Bust A Move

Cedar Creek 
#1
@NAT NAT NAT


 Dante had not been utilizing Alina's gym as much as he should have been. With a day off and a brief exchange with Natalie, here he was, anticipating a moment to be a teacher. It was his belief that, with this new life style and all the strength that came with this particular infection, the girl needed to learn how to harness her inner badass. Or, at least, learn how to throw and block hard blows.

 He'd arrived before his progeny, finding the building largely empty, which was probably for the best. He changed into a holey shirt and a pair of shorts that had seen better days, barefoot on the mats with his hair pulled into a bun at the back of his head. By the time he sensed the girl's arrival, he was feeling a little restless, a feeling that was definitely increased by his own beast. It was eager to see the other, and eager to dispel some energy. Despite this, he knew he would have to take it easy on her.

 "Hey," he greeted her gruffly. He'd spare her whatever time she needed to prepare herself.
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#2
Red gym shorts and this workout shirt


This was an idea Natalie was largely intimidated with, but had agreed to out of the sheer principle of it. It made sense and definitely was important to be able to protect herself and get a better idea as to what she was capable of, but ahhh. That’s where Dante was supposed to come in so hopefully it would end up okay and she’d come away with more knowledge than before.

Walking into the gym, she was quick to point him out, nerves kickstarting up again. To the greeting, she offered a small, “Hi,” while setting down her bag by benches. Taking a deep breath, Natalie made the way over, putting up her hair into a ponytail while her wolf began barking and furiously wagging its tail in hello as they approached. Stepping on the mat she gave an unsure smile. “So, how do we start?”
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#3
 She definitely seemed nervous. Unsurprising, really, but he respected her more for coming to this in spite of it all. His own beast stood alert with hers in sight, ears and tail up, but not without a faint wag. She approached, and her question made him grin a little. He clapped a hand on her shoulder and gave her a gentle shake, a means to reassure and also allow his wolf to bump into hers.

 "Start by relaxing. I'm not gonna beat you up." He released her and took a step back, holding one hand up at about the level of his own chest. "Punch this hand. As hard as you can." And he would watch her closely, in order to judge her posture and the way she moved, where in her body she pulled her movements from.
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#4
The clap to her shoulder wasn't expected and Natalie jumped a tad despite her best efforts not to do so, especially in lue of the words being said. Dante was bigger than her and there was still that image of him she really didn’t think would ever be shaken. Still, he was trying to reassure her at least and that was appreciated, her own wolf leaning back as eyes brightened to green briefly. Natalie smiled up at him and took a breath as he stepped back, trying to release any tension she had. ”I know,” she said with a bit of a laughing exhale at herself.

Watching him lift up a hand, her head lightly tilted at the request. Probably the last time she’d done something like this was in some summer camp or another where they’d had one lesson on self defense or another she could vaguely recall. Punching things didn’t just happen naturally for her so this was drawing from zero experience. ”Got it, so.” Natalie put her left leg a bit back, balled up her hand haphazardly as her weight leaned back in preparation. ”Like this?” She took a breath and swung forward at the hand with a scrunching of her face in concentration.
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#5
 She seemed to understand, and Dante was quiet as he watched her prepare herself - glanced at her foot, the way she reared back and twisted before firing her shot. It was not a very hard it, but it was enough to make his hand move just so. "Alright. Let's start with your stance." He took a step back from her, lifting his hands in a blocking position before his face. "Instead of leaning back before you hit," he leaned back as she had done early, for demonstration, "Lean in a little." He continued to embody his instructions, leaning toward Natalie.

 "Punch from there." He threw a mock punch out of that position, away from her, so that she could see it from a side angle, even though it would probably take several of these lessons to get her to latch onto the information. "Shoulder loose. Then come back to neutral." He did just that, then held up his hand once more. "Try again."
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The fact that his hand had even moved with her punch was surprising. It had a genuine smile gracing her face until it was time to concentrate on the advice.

Natalie watched carefully as he explained, paying special attention of the shift of his weight as demonstrated. So no leaning back, got it, but she hadn’t really been aware that was happening. She’d definitely be super hyper-focused on it now to be sure. ”Oh, okay, got it.”

And then he demonstrated how to throw the punch from the position, back and forth, trying to figure out each point that had been different between what he was showing vs what she’d done. There were a few subtle nods. ”Hmokay, so.” Natalie stepped a bit closer to him, positioning her body as he’d shown. ”Don’t lean back.” It was said more so for herself as she looked down at her feet, stopping herself from doing just that. ”This is a bit weird, ha.” Looking back up at him, she put her hand into a fist and made sure he was ready just in case, before leaning in and then throwing a punch, trying her best to stay loose.
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#7
 Dante found himself much more patient than he'd actually anticipated. She came closer, straightened up as she sort of talked herself through the motions. She mentioned it was weird, then threw another punch, and his hand moved just so once more. "Good," he rumbled, as a means of encouragement. "It's a lot of rewiring," he added, as a belated response to her comment of how this felt weird. Assuming she meant the posture and all. "Keep hitting. Five more punches. Come back to that neutral position between each hit." He put his hand up again, and reminded her once more, "Loose shoulder."
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#8
The encouragement was really very needed and she felt a burst of feeling more sure in this, especially at the confirmation it was going to be weird for a while. So she was doing okay! “It definitely feels like that.”

Readying herself again to do as instructed, she nodded and oh yeah, loose shoulder. “Oh, right.” Making sure that was loose, Natalie wasn’t comfortable in the stance, but like Dante had said, it’d take a bit. Taking a breath, she remembered the advice and swung, returning to the neutral position before doing so again and so forth. The wolf was using the opportunity to try to nip at fur, or a leg, or ear each time, totally down for the weird human game.
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