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One year later…..
Past year had been a year of revelations not so much personal but about the world he lived in and its violent and turbulent history. He had read about the few heroes that stood up to the dark and corrupt world. The library had been an immense help in a way he hadn't thought about.
It had been a week since Naruto had been coming to the library infrequently and this had been his third visit so far and he had yet to find any mention of anything regarding ninja training except basics of chakra.
Currently Naruto was searching through section called "History" thinking that he might find something in this section. Searching through he come upon a very thin book with the title "Hokages of Konoha" and Naruto being a child excitedly thought he might find some ninja techniques from the book that had Hokage word in its title which were some of the strongest ninjas in Konoha and immediately borrowed the book for further reading.
Taking the book to the nearest empty table Naruto immediately sat down to read.
The Hokage (Literally meaning "Fire Shadow") are the leaders of Konohagakure. They are generally the strongest in the village, although ideology and renown plays a large part in their being chosen for the position. Four shinobi have gained this title so far.
Generally, the new Hokage is selected by the current Hokage upon their retirement, but if the old Hokage dies or is incapacitated before being able to do so, the Fire Daimyō will appoint a Hokage Candidate upon the recommendation of the Konoha council and the Fire Daimyō council. Afterwards, the candidate will need to be approved by the jōnin of the village to become officially Hokage.
After being approved, they move into the Hokage Residence to live in and have their faces carved out in the monument behind it. If the former Hokage is still alive, they will generally keep helping out, making the transition easier and more stable. The Hokage carry their title for life, even after retiring from active duty. The Hokage's office is located in the administrative section of the Academy.
Hashirama Senju (Senju Hashirama) was the First Hokage (Shodai Hokage; literally meaning "First or Founding Fire Shadow") of Konohagakure. He hails from the Senju clan who together with the Uchiha clan established Konohagakure. He was noted for his Mukoton or wood release and creation of Valley of the End were statues of his and Madara's have been erected during his battle and his defeat of his friend and co-founder Madara Uchiha after Madara's betrayal.
Tobirama Senju (Younger Brother)
Mito Uzumaki (Wife)
Tobirama Senju (Senju Tobirama) was the Second Hokage (Nidaime Hokage; literally meaning "Second Fire Shadow"). He hails from the Senju clan, who along with the Uchiha clan founded Konohagakure. He is noted for his godly control over his water release and his mastery of Raijin the sword of thunder god and revolutionizing the ninja system by establishing organizations such as the Academy, ANBU, as well as the Konoha Military Police Force.
Hashirama Senju (Older Brother)
Hiruzen Sarutobi (Sarutobi Hiruzen) was the Third Hokage (Sandaime Hokage; literally meaning "Third Fire Shadow") who hailed from Konohagakure's Sarutobi clan. Together with Homura Mitokado and Koharu Utatane, he was the student of the first two Hokage, Hashirama Senju and Tobirama Senju, and the teacher of the Sannin Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru. Hiruzen was called "The Professor", due to his mastery of all forms of shinobi combat, and his vast knowledge of techniques, purportedly knowing all the techniques within Konoha. He was also admired as the "Kami of Shinobi" in his prime. He is the Current reigning Hokage.
Sasuke Sarutobi (Father)
Asuma Sarutobi (Son)
Biwako Sarutobi (Wife)
Konohamaru Sarutobi (Grandson).
Minato Namikaze (Namikaze Minato), also known as Konoha's Yellow Flash (Konoha no Kiiroi Senkō), was the Fourth Hokage (Yondaime Hokage; literally meaning "Fourth Fire Shadow"). He was noted for his personal jutsu the Rasengan and Hiraishin the flying thunder god technique both of which were his personal creations and his single handed defeat a large Iwa force using them and ending the Third Shinobi war. He was the youngest Hokage and it is said that he had the potential to surpass all the previous Hokages. He was also considered a hero for defeating the nine tailed kyuubi sacrificing his life in process.
No Notable family known.
Naruto face could be seen cycling through various emotions from surprise, gratefulness, happiness to awe. He was surprised and awed at the Hokages of Konoha and their abilities and their consideration as the strongest Shinobi in Konoha and one of the strongest outside of it. That was the moment Naruto dreamed no decided of becoming the strongest the get the title of Hokage for himself one day.
He was also happy and shocked that he wasn't the first and only Uzumaki in fact the wife of Shodai was an Uzumaki. He felt grateful that he at least had someone he was connected even if the person was dead.
'But there might be some Uzumakis still alive and if so I could ask them the reason for abandoning me.' Naruto thought.
'But first I must find more information on Uzumakis and its best to start from Mito Uzumaki and Shodai Hokage, I might find more information easily on Uzumakis that way.' Naruto decided.
Placing the book back in its place Naruto started searching for more information on Shodai Hokage or Mito Uzumaki but an hour of searching Naruto found absolutely nothing more on either of them but had found a book titled "Konohagakure and its History" and Naruto hoped that he might find more information in there.
'Damn it there is absolutely no information anywhere about them, it's Shodai Hokage and his wife for heaven's sake.' Naruto silently cried.
His final hope rested in the book he was currently holding.
Konohagakure (Konohagakure no Sato; Literally meaning "Village Hidden by Tree Leaves"; also known as "Village Hidden by the Leaves" or "Hidden Leaf Village") is the hidden village of the Land of Fire. As one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries, Konohagakure has a Kage as its leader known as the Hokage. There have been four official Hokage, the most recent being Minato Namikaze the Yondaime but the Sandaime is the current Hokage after the Yondaime's death. On a mountain overlooking the village exists the Hokage Monument. Although Konoha which is known as the most powerful village possessing an elite shinobi army corps, much like the country in which it resides, has been relatively peaceful since the end of the Third Shinobi World War, it remains one of the most powerful villages in existence, and has great military power and influence.
In the time before the creation of the ninja villages, ninja were organised into small mercenary clans that knew nothing but battle. Of the countless ninja clans, the Uchiha clan and the Senju clan were the strongest. After much bloodshed, the Senju clan offered a truce with the Uchiha. The leader of the Uchiha, Madara Uchiha objected, and was forced, by the rest of the Uchiha to accept. The Senju, the Uchiha, and the other clans conquered by the Uchiha came together to create Konohagakure. Hashirama Senju, the leader of the Senju, used his wood release abilities to produce much of the villages' infrastructure. For this reason he was selected to be the First Hokage by the villagers.
Fearing that the Senju who were now in control of Konoha, would oppress them because they were their former rivals, Madara tried to gather support to overthrow Hashirama. However, no Uchiha would help, forcing him to take on Hashirama by himself. Madara was ultimately defeated at what would be called the Valley of the End and was believed to have died.
Konoha took part in the first three ninja wars. Hashirama died during the First Shinobi World War, necessitating his brother replace him as Second Hokage. The Second would also die during the war, killed by Kumogakure's ninja, but he appointed Hiruzen Sarutobi as his successor before his death. The most notable ally of Konoha during this era was the village of Uzushiogakure and their most prominent and rulers the Uzumaki clan but the village was wiped out during this era by other shinobi villages.
Naruto stopped reading there his face cycling through from happiness and finally settling on sadness on knowing the fate of his clan's village.
"Damn" Naruto whispered while furiously rubbing his eyes to stop himself from crying, he hadn't cried in a long time and he wasn't going to start now.
'If they had their own village that means there must be something more about it somewhere even if the village was destroyed long time ago.' Naruto thought and went towards the book shelf to replace the current book and search for books that had information about other villages.
Before he could start his search he heard the old librarian scathingly telling him that it was time to close the library and better get out of here if he didn't want to be locked in the library.
Naruto wanted to borrow some books and take it with him but decided against tempting fate tonight as he had to be here next day to search more on his clan.
Naruto left the library try to shake off his sadness.
'So what if my clan was destroyed, at least I had a clan of my own and I am not some orphan picked up from the street.' Naruto thought trying to cheer up and achieving some success in it.
Returning back to his apartment Naruto immediately collapsed on his futon and instantly fell asleep without changing his clothes or having dinner feeling unnaturally drained and tired.
Next morning woke up late and after completing his usual morning ritual Naruto decided to skip his training for the day and head towards the library to find out more about the clan he belonged to.
Entering the library he made his way quickly to the history section not even acknowledging the old librarian which infuriated her even more.
Naruto immediately started searching any books which had any information on the villages in the elemental nations. After searching for few minutes Naruto found the perfect book. He immediately took the book titled "Villages of Elemental Nations" and sat down to read. He immediately skipped all the other villages and came upon the page that had villages starting from alphabet and searching through it he immediately found the village he was looking for and small paragraph of information accompanying it.
Uzushiogakure (Uzushiogakure no Sato; literally meaning "Village Hidden by Whirling Tides") was the shinobi village of the Land of Whirlpools. Its Uzumaki clan members were renowned for their fūinjutsu to the point that it led to its destruction in war. Those who survived the village's destruction scattered across the globe.
In terms of appearance, the village seemed to have been composed of several high-rise buildings. A wide river seemingly ran through the village and was gapped by large bridges. The surrounding countryside was dominated by steep hills.
Uzushiogakure had close ties with Konohagakure, due to Uzushio's Uzumaki clan and Konoha's Senju clan being distant relatives. Because of this, all the flak jackets worn by the chūnin and jōnin-level shinobi of Konohagakure bear the crest of Uzushiogakure, symbolising the strong friendship between both villages. This symbol is also emblazoned on the some of the shoulders of the outfits that the Konoha shinobi wear underneath the flak jackets.
Reading this Naruto was highly disappointed at the small amount of information present on his information.
'May be I could find something about my clan in here after all they were distant relatives of Senju clan and close allies of Konoha.' Naruto thought and immediately started searching for books dealing with clans of Konoha.
'Let's see "The Clans of Konoha" yes this will do, now U…U… Uchiha no ah here it is Uzumaki.'
The Uzumaki clan was a prominent clan in Uzushiogakure. They were also distant relatives of the Senju clan and thus both clans were on good terms; an alliance that extended onto their hidden villages — Konohagakure and Uzushiogakure. The shinobi of Konoha integrated Uzushiogakure's symbol onto their uniforms and flak jackets as well as on the shoulders of their uniforms as a sign of friendship and goodwill between the two villages, and continue to do so to this day, in memory of their friendship even years after Uzushiogakure's destruction. The clan was made an honorary member clan of Konoha after their destruction.
Members of this clan were very knowledgeable of fūinjutsu. This reputation earned them renown and fear worldwide, which eventually led to the destruction of Uzushiogakure, and the rest of the Land of Whirlpools during the era of Shinobi World Wars. With the destruction of their homeland, few remaining survivors fled the country going into hiding scattered all around the world. The Uzumaki clan members were known for their longevity and vitality and specifically for their prodigal talents in fūinjutsu.
That was the only information Naruto found on his clan and even after an hour of searching through the history section Naruto found no other mention of Uzumaki clan elsewhere.
'So my clan is extinct with few if any surviving members in hiding.' Naruto thought sadly.
'No my clan isn't extinct yet, I am still alive and there might be few others still surviving if not then I will build my clan up from ground up if required and make the Uzumaki name renowned and feared again as it was in the past even if I have to do it myself at first.' Naruto decided with determination.
'As far as I can see Uzumaki clan members had no bloodline limit was their fūinjutsu whatever that is so fearsome if so I have to learn it after I too am a Uzumaki clan member.' With that thought in mind Naruto started searching for any information related to fūinjutsu.
A week later Naruto had gone through the whole history section in the library and found absolutely nothing on the subject and that greatly disappointed him but had hope that he could find some information in other sections. All he knew about the fūinjutsu was what he learned from his old guide book that they were seals and sealing techniques and that's it but Naruto was absolutely sure he would find much more information on fūinjutsu as well other subjects in the shinobi library. He couldn't get in there now but someday soon he would even if he had to break in.
Naruto had continued his training with a small change in his schedule, he had stopped his evening taijutsu training and that time had been occupied by information gathering from the library in the wane hope that he might some more that affected him personally. He had learned much about Konoha and elemental nations in general after scoping nearly half the library but absolutely nothing personal but he still had to go through some remaining sections and so held out hope however slight it was.
He came to know how Konoha was the center of change that abated some of the violence and turbulence of the clan wars era, still it wasn't enough as there had been even more wars in the name of land and power. He had found out about the biggest tragedy of Konoha when the two founders of the Konoha clashed in an epic battle and that was when Konoha lost their not only their founders but also their leader, it was also Konoha's biggest shame as one of the founder had betrayed their newly found village over petty jealousy.
He read about the shinobi clan wars and Konoha's victory but at the loss of their Shodai Hokage.
About the first shinobi war few years later and defeat of Kumo's twenty most strongest and skilled ninja at the loss of Nidaime Hokage.
The second great shinobi war between Iwagakure, Sunagakure, Amegakure and Konohagakure and Konoha's eventual victory. The formation of three sannins students of his oji-san and Hanzo of the salamander that was said to be as strong as oji-san.
The third great shinobi war between Iwagakure and Konoha, where Minato Namikaze earned his nickname of Konoha's yellow flash and singlehandedly won Konoha the war, about the Sasori of the Red Sand and Copy Ninja Kakashi.
He had also read about the greatest legend the Rikudō Sennin the "Savior of Shinobi World" and his battle and victory over a great demon and his gift of chakra to the world and much more.
He also learned about the five great villages and other smaller villages. He also learned a great deal of geography of the elemental nations and positions all the countries small to great in the elemental nations.
Even with all he had learned from the library Naruto was still greatly disappointed all he had learned were the basics but absolutely no details especially of the ninja world. He had learned of all the legendary ninja but absolutely nothing about their abilities or details. It seemed as if all the important ninja details were purposely selected from the civilian library and he was absolutely sure that he would find more details in the shinobi library that he still hadn't be able to break into and that increased his desire to break into the shinobi library quickly even more.
The information gathering he had done hadn't affected his training at all he still continued his usual training except taijutsu training in the evening which had been dedicated to library but in the last year he had also received a boost in his taijutsu training due to an interesting meeting.
Naruto was currently in his 3rd lap around Konoha, since last week Naruto had been running laps around Konoha instead like his usual at his training ground in the forest of death. Early morning there were no villagers to interfere and if someone asked him he could easily answer as running laps for fitness as wanted to become a ninja in the future. Naruto was quietly finishing his quota of five laps when he heard a shout from behind him.
"Hello my youthful friend it is good see someone so young exercising his youth through this youthful running."
Turning around to the source of voice Naruto immediately shuddered. The person in front of him could be described in one word weird, the person was tall had a bowl cut shaped hair and the biggest and thickest eyebrows he had ever seen, hell Naruto was sure right then that the creepy eyebrows were sure alive. The jumpsuit oh the jumpsuit was bright neon green. As soon as Naruto finally paid proper attention to the man in front of him, he immediately smiled giving him a double thumbs up and Naruto was immediately blinded by the bright flash from his teeth as the man smiled.
'How the hell does ones teeth shine so brightly that's just not normal, that just has to be a genjutsu. Maybe I am hallucinating.' Naruto thought shaking his head trying to clear his mind.
'Nope I am not hallucinating. The weird guy is still in front of me and talking to me.'
"Who are you?" Naruto asked after recovering from his bout of Guy-shock which everyone suffered from after meeting him for the first time.
"I am Maito Gai the only taijutsu master of Konoha and who might you be my youthful friend." The man replied while flashing him another blinding smile who could now without a doubt be identified as a Konoha ninja from his Konoha protector.
"I am Naruto Uzumaki the future ninja and Hokage of Konoha." Naruto introduced himself enthusiastically happy that someone had asked him his name even if it was this weird guy.
"It is most pleasant to meet one whose youth burns so brightly, I have seen you running laps around Konoha for a week now."
"Are you by any chance training?" Gai asked interested in the answer.
"Yes I run 5 laps around Konoha every morning to train my body to improve my taijutsu." Naruto replied not worrying as he wasn't doing anything wrong most of who want to become ninjas start early.
"If I may ask who is your sensei?" Gai asked interested in knowing the sensei of this most youthful student.
"Well I don't have a sensei." Naruto replied feeling embarrassed at not having anyone to teach him.
"You don't any sensei, then how do you train." An astonished Gai exclaimed.
"Well I found some basic taijutsu exercises in a guide book that I have been following for nearly a year."
"Training taijutsu without a sensei that's not good and even dangerous you could have hurt yourself and that to permanently, come with me and show me what you have been doing." With that Gai set off while motioning Naruto to follow.
"Well tell me what taijutsu exercises you have been doing." Gai asked as soon as they reached a large open clearing that from the looks of it was used as training ground for ninjas.
Naruto responded to the question without protest not worried about revealing his taijutsu training program and he even might get some help from the self-proclaimed taijutsu master of Konoha.
"Well I do ten sets of sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups, 5 laps around Konoha, 100 punches and kicks every day in the morning." Naruto replied not mentioning about his evening training as currently his evenings were occupied with the library.
"Those are basics that should have been performed for a month or two before moving on to other exercises, if you had a sensei you would have been corrected but even so you have done an admirable job by yourself." Gai replied while feeling impressed at the tough training regimen the young boy followed.
"Now let's see your punches and kicks and I will see if you perform them properly or not." Gai ordered while taking Naruto to the nearest training post.
"Don't hold back I want to see your strongest punch and kick."
Naruto stepped forward and unleashed his strongest punch and kick after bandaging his hand and legs. He bandaged them to avoid from scraping his hands or legs during his punches and kicks practice and removed them afterwards as he didn't like keeping them bandaged as they usually itched and all his bruises usually healed within hours so there was no reason to keep them bandaged after his punching and kicking training.
Seeing Naruto's strongest and fastest punch and kick Gai deduced that it was mid to high Genin level.
"Your punches and kicks are good as well as quite strong and fast for your age and the form is also perfect." Gai praised.
"Do you know any taijutsu style; no I don't think you do as that would require a sensei." Gai continued.
"Would you like to learn a specific style? I could teach you if you want and your body is well trained to start on basic katas of any style?" Gai offered interested in teaching a young aspiring ninja who seemed to know the importance of taijutsu and most of the ninjas or aspiring ninjas he knew or met seemed more interested in other jutsus often neglecting taijutsu until too late.
"Would you really like to teach me?" Naruto asked with disbelief in his voice.
"Yes, if you agree I would like to teach you but you have to be dedicated and determined enough to follow my training regime." Gai replied firmly leaving no doubt that if Naruto wasn't dedicated enough then he wouldn't teach him anymore.
"I won't disappoint you sensei." Naruto replied bowing still feeling overwhelmed but still had enough sense to show respect to the one who was going to be his teacher.
"Good then we will start your training tomorrow. You will only run your usual laps before coming here but not anything else. I will be giving you a new training regime that you will follow hereafter." Gai-sensei ordered.
Seeing Naruto's nod Gai-sensei continued.
"Well I will see you tomorrow then, be here and we will see if your youth truly burns brightly or not." With that he left the training ground to finish his laps.
Naruto spent his whole day in a daze still coming to terms at suddenly having a teacher even if only for taijutsu.
The next day Naruto woke up even earlier than ever excited at starting his first day of training with a teacher willing to teach him. Taking a quick shower and his usual breakfast he quickly left his apartment to finish his laps. Finishing his laps he quickly made his way to the designated meeting place, as soon as he reached the training ground he found Gai-sensei performing what looked like simple stretching exercises.
"I came as you asked Gai-sensei." Trying and succeeding in gaining Gai's attention.
"Ah, my youthful friend truly your youth burns brightly to come here earlier than even I accepted you to be here." Gai-sensei shouted with enthusiasm.
"Now that you are here let us start. I will be changing your exercises as well as start on the basic katas of Gouken Ryuu the Strong Fist Style."
"I will show you the exercises you have to practice daily after your laps from now until I give you another set, this will be your training regime from now." Gai-sensei said while handing Naruto a sheet of paper.
"This exercise sheet contains all the training exercises one can do to train one's body, select few exercises from this will constitute your daily schedule that I will show you after you go through this." Gai-sensei continued.
Taking the sheet Naruto nodded and read the sheet Gai had provided.
"This is for your reference only when I am not here and if you have any doubts you can refer to it. Now I will show you which ones to perform and how many sets." Gai-sensei said while showing and helping Naruto with the exercises he had to practice daily.
An hour later Naruto could perform most of the exercises shown without trouble except maybe a few.
"Good you can do most of the exercises those that are difficult will come with time." Gai-sensei praised.
"Now we will take a half an hour break to rest and recover."
Half an hour later Naruto was standing in front of Gai excited to learn a specific taijutsu style.
"Naruto the style I am going to teach you the Gouken ryuu, the Strong Fist Style. It is the style that I have mastered. This style as its name suggests focuses on injuring the body and breaking bones, dealing primary damage to the outer body."
Seeing Naruto's nod Gai continued.
"As this taijutsu style depends on dealing massive amount of damage to the outer body and a primary offensive style the user requires a lot of speed and strength." Gai finished.
"Now your body is strong enough to learn the basic katas of Gouken ryuu so we can skip all strength and speed building exercise." Gai said and started teaching him the basic kata of Gouken ryuu.
It was nearing lunch time when Gai ended the taijutsu training for the day.
"That's enough for the day; tomorrow I will bring you some chakra weights to help your taijutsu training." Gai-sensei said ending the training session.
"Chakra weights, sensei?" Naruto asked confused.
"Yes they are weights that one usually wears on their arms and legs to increase their speed and strength in relatively less time." Gai explained.
The next day followed the same pattern as the day before except Naruto was a proud owner of a pair of chakra. He was excited at the prospect of chakra weights which lasted till Naruto had to put on the weights and continue his taijutsu training. Naruto was given a brief overview of the chakra weights how they function and how to remove them but also stressed over the importance of practicing without chakra weights so that you could get used to fight once the weights were removed.
The next month continued in the same rhythm with taijutsu training from early morning to lunch and to compensate for the time lost for his chakra training Naruto decided to forgo chakra control exercise as he had mastered nearly all the exercises except the kunai balancing in which he had made some minute progress but he could continue it later and for now would focus on his wind nature chakra control in the afternoon and in the library in the evening.
Currently Gai and Naruto could be seen sparing in which Naruto wasn't even holding his own let alone putting up a fight.
"That's enough Naruto." Gai said bringing up his hand up and stopping the spar.
Currently Gai was in a complete quandary so as to what to do with Naruto.
'He can perfectly recreate the basic kata in practice but is complete unable to use is properly in our spars. No that's not it he can use it in spars but when I restrict him to spar only using Gouken kata he is so terrible that even a lowly academy student would defeat him.' Gai tried to make sense while thinking over the problem in his head.
'Now anyone would just declare that he is terrible at taijutsu and be done with it but that's just not it either, when I don't place any restriction on him and allow him to fight as he likes his taijustsu jumps low academy student to low chūnin level.' Now one might think how that would be possible and Gai himself couldn't get his head around it truth to be told.
Whenever Naruto fights without restriction he doesn't and hasn't even once used the full gouken kata in spars, he uses parts of it and that's it but never the full kata and was completely unpredictable for eg. If an attack was blocked earlier then when the opponent comes again with a strategy involving Naruto blocking the same earlier attack to get a hit on Naruto that attack Naruto dodges instead of blocking complete unbalancing the opponent. There was no grand or complex strategy involved neither could Naruto read a opponent on the level of sharingan, it was just his instinct mixed with his strategic mind developed due to his pranks coming up with quick and simple strategies in an instant and employed in that same instant which caused his unpredictability seem instinctual and wild which in turn it was but there was in small part his mind too involved which an observer couldn't notice. Due to that no one could guess what he was going to do and it made it nearly impossible to attack or defend against him.
Gai finally after full past month of observation decided that Naruto was just not compatible with gouken style not realizing the inherent advantage and strength of Naruto's unpredictable as he thought that was due to Naruto's own confusion and not being compatible with the gouken style not realizing that Naruto's unpredictability was due to his instincts and his strategic mind.
"Naruto I think you should stop using the gouken style, you just aren't compatible with it." Gai addressed Naruto.
Gai raised his hand to stop any complaints issuing from Naruto and continued.
"I will teach you other style I fairly know but I haven't mastered it and we will see if you are compatible with it or not." Gai finished.
Naruto wanted to protest that he could get it with practice but conceded to Gai-sensei's verdict believing that his sensei knew better than he did as he was after all a taijutsu master.
Couple of months later Gai's emotions were warring between frustration and disbelief and awe. Frustration because for the past couple of months he had tried to teach Naruto basics of two more styles and succeeded as well as failed, Naruto could perform the katas perfectly but was still unable to use it in an spar restricted to that style but if permitted to fight without restriction he was able to mix and easily use the basic katas of all three styles. Disbelief and awe as he realized that his unpredictable freestyle fighting was not disorganized brawling but well planned and if he was reading Naruto's fighting style correctly then his style had potential to even the strongest taijutsu user and the sharingan should be completely useless against him as Naruto had not set pattern in his style and he his plans and execution were in an instant and somewhat instinct based it would be nearly impossible to safely predict his movements and plans and if predicted counter it in time. Naruto's fighting style completely baffled Gai and he knew that no one else could learn it because there were no fixed stances to learn, one just had to have that instinct as well as proper mindset to ever fight like Naruto did and that part also really frustrated Gai as that made it impossible even for him to learn.
"That is enough for the time Naruto, come here I want to talk about something important with you." Gai said while gesturing Naruto to come.
"Naruto I think it's best if you give up on learning any specific styles."
Hearing this Naruto immediately started protesting and arguing against it.
"Quite! First hear me out then you can complain if you want." Gai said in hard voice cutting off any more complaints.
"I not asking you to give up taijustsu I am just telling you to give up on learning any specific style as you wouldn't be able to use it properly in your fight, you yourself should have noticed how bad you are in our spars when you are restricted to only using a certain style." Gai explained.
Hearing this Naruto reluctantly nodded conceding Gai-sensei point.
"But there is nothing to worry I know you have developed a unique way of fighting you use when we spar without restrictions. I just recently realized that way of fighting you use is perfectly and uniquely suited to you. So we will develop that from here onwards." Gai explained.
"As far as I have seen your fighting style depends on amount of variations you have and you are also easily able to incorporate the basic katas of the three styles I have taught you easily that means that your fighting style is flexible enough to incorporate from other styles and through it grow even stronger."
"It also seems that more variations you have the stronger and better your fighting style becomes. So to improve your fighting style I have decided to teach you all the variations of punches and kicks and other katas I know." Gai finished.
"So sensei your saying that a single style is not suitable for me but my freestyle is?" Naruto asked trying to understand what Gai-sensei explained.
"Yes that is a simple way to put it." Gai answered.
"Now come we will start on the training that will improve your freestyle fighting."
The next couple of months Gai taught Naruto various ways of attacking and defending derived from styles he knew and also counters to give Naruto much more options in fights.
"This is all I can teach you Naruto, the only thing remaining now is practice, you will become stronger with time and experience and hence forth I too will not be able to meet you and there is even no need for us to meet anymore."
"Why can't we meet anymore sensei, you don't want to teach me anymore?" Naruto asked feeling saddened and betrayed.
"It is not that I don't want to teach you as I said earlier I taught you everything I know and all you require now is time, practice and experience and also I have recently been given a long term mission that might last from months to years." Gai explained making Naruto understand that he wasn't abandoning or something.
"So you are going on a long term mission sensei and I won't be able to contact you." Naruto asked understanding the reason Gai-sensei was unable to teach or meet him in near future.
"Yes and Naruto-kun you have been a most youthful student and I am most proud at have been your teacher however short of a time." Gai replied with immense pride in his voice.
"Thank you Gai-sensei. I will continue my training and become even stronger." Naruto stated his eyes shining with unshed tears.
"I know you will, your skill in taijutsu is already high chūnin and your speed and strength high genin. You have also been able to increase your weights three times in past few months and that's faster than I have ever known and if you keep at it you may as well become stronger and faster than anyone else that's been training for the same amount of time as you." Gai finished with a heavy smile and turned around leaving the ground in a sedate pace instead of using the shunshin wanting to take in the training ground where he had his last meeting as sensei for his very first student.
"Good-bye and thank you for everything sensei." Naruto shouted at Gai's retreating back and only gesture of acknowledgement Gai gave was the wave with his hand. Not that he knew it then but that would be the last time Naruto would meet Gai as his sensei.
After Gai sensei had left Naruto had diligently continued his taijutsu training, as there wasn't any teaching involved his early morning taijutsu training hours decreased considerably so much so that he could once again train his kunai balancing exercise for an hour or so before lunch.
His taijutsu wasn't the only thing that had improved in the past year his wind chakra control had also progressed. He had finished the leaf cutting exercise and had also made significant progress in the tree cutting exercise. He could cut half through a foot diameter tree but his control hadn't improved to level that he could make a sharper or thicker edge and cut through trees finely and cleanly.
Naruto had also suffered a painful revelation that had led to the shattering of his trust in the man he loved and trusted the most at that time. He still remembered the painful day with vivid clarity, it had been just after Gai-sensei had left on his mission and he had becoming frustrated at no other information on Uzumaki clan and being unable to access the shinobi library and had finally decided to ask his oji-san about his family he should know he was Hokage after all.
"Damn it there is absolutely no other information on Uzumaki clan and I have finished going through the last remaining sections." Naruto growled while slamming the book, thankfully he was further back in the library that the old woman didn't hear him or he would have been thrown out without even a warning.
"I can't get into the shinobi library yet and I have one else to get any further information from." Naruto sighed then immediately straightened as a thought flashed through his head.
"Oji-san!" Naruto exclaimed.
'Oji-san would definitely know more about Uzumaki clan.' With that thought Naruto immediately ran out of the library towards the Hokage tower with excitement bubbling inside him.
"Oji-san, oji-san I want to ask you something important." Naruto shouted as he reached the Hokage's office after evading the secretary.
"Hoh, long time not seen Naruto-kun, how are you?" Sarutobi asked.
"I am fine oji-san I wanted ask….."
"Something important yes I know." Hokage finished.
"So what is so important that you had to barge in here?"
"Oji-san, do you anything about my family." Naruto asked.
Hokage immediately stiffened at the question but relaxed soon after. He had expected the question from Naruto much earlier; he was just surprised at the unexpectedness of the question.
"No Naruto-kun I don't know anything about your family, I am sorry Naruto you were found in the aftermath of kyuubi attack with just a tag with your name on it." The old Hokage lied through his teeth feeling saddened at having to lie to Naruto who he considered like his grandson.
"You don't anything or anyone with an Uzumaki name." Naruto asked with a slight desperation leaking in his voice.
"No Naruto I have never known anyone with an Uzumaki name." Hokage replied not realizing that Naruto had found information on Uzumaki already from the library and in his naivety thought that Naruto just read story books and not anything else as all this information was stored in the adult section and wasn't accessible to anyone below 15 years of age. He had thought that the old woman wouldn't give him access to those sections but the old librarian hadn't cared and had interpreted Hokage's threat as giving full access of the library to Naruto.
Hearing that Naruto's world shattered he knew that his oji-san was lying after all he had found about the Uzumaki clan in the library. He till today trusted oji-san the most and seeing his most trusted person lying straight to his face shattered him and he felt completely betrayed and not wanting the Hokage to see the look on his face as well as the tears he was keeping at bay kept his head down and dejectedly nodded his head and left the Hokage tower.
Hokage sadly watched Naruto leaving his office dejected and not having the heart or the will to cheer him up as he himself was feeling down. As Naruto left his office Sarutobi turned towards the portrait of Yondaime.
"Did I do the right thing Minato, only time will tell eh? May be one day I will able to ask his forgiveness for lying to him."
Naruto immediately rushed to his training ground in the forest of death as soon as came out of the Hokage tower. Immediately seeking out a tree Naruto started furiously punching the tree, anger and hurt at the betrayal flowing out of him in waves.
"Why, why, why GODDAMNIT WHY." Naruto screamed.
An hour later he could be seen slumped on his knees blood flowing freely from his bruised and skinned knuckles.
'Why did oji-san no I will not call him that Hokage-sama lied, I trusted him and he lied straight to me face without hesitation, I will never trust him again' Naruto thought while trying to calm himself down and succeeding somewhat. Taking a deep breath got up and slowly made his way to his tree house. Reaching the tree house Naruto took a huge gulp of water from the bottle he always kept in the tree house in case of emergencies and sat down and closed his eyes leaning against the tree trunk.
"Why keep the information from me it doesn't make sense. Does he not want me to learn about my family if so why." Naruto thought with a much clearer head.
'To know that I have to gather more information and the only place I can get the required is the shinobi library, I have to get in there as soon as possible.'
'But still it hurts knowing that the person I trusted the most in the whole world lied to me. I know he cares about me if he didn't he wouldn't have helped me whenever I was in trouble and would have abandoned and ignored me just like the villagers.'
'Can I forgive him…..? No never.' Was Naruto's last thought as darkness enveloped his mind.
Six months have passed since Naruto's meeting of Hokage and since then most of Naruto's anger has abated enough that the thought of forgiving his oji-san had occurred to him but the blow to his trust was not easy to forget. One thing was for sure he would never trust his oji-san completely ever again. He had just recently been able to face his oji-san without his anger overwhelming him but the day he may forgive the old man was still far off. After his anger had abated enough that he could understand that the old man may have his reasons of not telling him about his parents but not even telling him about his clan that he just couldn't understand and that was the main reason his still carried some left over resentment and anger till date. His contact with the Hokage too had dwindled to almost nothing for past six months as a result.
His taijutsu training specially his chakra weights had given him massive boost in strength and speed. He had already increased his weights three times in past six months since Gai-sensei had left and over all six times by channeling chakra to his weights whenever his got used to the pervious weight.
He had also started trying to harness his wind elemental chakra and create at least small breeze if possible. Till date he had been unable to, he was successful in bringing out his wind chakra but that was just on the palm of his hand but hadn't been able to push it any further than his hand.
He had also made significant progress in his kunai balancing and with confidence state he had near mastered the exercise. He could easily balance the kunai on any finger-tips as well as both the kunais on different finger-tips at the same time. He could also balance his whole body on the kunai tip upside very easily. The kunai balancing exercise hadn't been easy he had cut himself lot of times especially in the beginning. He couldn't say he mastered the exercise as he didn't know if he could balance a single kunai on each of his finger-tips at the same time as he doesn't have ten kunais. But making this much progress in kunai balancing exercise had increased his chakra control even more and his finishing the tree cutting exercise as well as been able to scratch a boulder could attest to that.
Now that he had finished all his chakra control exercises and was close to completing his wind elemental exercises he was hopeful that he could get into the shinobi library and soon and able find some useful jutsus and if not try to create his very own jutsus like the previous Hokages.
Author's Notes: Sorry for the slightly smaller chapter but I had to end it here as I like to keep my chapters at around 10K or under and if I continued then the chapter would have been longer anywhere between 18K-20K words.
P.S. The next chapter might take longer. Don't curse me curse Bioware for releasing Mass Effect 3.
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