opposite to Naruto, Taijutsu gets a little more love in Boruto, a welcome change considering how aesthetically pleasing a close combat fight can be. In Naruto, the only time something like this was shown was anytime Rock Lee or Might Guy were fighting someone. The only downside is how much it focuses on Boruto himself in the series.
It makes it difficult to gauge certain characters like the aforementioned Rock Lee and especially his son Metal Lee, who has done very little on the series. The series makes up for that deficit with the way most villains are adept at Taijutsu.
10 Boruto’s lack of Byakugan stops him
Considering how poorly Taijutsu was treated through many Naruto, only having great displays when all eight gates were involved, it’s surprising that it’s one of Boruto’s strengths. He is one of the strongest genins in terms of Taijutsu, capable of stringing together a series of combos with each of his limbs.
He also possesses a basic understanding of the Soft Fist, a technique known to all members of the Hyuga family. However, his lack of Byakugan stops him in that regard.
9 Sumire Kakei is very agile and evasive, fighting like a real world ninja would.
As a former member of Team 15, it should come as no surprise that Sumire is adept at Taijutsu. When Hanabi is your assigned jounin, you’ll learn a thing or two about hand-to-hand combat. Thanks to her training with Hanabi and her father, she is very agile and evasive, fighting like a real-world ninja would.
Her strength is in how stealthy she is, the movements are difficult to track, allowing her to launch attacks with little time for her opponent to prepare. This is how he was able to fight alongside Mitsuki.
8 Boruto could hardly land a hit on Hanabi
As the heir to the Hyuga property, it should come as no surprise that she is a master of Taijutsu, second only to her sister in terms of mastery of the Soft Fist. During a duel with Boruto, she showed how elusive and in control of her movements she is.
Even with the use of his shadow clones, Boruto could hardly land a hit on him, Hanabi had no problem handling it. He also possesses some of his clan’s occult techniques, such as the Eight Trigrams Palms of the Rotating Sky.
7 Mitsuki managed to defend himself against Suigetsu during a brief fight.
Mitsuki is the most skilled Taijutsu expert among the genin, only Sumire gets close to him and despite the fighting being even, Mitsuki’s body modifications give him the upper hand. As it modifies, it has a huge reserve of chakra and the ability to regenerate.
His fighting style is very elegant, much like his father’s, and he uses his great flexibility to his advantage. His attacks are even like snakes, focusing on constricting others by making them strangle. He even managed to defend himself against Suigetsu during a brief fight.
6 Hanabi may be the heir to the property, but Hinata dwarfs her in power now.
Hinata is the princess of the Hyuga for a reason. Hanabi may be the heir to the estate, but now Hinata dwarfs her in power. In a duel that was a callback to the original series, Hinata managed to hit her comfortably, without being handcuffed out of fear.
She masters the Gentle Fist, allowing her to target tenketsu in ways few Hyuga can. This is why he can incapacitate an opponent with a single hit.
5 the feats that Rock Lee accomplished at the end of Naruto far outweigh what anyone below him could do
Sadly, Rock Lee doesn’t have enough screen time on Boruto to show what he can do, but the feats he accomplished at the end of Naruto they far exceed what anyone below him could do.
During Naruto the last, Rock Lee and seven other members of the suicide corps managed to cut a meteor in half with the use of the crane wing formation. Since this requires opening the sixth gate, it is reasonable to assume that he could reach the heights of his master Might Guy if the need ever came.
4 Kawaki has shown the ability to transform his body into weapons in the same way that Jugo can
Kawaki is a living weapon, one that excels at close range combat. He more than defended himself against Boruto in combat and displayed the ability to transform his body into weapons in the same way as Jugo.
It’s hard to tell if he’s more of a man or a machine at this point, filled with Shinobi-ware to the point where Mitsuki is more human. He can heal his wounds in moments, crediting why he is the perfect container for Isshiki.
3 Boro managed to fend off an assault from Team 7 and Kawaki with nothing but his fist
If this was entirely based on brute force, Boro would be number one without a doubt. The man was a walking Brickhouse and one of the physically strongest villains in the entire series, including Naruto.
He could effortlessly lift objects that would require a full team of ninjas to handle and was deceptively fast. He managed to fend off an assault from Team 7 and Kawaki with nothing but his fist. The fact that your pain tolerance was as high as it helped is also important.
two Koji Kashin managed to defend himself in combat with a weakened Jigen, even defeating the man through some well-placed traps.
When you’re the clone of a ninja as legendary as Jiraiya, it should come as no surprise that you are a skilled ninja. Add in that it was improved by Scientific Ninja Tools (like everything Kara), and you have a real monster on your hands.
That’s exactly what Koji was, easily blocking Konohamaru’s blows and implanting his own techniques in the process. He managed to defend himself in combat with a weakened Jigen, even defeating the man through a few well-placed traps.
1 With his Kama activated, Jigen easily kept up with Naruto’s Six Paths sage mode.
He may not be the final boss, as he was nothing more than a substitute vessel for Isshiki, one that the celestial being deemed too weak to revive. Eventually, he was also defeated by Koji, but that doesn’t change what a beast he was in hand-to-hand combat.
With his Kama activated, he easily kept up with Naruto’s Six Paths Sage Mode, even with flash speeds faster than the Hokage. That is why Koji waited until Jigen was so weakened before attacking, knowing full well that a full-powered Jigen would be too much to handle.
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