Saturday, 29 August 2015

Dragonball Z- Goku's newest teacher- SPOILER ALERT!

I don't know who else likes Dragonball Z, but I am glad to see that we did not only get a new series, but also an all-new movie. This movie is set in the Z-era and actually seems to retcon GT out of the canon. 

Having learnt to transform into a Super Saiyan God he took it further and went on to Super Saiyan God 2- making GT's Super Saiyan 4 form unnecessary...

That is not what I want to tell you about, though. Goku's newest teacher is actually what I want to tell yu about.

Now- we know that Goku first learnt martial arts from Grandpa Gohan. In later years he would end up studying under Master Roshi- The Turtle Hermit (where he learnt the kamehameha in seconds) and after that was King Kai!

It seemed that Roshi's approach to training Goku was by strengthening his body by making him perform everyday tasks and training while wearing weighted clothes. In the beginning he was made to wear a heavy turtle shell on his back.

Goku has been wearing weighted clothing ever since.

And I can vouch for this form of training. It has a lot of merit. :D

King Kai taught Goku the Kaioken attack and the Spirit Bomb, but only after a while of training on his planet, where the gravity is ten times that of the earth...

Later on we saw Goku training with the Supreme Kai which led to the growing back of his tail after having been made to turn a grindstone for a prolonged period of time. That eventually led to this:

No- not me buying an SS4 Goku figurine (or actually yes- that too), but to Goku going beyond the Saiyan Ape transformation and finding the level of Super Saiyan 4 on the other side!

But- as I said- that all got retconned out. I am not pleased about it, but here's something I am very pleased about.

In Battle of the Gods- Goku was told by Beerus that his attendant Whis was also his teacher.

In Ressurection F we find that Goku and Vegeta have started training with Whis.

Besides for being as gay as Elton John, Whis is the first teacher that actually spars with Goku and Vegeta. His focus further does not seem to be on power, but actually on mental conditioning and strategy.

I am not going to share the advice he gave his two Saiyan pupils, but I will say that it is something that every real-life martial artist can take with him and strive for. 

Whis actually pointed out an obvious weakness in each of the two Saiyans of which us fans have been aware since the time Goku first turned Super Saiyan 1. 

With all that said- my wish is that all my friends in the martial arts world shall train to become like this:

And not like this:

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