Originally Posted by MrPwnzerz
Actually, I truthfully think Gai is equal to, if not a "better" ninja than Kakashi. Remember when Gai held his own against Itachi, where as Kakashi could not? That's only one instance, but nonetheless. A ninja is defined by how he handles situations, and Kakashi has a history for locking up against powerful opponents. (He got choked up when talking to Orochimaru during the Chuunin Exam, and he got scared when facing Itachi.)
Also, other than Gai. Remember that "Sennin" is just a title. Tsunade and Jiraiya are still Jounins. And I believe they are better ninja's than Kakashi.
Technically he didn't hold his own against him since they never fought just a staring competition. Still the only reason Gai "held his own" is because he has fought Kakashi so many times that he had to learn to fight against the sharingan some way. On the other hand Kakashi hasn't fought anyone else with a sharingan until then so he didn't know how to approach the fight. He didn't necessarily freeze up he just realized he was in a lose lose situation with Oro, he did come up with the plan of using chidori against Oro. Besides what defines someone locking up Oro didn't take Sasuke right then and there, we can argue many reasons why. Perhaps he didn't want to fight with Kakashi because it would bring more ninjas for a fight he wasn't ready to have at that time, or the VERY long shot he was scared of Kakashi. Regarding his fight with Itachi he did get caught with his pants down in there fight because of the sharingan but you won't always make the right decision in a brand new situation. I don't think Kakashi had ever seen or heard of that sharingan before that time, but after that he went back to the drawing board to try and prepare for the next fight.