|Other Names||Leaf-Style Kenjutsu (木ノ葉隠れ流剣術, Konohagakure-Ryū Kenjutsu, Literally meaning: Hidden Tree Leaf-Style Sword Technique)|
Leaf-Style Sword Art (木ノ葉流剣法, Konoha-Ryū Kenpō, Literally meaning: Tree Leaf-Style Sword Art)
|Classification||Hiden, Kenjutsu, Fighting Style|
|Range||Short to Mid range|
|Parent Techniques||Gentle Fist|
|Derived Technique||Dance of the Crescent Moon|
|Related Techniques||Flying Swallow|
|Users||Tobirama Senju (Creator)|
The Gentle Sword (柔剣, Jūken) is the name given to the unique Kenjutsu style utilized by the Ninja of Konohagakure.
Gentle Sword was originally created by Tobirama Senju based off of his own studies of Iaidō; putting focus on speed and precision, it taught its users to to quickly force open within an opponent's defense to deal severe and critical blows. However, unlike traditional Iaidō, Gentle Sword also incorporates the use of Chakra Flow; coating their blade within two dense layers of Chakra prior to actually drawing their sword, and placing themselves into a position with their knees bent and their wrists circling the hilt of their sword.
Upon attacking, the user rushes towards their target and draws their sword at great speed. At the same time, the user applied Chakra control onto the "inner" layer of Chakra, compressing it into an needle-like apparition, unseeable and undetectable by normal means, similar to the Flying Swallow, while releasing the "outer" layer in precise bursts of Chakra at the moment of attack. This not only increases the speed and strength of their attacks, but it also greatly extends the reach and overall raw force of their sword strokes to greater levels.
Notes and Trivia
- Originally, in its early days, Gentle Sword was known as Shadow Sword. Its name change and the secondary "explosive" part of its utilization were made sometime after the Uchiha Clan left Konoha.