Neo League 751 - #771: Chae Lim vs Roberto

Description: It's Neo League time! You know what happens when two fighters who are good with their feet decide to exchange kicks? Bruises are exchanged all around, and one can almost take on a secondary job as a high-flying act! (Winner: Roberto)

It's not often that Roberto finds a reason to venture outside of Southtown, lately. Between his studies at Taiyo University and his enrollment in the Gorin Academy Program(A program specifically designed to prepare college students for the Olympics) there he just hasn't had the time for either SNFs or NLs.

Of course that changed when a school trip overseas was announced. Because of the Gorin Program, Roberto was forced to stay in Japan. He also happened to luck out in that most of his teachers would be going along with them and as a result his course load spontaneously lightened.

The lighter course load meant more time and thus a chance to fight in the Neo League and a chance to get some extra spending money. College is expensive as all hell.

That brings us to this moment where Roberto is waiting in a thick forest just outside of Southtown, the designated location for this Neo League fight. Soccer balls are strewn about and with the except of Roberto, the fight crew, and possibly Chae Lim, no one else is around.

A Chae Lim is not even around at this precise moment. Having got the invitational challenge to this particular Neo League venue, she's had to find a compass to get to the center of this particularly thick forest.

Getting the directions from the area of her gi where they've been tucked, she follows them explicitly and still winds up lost once. So it is that the crew and the other fighter are likely kept waiting for an additional five minutes or so before the white gi can be seen through the dense foliage.

"Good day," she offers to all with a smile and a wave. Her feet carry her toward the center of the clearing and she waits for Roberto to take his place. "I look forward to the challenge," she says as she bows.

Roberto turns around the moment he hears her voice and tips his sky blue visor the other fighter before his hand drops down so he can adjust his red goalie gloves. "I look forward to this too, though I hope I'm not too strange a fight for you."

The soccer balls all over the forest, the cleats, the long socks covering up his shin guards, and the red goalie should give ample warning about what his style is like.

Speaking of soccer balls, the star striker moves to one of the many balls and steps right behind it before he falls into his stance which should remove all doubt because damned if it doesn't look like a goalie getting ready for a shot on goal.

"You use your feet, but so do I." Chae Lim does eye the soccer balls a little warily though, as it is difficult to discern from a glance if they are regulation or of they are something entirely different meant to look harmless. The Korean girl shifts forward and drops herself into a basic defensive stance.

Though there appears to be no official, one of the camera signals with a blow-horn that the fight is to begin. Grimacing at the man, Chae Lim gives her head a shake trying to get the sound to stop ringing in her ears.

Once she is able to hear again without the sound reverberating in her head, the Korean girl shifts forward sending two swift overhead axe kicks toward Roberto's shoulder.

COMBATSYS: ChaeLim has started a fight here.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Roberto has joined the fight here.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Roberto

COMBATSYS: Roberto just-defends ChaeLim's Neri Chagi!

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ChaeLim          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Roberto

Personally Roberto would prefer the whistle but fighters can't be choosers as far as how officiating goes. But he seems to be less affected by the bullhorn than Chae Lim is. Soccer fans have used them to cheer before. As a result the soccer prodigy calmly lets Chae Lim shake it off before he lets her come in. He maintains his poise waiting until the absolute last second to react as he slips the first axe kick with a quick deflection from one hand and then performs a two handed swat to divert the path of the second kick as he treats those attacks like a soccer ball shot on goal.

After the deflection he moves to the side and snaps out a trio of kicks on the body of the TKD practitioner.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits ChaeLim with Triple Kick.
- Power hit! -

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ChaeLim          0/-------/---====|=------\-------\0          Roberto

Deflected, the Korean girl blinks. For a soccer star, he definitely moves swiftly. This is... not a bad thing, it just means that the challenge before her moves up in difficulty level. Chae Lim gets a more serious look to her expression, and allows her doe brown eyes to narrow upon the boy before her.

"You d--"

Here is where she makes her mistake. An attempt is made to shift out of the way of the fast-kicking foot, but she should know better. A carefully placed sweep of the hands would likely have knocked the kicks off course as opposed to allowing them to smash in against her midsection and send her flying back through the clearing until she bonks into a tree. "Yeeeeeeeeeee!"

After a moment where she stares across at the soccer player with a complete look of mortification, she gets up and dusts herself off. Running back across the clearing, she chambers her knee then snaps out three rapid roundhouse kicks in retaliation. "Ya! YA! HIYAHHH!"

COMBATSYS: Roberto fails to interrupt Ryuusei Raku from ChaeLim with Mundane Save.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/--=====|==-----\-------\0          Roberto

The soccer star continues to stay stationary as the Korean first flies from the impact of his kicks. Of course that type of flight was a bit surprising to him as well. He guesses he just didn't know his own strength. He patiently waits on the balls of his feet and that's when Chae Lim comes in.

Roberto doesn't move and proves to be a tactical mistake on his part because just even a slight movement might've meant the difference between getting caught and defending against the attack but he had been hoping to catch Chae Lim about the waist. Instead, Roberto finds himself stumbling backwards. "Heh. Three kicks. I guess turnabout is fair play."

For a moment, the Korean girl offers a grin in return. Turnabout? "You did not go flying that way," she says, pointing over her shoulder as she falls back into stance. It takes just a second for her to contemplate what to do. His style is not one that she's well versed in, and so she's not certain her usual tactics will work very well.
Sliding forward, Chae Lim reaches out to take hold of his clothing around the waist and simply yank him forward and flip him over her hip as she turns.

COMBATSYS: ChaeLim successfully hits Roberto with Quick Throw.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0          Roberto

The soccer star finally does go flying. He goes up and over her hip and the soccer star attempts to keep himself from being flung but he's tossed and there's very little he can do keep himself landing on his kiester. To be honest, his only real saving grace is that he's so used diving for soccer balls he's has increased his tolerance for taking falls.

The football phenom picks himself off the ground and then begins to dribble a near by soccer ball as he makes his approach he looks almost like a freight train charging at the other fighter before all of a sudden that soccer ball that he was dribbling and split paths as he goes to one side while soccer ball goes to the other and that's when he drops to the ground, one foot extended to slide tackle the other fighter while putting himself to retrieve that ball if all goes well.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits ChaeLim with Sliding Kick.

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ChaeLim          1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0          Roberto

The dribbled ball works as a wondrous distraction. Chae Lim focuses her attention on the ball, figuring that the soccer star will kick it up toward her head. It's not until the ball goes off to one side and he comes up with the other in a kick that knocks HER on her keister, that the Korean girl is aware of her mistake.

"Oof! You kick very well." Pause. "Ow. Ever consider taking some Tae Kwon Do lessons?"

Picking herself up yet again, the TKD-star grins. He's quick, and has a lot of great kicks that she could likely adapt upon in the future. But for now, she spins to ensure he's not getting too far away. Her foot becomes sheathed in a translucent swath of wind energy. As she brings her foot down to the ground, she stomps upon it causing a small explosion right near the soccer star, followed by a rather large shockwave.

COMBATSYS: Roberto dodges ChaeLim's Haki Kyaku.

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ChaeLim          1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0          Roberto

Tae Kwon Do?" Roberto considers with his foot on the soccer ball. Even still he keeps his eye on Chae Lim and because of that, he's better prepared than he usually is after the Sliding Kick. In spite of the poor recovery, time he still manages to roll away from the raised foot and then barely out of the range of the shockwave.

He says as he gets back to his feet, "Actually I hadn't considered it. I just don't have time with soccer practices and to be honest, soccer is my love."

The soccer player moves in once again with intricate step overs and fakes before suddenly accelerating as he goes shoulder first into the Korean. If one watches the tape, they'll see that while he bears down on her with power, it is a quite legal soccer tackle. Shoulder to shoulder contact and all.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits ChaeLim with Strong Throw.
- Power hit! -

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ChaeLim          1/---====/=======|====---\-------\0          Roberto

Again, he moves like a freight train. The Korean girl is slammed into and sent flying backward again. At this point, she may well be called 'The Amazing Flying Chae Lim'. Hitting the ground with a tumble, she wearily pushes herself up to her feet and staggers in a somewhat drunken-looking manner.

Normally, she would consider a reply to his response. One is on the tip of her tongue, but she holds off for the moment. He's just proven to her how much a love soccer really is for him.

Intaking a sharp breath, she rushes herself toward him once more. Spinning in a full circle, she slams a kick out toward his chest. "YA!" Following this is another swift kick before she turns again and snaps off three rapid roundhouses. "YA-YA-HIYAH!" Turning again, she lashes her hand out to try and catch him with a quick chop. Finally she drives a vertical kick forward.

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks ChaeLim's Hou'ou Tenbu Kyaku.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/-----==|======-\-------\0          Roberto

Once the soccer tackle is delivered Roberto goes to a full stop with his foot resting on the soccer ball he had been previously dribbling and gives it a light tap to knock the soccer ball to the side. Letting the wobbily Korean get up he watches her once more.

Something in his gut just tells him that something is coming and he's going to need be more goalie-like rather than striker-like. He hunkers down with a shoulder width goalie stance, stable yet still enough lightness on his feet to react in any direction that he needs to. And then Chae Lim charges back at him.

Strike after strike comes in only to meet either a pair of open palms swatting kicks aside or pushing them away with a pair of balled up fists. And when the onslaught is over, the soccer star steps back as he shakes out his hand then he gets back into his goalkeeper stance breathing at first then bouncing on his feet from side to side before settling back into a more stationary posture.

The soccer star tilts his neck letting an audible cracking noise to sound and then he beckons Chae Lim in to take another shot on goal as it were.

COMBATSYS: Roberto pumps himself up.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/-----==|=======\-------\0          Roberto

Wearied from the tackle that sent her flying, and the follow-up kicking she just did, the Korean girl is left a little breathless. How he managed to catch most every one of her kicks is astounding to the Korean girl. That was quick thinking, and swift action, and that's almost a perfect challenge for her.

Smiling for a brief moment, Chae Lim settles back into stance. He's not coming at her just yet, though it sounds as if he's preparing for something big. Closing her eyes, she stays in stance while she takes slow, deep breaths in order to make herself feel a little less weary.

COMBATSYS: ChaeLim gains composure.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/------=|=======\-------\0          Roberto

Of all the things he didm't expect, it was inaction. As a result the Taiyo University student finds himself having to alter his tactics on the fly. Instead of that aggressive charge from earlier, he moves in slowly as if moving to cut off shot angles.

When he gets near, his red goalie glove clad fist shoots out towards her rib cage to punch at her like she was a soccer ball and it was a shot on goal.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits ChaeLim with Quick Punch.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/----===|=======\-------\1          Roberto

Seems that the soccer star isn't the only one that's going to have to learn to alter tactics. Chae Lim once more attempts to move out of the way, but because she was focusing so much on her breathing and trying to keep herself from being so weary, she really wasn't paying all that much attention to Roberto. Doubling over as the glove crashes against her ribs, the Korean girl inhales sharply.


Not having a whole lot of energy to waste on doing a lot of fancy footwork, the TKD-prodigy just draws herself to full height and rams her foot forward in a hard thrust kick angled at his stomach.

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks ChaeLim's Strong Kick.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1          Roberto

At this point, Roberto can't afford to be taking risks. Sure he probably had the speed to get out of the way but now, he's pretty much biding his time and trying to make sure he doesn't make any mistakes. With a significant amount of poise he brings up his arms to intercept the thrust kick and he slides about a centimeter with the kick however the odd part is how. It looked like he covered up like a boxer instead of a goalie.

Roberto doesn't waste time in retaliating though and he steps forward as he swings a glowing foot high into the air in an attempt to lift the Tae Kwon Do practitioner off her feet.

COMBATSYS: ChaeLim dodges Roberto's Thrust Kick.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1          Roberto

This time, it seems the Korean girl is fully prepared. As the glowing foot swings up into the air, the Tae Kwon Do prodigy dives under it and into a roll. Springing up on the other side of him, Chae Lim nods her head. She may have avoided that foot, but she is far from out of the woods.

Pun not intended.

From her position behind him, she slides her right foot forward in a sweeping motion to knock him off his feet. In conjunction with this, she shifts enough so that she can flip him over her hip and send him toward the ground head first.

COMBATSYS: Roberto fails to interrupt Medium Throw from ChaeLim with Bicycle Kick.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/---====|=======\==-----\1          Roberto

It's often said that one should not get behind a soccer player. Roberto Miura was about to show Chae Lim exactly why it's often a bad idea to do so. So when Roberto sees the Korean roll past him he fully prepares for what's going to happen.

He takes the impact to the leg fully intending to use it to gain momentum for his own reprisal however when he flips backward to deliver the Bicycle Kick, he finds to his dismay that she doesn't bring her head up to where he was expecting it to be and as a result whiffs his kick before falling on his back as the Tae Kwon Do fighter had originally planned. "Ooof!"

Maybe she's begun to do something right during this fight -- adapting. Wasn't it last year that she promised to be working on such things, and then she went off and started to do her own thing and while adaptation was still important, in her fighting it had begun to fall to the wayside.

Chae Lim doesn't waste a lot of time dwelling on the fact that she managed to get him down, however. Her hands reach out in order to haul him up to his feet before she slides back into her defensive stance. From there she's leaping upward in an attempt to lock both feet around his neck so that she's leaning out parallel to the ground. Then she twists over in order to flip him away as she moves.

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks ChaeLim's Kubikume Otoshi.

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ChaeLim          0/-------/--=====|=======\=------\1          Roberto

Roberto isn't too enthused about the idea of his body meeting the ground again so soon he drops his head down as he brings up his hands. Chae Lim's legs close around his hands however the lowering of his body allows him to keep himself stable while his opponent goes to the ground.

The soccer star still has a problem. His hands are still caught between Chae Lim's calves and in order to free himself he kicks the Korean in the stomach. It looks almost like Long Shot in mechanics except Chae Lim is the ball.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits ChaeLim with Light Kick.

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ChaeLim          1/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1          Roberto

Like most people, the Korean girl does not like to be used as a ball. Again she attempts to avoid his feet, but as she's not fully away from him the strike hits true and leaves her curled up upon the ground. "Oooof!" All the air is expelled from her lungs, a noise of dissatisfaction accompanying it.

Taking a deep breath once more, she pulls herself up off of the ground. Swaying side to side, Chae Lim focuses her energy upon her foot, creating a wind-like sheath around it. With a swift movement, she lashes the chi-laden foot out at Roberto.

COMBATSYS: Roberto reflects Tidal Wave Whap from ChaeLim with Shining Clutch.

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ChaeLim          1/---====/=======|=======\===----\1          Roberto

When that wind energy wraps around Chae Lim's foot, Roberto goes on high alert. Time begins to move slow for him as both of his hands glow. A vacuum begins to form in his hand and as his hands get closer to her feet they begin to draw the wind chi from her foot.

That drawn off energy in turn covers the entirity of his palm. And the soccer star realizes that he only has a fraction of a second to catch the Korean's foot before it gets away and his opportunity is lost.

The soccer star grabs a hold of Chae Lim's foot and with her own energy attacks her with it, forcing the chi back into her foot with very painful results.

Very painful results indeed.
There is a yelp from the Korean girl as the energy is forced back upon her. Not something one experiences every day, and it does a lot more than just sting. Dropping to the ground, Chae Lim whimpers. She's down. The chances of her recovering from this reversal of energy is slim. Yet...

Blancing her weight on her uninjured foot, the Tae Kwon Do prodigy flies forward with a long jumping kick. What follows can best be described as a swift barrage of kicks all aimed at different locations on his body. As she finishes, she brings her injured leg up for an overhead axe kick.
The moment she stops moving, she crumples to the ground.

COMBATSYS: ChaeLim can no longer fight.

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Roberto          1/---====/=======|

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks ChaeLim's Ho'ou Kyaku.

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Roberto          1/--=====/=======|

The soccer star watches as Chae Lim launches herself at him and the soccer goalie continues to stand his ground, focusing as he prepares himself for one last defense. His hands move in a blur as he attempts match Chae Lim's speed move for move as he deflects impact after impact.

Kicks bounce off his gloved hands, forearms shoulders, and then there's the fact that he's very grateful he wore the shinguards.

When the dust settles, Roberto's still standing. His arms hang limply as he tries to catch his breath. "In... in... incredible." He swallows more air in order for him to be much more clear. "Thank you."

Chae Lim blinks as she hears the soccer star thank her. Looking up at him from her prone position on the ground, she simply nods her head and smiles. "Def... initely... a good..." She pauses for a moment, taking a deep breath. Exhaling slowly she adds one final words, "Challenge..."

The cameraman blows the airhorn again in order to signal the end of the fight, getting another wince from the Korean as she reaches up to block her ears.

Log created on 20:25:55 09/22/2008 by ChaeLim, and last modified on 13:34:52 09/24/2008.