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Monday, May 30, 2011



Naruto had always been at least passable in taijutsu, ever since
the Academy where he received a B in that class. Throughout Part
I, his taijutsu slowly improved, where it was first showcased in
his battle with Kiba Inuzuka in the Chūnin Exams preliminaries where he was able to hold his own and avoid multiple slash
attacks from Kiba and Akamaru's Four Legs Technique without the aid of his shadow clones. A testament to his skill with taijutsu
was shown when Naruto was fighting against Neji Hyūga's Gentle Fist techniques in the Chūnin Exam finals, where he got into striking distance using only hand-to-hand combat. After the
time skip, Naruto's taijutsu improved greatly under the tutelage of Jiraiya where he could hold his own in hand-to-hand against Sora, Chiyo, Kakashi Hatake, Yamato, Karui, Omoi and Sai, the former being trained by the Fire Temple Monks, the latter three being ANBU-trained ninja, and two of Killer Bee's own students. Throughout the series, Naruto's taijutsu continually improved, eventually learning the Frog Kata style from Fukasaku. After his Frog Kata training, Naruto was able to hold off and counter a stream of punches and kicks from the Deva Path, who had easily got into Kakashi Hatake's guard and stabbed him despite using his Sharingan, to buy himself time to re-enter Sage Mode. He was also able to effortlessly block Karui's elbow while she was slashing then catch her blade when she tried a spinning slash, and even break it.

On top of his taijutsu skills, Naruto has shown a high level of physical strength. During
the Chūnin Exams, he stopped a charge from one of Orochimaru's giant snakes while using the Nine-Tails' chakra. During his senjutsu training in Part II, he was able to budge one of the huge statues without using the special oil. After the training, he could shatter
stone with his raw strength, as seen when he escaped from the petrified Preta Path after it absorbed too much of his senjutsu chakra.

Naruto has displayed impressive speed over the time skip as well. When confronting Sasuke after the Five Kage Summit, he saved Sakura from her own poisoned kunai which Sasuke wielded to stab her and received only a shallow cut in exchange. Naruto
was then able to restrain Kakashi while charging up a Rasengan, meeting Sasuke's Chidori charge and equalling it.

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