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Zanpakutou Training


Welcome to Zanpakutou Training Class. I'm the new instructor Takashi Tsumogiya, or Tsuki. (CresentDemon)

In this class you will learn all about your partner so make sure to bring him/her to class. Before you start to understand your own Zanpakutou, I think you should know what a Zanpakutou is...

The Zanpakutou are the trademark weapons of the Shinigami. Capable of cutting spiritual bodies, they are amongst the few weapons which can be used to combat Hollows. Each Shinigami carries a Zanpakutou, and each Zanpakutou is unique: as the swords are both reflections of a Shinigami's soul and power, and sentient beings unto themselves. The Zanpakutou's name is also the name of the living spirit that empowers the sword and lends its strength to the Shinigami who wields it. These beings can vary greatly in appearance and have their own distinct personalities which match their owner's. Normally, the Zanpakutou spirit can only be seen by its wielder. Otherwise, they dwell in their own "inner world", created within the minds of the Shinigami who wield them, as such each Shinigami's inner world is drastically different from another Shinigami's and is unique to them. A Zanpakutou's spirit can bring its wielder into its inner world, though Shinigami can voluntarily achieve this by simple meditation.

A Zanpakutou's shape and abilities are based on their Shinigami's soul. Once a Shinigami learns his/her sword's name, they are able to communicate with one another and grow stronger together. Zanpakutou are born with their Shinigami and they die with their Shinigami. Shinigami use them in battle as a reflection of their heart. When released, they can display a vibrant power. They are one with the Shinigami. They share a Shinigami's conviction.


Everyone got it? Good. Now we can move on to you and your partner. I don't expect you all to get it on your first try so don't be upset if you fail. Just try again. Here are the lessons for this class...

Lesson 1: About Your Zanpakutou
In this lesson, all I want you to do is tell me about your Zanpakutou. Its name, gender, personality, mood, the bond you share with it, element, etc... Things along those lines. This will help me to better understand just how much you really know about your Zanpakutou and how much work we will have to do.

Lesson 2: Hearing Your Partner (Communing/Jinzen)
In this lesson, I want you to sit down and perform Jinzen with your Zanpakutou while I observe to help build the bond between you and you Zanpakutou, and you may even learn a thing or two about your partner from it as well. If you are unclear as to what Jinzen is exactly, I'll explain.

Jinzen is the only way to properly carry out a conversation with ones Zanpakutou. One places their sword over their lap and takes a meditative pose and then forces their mind to become one with the Zanpakutou. In this form, one can call out the true form of the powers of their Zanpakutou. This form is something that Soul Society has worked out over the thousands of years since its formation. It is entirely about speaking with one's sword. This advanced form of training is far different from attaining abilities by force. In this form it is about entering a state of calm to enter the inner world of the Zanpakutou and engage them there. In this state a wielder will have to fight their Zanpakutou spirit in order to attain access to new abilities, the Zanpakutou spirit does not want to teach these moves and engage the wielder in a battle the likes of which has never taken place before. In this meditative state, one is so deeply entranced that even sustained wounds are ignored. Any form of injury sustained in the inner world while in this meditative state is reflective in the real world.

Lesson 3: Learning About Your Partner
This lesson somewhat intertwines with lesson 2. While in Jinzen or afterwords, try to learn as much about your partner as you can. Try to learn what type your partner is (kidou, elemental, spiritual, melee, etc...) and also possible abilities your partner may possess. If you already know what type it is and abilities, then just tell me. Again, this will help both of us in future lessons and to understand your partner.

Lesson 4: Reiatsu Control - Crystal
In this lesson, I'll give you a small crystal that will represent what element your Zanpakutou is. Not all Zanpakutou will have elements so in that case I'll give you just a simple spirit crystal. After you have your crystal, I want you to put a flow of reiatsu into it and produce a sound. This flow needs to be constant and even in order for this to work, if it's not it will result in a backfire. After you have taken a grasp on your reiatsu enough to maintain this flow, I want you to hold the sound for 10 seconds. This lesson will take some time if you dont have a firm reiatsu control.

Lesson 5: Reiatsu Control - Gathering and Expanding
For this lesson, I want you to focus and condense your reiatsu to your palm in a small sphere or other small shape. After you're able to do that, I want you to pull it back in, then form it again only this time I want you to add a slight more amount of reiatsu. Repeat that until it has become a little difficult for you to keep it condensed. Also, do not make it bigger than you can handle or it will result in some damage to you and possibly the people around you and my classroom.

Lesson 6: Shikai
In this lesson, I want you to go out into the training field where there is a considerably large forest, a small lake and wide open land, and train while in your Shikai state. You may use the elements around you or use the practice dummies stationed all around the area. Train in your Shikai state, use your Zanpakutou's abilities, etc... until you feel comfortable with your Shikai. Basically, train.


Feel free to come back anytime after completing the lessons to train, ask questions or get additional help with your Zanpakutou. I'll be here to help anytime it's needed.


Takashi Tsumogiya
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..............shiretshimas......*takes off shoes*............i see that u got a new class here Hazumi. I just wanted to be the first one to see it n it looks nice. i should be goin n let my mirrors kno if have any trouble. later...................disappears.....
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Hey same here Saito! Good to see you again.
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.....same here my friend. hello, hazu. i just come to say if u need some to help like an assisstant just notify me n i'll come of free. it may get overwellming for u now since it almost all starts with u(so happy for u).....goin get some zzzzzzzzzz*sleeps already....
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well look like some one is a battle going on.....kk...i guess i got next
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Lesson 1:

Alright listen up.

*Writes Z-A-N-P-A-K-T-O-U N-A-M-E-S on the board*

Today we will discuss the names of your Zanpaktou. Every name is unique as no two Zanpaktou are the same. Names are important as they allow you to access your Zanpaktous abilities. This includes Shikai and Bankai. Without names you cannot relate to your Zanpaktou and cannot get to know its character, strengths or weaknesses. You also put yourself at a slight disadvantage.

Imagine if you will being attacked by a hollow which is stronger and faster than you. Difficult yes and without knowing your Zanpaktous name you cannot gain abilities that could possibly defeat that hollow. You would be stuck effectively on your own without backup in the form of your partner and more than likely defeated.

Now that we know about the importance of names how many of you already know your Zanpaktous name?
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*walks in and sits down cross-legged*

*raises hand*

I do! *grins*

<Thinks: If I can't pass Michael's class, I might as well stick to something I can do!>
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Okay then Toyoki taicho what is it and how did you hear it?
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-enters- (Im abit late...Well, I have my reasons ) Hey everyone, im the one that will help Hozumi. Nice to meet you. Hozumi said it all so I have nothing to add. Work hard and good luck.
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...........she's back! jk, good to have you. u will do well. come by the dueling thread ok....*shunpos away*..........
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*flash steps in* hmmm... the title says zanpaktou training.... i already know my zanpaktou name... i already achieved bankai... then what should i know more about my zanpaktou... *flash steps out*
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Luluu chan!!!!!
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i still have to work on my zanpakutou so i have to enroll in this class..
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knock knock hi...... pls teach me... *grins sits down...falls asleep*
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