Full name: Shizuku Oda
Country of origin: Japan
Martial arts discipline: Way of the Eagle (Custom style for the M16A2 assault rifle, see below)
Abilities: Shizuku specialises in rapid, fluidly transitioning feints and attacks aimed at creating an opening for a knockout blow. She uses her spiritual energy rather subtly to reinforce her weapon and boost her speed. Besides that she can control her chi signature to hide her intent, meaning her killing intent is not a reliable way of estimating where she will strike next. Currently her art is still developing and currently is a mesh of Unifight, Krav Maga, and both nitoryu and itto-ryu. Her main strengths are speed, reflexes and endurance. Her weak areas are hitting power, dexterity and unarmed combat.
She uses a wooden mock-up M16 with bayonet as default weapon for spars. However she prefers using her customised rifle coated with rubber padding and loaded with rubber bullets, so as to better simulate the 'real thing'. While she does have the parts to turn the custom non-lethal rifle into an actual M16 she isn't counting on using those.
Team: Open Palm.
Appearance: Closest match I could find.
Biography: Shizuku is the first offspring of a continent spanning romance. Her father is from a distinguished Japanese samurai clan who claim to be descended from Oda Nobunaga, the man who initiated the unification of Japan under the shogunate, essentially the formation of Japan as it is known today . Trained in the art of the sword from a young age, Oda Takeo found his true talents instead lay in the financial world, expanding the merchant branch of the clan to unprecedented heights.
While on a business trip to England, Takeo got involved into a bar brawl where he met a very special woman, Maria Stanhope-Courtenay, niece to the Earl of Devon and member of the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment of Her Royal Majesties Armed Forces. The two fought one another after knocking out the rest of the pub and immediately fell in love. Horrified at first with the prospect of a Gajin in the family Maria successfully pointed out she had noble blood in her veins and warriors pedigree.
Fast forward several years and despite frequent and fierce clashes with several elders Maria has become a grudgingly accepted member of the clan, having happily married with Takeo.
Shizuku was the first child of the pair. Resourceful like her father and headstrong like her mother, when she was made to choose between her western and eastern heritage she instead chose a third option and started creating a brand new style of martial arts that incorporated both. Initially met with extreme scepticism from both sides of the family Shizuku has gained some measure of respect if only for the dedication she has shown to creating her style. Dubbed the 'Way of the Eagle', it began as a mix between traditional Itto-Ryu kenjutsu and Krav-Maga but instead of a Katana... it uses the M16A2 assault rifle. Over time the style has come to encompass large elements of Unifight and nitoryu as well.
Note that Shizuku strives to make this a true martial arts, complete with a lifestyle and uniform. The uniform is a loose black shirt, combat pants and boots, and forest green bandages wrapped around the fore-arms and knuckles. A coloured belt indicates rank: Khaki for Initiates, light green for Accepted, dark green for Wielders, dark brown for Masters and black for Grand Masters. The lifestyle associated is something Shizuku is still working on, it mostly revolves around accepting nature and using technology together, forming an unstoppable force. Disciples of the Way are expected to learn not just about combat but also survival, human anatomy, metallurgy, forging, and rifle maintenance and crafting. What this balance entails philosophically and what it doesn't she isn't completely clear on just yet. As stated, she is still not completely finished yet and most of the finer points still need to be hammered out.
Driven by her burning desire to prove to the world but most importantly her family her style deserves to be called an actual martial art Shizuku is doing all she can to improve her skills. She convinced her parents to apply for a spot for her in the Kimura Academy in the hopes of being able to refine her style with the help of the grand masters there. Her extreme determination and solid grasp of the basics and medium levels of martial arts led to a successful application for the prestigious Open Palm team. Shizuku sees her acceptance into the team as a vindication for her choices in life as well as a much needed confidence boost.
 Unifight is a European style that is part pentathlon and part martial art. Contestants first run an obstacle course and then fight one on one
 Loosely translates to 'Double Sword Art'
 Loosely translates to 'Single Sword Art'
While historians today can neither prove nor disprove this most clansmen religiously believe this to be true. Mentioning the lack of evidence is considered a grave insult, something few wish to risk given the clan's great economic and political influence as well as ties to several of Japan's greatest swordsmen.