Aang's Abilities Dec 20, 2007 17:13:49 GMT -5
Post by +Javu+ on Dec 20, 2007 17:13:49 GMT -5
Aang's abilities. Mmm...perhaps this should be under the Character board. But it seems more deeper than just a Character disscussion.
Throughout watching the whole show, I, like everyone else, get the feel for the different elements:
Fire~ Firebenders use stronger stances. You punch, and fire shoots out. Fire is fierce, strong, can bend your fear, and almost uncontrolable. Fire is a stricking element.
Water~ Waterbender arts are more of an original Chinese martial arts. Flowing, calmer, not a lot of energy. You don't have all of these strong stances. You direct the water with your hand. Water is a directing element.
Earth~ Earthbenders are stubborn. Like Firebenders, they have stronger stances and are very firm with their placement. With earth, you feel the earth, guide it up, and then strike with your hand/feet or whatever.
And now Air....I getting the picture that air is flexable, moveable, free, and easy to get into small places. Defensive, not aggresive.
So back to Aang's bending. When we first met Aang, we figured out that he is a Airbending Master, for he has the arrow on his head. But as we progressed in Book One...it seems that he could fight with air, but he was better with playing with it.
Moving on to his Waterbending abilities. When he was training with Master Pakku, he was rolling around in the snow with Momo making himself into a snow-man. Now, he is a good Waterbending. But still.
Earthbending. We do see him train, and suffer for not being so Earthbender-ish. But he gets it in the end. And we see him become better at that a grow.
So, now. He's mastered, I guess, three elements, soon to learn another. Good, yes? I'm not sure.
I do Tae Kwon Do myself. I've learned that you can learn all the forms and the sparring one-steps, learn how to do everything and actually be able to do, but it's all useless if you can't put it together in an actual fight. If you don't have to guts to put into practice what you've learned, your training was pointless.
So, in DoBS, we saw Aang fight Azula, one-on-one for a short time. She couldn't Firebend, so she didn't even really fight back at him. But he couldn't land a blow on her. Yeah, she's good at dodging. But still. He's the Avatar. He's mastered Air, Water, and Earth. He can't even land a blow on someone who can't bend at the moment?
In my opinion, Aang needs to be much more aggresive. He's fast. He should be able to totally knock her down just with air. But, for some reason, he can't. Maybe he's treating Water and Earth elements like Air? Free and not so powerful?
Whatever it is, it's holding him back.