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The Rabbit Hole, Volume Two

Challenge 47

Challenge 45

Aoi Hane

by Dennis M. Myers, 07/31/2019

During the course of events in Final Assembly, a style of martial arts is mentioned. I called in Aoi Hane. The idea is that with such low gravity, fighting styles would be much different than here on Earth. Throws and moves that would be perfectly normal here, might be slower, and tend to throw you as much as your opponent. I think of Aio Hane as a style that takes all of this into account, and as is typical with things I invent, I came up with an alternative use for it as well. It's also a style of dance. Although, when dancing, you don't get awarded the levels as you would when using it in fighting competitions.

Here is what I can up with for the different Aio Hane levels.

White Feather
White signifies a birth, or beginning, of a seed, or the shell of an egg. A white feather student is a beginner searching for knowledge of the Art. The white feather is the beginning of life's cycle, and represents the seed as it lies beneath the soil, fertilized by the shell of the egg.

Yellow Feather
Yellow signifies the first beams of light which shines upon the seed giving it new strength with the beginning of new life. The down of a newly hatched chick. A yellow feather student is given their first ray of knowledge, opening their mind, from their instructors.

Orange Feather
Orange represents the growing power of the light as it warms the soil to prepare for new growth. The chick takes the first steps on the warm ground. The orange feather is starting to feel their body and mind open and develop.

Green Feather
Green signifies the growth of the seed as it sprouts from the soil reaching toward the light and begins to grow into a plant. It is the chick, stretching wings. A green feather student learns to strengthen and refine their techniques.

Blue Feather
Blue signifies the blue water that sustains the plant as it continues to grow. A blue feather student moves up higher in rank just as the plant grows taller. The water feeds the plant so that it can continue to grow. The chick drinks of the knowledge. The student is fed additional knowledge of the Art in order for their body and mind continue to grow and develop.

Purple Feather
Purple represents the changing sky of space, as once again the student undergoes a new change and prepares for the transition to advanced student. The chick begins to grow feathers. A purple feather begins to understand the meaning of the black feather.

Brown Feather
Brown represents the ripening of the seed, a maturing and harvesting process. Wings are fully formed, as practice flaps strengthen muscles. A brown feather is an advanced student whose techniques are beginning to mature, and they are beginning to understand the fruits of their hard work as a beginner.

Red Feather
Red signifies the red-hot heat of the light as the plant continues growing toward it. The first strokes out over the void. The first, most dangerous flight from the nest. As a red feather student acquires more detailed knowledge, just as the plant grows slowly toward the light, so the red feather student learns to be more cautious with their knowledge and physical abilities. Red is a sign of danger, and the red feather is beginning to become dangerous with their knowledge and abilities.

Black Feather
Black signifies the darkness of deep space. The bird is fully grown and takes flight. A black feather seeks new, more profound knowledge of the Art. As they begin to teach others, they plant new seeds and help them grow and mature. Their students, many of whom will form roots deep into the Art, blossom and grow through the ranks in a never-ending process of self-growth, knowledge, and enlightenment.

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