, but continuing to drill straight through it and move on to the main course: Benimaru.
One question remains. Which will do more injury to Benimaru; the fireball, or Marx-Brand Mustache Chaff?

COMBATSYS: Benimaru fails to interrupt Haoh Sho Ko Ken from Robert with Denei Spark.

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Robert           0/-------/-------|===----\-------\0         Benimaru

.. Impressive. Not entirely unexpected, of course, but it left Benimaru with one of two options, either try to overcome the fireball sent his way, or go -through- it. The second option seemed to appeal to him, slender bolts of electricity circling his form, and with a light growl, he sprints forward.. And sprints right into the fireball that sends him reeling backward, sliding along the floor and against another one of the counters. The model groans, twitching as he tries to get up to his feet again, but it would seem there isn't anything left in the fighter at this point. Slumping down again, it's clear the match is over, and the winner is declared, followed by a mixed response of half-hearted cheers and full on cheers!

Log created by Robert, and last modified on 19:46:48 12/14/2005.