Rock Lee and Gaara start the fight. Lee’s speed is impressive, but Gaara’s sand repels all of his attacks. Kankuro notes that the sand protects him regardless of his desires, and that no one has ever managed to even scratch Gaara. Maito Gai, seeing the futility of his ward’s attacks, tells him to take something off. Lee takes the weights off his feet, throws them to the floor, which cracks from the weight of the weights, and is behind Gaara’s back in the blink of an eye. So fast that Lee manages to punch through the sand, but he still doesn’t reach Gaara himself. With a combination of punches, to everyone’s surprise, he manages to hit his opponent in the face.