|“||The only souvenirs we collect here are bloody knuckles and broken bones.||”|
|—Shifu to Po outside the hall, Kung Fu Panda|
- 1 Description
- 2 History
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Gallery
- 5 References
The Training Hall is said to have undergone many expansions and refinements over the years, each modification reflecting the wishes and training philosophy of the current martial arts instructor. The present incarnation of the Training Hall was designed by Master Shifu (due to his strict nature at the time) and is noted to be the most dangerous, difficult, and terrifying training layout in the entire history of China.
The exterior of the Training Hall consists of a walled courtyard with various training devices scattered around the edges, such as a weapons rack. Here students can exercise alone, such as when Po attempted to learn a full split for the first time, or train together in sparring matches. In the first film, the courtyard was where the Furious Five attempted a surprise attack on Shifu as a training exercise, and where Po was later set up to spar with Shifu and some of the Five.
According to the first known origin, the Training Hall was constructed almost nine-hundred years ago (prior to the events of the first film) by Master Golden Takin, who was the first martial arts instructor to be appointed by Master Oogway. The Training Hall had undergone many refurbishments over the years, with the current one being designed by Shifu alone.
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However, in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, the current Training Hall was revealed to have been designed by Shifu and built by his former kung fu classmate Taotie, who constructed it in order to have a better training environment and to help Taotie improve in kung fu However, while Shifu improved, Taotie remained a clumsy student, which led to him building a machine to make up for his weaknesses, only to be kicked out after Oogway declared that it sullied the purity of kung fu.
The Training Hall made its first appearance not long after Po was selected as the Dragon Warrior, when Shifu lead Po inside for the very first time. The Furious Five were inside training at the time, and being the devoted fanboy, Po watched them in awe until a stray piece of wood from a shattered spiked club smacked him in the head, courtesy of Tigress. As part of his campaign to intimidate Po into leaving, Shifu told Po to immediately begin in the deadly training course. An unnerved Po tried to look for an alternative and less deadly means of training, and eventually decided on the Adversary. As the Five and Shifu watched, Po faced the Adversary and gave it a tiny, half-hearted punch. On Shifu's suggestion, Po gave the adversary a far more powerful punch, resulting in the dummy swinging back and knocking the panda into the training course, where he failed spectacularly in every single stage except the Seven-Talon Rings.
The Training Hall and the courtyard outside were the settings of Po's first day of training. He sparred with each of the Furious Five except for Tigress, and each fight took place in the courtyard, with the exception of Crane, who "fought" against Po by the Jade Tortoise of Wisdom. The Training Hall was last seen when Shifu heard Po making kung fu sounds in the distance, and the Hall was the first place he looked, only to find the panda in the kitchen instead.
When Po was assigned by Master Shifu to instruct an "Introduction to kung fu" class full of rambunctious bunny children, it was held in the Training Hall's courtyard, where he shared stories about how each of the Furious Five learned lessons in kung fu.
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The Training Hall is seen at the beginning of the film, where it shows its new and improved look. Here, Shifu passes his teaching torch to Po. When Po tries to train the Furious Five, his words only wind up ruining the class, and wrecking the training hall. All that the Furious Five succeeded in learning is that Po can't properly teach and Tigress is flammable.
The Training Hall is featured as a playable level called the Jade Palace Dojo. It is classified as a "danger level", as the training mechanisms activate and deactivate as time in the level progresses.
- Another name for a Chinese martial arts training hall is "kwoon" (traditional Chinese: 館?; simplified Chinese: 馆; pinyin: guǎn).
- The Chinese characters on the tapestries hanging near the front doors inside the Training Hall say, "Focus. Harmony. Honor. Sacrifice. Courage. Power. Agility. Speed. Grace. Balance."
- Some of the inspiration for the Training Hall was taken from the 1978 classic kung fu movie The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.
- . Retrieved July 29, 2010.
- Revealed in "Sticky Situation" from Nickelodeon's Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. Ep. 3, Season 1. Written by Scott Kreamer & directed by Gabe Swarr. Originally aired November 7, 2011.
- Revealed in the DVD audio commentary of DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda (2008). Narrated by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne (directors).