Neo League 101 - #121: Kim vs Alma

Description: Super model vs Justice... model! Who is more manly!? Who can make the better entrance?! Who will prevail, justice or zen?! Watch in awe and excitement as Kim gives a mighty jump kick to Da Man!! (Winner: Kim)

Hong Kong! (whooooooosh)
The cries of seabirds mingle with the loud bustle of people engaging in commerce as the sun sends streaks of light through the overcast harbor sky. The shouts and pleas and arguments are dampened by the noise of the rippling waves out here, however -- out here in the water. The ropes that hold this emptied fishing barge to the pier creak but hold fast, thickly knotted and hardened by years of exposure to seawater, the calked deck firm though the ship itself pops and cracks when it coasts over the higher waves. No flags fly today. This ship is detained on business.
Neo League business!
The camera crew has already set itself up in strategic locations all over the edges of the deck, peering over ledges in safe locations and leaving plenty of room in the large barge for the two competitors to duel. The ship, of course, isn't surrounded purely by water, not this close to the dock; there are flat rafts on all sides, which provide possible openings for the fight to expand if necessary. The fighters can also reach the ship by walking across, but this is rather ungainly, so one fighter has decided to take a different approach...
Expression mild and lips slightly parted with concentration, Alma Towazu runs nimbly along the single rope that trails from barge to dock, somehow staying both balanced and moving quickly, the rope seeming only to feel his weight after he's left the last position, so that a sort of ripple effect follows him. He leaps onto the deck of the ship and then straightens, grinning slightly, to look up at the cloudy sky. He adjusts the dark green scarf that drapes over his white turtleneck and red courderoy pants, and brushes his blonde red-tinged bangs out of his eyes.
It should be clearing up, soon.

It should be clearing up, soon.
But if the cloudy sky obscures the sun...
... one need only look to the glorious grin of Kim Kaphwan to see something that shines with frightening similarity.
Neo League has been a source of fighting for various well-known figures. One of them World Tae Kwon Do champion and national Korean hero, Kim Kaphwan, self-proclaimed Defender of Justice. In truth, he hardly cares about whether he wins or loses this -- he's only here in order to fight strong people, and have fun. And so far, despite brushes with less-than kindly evil secretaries, his experiences have all been positively /wonderful/! And he's sure, taking into consideration the boy who runs up onto the cargo ship now -- this fight will be fun as well.
Alma has entered the scene, but where is his competition?! Where is the other fighter, the one and only Kim Kaphwan?! That incredibly important question is answered all too soon. Because, Alma may hear it, something that increases exponentially in volume with each coming second, originating from the docks--
He might see, the white clad form LEAPING through the air
As Kim Kaphwan makes a MIGHTY JUMP KICK landing onto the ship, right in front of Alma!! And with a sudden spin, the Korean turns to give the young man a wide grin, and the thumbs up, that grin shining with a radiance all its own. /Pinging/, you could say.
"Don't hold back!"
Whoo! League fight!

COMBATSYS: Kim has started a fight here.

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Kim              0/-------/-------|

%Alma squints and just barely restrains himself from shielding his eyes at the sudden flash from Kim Kaphwan's radiant grin. Heck, he barely manages not to stagger back a pace. The young warrior-model blinks once, looking startled in a bemused sort of way at being outdone with regards to the sweet entrance, but the good-naured youth quickly recovers and a warm grin blossoms winningly onto his own handsome features.
"...thank you, sir. Please, do your best as well!"
And taking a deep lungful of the chill sea air, Alma Towazu's expression settles into a smile as his feet settle into a natural but subtly readied stance, and his limbs relax as his posture straightens. He revels in the moment of silence, the calm before the storm, as he feels the beat being to sneak up on the him, anticipates the rhythm of the fight, expecting nothing but prepared--
--to suddenly lunge forward and lash out with a series of opening jabs that only make way for, with a quiet "Hmph!", a sudden stepping thrust kick that ignites with his rising momentum, white-pink flames dancing around the young man's body in a warm auric halo as he quickly shifts into a side kick, then spins into another roundhouse kick, and another, until the series of flaming kicks has caused him to lift off the crowd, hoping taking Kim with him.

COMBATSYS: Alma has joined the fight here.

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Alma             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Kim

COMBATSYS: Kim blocks Alma's Rising Fury.

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Alma             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Kim

He takes his time. Legs stretch out easily as Kim ducks into a crouch, relaxing the muscles of both of those strong legs. He lifts, stretches out one arm, and then the other; and then, with the roll of his neck, relaxes the muscles there. He's good to go, complete with a little fist pump and a bright smile aimed at Alma once more -- though not the blindingly radiant grin of before. Thankfully. Do his best? "I'll give you my all! I promise!"
And there rushes Alma, right at the man. He's prepared, though, and kicks /are/ his specialty. That power of Alma's sets him off if only for a brief moment. He's seen it in Kensou and... that strange man in red. And while not as powerful as that evil force, it's obviously nothing to scoff at. That is why, as it flies toward him, Kim blocks the kick -- with one of his own legs, before intercepting the rest with his hands. He still goes with the momentum of Alma's thrusts, however, flying further into the air. But as Alma falls to the ground --
Kim is falling RIGHT after him.
His legs snap out in a series of rapid-fire bicycle kicks meant to slam into Alma's upper-body in rapid-fire succession, unrelenting before Kim flyips back with the final kick.

COMBATSYS: Alma blocks Kim's Hishou Kyaku.

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Alma             0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0              Kim

Time for Alma to show off his own parrying abilities. He also goes with the momentum of the attack, and so avoids ever suffering the brunt of any of those powerful kicks; rather, his arms loosely swim between those blurringly fast Tae Kwon Do strikes, palms redirecting the attacks and leaving the youth largely and impressively unscathed. He withdraws for a moment, but only to crouch a bit for power before he lunges again immediately. It sure looks like kicks *are* Kim's specialty... so let's try punches!
Alma snaps out with several powerful straight punches, the air rushing around his strikes as he aims to push his older opponent back, before twisting and aiming a fierce haymaker right at Kim's face.

COMBATSYS: Kim parries Alma's Strong Punch!

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Alma             0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0              Kim

Speaking of parrying... those punches that fly at Kim? He looks to be the epitome of VIGOR as he catches each punch between his own two wrists with incredibly fluid motions. And when that haymaker comes flying at the Korean's face? Effortlessly, the man ducks low, JUST underneath the assault, letting out a little sigh of relief. Whew! That looked like it might have hurt if it had hit cleanly! Well --
Time to press the advantage!
One, single motion sends Kim flipping into the air. His two feet see to catch Alma rather viciously under the chin with a double kick, even as his momentum carries him into a backflip away from his opponent -- intent on landing on splits on the cargo-ship floor, complete with a wide grin.

COMBATSYS: Alma blocks Kim's Hangetsu Zan EX.

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Alma             0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0              Kim

Alma desperately brings his arms together and cross-blocks the powerful kick, but it blasts him back and sends him staggering a few steps back. For a moment, that look of mild bemusement reappears as something more fully registers on the young man's brain, a bit belatedly.
Wait. Kim Kaphwan. This is *the* Kim Kaphwan? It is, isn't it.
Holy crap.
Alma grins, just shakes his head once slightly, and lunges immediately. His body is feeling numb and he needs to give it a bit of a break, so with a quiet breath and a glow of his eyes he lets the flow of battle surge through him and take command. Becoming the fight and the fight becoming him, his own soul mingling with the ambient chi until it seems there was never any difference all along, Alma feels his power surge, and he closes in and thrusts out -- and unleashes a point-blank blast of white-pink soulfire directly at the Tae Kwon Do champion's blast. That strong sense of duty is a difficult thing to assault... but Alma's got his own strong sense of duty, too, and he's got to try.
Besides, to match fighting spirits with a man like this...

COMBATSYS: Kim blocks Alma's Self Expression.

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Alma             0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0              Kim

*The* Kim Kaphwan.
Didn't the grin clue Alma in?
Still, names and reputations matter very little, right? All that matters is that Alma fights as hard as he is able, something he seems to be intent on doing even as Kim lands in his splits position. Almost instantly the Defender of Justice is on his feet once more in a brief leap -- just as Alma rushes toward him with another assault. Eyes snap wide at that attack of pure energy. That energy like that man's -- but Kim doesn't hesitate. Both arms snap upwards and block the assault as it crashes into him, and with a vicious snap... he disperses all that energy to either side of him.
And he's off his feet once more!
His arms tingle a little, but it'll hardly stop him. The man rushes forward before leaping up and into the air, intent on spinning gracefully to deliver a sudden, sharp kick to the side of Alma's head. "Huaah!!"

COMBATSYS: Kim successfully hits Alma with Light Kick.

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Alma             0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0              Kim

"Unnf!" is Alma's response to Kim's encouragement, as the kick blasts him on the side of the head and sends him spiralling away, seeing little but stars. That man is truly an experienced fighter -- his defenses have so far been impenetrable. Alma's going to have to redouble his efforts if he's going to make a mark...
With a surge of inspiration, Alma suddenly reverses his fall into a roll and tucks, gracefully rising to his feet as though not stunned in the slightest (he is), and instinctively sidesteps, suddenly finding a large crate at his feet. As his fighting spirit burns within him, his centered soul sending warmth throughout his body, the youth kicks fiercely at the heavy wooden container and sends it whirling at his opponent to buy himself some time.

COMBATSYS: Kim parries Alma's Large Thrown Object!

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Alma             0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0              Kim

Again, Alma proves his own skill with his quick recovery. Seeing that large container flying at him, Kim's eyes widen sharply. This could be potentially painful -- but those brown eyes swiftly narrow, burning with something else. Something else entirely. And that something? DETERMINATION. So, when that container goes flying at him, what is Kim Kaphwan's response? He LEAPS into the air, and in one movement of ungodly grace and skill, pushes a single foot off that container to send it smashing into the ground below, even as it aids to boost his jump -- right at Alma.
Kim's intent should be clear the moment his legs snap forward, intent on clamping around the Psycho-user's neck with vicious strength. Momentum will keep him going through the air, using his own legs around Alma's neck to send him flying -- far, far away.

COMBATSYS: Alma fails to interrupt Kubikime Otoshi EX from Kim with Divine Intervention EX.
- Power hit! -

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Alma             1/-----==/=======|=====--\-------\0              Kim

Alright! Now, with the time surely gained from that kicked crate, Alma is prepared to strike out, thrusting out one arm in a defense as he rears back with his right hand, a coil of light snaking around his arm and forming a pinpoint of power as he prepares for a counterstrike once Kim arrives--
--wait, how did he already get here?
Alma's determination doesn't help much in keeping Kim from grabbing him around the neck, with his feet of all things, and hurling him away, eventually causing him to slam against the wall of the ship's cabin. The youth bounces off, somehow recovers his feet, staggers a long way, and then just collapses again.
He'd stand, but the world won't stop spinning.

That's just the way Kim is! Full of energy, and determination! But also, he's nothing if not a kind and selfless man. Which is why he looks a touch bit concerned as Alma goes flying further and harder than he had intended. Whoops! Looks like he got a little bit too into the fight there! But he did promise to go all out, didn't he? Still--
Even as Alma stands and collapses, Kim stands up fully and watches, before ducking back into his fighting stance. He doesn't say anything for risk of embarassing the boy, but his gentle brown eyes say all that he doesn't as he waits.
Ready to go again?

COMBATSYS: Kim focuses on his next action.

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Alma             1/-----==/=======|=====--\-------\0              Kim

Of course.
Weakly, the young man places his palms on the deck of the ship, and pushes. For a moment, he falters; but then he's rising, shoulders rolling as he restores life to his limbs and energy to his body, getting to his knees, then to one knee, head hanging and bangs obscuring his features as he pants quietly, just for a second or two.
Then he's on his feet, and his head rises.
Just then, in a moment of pure coincedence, the clouds begin to part, and a ray of light is cast down upon the battleground, aimed toward the young man.
He grins.
"...Let's go."

COMBATSYS: Alma gathers his will.

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Alma             1/-======/=======|=====--\-------\0              Kim

Let's go...?
Kim grins, a wide, bright grin as he wipes at his nose with a thumb.
That ray of light sure is intimidating, of course! Rather ominous, isn't it? So what does Kim Kaphwan do?
He rushes RIGHT AT ALMA.
Yes, Kim's rushing RIGHT at Alma and the pillar of light, eyes ablaze with life even as Alma seems to be preparing for something. And what he plans to do is relatively simple, and not part of traditional Tae Kwon Do technique.
Kim has every intention of planting a strong, open-palm thrust RIGHT in Alma's face.

COMBATSYS: Kim successfully hits Alma with Strong Punch.

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Alma             2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|======-\-------\0              Kim

Alma attempts an aggressive parry, punching out to catch the palm with his own fist so he can immediately follow up with a furious attack -- but he overestimates his own power and underestimates, once again, his opponent's speed, and the attack overwhelms his own strike. The youth is struck heavily, and blasted against the wall, this time so hard that the wood splinters and caves in, and Alma is sent rolling into the darkness, chips and spintlers of wood falling around him, his form obscured in dust.
There is a moment of silence.
And then he's right in Kim's face.
It's not exactly clear what the interim period was, there. Like, surely he didn't teleport. He must've just moved really, really fast. But what happened was more than just a certain acceleration, but an *immediacy* -- as though Alma willed himself to be right there, right now, and so that's how it happened. He moved through space, surely. But perhaps making that apparently simply wasn't necessary...
...what is necessary, eminently necessary, however, is the battered and bloodied youth palm striking Kim right back in the face. Only *his* palm is on fire. And it explodes, sending shockwaves of psychic force at his opponent.
"Surrender!" the youth cries, because that's the way it's done.

COMBATSYS: Kim blocks Alma's Absolution.

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Alma             0/-------/-======|=======\-------\0              Kim

Kim is the very epitome of surprise as Alma is just suddenly UPON him like that. But this is where years upon years of experience come into play, experience as a master of Tae Kwon Do, as a Fighter of Justice, as a national legend. All his senses are ablaze and alive. He can feel the movements, almost before they happen, and it allows him to /react/ just in time for Alma's sudden and vicious strike.
Two arms jab upwards to intercept Alma's palm before it can even come close to striking his face. That energy explodes outward, a vicious and powerful charge of psychic force.
But most of that force? Has been dispersed by the Korean hero's powerful arms.
"I'm afraid I cannot!!" He shouts.
Because that's the way it's done.
And that's about when he grasps for Alma's leg and opposing shoulder, to grasp him one more time -- and toss him right into a nearby wall.

COMBATSYS: Kim successfully hits Alma with Sakkyaku Nage.

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Alma             1/------=/=======|=======\=------\1              Kim

The walls on this barge are taking a real beating. Alma's ultimate attack cut short, the youth is powerless to prevent his quicker opponent from grabbing him and hurling him bodily away, the warrior-model landing amongst a heap of crates with a loud crashing and clattering.
There's a much longer pause, now.
But then, once again, Alma bursts free, eyes blazing and body clearly battered into what must be near-defeat, and lunges forward with one last cry to the heavens, throwing all his fighting spirit in this powerful technique -- he leaps forward, rears back in midair, and thrusts out with his right leg in a wind-shearing flaming forward kick.
Once the technique is finished, he'll kick off of whatever he impacted (even if it's the opposite wall), flip back gracefully and calmly, land nimbly on his feet, and...

...turn to face Kim, gaze burning with fighter's passion.
"Neither can I!"

Alma rushes forward -- he has spirit, Kim will give him that. But spirit doesn't deserve going easy, and Kim had promised he would go all out for this fight. Which is why, even as Alma rushes forward with that kick... Kim's legs tense. And when that flaming kick strikes his chest, he winces, but is instantly moving--
To SLAM a single, powerful leg upward in a sudden jump kick to send poor Alma flying through the air, putting forth an amazing amount of power behind that blow.

Alma Towazu just collapses on the deck of the barge. Sheesh, what fool set up a match like this? The poor kid never stood a chance. But man, at least he gave his all the entire time. Even in the face of consistently superior technique, he never gave up, not even for a mom--
--hey, is he moving?
Managing to lift himself just slightly off the ground, not even bothering to lift his face from the deck, Alma unleashes once last passionate war cry and punches the deck fiercely -- and a wave of white light blasts forth from his hand, rushing toward Kim to explode in a geyser of soulfire, the youth's very last expression of his fighting spirit.
Sadly, he doesn't even get to see what happens... Alma is unconscious even before his hand drops.

COMBATSYS: Alma can no longer fight.

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Kim              1/----===/=======|

COMBATSYS: Kim just-defends Alma's Full Confession!

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Kim              1/----===/=======|

Wow! Alma is REALLY persistant, isn't he? Still, this is his last attack. Kim can tell. That determination will take him far though, Kaphwan is sure of that. And while he feels bad for having beaten the other fighter so badly -- well, he did say he'd give it his all! And Kim is nothing if not honest!
Which is why, even as that massive attack of Psycho Power comes roaring at him, Kim still puts forth his level-best -- by charging right INTO the attack. He just kind of shoulder rushes it, and with his incredible force behind the rush, DISPERSES all that energy. "HUUUUAAAAAAAAH!!"
"The winner!! Kim Kaphwaaaaaaaan!!"
He blinks once, looking at the unconscious Alma. Even though he can't see it, Kim raises a single hand... and gives him that inspirational thumbs up. "Good work! Train hard, you have loads of potential!!" And with that? Kim is off, leaping away from the boat and into the distance! Orya, and such!

COMBATSYS: Kim takes no action.

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Kim              1/----===/=======|

COMBATSYS: Kim has ended the fight here.

Log created by Kim, and last modified on 06:38:06 01/06/2006.