Did you read the Chunin Exam Arc? One of Sakura's traps involved a Red wood sized tree. People always forget that she set those traps on her own. Point of fact: even in Part One without the Chakra infused strength Sakura has always been the strongest physically on team 7.
but anyway back to Korra: Who else is hoping that now that Korra has taped into what Aang was trying to tell her she might actually get some face time with him. Also what on earth is happening in the spirit world that Aang couldn't spell it out for her. Also anyone else think it would have been epically funny if when Korra realized what he was trying to tell her Aang got a whisper of "FINALLY"
I think what he meant was that it was the first time in a fight that Tenzin didn't get his ass handed to him. You'd think that with most people not being used to fighting an airbender, Tenzin (and other airbenders) would have an inherent advantage in a fight. So far that's not really been the case, save for Korra's moves in the probending match.
Also, I still think it's funny that while most avatars seem to fall back on whatever bending art they started with, Korra's go-to art is Firebending.
I remember reading something where Bryke described Korra as a firebender trapped in a waterbender's body. It actually makes a lot of sense given her martial tendencies.
Yeah, I thought about that. Katara carried a waterskin with her every where she could, and we've seen a lot of other waterbenders do the same. Tarrlok had a waterfall in his office, and was an all-the-time bloodbender, so that obviated his need for a skin. You'd think a waterbender by birth would carry around water out of habit for fighting and healing, but perhaps after getting the hang of firebending, she was just "Fuck it."
Was she born a waterbender though? She was bending earth and fire just as naturally right from the get-go, before she began training any specific element. It seems like she's always been a water/fire/earthbender, and since she was discovered so early she's probably had training in all three from the start too. She probably never picked up the leaning Aang did by being raised an airbender, so she goes with the more readily available fire. (It suits her temperament better too).
Korra has proven herself to be pretty brash and not think ahead that often. You would figure she would at least take advantage of Republic City's water system and bend the water in pipes, canals, fire hydrants and etc.
I thought the cycle only decided which nation the Avatar was born to. I figure the Avatar isn't actually any specific kind of bender; they're naturally all four, they just get taught their nation's bending form until they're 16, at which point they get told they're the Avatar and go on to learn the rest.
Korra's obviously different though since she was bending all three of her current elements before she started training any. There's probably some significance to that, along with her being apparently unable to airbend at all even with training.
I think of it as a nature vs. nurture with Korra and Aang. Aang was born an airbender, not knowing he was the Avatar, and was immediately taught by the monks. Korra was born to a standard Water Tribe family, and seemingly immediately knew she was the Avatar, then was raised by the White Lotus in conjunction with her parents.
Airbending, being highly spiritual and patient art, needs to be directly taught in order to learn. This goes along with another theory I had about Airbender being the only bending you can learn, rather than inherit. Through years of hard work and mediation of course.