The Konoha training grounds had become like a second home to Izumi. Unlike most of the larger clans, the Shimura had no designated district within the village. With no place else to train, Izumi made constant visits to the village's three training grounds. She knew all the strong, towering trees, the soft grass, both tall and short, and the sparse brown patches of dirt spread all over.
She trained interchangeably between all three grounds depending on what she wanted to work on that particular day. The training dummies made for good practice with delivering forceful kicks and punches, as well as target practice on a human shaped target. She'd practice knife throwing on the trees in the other training grounds as well, but that was less about deadly aim and more about hitting long distance targets while in motion. The smaller clearing allowed her to practice basic Taijutsu motions and movements with a close combat focus. She could maneuver in the same small area as though dancing with or around an imaginary opponent. The largest clearing, then, was good for her to practice closing long distances and fighting imaginary range-focused opponents.
Every day, Izumi cycled between her training regimens. She had five of them, with six being cardio focused and seven her one day off. This made a full week that she could easily repeat over and over again. She noticed improvement every time she trained. The only problem is that she hardly ever had anyone to spar with. So when she went to the large, open-spaced training grounds that one day, she got super excited to see someone else there.
It was a girl just like Izumi. She looked older and way more stylish. The dress, the bow, the gloves and mesh shirt; it all made Izumi suddenly insecure about her own look. All she had was a simple hair tie holding her dull brown locks up in the back so that it stayed out of her face and looked cute yet contained. The rest of her was covered by a long-sleeved pink overcoat that came down to her mid-thighs. It just barely covered short skirt she wore under it and it's high collar made sure nobody could see the white button up she had underneath. She was very prepared for the cold weather even though most of her legs were uncovered. They hardly ever got cold, so that was okay.
Izumi stopped at the edge of the clearing and eyed Kanna with a gleeful expression. She was so ecstatic to finally have someone to train with! It hadn't even occurred to her that the older girl might say no. Izumi stepped out onto the field with her closed-toed shoes and waved one her fingerlessly gloved hands.
"Hiya!" She called out. She started to run and jump in when it occurred to her that it would be impolite to do so without first asking.
"Um, hey, do you," Izumi started, shyly, "do you maybe want to train with me?" Her face turned beet red, her eyes looked everywhere but at Kanna, her hands were awkwardly folding each other and she had a toe digging circles in the ground. "Please?" She asked nervously.