Artist: Nujabes/Idst - Song: BattleCry - Word Count: 456
Ryuzaki noticed that she was slightly caught off guard at first, but she regained her composure soon after and seemed to have little trouble defending herself. After that, he had no idea what she intended to do. He'd left the possibilities quite open on purpose. Knowing when to do something was just as important as knowing how to do it, and that was what this part of the exercise was for. It was usually better to learn this part through actually trying it though, instruction didn't accomplish much in most cases.
As his attack was successfully blocked Ryuzaki could feel it being redirected. He didn't attempt to do anything to prevent this, wanting to see exactly where it would lead. He noticed that Abalia had done an admirable job of creating an opening for herself, and that she moved to exploit it quicker than he expected. Her posture seemed good, and she held the blade correctly. Edge alignment was very close, if slightly off. That was one of the hardest parts though, and Ryuzaki could only be sympathetic to her cause. He'd had the same trouble when he'd learned this.
Although his blade was currently in a poor position to block, due to the fact that her blade was inside of his defense, and already close to his body, all he needed to do was change his grip and move his blade so as to block from a slightly lower position. This was also not the best block, as an immense force could overpower him more easily in this position, but he thought it would suit his purposes now just fine. That was another important thing to learn. If you didn't know when something was viable then it was always a gamble. Best to figure these things out in practice or training rather than in actual combat.
He blocked her blade with a rattle and then took a step backward.She'd done well for her first try, but he wanted to see if she would be able to handle a variety of attacks. "Alright, nice job. That was an impressive first try, but lets see how you handle something from a different angle. Again, feel free to use everything we've been over in whatever ways you can think of."
He took up a different stance this time, standing with his knees slightly bent, his center of gravity closer to the ground. This time, again slightly faster than before, he performed a horizontal swipe aimed slightly below her chest. This would be slightly harder to deal with, but he imagined that she would still be able to, and as before he would make sure to not actually injure her.