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* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily'' goes through a spoof of ''The Karate Kid'', including painting the fences. [[spoiler:The things she did alongside with the Chang triplets are actual training, and although the master is rather a lazy bum, he is actually fluent in combat. The more "advanced" school she longs to follow only teaches how to be cool like a typical martial arts movie without properly teaching actual skills.]]

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* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily'' ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' goes through a spoof of ''The Karate Kid'', including painting the fences. [[spoiler:The things she did alongside with the Chang triplets are actual training, and although the master is rather a lazy bum, he is actually fluent in combat. The more "advanced" school she longs to follow only teaches how to be cool like a typical martial arts movie without properly teaching actual skills.]]
12th May '16 8:15:30 PM ANTMuddle
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** By ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'', Hilary Swank's character calls Miyagi on his bullshit and [[GenreSavvy refuses to wax anything]]. Undaunted, he achieves the same result by having he babysit kids who [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter constantly fire toys at her]], forcing her to practice her reflexes and blocking motions.

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** By ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'', Hilary Swank's character calls Miyagi on his bullshit and [[GenreSavvy refuses to wax anything]]. Undaunted, he achieves the same result by having he her babysit kids who [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter constantly fire toys at her]], forcing her to practice her reflexes and blocking motions.
11th May '16 4:22:02 PM GoldenSeals
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-->-- '''Buddhist Saying'''

An odd form of training passed off by an unorthodox master on a skeptical student. Sometimes comes disguised as a set of chores, but just as often is a general exercise that promotes a valuable physical or mental attribute in a strange way. Always dismissed as a waste of time early on, [[ChekhovsSkill and appreciated later]]. Often this also serves as a lesson to the skeptical student to trust the master and do all the crazy things the master asks without questioning, by demonstrating that the master really knows what he's doing and is in fact effectively teaching the student.

May be time-compressed in a TrainingMontage or HardWorkMontage. This is an integral part of ImprovisedTraining, due to the low cost.

Commonly subverted/parodied when a mildly GenreSavvy hero initially assumes he is receiving valuable training, only to realize that he is [[FencePainting just being made to do]] [[MoochingMaster his sensei's chores]]. [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]] if the sensei tells him that this realization ''is'' the valuable lesson.
Named for the most famous example, Mr. Miyagi's training of Daniel-san in ''Film/TheKarateKid''. Daniel was expecting some rigorous "This is how you punch, this is how you kick" training from the get-go, but instead Miyagi tells him to do various chores, and shows him the precise ways he wants those things done. After painting the house, painting the fence, sanding the decks and waxing a small fleet of classic 1940s cars, Daniel was ready to quit, [[MoochingMaster believing he was being used as a slave]]. Miyagi then demonstrated that those chores were to build up strength and muscle memory of how to perform various blocking actions, as well as [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing how much patience he had]]. ''THEN'' Miyagi showed Daniel how to punch, kick, etc. (He also gave Daniel one of the cars!)

On the realistic end, this can be an effective training method in regards to strength and motion, but is no substitute for the real training to follow.

Compare TrainingFromHell, TaughtByExperience, IKnowMortalKombat, ChekhovsSkill. May also double as a form of PhysicalFitnessPunishment. When the mundane task comes at the end of your training, it's WhenYouSnatchThePebble, and often LookWhatICanDoNow. The teacher is often a MagicalAsian and/or an OldMaster. Compare to FencePainting and contrast with MoochingMaster, where the teacher is more concerned with getting free labor out of disciples rather than training them. An OldMaster who uses this tactic may ''pretend'' to be a MoochingMaster.

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-->-- '''Buddhist Saying'''

'''[[UsefulNotes/Buddhism Buddhist Saying]]'''

An odd form of training passed off by an unorthodox master on a skeptical student. Sometimes comes disguised as a set of chores, but just as often is a general exercise that promotes a valuable physical or mental attribute in a strange way. Always dismissed as a waste of time early on, [[ChekhovsSkill and but appreciated later]]. Often Often, this also serves as a lesson to the skeptical student to trust the master and do all the crazy things the master asks without questioning, by demonstrating that the master really knows what he's doing and is in fact effectively teaching the student.

May be time-compressed in a TrainingMontage or HardWorkMontage. This is an integral part of ImprovisedTraining, due to the low cost.

Commonly subverted/parodied
cost involved.

It's commonly subverted or parodied
when a mildly GenreSavvy hero initially assumes he is receiving valuable training, only to realize that he is [[FencePainting just being made to do]] [[MoochingMaster his sensei's chores]]. [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]] if the sensei tells him that this realization ''is'' the valuable lesson.
Named for the most famous example, Mr. Miyagi's training of Daniel-san in ''Film/TheKarateKid''. Daniel was expecting some rigorous "This is how you punch, this is how you kick" training from the get-go, but instead Miyagi tells him to do various chores, and shows him the precise ways he wants those things done. After painting the house, painting the fence, sanding the decks and waxing a small fleet of classic 1940s cars, Daniel was ready to quit, [[MoochingMaster believing he was being used as a slave]]. Miyagi then demonstrated that those chores were to build up strength and muscle memory of how to perform various blocking actions, as well as [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing how much patience he had]]. ''THEN'' Miyagi showed Daniel how to punch, kick, etc. (He also gave Daniel one of the cars!)

On the realistic end,
lesson.

Realistically,
this can be an effective training method in regards to regarding strength and motion, but is muscle memory; however, it's no substitute for the real training to which will inevitably follow.

The trope is named for its most famous example, Mr. Miyagi training Daniel in ''Film/TheKarateKid'' by, among other things, waxing a small fleet of cars. Subsequent uses of the trope might [[ShoutOut reference this phrase or scene]].

Compare TrainingFromHell, TaughtByExperience, IKnowMortalKombat, ChekhovsSkill. May also double as a form of PhysicalFitnessPunishment. When the mundane task comes at the end of your training, it's WhenYouSnatchThePebble, and often LookWhatICanDoNow. The teacher is often a MagicalAsian and/or or an OldMaster. Compare to FencePainting and contrast with MoochingMaster, where the teacher is more concerned with getting free labor out of disciples rather than training them. An OldMaster who uses this tactic may ''pretend'' to be a MoochingMaster.



* On ''Manga/DragonBall'', Master Roshi takes it to comedic excess when he forces Krillin and Goku to work long hours delivering milk on foot, sowing fields with their bare hands, and doing chores at construction sites, all the while wearing weighted turtle shells. He makes a few bucks off it, too. It does really build them up fast, however. ''Dragon Ball'' was fond of this trope and repeated it frequently, often setting Goku to a mundane but laborious task to retrieve an item that would increase his power, only to reveal that it was the task itself that increased his strength.
** Occasionally the teacher would admit from the get-go that that was what was going on. When Goku first went to train with King Kai in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', he found that the gravity was so impressively strong that he could barely move (precisely, ten times the gravity of Earth). King Kai told Goku that he'd be ready to train when he could catch Bubbles the monkey, and later, use a mallet to hammer Gregory the cricket on the head - because, obviously, it'd mean that he'd strengthened enough that he could move well enough in the high gravity for the training to be any good.
*** The gravity of Kai's world was also the same as that of the planet Vegeta, homeworld of the enemies Goku was training to fight. As Kai noted, Goku would never be a match for them if he couldn't handle the same gravity they did.
** Another notable instance of it was when Goku had to snatch a drink from Korin's sacred water. Similar to King Kai, Korin made Goku ''work'' for it (not to mention the feat of simply climbing to his tower). At one point Goku was tempted to cheat and drink it while Korin was asleep and couldn't keep it away, but he refused and went back to sleep (Korin was apparently awake the entire time, and silently approved). Eventually, Goku managed to get the water only to learn that it was ordinary tap water. Later in the anime, Tao Pai Pai / Mercenary Tao tried to do the same, but Korin decided he was unworthy of training and just handed the water over without a fuss. To further the point home, Korin even provided Tao with a ride back down the tower, so as to prevent him from gaining any sort of training from him (normally climbing up and down the tower was part of Korin's programme).
** Averted comically in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. When Goku and Vegeta have finished changing Beerus' bedsheets while the god is sleeping, Goku ''assumes'' that these chores are part of the training - he's done this trope before many, many times, and changing the bedsheets alone was ''extremely dangerous''. Vegeta informs him that this is ''merely ordinary housework,'' and actually has ''nothing'' to do with training. Considering their teacher is ''Whis'', the actual training is... Somewhat different.

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* On The ''Main/DragonBall'' franchise was fond of this trope; the hero Goku is often given a mundane but laborious task to retrieve an item that would increase his power, only to find that it was the task itself that made him stronger. By ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', he's [[GenreSavvy wised up to this sort of thing]] -- or so he thinks, because nobody really trains him the same way twice.
** In the original
''Manga/DragonBall'', Master Roshi takes it goes to comedic excess when he forces Goku and Krillin and Goku to work long hours delivering milk on foot, sowing fields with their bare hands, and doing chores at construction sites, all the while wearing weighted turtle shells. He makes a few bucks off it, too. It does really does build them up fast, however. ''Dragon Ball'' was fond of this trope and repeated it frequently, often setting Goku to a mundane but laborious task to retrieve an item that would increase his power, only to reveal that it was Roshi is more excited by the task itself that increased his strength.
few bucks he makes off it.
** Occasionally the teacher would admit from the get-go that that was what was going on. When Goku first went to train with King Kai in In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', he found that the gravity was so impressively strong that he could barely move (precisely, ten times the gravity of Earth). King Kai told Goku that he'd be ready to train when he could catch Bubbles admitted this was going on from the monkey, and later, use a mallet to hammer Gregory the cricket on the head - because, obviously, it'd mean that he'd strengthened enough that he could move well enough in the high gravity for the training to be any good.
***
start. The gravity on his planet is ten times that of Kai's world was also Earth (and the same as that of the planet Vegeta, homeworld home of the enemies Goku was training to fight. As Kai noted, Goku would never be a match for them if he couldn't handle the same gravity they did.
** Another notable instance of it was
his next opponents), so when Goku had arrived there, he could barely move. King Kai told him that when he could catch Bubbles the monkey (and later, hit Gregory the cricket on the head with a mallet), he was ready for the real training.
** Korin trained Goku by challenging him
to climb his tower and snatch a drink from Korin's of his sacred water. Similar to King Kai, Korin made It doubled as a SecretTestOfCharacter when Goku ''work'' for had an opportunity to steal it (not to mention the feat of simply climbing to his tower). At one point from an apparently-sleeping Korin; Goku was tempted to cheat refused, and drink it while Korin was asleep and couldn't keep it away, but he refused and went back to sleep (Korin was apparently awake the entire time, and silently approved). Eventually, passed that bit. When Goku managed to get finally got the water only to learn water, he found that it was only ordinary tap water. Later in And he still had to climb down the anime, tower. Interestingly, when Tao Pai Pai / Mercenary Tao tried to do the same, but same later, Korin decided he was found him unworthy of training and just training, handed him the water over without a fuss. To further the point home, Korin fuss, and even provided Tao with insisted on giving him a ride back down the tower, so as to prevent him from gaining any sort of training from him (normally climbing up and down the tower was part of Korin's programme).
just to deny him anything to show for it.
** Averted comically in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. When By ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku is very used to this trope and assumes that he and Vegeta have finished changing having to change the god Beerus' bedsheets while the god is sleeping, Goku ''assumes'' that these chores are part of the training - he's done this trope before many, many times, and changing sleeping -- a surprisingly dangerous task -- is another example of the bedsheets alone was ''extremely dangerous''. trope. Vegeta informs him that this otherwise; Whis is ''merely ordinary housework,'' and actually has ''nothing'' to do with training. Considering their teacher is ''Whis'', doing the actual training is... Somewhat different.training, and this is just ordinary housework.



** Ranma's rival Ryoga also undergoes this type of training, in the form of swinging boulders at him to learn the rock-crushing Bakusai Tenketsu technique. As it turns out, Bakusai Tenketsu ''only'' works against rigid objects like rocks, but getting hit repeatedly by swinging boulders eventually makes the fighter [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]]. Oh, and Cologne taught the technique to Ryoga specifically so that [[BatmanGambit Ranma would get paranoid (''He'll be able to kill me with just one finger!''), train on his own to be super-good at dodging, and as a consequence become a better suitor for her granddaughter's hand.]]
** A {{filler}} episode has Kuno trying to get the ingredients for Happosai's "speed of light elixir" where the actual training was getting the notes with the formula hidden in places he has to be really fast to get away with without getting beaten (girl's locker rooms, clothes lines). The training made him faster but the formula wasn't just worthless, it made him ''weaker'' and sick because it was made from the dirt under Happosai's nails.
*** In another instance involving Kuno, this was actually inverted and parodied: turns out that he had gone to Watermelon Island, where he trained under a waterfall by dicing watermelons as they came down from upstream. Eventually, he got so good at it that he'd chop up watermelons to tiny cubes entirely by reflex, attaining a speed and destructive potential that even ''Ranma'' couldn't get past...! But it turned out that this TrainingFromHell wasn't meant for combat at all, it was all so he could [[MundaneUtility woo girls]] at the SmashingWatermelons game --devoting valuable training and (accidentally) earning great skill in order to do something completely mundane.
** Not to mention a lot of those chores or other mundane activities [[MartialArtsAndCrafts are the martial arts]].
* ''Manga/InuYasha''. Parodied in a filler episode. When Inuyasha wanted to get stronger and power up his InfinityPlusOneSword, he went to the sword's creator, [[UltimateBlacksmith Toutousai]] for training. Toutousai is both TheWonka and an EccentricMentor at the ''best'' of times. As a result, when his response to Inuyasha's request is an off-hand comment about wanting a bath, Inuyasha - with atypical gusto - starts cutting firewood, hauls water and works the bellows to heat the fire, believing that Toutousai has put this trope into effect and that it's all part of training. And then he discovers that Toutousai was being serious: he really did want a bath. Cue wrecking ball mode.
* A subversion from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Brock and Ash meet Bruno, a member of the Elite 4 who agrees to train them. He gets them to do a ton of chores. Brock assumes this all has a deeper meaning but Bruno just wanted his chores done, which is followed by his training which can be summed up in one sentence: "Be nice to Pokemon."
** Played straight in an episode many seasons later. Kalos gym leader Korrina has difficulty getting her Lucario to listen to her during Mega Evolution, so she journeys to meet Mabel, a family acquaintance with a loyal Mega Mawile. After an initial battle to test her, the training turns out to be over a week's worth of flower arranging. It pays off in the end, as the training needed wasn't physical but rather the need to understand the teammate's differing perspective when battling.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', the Daycare Lady locks Gold into a cage full of dangerous looking Pokemon. Gold's Cyndaquil ends up evolving thanks to fighting them and Gold immediately shouts his thanks. Turns out the old lady was just too lazy to look after the Pokemon herself and was using Gold to give them some exercise.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverts]] it, when Moka nabbed a magic-cancelling whip so Inner Moka could come out and play, and they she took Tsukune out on a shopping trip around town, which led to attacks from the rest of the {{Harem}}. Tsukune figures out how to remotely sense demonic energy as a matter of survival, which everyone concludes was her motive. No, it turns out she just wanted to do some shopping as her TrueSelf. A subversion of the usual subversion, as, despite the "task" not having been meant to teach him anything, it proved valuable ''anyway''.

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** Ranma's rival Ryoga also undergoes this type of training, in the form of swinging getting boulders thrown at him to learn the rock-crushing Bakusai Tenketsu technique. As it turns out, Bakusai Tenketsu ''only'' works against rigid objects like rocks, but getting hit repeatedly by swinging boulders eventually makes the fighter [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]]. Oh, and And it was all a BatmanGambit from Cologne taught the technique to Ryoga specifically freak Ranma out enough so that [[BatmanGambit Ranma ''he'' would get paranoid (''He'll be able to kill me with just one finger!''), train on his own to be super-good at dodging, and as a consequence [[EngagementChallenge become a better suitor for her granddaughter's hand.]]
granddaughter]].
** A {{filler}} episode has In {{filler}}, Happosai trains Kuno trying to by having him get the ingredients for Happosai's his "speed of light elixir" where the actual training was getting the notes with the formula hidden in from some strange places he has to be really fast (like the girl's locker room), which would require him to get away with without getting beaten (girl's locker rooms, clothes lines). The training made him faster and tougher. It works, but the formula wasn't just worthless, it made him ''weaker'' and sick because it was so bad (being made from the dirt under Happosai's nails.
*** In another instance involving Kuno, this was actually inverted and parodied: turns out
nails) that he had gone it ''undoes'' the training.
** Kuno also tried training by going
to Watermelon Island, where he trained standing under a waterfall by waterfall, and dicing watermelons as they came down from upstream. Eventually, he He got so really good at it that he'd chop up it, chopping watermelons to tiny cubes entirely by reflex, attaining a speed and destructive potential that even ''Ranma'' couldn't get past...! getting stronger and tougher than Ranma himself! But it turned out that this TrainingFromHell wasn't meant for combat at all, it it's {{subverted}} because the entire point of the training was all so he could to [[MundaneUtility woo impress girls]] at the SmashingWatermelons game --devoting valuable training and (accidentally) earning great skill in order to do something completely mundane.
** Not to mention a lot of those chores or other mundane activities [[MartialArtsAndCrafts are the martial arts]].
by SmashingWatermelons.
* ''Manga/InuYasha''. Parodied in a filler episode. When Inuyasha wanted to get stronger and power up his InfinityPlusOneSword, he went to the sword's creator, [[UltimateBlacksmith Toutousai]] Toutousai]], for training. Toutousai is both TheWonka and an EccentricMentor at the ''best'' of times. As a result, when his response to Inuyasha's request is an off-hand comment about wanting a bath, Inuyasha - -- with atypical gusto - -- starts cutting firewood, hauls water water, and works the bellows to heat the fire, believing that Toutousai has put this trope into effect and that it's all part of training. And then he discovers that Toutousai was being serious: he really did want a bath. Cue [[BerserkButton wrecking ball mode.
* A subversion from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
mode]].
*''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
**
Brock and Ash meet Bruno, a member of the Elite 4 who agrees to train them. He gets them to do a ton of chores. Brock assumes this all has a deeper meaning meaning, but Bruno just wanted his chores done, which is followed by his done. His actual training which can could be summed up in one sentence: as "Be nice to Pokemon."
Pokemon".
** Played straight in an episode many Many seasons later. later, Kalos gym leader Korrina has difficulty getting her Lucario to listen to her during Mega Evolution, so she journeys to meet Mabel, a family acquaintance with a loyal Mega Mawile. After an initial battle to test her, the training turns out to be over a week's worth of flower arranging. It pays off in the end, as the training needed wasn't physical but rather the need to understand the teammate's differing perspective when battling.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', the Daycare Lady locks Gold into a cage full of dangerous looking Pokemon. Gold's Cyndaquil ends up evolving thanks to fighting them them, and Gold immediately shouts his thanks. Turns out the old lady was just too lazy to look after the Pokemon herself and was using Gold to give them some exercise.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverts]] it, when In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Moka nabbed a magic-cancelling whip so Inner Moka could come out and play, and they she both took Tsukune out on a shopping trip around town, which led to attacks from the rest of the {{Harem}}. Tsukune figures out how to remotely sense demonic energy as a matter of survival, which everyone concludes was her motive. No, it turns out she just wanted to do some shopping as her TrueSelf. A subversion of the usual subversion, as, despite the "task" not having been meant to teach him anything, it proved valuable ''anyway''.



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', just to get to ''start'' Izumi's TrainingFromHell for ''alchemy'' you need to survive in the wilderness for a month with just a knife and to find out the meaning of "all is one, one is all". The thing is that by nearly dying you realize how you're just part of an endless cycle of life which can easily move on without you, and how alchemy is a miniature replication of such a cycle through a circle of your own body. This was training her teacher required her to do, shown in one volume's gaiden to [[spoiler:actually be a subversion: the guy she asked to be apprentice was ''the brother'' of the guy she wanted to learn alchemy from, and he thought she wanted hand-to-hand-combat training. Double subverted because she had gotten so much out of the training that she [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomped]] brother-sensei's ass.]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', which had a chapter in which Ikki and Metabee did Dr. Aki's housework, and while Metabee told Ikki that they were, Ikki thought they were doing a WaxOnWaxOff deal. Later on, when they fight... The good doctor tells them they were doing his chores and that it served no practical purpose.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', just to get to ''start'' Izumi's TrainingFromHell for ''alchemy'' you need to survive alchemy is preceded by a month of survival in the wilderness for a month with just a knife and knife, the purpose being to find out the meaning of "all is one, one is all". The thing is By undergoing a NearDeathExperience, trainees learn that by nearly dying you realize how you're just they're part of an endless cycle of life which can could easily move on without you, them, and how that alchemy is just a miniature replication of such a that cycle through a circle of your within one's own body. This was training She herself learned this from her teacher required her own teacher, who according to do, shown in one volume's gaiden to [[spoiler:actually be a subversion: the guy she asked to be apprentice was ''the brother'' of the guy she wanted to learn alchemy from, and volume [[spoiler:did it because he thought she wanted hand-to-hand-combat hand-to-hand combat training. Double subverted because She really wanted her trainer's ''brother'' to train her, but in the end she had gotten so much out of the training that she learned enough to [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomped]] brother-sensei's ass.curb-stomp him anyway]].]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', which had a chapter in which Ikki and Metabee did Dr. Aki's housework, and while Metabee told Ikki that they were, housework. Ikki thought they were doing a WaxOnWaxOff deal. Later on, when they fight... The it was this trope, but the good doctor tells them they were doing his chores and later admits that it this served no practical purpose.



* A filler episode of ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses a learn a craft variant. A young kid who had only worked as a dish washer on a Marine ship kitchen accidentally destroys the weekly (and almost legendary) curry lunch for the officers, and the head chef forces him to make a new batch on his own as punishment. With Sanji [[StealthMentor providing some subtle clues of his own]], the kid learns that the observations made as a simple dish washer have given him the fundamental skills to cook the meal.
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. Kouryuu is constantly seen sweeping up leaves when speaking to his master- but this seems to be because he wants the courtyard to be clean and there is nothing to suggest that Koumyou even asked him to do it.

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* A filler episode of ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses a learn a craft variant. A young kid who had only worked as a dish washer dishwasher on a Marine ship kitchen accidentally destroys the weekly (and almost legendary) curry lunch for the officers, and the head chef forces him to make a new batch on his own as punishment. With Sanji [[StealthMentor providing some subtle clues of his own]], the kid learns that the observations made as a simple dish washer dishwasher have given him the fundamental skills to cook the meal.
* Averted in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. Kouryuu is constantly seen sweeping up leaves when speaking to his master- but this seems to be because he wants the courtyard to be clean and there is nothing to suggest that Koumyou even asked him to do it.
meal.



* In ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': Usagi's training as a kitten had his old master Katusuichi, pretending to be a MoochingMaster, making Usagi do all manner of chores for over a year before he even let Usagi touch a bokken. Turns out he was actually testing Usagi's patience and resolve to become a swordsman.

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* In ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'':
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Usagi's training as a kitten had his old master Katusuichi, pretending to be a MoochingMaster, making Usagi do all manner of chores for over a year before he even let Usagi touch a bokken. Turns out he was actually testing Usagi's patience and resolve to become a swordsman.



* The titula[=r=] ursidae-member Po in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', who eats when he's upset, is taught kung fu by Master Shifu via eating dumplings with chopsticks; largely because Shifu discovers, quite by accident, that when Po is thinking about food, he's capable of feats that, when he's thinking about kung fu, he's not even aware exist.
* Parodied and subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp'', in which Big Z has Cody doing ridiculous training exercises to help him "learn how to surf". Cody finally figured out that Big Z was playing practical jokes on him, and learned that the ''real'' lesson was to '''''relax and just have fun'''''.

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* The titula[=r=] ursidae-member eponymous Po in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', who eats when he's upset, is taught kung fu by Master Shifu via eating dumplings with chopsticks; largely because Shifu discovers, quite by accident, that when Po is thinking about food, he's capable of feats that, when he's thinking about kung fu, he's not even aware exist.
* Parodied and subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp'', in which Big Z has Cody doing ridiculous training exercises to help him "learn how to surf". Cody finally figured out that Big Z was playing practical jokes on him, and later learned that the ''real'' lesson was to '''''relax relax and just have fun'''''.fun.



** In ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'', Mr. Miyagi covertly teaches Daniel-san the basic abilities required before he can teach him karate by making Daniel wax his car, among many other chores.
** Inverted in ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'' starring Hilary Swank when Mister Miyagi teaches a new kata... how to do the waltz. Then played straight when, after Swank's character calls Miyagi on his bullshit and refuses to wax anything, he gets a similar job done by having her babysit a bunch of kids who constantly fire at her with their toys, giving her no choice but to practice her reflexes and blocking motions.
** In ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'', Mr. Han has Dre continually take off his coat, hang it, drop it, pick it up, and put it on, using Dre's attitude to enforce the strength and posture needed. Dre initially interprets this as punishment for his attitude towards his mother, until the Wax On Wax Off kicks in later. Dre calls out Mr. Han on not knowing Kung Fu, and Mr. Han starts an impromptu spar to show Dre he was building up muscle memory. As you can see when Mr. Han starts punching at Dre, he is performing blocks and other evasive maneuvers with every step. Shaolin Kenpo calls these "Wing blocks" because they resemble a wing motion. For several cycles, Mr. Han says "jacket on, jacket off". It's also actually [[JustifiedTrope explained in this movie why the teacher uses this indirect teaching method]]: to get Dre to understand that Kung Fu isn't just a way of fighting, it's a way of ''life'':

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** In ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'', ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'' is the trope namer. When Mr. Miyagi covertly teaches Daniel-san agrees to train Daniel, Daniel thinks he's going to get practical karate training from the basic abilities required get-go. Instead, Miyagi tells him to do various chores -- not just waxing cars, but also painting the house, painting the fence, and waxing the deck. Miyagi also showed Daniel the precise way he wanted everything done. Daniel nearly quits, thinking Miyagi is just a MoochingMaster, before he can teach him Miyagi demonstrates that these chores were to build up the strength and muscle memory necessary for performing karate by making blocks (and was also a way to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test how much patience he had]]). ''Then'' Miyagi showed Daniel wax his car, among many other chores.
how to punch and kick. As a reward for persevering, Daniel even got one of the cars.
** Inverted in ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'' starring By ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'', Hilary Swank when Mister Miyagi teaches a new kata... how to do the waltz. Then played straight when, after Swank's character calls Miyagi on his bullshit and [[GenreSavvy refuses to wax anything, anything]]. Undaunted, he gets a similar job done achieves the same result by having her he babysit a bunch of kids who [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter constantly fire toys at her]], forcing her with their toys, giving her no choice but to practice her reflexes and blocking motions.
** In ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'', Mr. Han has Dre continually take off his coat, hang it, drop it, pick it up, and put it on, using Dre's attitude to enforce the strength and posture needed. Dre initially interprets this as punishment for his attitude towards his mother, until the Wax On Wax Off kicks in later. Dre calls out Mr. Han on not knowing Kung Fu, and Mr. Han starts an impromptu spar to show Dre he was building up muscle memory. As you can see when Mr. Han starts punching at Dre, he is performing blocks and other evasive maneuvers with every step. Shaolin Kenpo calls these "Wing blocks" because they resemble a wing motion. For several cycles, Mr. Han says "jacket on, jacket off". It's also actually [[JustifiedTrope explained in this movie why the teacher uses this indirect teaching method]]: to get Dre to understand that Kung Fu isn't just a way of fighting, it's a way of ''life'':life:



* In the film ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'', Rip Torn's character uses a few exotic methods to improve the "Average Joes" team's dodging skill, including crossing a busy street, and throwing wrenches at them. "if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!."
* A realistic portrayal of how martial arts schools used to do this was in ''Film/KillBill'' when The Bride as part of her training had to carry buckets of water up a large set of stairs.
* Also parodied in the film ''Film/MysteryMen''; the Sphinx trains the eponymous squad with a series of bizarre physical feats justified by odd wordplay, as seen in this exchange:

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* In the film ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'', Rip Torn's character uses a few exotic methods to improve the "Average Joes" team's dodging skill, including crossing a busy street, and throwing wrenches at them. "if
-->''"If
you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!."
ball!"''
* A ''Film/KillBill'' had a more realistic portrayal of how martial arts schools used to do this was in ''Film/KillBill'' when The this, showing the Bride as part of her training had to carry carrying buckets of water up a large set of stairs.
stairs as part of her training.
* Also parodied Parodied in the film ''Film/MysteryMen''; ''Film/MysteryMen'', where the Sphinx trains the eponymous squad with a series of bizarre physical feats justified by odd wordplay, as seen in this exchange:wordplay:



* Parodied and subverted in the Japanese movie ''Film/{{Waterboys}}''. The boys high-school Synchro-Swim Team seeks help from a local Sea World Dolphin trainer. He makes them clean all the aquariums, under the guise of it being muscle training. [[spoiler: It works, but it's obvious that he was just using them and didn't think it would help]]. Later, he takes them to an arcade and gives them $50 to play Dance Dance Revolution, as a lesson in getting in sync. [[spoiler: Again, it's fake training and he drives off, singing happily that he's finally dumped them. However, he runs out of gas and returns to get his money back, thereby discovering that his false improvised training worked again.]]
* In ''Film/DrunkenMaster'', Jackie Chan plays Wong Fei-hung, a young punk who is punished by being put under the brutal training of Su Hai Chi, an alcoholic with a style known as the Eight Drunken Immortals. Su Hai Chi appears to delight in putting Fei-hung through TrainingFromHell: it starts with being flipped around, tripped over and being forced to fall; then it transitions to transferring water between four giant barrels with a bucket, while balancing atop the barrels; later it moves to filling one bucket with water from another using only a teacup- while the empty bucket is on the top of a pole, the full bucket is on the bottom of the pole, and you do it by wrapping your legs around the top of the pole, hanging upside down, and doing upside down situps; last, it's performing katas in time with your instructor, with your hands roped to his as he slams poles against your wrist running down the length of the cord. So how is all of this supposed to aid in defeating the BigBad? [[spoiler: Well, being forced to flip over builds up your balance by getting used to tumbling around, since much of DrunkenBoxing it is acrobatic; the barrel exercise builds up balance, back and ankle strength; the teacup exercise builds up the upper leg and abdominal areas; the cord exercise is to help Fei-Hong remember the katas, employing his strength from the previous exercises, having his wrists slammed with the poles is necessary since it he'll be doing alot of blocking and striking using his wrists alone; and crushing walnuts quickly becomes useful for outright lethal strikes, like crushing the throat.]]
* Played surprisingly straight in ''Film/SgtKabukimanNYPD''; to learn how to control his powers, Harry must sort a huge pile of rice by variety, practice coming up with Haikus, and take a whole bunch of {{groin attack}}s. Okay, so maybe not ''that'' straight.
* Mentioned (but not done) in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze''. While cleaning April's apartment, Mikey, who's cleaning the counters, bids his brothers to watch him.
-->'''Mikey:''' Watch this! ''(Ala Miyagi)'' "Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off. ''Wax on''-"

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* Parodied and subverted in the Japanese movie ''Film/{{Waterboys}}''. The boys boys' high-school Synchro-Swim Team team seeks help from a local Sea World Dolphin dolphin trainer. He makes them clean all the aquariums, under the guise of it being muscle training. [[spoiler: It works, but it's obvious that he was just using them and didn't think it would help]]. Later, he takes them to an arcade and gives them $50 to play Dance Dance Revolution, VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution, as a lesson in getting in sync. [[spoiler: Again, it's fake training and Both times, [[spoiler:it works, but he drives off, singing happily that he's finally dumped them. However, he runs out of gas and returns just does this to get his money back, thereby discovering that his false improvised training worked again.work done for free and get rid of them.]]
* In ''Film/DrunkenMaster'', Jackie Chan plays Wong Fei-hung, a young punk who is punished by being put under the brutal training of Su Hai Chi, an alcoholic with a style known as the Eight Drunken Immortals. Su Hai Chi appears to delight in putting Fei-hung through TrainingFromHell: it TrainingFromHell. It starts with being flipped around, tripped over over, and being forced to fall; then knocked down repeatedly. Then it transitions to transferring water between four giant barrels with a bucket, while balancing atop the barrels; later barrels. Later, it moves to filling one bucket with water from another using only a teacup- teacup -- while the empty bucket is on the top of a pole, the full bucket is on the bottom of the pole, and you do it by wrapping your legs around the top of the pole, hanging upside down, and doing upside down situps; last, situps. Last, it's performing katas in time with your instructor, with your hands roped to his his, as he slams poles against your wrist running down the length of the cord. So how is all of this supposed to aid in defeating the BigBad? [[spoiler: Well, [[spoiler:Well, being forced to flip over builds up your balance by getting used to tumbling around, since much of DrunkenBoxing it is acrobatic; the acrobatic. The barrel exercise builds up balance, back and ankle strength; the strength. The teacup exercise builds up the upper leg and abdominal areas; the areas. The cord exercise is to help Fei-Hong Fei-hong remember the katas, employing his strength from the previous exercises, having exercises. Having his wrists slammed with the poles is necessary since it he'll be doing alot a lot of blocking and striking using his wrists alone; and alone. And crushing walnuts quickly becomes useful for outright lethal strikes, like crushing the throat.]]
* Played surprisingly straight in ''Film/SgtKabukimanNYPD''; to learn how In ''Film/SgtKabukimanNYPD'', Harry learns to control his powers, Harry must sort powers by sorting a huge pile of rice by variety, practice rice, practicing coming up with Haikus, haikus, and take taking a whole bunch of {{groin attack}}s. Okay, so maybe not ''that'' straight.
{{Groin Attack}}s. Not typical.
* Mentioned (but not done) in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze''. While cleaning April's apartment, Mikey, who's cleaning the counters, bids asks his brothers to watch him.
-->'''Mikey:''' Watch this! ''(Ala ''(A la Miyagi)'' "Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off. ''Wax on''-"



* In ''The Crimson Tide'' you can spend some years in a monastery. If you try and learn martial arts, you get some added combat skill. If you work in the laundry or the kitchens, you finally discover that you've been training in the Wax on, wax off style. Using this style later in the book makes fights far easier, and you last longer in hopeless BadEnd combat scenes. It's also a prerequisite for getting the good ending.

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* In ''The Crimson Tide'' Tide'', you can spend some years in a monastery. If you try and learn martial arts, you get some added combat skill. If you work in the laundry or the kitchens, you finally discover that you've been training in the Wax on, wax off WaxOnWaxOff style. Using this style later in the book makes fights far easier, and you last longer in hopeless BadEnd combat scenes. It's also a prerequisite for getting the good ending.GoldenEnding.



** Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' when the hero, as Death's apprentice, is told that if he wants to understand the secrets of space and time he must muck out the stables. After considering various reasons why this might be part of his training, he comes to the conclusion that it's because Death was "knee-deep in horseshit". A DoubleSubversion, though, as Death insists that, by realising this, Mort ''has'' learnt something significant (something to the effect of "Always see things for what they are").
** Similarly in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', when Lobsang Ludd is being taught by Lu-Tze, an OldMaster who is content to be [[AlmightyJanitor a humble sweeper]]. After several days of sweeping up the temple, he confronts Lu-Tze:
--->'''Lobsang''': "I mean, I understand how it works. The master makes the pupil do all the menial jobs, and then it turns out the pupil is really learning things of great value ... And I don't think I'm learning ''anything'', really, except that people are pretty messy and inconsiderate."
--->'''Lu-Tze''': "Not a bad lesson, all the same."
** Granny Weatherwax is also a major believer in WaxOnWaxOff, not just as training for young witches (such as Eskarina and Tiffany) but as a permanent part of a professional witch's repertoire.
* In David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' universe, the arch-wizard Belgarath learned the FunctionalMagic of 'The Will and The Word' from the reclusive PhysicalGod, Aldur, in this way. Aldur kept setting his young apprentice to various menial, pointless and increasingly strenuous tasks, culminating in him ordering the young Belgarath to move a boulder out of his way, since he couldn't be bothered to step around it...
** And of course, Belgarath used the same thing for Garion. When Garion moved the boulder, however, he tried ''lifting'' the thing. Newtonian physics still work, apparently. Garion found himself in a rather deep hole.
* In ''Literature/WarcraftTheLastGuardian'', a VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} [[WarcraftExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel, the first task that our hero faces when attempting to become the wizard Medivh's apprentice is to clean, fix and sort out his library. This turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter, since an apprentice is supposed to know the contents of the library inside and out and have the patience and humility to do some physical work every now and then.
** Also to show that the student can tell which books will eat/incinerate/otherwise main him/her.
* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Game of Thrones]]'', Syrio Forel trains Arya Stark for Braavosi-style fencing by having her do things like forcing her to chase and catch the stray cats roaming the castle at King's Landing (to increase her speed and reaction time) and walking around the castle on her hands (to increase her balance and awareness of the surfaces she's moving on). Subverted in that she understands the purpose of it all and appreciates it.

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** Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' when the hero, as Death's apprentice, is told that if he wants to understand the secrets of space and time time, he must muck out the stables. After considering various reasons why this might be part of his training, he comes to the conclusion that it's because Death was "knee-deep in horseshit". A DoubleSubversion, though, as Death insists that, by realising this, Mort ''has'' learnt something significant (something to the effect of "Always learned something: always see things for what they are").
are.
** Similarly Similarly, in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', when Lobsang Ludd is being taught by Lu-Tze, an OldMaster who is content to be [[AlmightyJanitor a humble sweeper]]. After several days of sweeping up the temple, he confronts Lu-Tze:
--->'''Lobsang''': "I I mean, I understand how it works. The master makes the pupil do all the menial jobs, and then it turns out the pupil is really learning things of great value ... And I don't think I'm learning ''anything'', really, except that people are pretty messy and inconsiderate."
inconsiderate.
--->'''Lu-Tze''': "Not Not a bad lesson, all the same."
same.
** Granny Weatherwax is also a major believer in WaxOnWaxOff, not just as training for young witches (such as Eskarina and Tiffany) Tiffany), but as a permanent part of a professional witch's repertoire.
* In David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' universe, the arch-wizard Belgarath learned the FunctionalMagic of 'The "The Will and The Word' Word" from the reclusive PhysicalGod, Aldur, PhysicalGod Aldur in this way. Aldur kept setting his young apprentice to various menial, pointless pointless, and increasingly strenuous tasks, culminating in him ordering the young Belgarath to move a boulder out of his way, since he couldn't be bothered to step around it...
** And of course,
it. Inspired by this, Belgarath used did the same thing for Garion. When Garion moved the boulder, however, he to Garion, who tried ''lifting'' the thing. boulder. Newtonian physics still work, apparently. worked, apparently, and Garion found himself in a rather deep hole.
* In ''Literature/WarcraftTheLastGuardian'', a VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} [[WarcraftExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel, the first task that our hero faces when attempting to become the wizard Medivh's apprentice is to clean, fix fix, and sort out his library. This turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter, since an apprentice is supposed to know the contents of the library inside and out and out, have the patience and humility to do some physical work every now and then.
** Also to show that the student can tell
then, and know which books will eat/incinerate/otherwise main him/her.
[[BooksThatBite are actively harmful]].
* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Game of Thrones]]'', Syrio Forel trains Arya Stark for Braavosi-style fencing by having her do things like forcing her to chase and catch the stray cats roaming the castle at King's Landing (to increase her speed and reaction time) and walking around the castle on her hands (to increase her balance and awareness of the surfaces she's moving on). Subverted in that she understands the purpose of it all and appreciates it.



* In ''A Matter Of Thorns'' ([[ForgottenRealms Realms of Infamy]]) by James M. Ward a KnightErrant explains his approach:

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* In ''A Matter Of Thorns'' ([[ForgottenRealms Realms of Infamy]]) by James M. Ward Ward, a KnightErrant explains his approach:



* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' does this to [[spoiler: Avhienda in ''The Gathering Storm''. It turns out to be the double-subversion variety.]]
** Specifically, [[spoiler:the Wise Ones begin loading Avhienda up with useless chores and punishments, seemingly for no reason at all. After a few weeks of this, Avhienda gets so fed up that she angrily tells the Wise Ones that she doesn't deserve any of it and isn't going to put up with it any longer. This is apparently how they determine when their apprentices are finished with their training.]]
** [[spoiler:Its more of a triple subversion. The double subversion is supposed to teach humility, but her training was to teach her to stand up to the Wise Ones]]
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, ambient mages have to study and learn ''everything'' about their affinity, including the tedious chores.
** One example mentioned a few times is Daja (metal/heat mage) having to do the most tedious thing as a blacksmith; making nails. This is doubly so, as while the swords or sculptures or larger pieces she wants to do or learn will get her recognition (or are just more fun), the nails are the most useful and used thing she can make.
* Subverted in the 1953 novel ''A Light in the Forest'': True Son, an Anglo man raised by a native tribe, tells one of his young white relatives that in order to be strong he has to chase butterflies and rub some of the powder from their wings on his chest, which he says is magical. One of the white men comments that the story is a good way to convince children to exercise, but True Son is surprised by the comment: he genuinely believes in the magical properties of the butterfly dust.
* This is supposedly the way that [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Dragon Riders]] were taught to be aware of their magic: They were given incredibly arduous tasks to do (such as filling barrels using buckets - using only their feet) so that they would eventually get so frustrated that they'd spontaneously do ''something'' magical.
* In ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', this is the idea behind Madame Zeroni's deal. Elya is to carry a pig up to a spring at the top of a mountain each day, in order to impress a woman with it's eventual weight as a dowry. However, the true purpose is to have Elya carrying a gradually growing pig and over time, develop the muscles that would truly impress the girl. Subverted when the woman is too stupid and Elya leaves without her.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' does this to [[spoiler: Avhienda in ''The Gathering Storm''. It turns out to be the double-subversion variety.]]
** Specifically, [[spoiler:the
The Wise Ones begin loading Avhienda load her up with useless chores and punishments, punishments for seemingly for no reason at all. After a few weeks of this, weeks, Avhienda gets so fed up and quits. This turns out to be the SecretTestOfCharacter, teaching her that at some point she angrily tells the Wise Ones that she doesn't deserve any of it and isn't going to put up with it any longer. This is apparently how they determine when their apprentices are finished with their training.]]
** [[spoiler:Its more of a triple subversion. The double subversion is supposed to teach humility, but her training was to teach her
has to stand up to the Wise Ones]]
*
for herself.]]* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, ambient mages have to study and learn ''everything'' about their affinity, including the tedious chores.
** One example mentioned a few times is Daja (metal/heat mage) having to do the most tedious thing as a blacksmith; making nails. This is doubly so, as while the swords or sculptures or larger pieces she wants to do or learn will get her recognition (or are just more fun), the nails are the most useful and used thing she can make.
* Subverted in the 1953 novel ''A Light in the Forest'': True Son, an Anglo man raised by a native tribe, tells one of his young white relatives that in order to be strong strong, he has to chase butterflies and rub some of the powder from their wings on his chest, which he says is magical. One of the white men comments that the story is a good way to convince children to exercise, but True Son is surprised by the comment: he genuinely believes in the magical properties of the butterfly dust.
* This In ''Literature/TheInheritanceCycle'', this is supposedly the way that [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Dragon Riders]] Riders were taught to be aware of their magic: magic. They were given incredibly arduous tasks to do (such as filling barrels using buckets - -- using only their feet) so that they would eventually get so frustrated that they'd spontaneously do ''something'' magical.
* In ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', this is the idea behind Madame Zeroni's deal. Elya is to carry a pig up to a spring at the top of a mountain each day, in order to impress a woman woman, with it's its eventual weight as a dowry. However, the true purpose is to have Elya carrying a gradually growing pig and pig; over time, it would develop the muscles that would truly impress the girl. Subverted when the woman is too stupid turns out to be stupid, and Elya leaves without her.



* R.J., of ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' does this to bring Casey up to speed with the other Rangers, with the minor subversion that one of the tasks really ''was'' pointless, even though the other three weren't.
* Also in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', a shorter version of the Power Rangers version above (only one task, which taught the hero how to be a better bull-rusher). Ostensibly, fighting the monster corresponding to the one in the ''Jungle Fury'' example.
** The masters in Gekiranger tend to do this alot, particularly in the early episodes. Sometimes they are upfront about why they are doing the mundane task, sometimes they're not. A few examples: Ran and Retsu learning to play the piano in order to get better at charging the Geki Bazooka, Jan helping with cooking to learn patience, and Ran fly-fishing to use the Geki Hammer.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' when a character is taught how to [[DrivingStick drive a car with manual transmission]] in this fashion.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Marshall succesfully convinces Barney that he could pick up any chick he wanted in less than five seconds by going up to a supposedly "random" woman (actually his fiancee), in a bar and kissing her passionately, while retelling this story Marshall says "He went around for a week trying to get me to teach him how to live, I even got him to do my laundry once!" to which Barney replies "I thought it was a Mr. Miyagi type of thing!"
* Parodied on ''Series/BreakerHigh'' where Jimmy is subjected to this kind of training just to learn how to make burritos.

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* In ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', R.J., of ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' does this to bring Casey up to speed with the other Rangers, with the minor subversion that one of the tasks really ''was'' pointless, even though the other three weren't.
* Also in In ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', a shorter version of the Power Rangers version above (only one task, which taught the hero how to be a better bull-rusher). Ostensibly, fighting the monster corresponding to the one in the ''Jungle Fury'' example.
** The
masters in Gekiranger tend tended to do this alot, a lot, particularly in the early earlier episodes. Sometimes they are they're upfront about why they are doing the they're asking for a mundane task, sometimes they're not. A few examples: For example, Ran and Retsu learning learn to play the piano in order to get better at charging the Geki Bazooka, Jan helping helps with cooking to learn patience, and Ran fly-fishing fly-fishes to use the Geki Hammer.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' when 101}}'', where a character is taught how to [[DrivingStick drive a car with manual transmission]] in this fashion.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall succesfully convinces Barney that he could pick up any chick he wanted in less than five seconds by going up to a supposedly "random" woman (actually his fiancee), in a bar and kissing her passionately, while passionately. While retelling this story Marshall says "He story:
-->'''Marshall:''' He
went around for a week trying to get me to teach him how to live, live. I even got him to do my laundry once!" to which Barney replies "I once!
-->'''Barney:''' I
thought it was a Mr. Miyagi type of thing!"
thing!
* Parodied on ''Series/BreakerHigh'' ''Series/BreakerHigh'', where Jimmy is subjected to this kind of training just to learn how to make burritos.



* In one episode of ''Series/DuckDynasty'' Phil does this to his grandsons under the pretense of training their reflexes and hand-eye coordination. They're initially skeptical, and by the end of the episode Phil has dropped all pretense and admits he's just getting them to do chores.
* A Soviet biopic ''Ivan Pavlov: Searching for Truth'' (yes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavlov%27s_dogs that Pavlov]]) has a bizzare example of what supposedly was common in 19th century Orthodox monaceries. A novice is ordered to plant cabbage ''with its leaves in the soil and roots in the air''. Later a monk explains: "The cabbage isn't dear to us, the obedience is dear."
** Very similar to the punchline of a Soviet army joke. The drill instructor orders rookie soldiers to sweep the street with crowbars. "Why not brooms?" asks one soldier. "We can't make it clean with crowbars!" -- "It's not to make the street clean" -- the DS responds. -- "It's to make you tired". Because idle hands are the devils' playthings, more so for soldiers, still more for rookies.

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* In one episode of ''Series/DuckDynasty'' ''Series/DuckDynasty'', Phil does this to his grandsons under the pretense of training their reflexes and hand-eye coordination. They're initially skeptical, and by the end of the episode Phil has dropped all pretense and admits he's just getting them to do chores.
* A Soviet biopic ''Ivan Pavlov: Searching for Truth'' (yes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavlov%27s_dogs that Pavlov]]) has a bizzare bizarre example of what supposedly was common in 19th century Orthodox monaceries. A novice is ordered to plant cabbage ''with its leaves in the soil and roots in the air''. Later a monk explains: "The cabbage isn't dear to us, the obedience is dear."
** Very similar to the punchline of a Soviet army joke. The drill instructor orders rookie soldiers to sweep the street with crowbars. "Why not brooms?" asks one soldier. "We can't make it clean with crowbars!" -- "It's not to make the street clean" -- the DS responds. -- "It's to make you tired". Because idle hands are the devils' playthings, more so for soldiers, still more for rookies.
it's your obedience."



* Used (of course) in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''

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** Taken to almost Trollish Extremes in an Ink Monkey's supplement. "Secret Lesson Revelation" allows a Sidereal Sifu to use practically anything in this way, as long as they can make up some reason, however far-fetched, that it is true. Naturally, there is a comic where a Sidereal is abusing this to make a Solar clean his Demigod T-Rex stables.

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** Taken to almost Trollish Extremes extremes in an Ink Monkey's supplement. "Secret Lesson Revelation" allows a Sidereal Sifu to use practically anything in this way, as long as they can make up some reason, however far-fetched, that it is true. Naturally, there is a comic where a Sidereal is abusing this to make a Solar clean his Demigod T-Rex stables.



* Mage training with Mebbeth in ''PlanescapeTorment'' comes in the form of three chores. [[StatisticallySpeaking With a high enough intelligence or wisdom]], The Nameless One will even figure out the lessons all on his own. After it turns out that The Nameless One knows magic already from a previous life, Mebbeth comments wryly that he just shaved months off his training and that she'd been looking forward to having someone to foist her chores off on.
** Even funnier when you find out that [[spoiler: Mebbeth is really Ravel, the person who cast the spell on Nameless in the first place. So if anyone would know he had training as a mage, it was her. Or Morte. Or Dakkon. Or Ignus. Or just about anyone who knew Nameless in the past.]]
* In possibly one of the most hilariously random quests ever, ''[[SummonNight Summon Night: Swordcraft Story]]'' has your training under a great Craftlord involve running around collecting parts [[spoiler:which are food ingredients]], so you can make...[[spoiler:a ladle, with which to cook some curry for him.]] Of course, it turns out that this was the first training that he had under your father, so it's half-revenge, half-valuable lesson.
** [[MagikarpPower And the elemental version of the weapon is the best weapon you can have if you need to break an opponent's weapon]], so it's still very useful.
* This is used a few times in the ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' series. For example, the second game where Ryo has to clear his mind by catching leaves.
* Pre-training for the military in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' can easily follow the Karate Kid example, with dwarfs spending days or months driving pumps, mining rock, cutting trees, carving rock, grinding grain, or any of a few different industries. On the other hand, it gets interesting when those same dwarfs build up their skills and expertise by tallying up every single rock in the fortress, or ordering the manufacture of several thousand bars of soap.[[note]]This was due to an oversight on the developer's part and will probably be corrected at some point.[[/note]] Mining plays it straightest; the unmodded game uses a generic "axe" item for both combat and woodcutting, but using it on trees levels a separate skill from using it in combat. Pickaxes, for some reason, draw upon the "Mining" skill for both.

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* Mage training with Mebbeth in ''PlanescapeTorment'' comes in the form of three chores. [[StatisticallySpeaking With a high enough intelligence or wisdom]], The Nameless One will even figure out the lessons all on his own. After it turns out that The Nameless One knows magic already from a previous life, Mebbeth comments wryly that he just shaved months off his training and that she'd been looking forward to having someone to foist her chores off on.
**
on. Even funnier when you find out that [[spoiler: Mebbeth is really Ravel, the person who cast the spell on Nameless in the first place. So if anyone would know he had training as a mage, it was her. Or Morte. Or Dakkon. Or Ignus. Or just about anyone who knew Nameless in the past.]]
* In possibly one of the most hilariously random quests ever, ''[[SummonNight Summon Night: Swordcraft Story]]'' has your training under a great Craftlord involve running around collecting parts [[spoiler:which are food [[spoiler:food ingredients]], so that you can make...make [[spoiler:a ladle, with which to cook some curry for him.]] Of course, it turns out that this was the first training that he had under your father, so it's half-revenge, half-valuable lesson.
**
lesson. [[MagikarpPower And the elemental version of the weapon is the best weapon you can have if you need to break an opponent's weapon]], so it's still very useful.
weapon]].
* This is used a few times in the ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' series. For example, in the second game where game, Ryo has to clear his mind by catching leaves.
* Pre-training for the military in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' can easily follow the Karate Kid example, be this trope, with dwarfs spending days or months driving pumps, mining rock, cutting trees, carving rock, grinding grain, or any of a few different industries. On the other hand, it gets interesting when those same dwarfs build up their skills and expertise by tallying up every single rock in the fortress, or ordering the manufacture of several thousand bars of soap.[[note]]This was due to an oversight on the developer's part and will probably be corrected at some point.[[/note]] Mining plays it straightest; the unmodded game uses a generic "axe" item for both combat and woodcutting, but using it on trees levels a separate skill from using it in combat. Pickaxes, for some reason, draw upon the "Mining" skill for both.



* In perhaps one of the darker examples of this trope, there is a book you can read in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' that tells the story of a young orphan sent to live with his uncle on a farm, and learn a trade from him. The Uncle gives him three chores to perform; dusting his bookshelves, ringing the bell to call farmhands, and scouring clean all the floors in the house. Each task had to be done perfectly; the bookshelves completely dust-free, the large iron bell rung loudly (and frequently,) and the floors spotless. In his eighteenth year, the boy discovers that his uncle means to abandon the now-failing farm, and the boy with it, without teaching him anything. The boy [[TranquilFury silently]] picks up a heavy axe, to discover it doesn't weigh any more than the dusting rod he'd used for years. The dusting and bell-ringing gave him the strength and muscle-memory to chop his uncle to bits, and finally cleaning up what was left of the man was far easier than cleaning up the grime that had usually covered the floor, in fact the floors are so clean that no-one could tell there had been a murder. Deciding he had indeed learned a trade after all, the young man eventually goes off to join the Assassin's Guild.
** Incidentally, the book you read this [[SarcasmMode charming]] little story from, titled "The Axe Man," is a skill book. What skill does it raise? Axes.

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* In perhaps one of the darker examples of this trope, there is a book you can read in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' that tells the story of a young orphan sent to live with his uncle on a farm, farm and learn a trade from him. The Uncle gives him three chores to perform; perform: dusting his bookshelves, ringing the bell to call farmhands, and scouring clean all the floors in the house. Each task had to be done perfectly; the bookshelves completely dust-free, the large iron bell rung loudly (and frequently,) frequently), and the floors spotless. In his eighteenth year, the boy discovers that his uncle means to abandon the now-failing farm, and the boy with it, without teaching him anything. The boy [[TranquilFury silently]] picks up a heavy axe, to discover it doesn't weigh any more than the dusting rod he'd used for years. The dusting and bell-ringing gave him the strength and muscle-memory muscle memory to chop his uncle to bits, and finally cleaning up what was left of the man was far easier than cleaning up the grime mess afterward was so easy that had usually covered the floor, in fact the floors are so clean that no-one no one could tell there had been a murder. Deciding he had indeed learned a trade after all, the young man eventually goes off to join the Assassin's Guild.
**
Guild. Incidentally, the book you read that contains this [[SarcasmMode charming]] little story from, story, titled "The Axe Man," is a skill book. What skill does it raise? Axes.



* In the discontinued webcomic ''Webcomic/GhostCat'', one of the leads take up martial arts under his elderly groundskeeper, who teaches him the ancient art of "Do Mae Wohk". Say it out loud...
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', this comes into play not with physical training, but with MadScience. Irving Schlock has one of his subordinates work on various, overtly pointless projects, until Dr. Shankraft confronts him about it. His final project entails both the massive amounts of power and the [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/110119 accounting for size differentials]] that his previous works required. And then there was the SecretTestOfCharacter in the shape of a [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/110120 fire-breathing duck]]...

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* In the discontinued webcomic ''Webcomic/GhostCat'', one of the leads take up martial arts under his elderly groundskeeper, who teaches him the ancient art of "Do Mae Wohk". Say Wohk" (say it out loud...
aloud).
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', this comes into play not with physical training, but with MadScience. Irving Schlock has one of his subordinates work on various, overtly pointless projects, until Dr. Shankraft confronts him about it. His final project entails both the massive amounts of power and the [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/110119 accounting for size differentials]] that his previous works required. And then there was the There's also a SecretTestOfCharacter in the shape of a [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/110120 fire-breathing duck]]...duck]].



* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', when Tien, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, and Piccolo arrive on King Kai's planet, he sets Tien and Chiaotuz to the same training as Goku, lets Piccolo meditate, and tells Yamcha to wax his car. Yamcha assumes this trope is the case and launches into the task with gusto. Except Kai doesn't give a damn about [[ButtMonkey Yamcha]] and just wanted to give him some menial chore to keep him busy.

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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', when Tien, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, and Piccolo arrive on King Kai's planet, he sets Tien and Chiaotuz Chiaotzu to the same training as Goku, lets Piccolo meditate, and tells Yamcha to wax his car. Yamcha assumes this trope is the case and launches into the task with gusto. Except Kai doesn't give a damn about [[ButtMonkey Yamcha]] and just wanted to give him some menial chore to keep him busy.



* Parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', in which the menial tasks really are just menial tasks, but let Johnny win the match anyway. (Much to Master Hama's disappointment. He'd bet against Johnny)
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Sokka's Master" has Sokka seek sword training with Piandao; in addition to actual training with wooden practice swords, the training involves calligraphy, rock gardening, and landscape painting. Atypically, Piandao actually ''explains'' the purpose of these as he goes along (instead of afterwards), and Sokka performs them in very odd ways (for instance, when instructed to arrange a rock garden, he quickly makes a comfortable seat to lounge in). Piandao then teaches Sokka to use his eccentricities and [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] - by challenging him to a no-holds-barred duel in which Sokka's resourcefulness and creativity enable the beginner to keep stride with the master.

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* Parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', in which the menial tasks really are just menial tasks, but let Johnny win the match anyway. (Much to Master Hama's disappointment. He'd disappointment, as he'd bet against Johnny)
Johnny.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Sokka's Master" has Sokka seek sword training with Piandao; in Piandao. In addition to actual training with wooden practice swords, the training involves calligraphy, rock gardening, and landscape painting. Atypically, Piandao actually ''explains'' the purpose of these as he goes along (instead of afterwards), and Sokka performs them in very odd ways (for instance, when instructed to arrange a rock garden, he quickly makes a comfortable seat to lounge in). Piandao then teaches Sokka to use his eccentricities and [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] - -- by challenging him to a no-holds-barred duel in which Sokka's resourcefulness and creativity enable the beginner to keep stride with the master.



** In "Oh No! Yono!" Ron's showing Hana the "Flippie Dance" gives her the agility and acrobatic moves needed to beat Yono and Monkey Fist.

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** In "Oh No! Yono!" Yono!", Ron's showing Hana the "Flippie Dance" gives her the agility and acrobatic moves needed to beat Yono and Monkey Fist.



* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily'' goes through a spoof of the Karate Kid. Like painting the fences. [[spoiler: The things she did alongside with the Chang triplets are actual training and despite the master being rather a lazy bum, is actually fluent in combat. The more "advanced" school she longs to follow only teaches how to be cool like a typical martial arts movie without properly teaching actual skills.]]
* Grandpa does it to Jake in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' and all of the chores he forces him to do turn out to have combat applications (except for doing his laundry).
* Another [[PlayingWithATrope parody]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', where [[FishOutOfWater medieval]] [[IdenticalGrandfather Boss Delwapo]] has Billy do his chores for him as training for fighting a dragon. In a scene paralleling ''The Karate Kid'', Billy finds out that Boss just wanted his chores done. Turns out he's a FakeUltimateHero, though.
** And Billy ends up [[TakeAThirdOption not even fighting the dragon.]]
* Parodied in an episode of ''CodeMonkeys'', "The Take Over", in which Dave trains under a Miyagi-esque sensei to prevail over Japanese competitors in a high-stakes eating competition. He [[GenreSavvy assumes]] that he will be painting a fence, waxing a car, etc., but is instead instructed to ''eat'' such items as paint, wax, and sawdust to strengthen his stomach and make him able to eat anything.
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' played with this in its animation incarnation: Jim finds a enchanted sword in his vending machine sandwich, which vows to make a hero out of him. In the following scene Jim drags himself on camera, wearily explaining that he'd performed such tasks as regrouting the bathroom and cleaning out the stables of the seven incontinent yaks. He then asks if the tasks were meant to teach him humility. The LargeHam sword mutters, uncharacteristically quietly, "I dunno, they just... needed to be done, I wasn't going to do it..."
** Then, while Jim was using it in a battle, the sword accidentally lets Jim know nobody ever defeated any adversary while using it.
* In the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Princess Celestia employed this trope on her top student Twilight Sparkle; appearing to downplay and gently mock her fears of the imminent arrival of Nightmare Moon, and instead telling her to drop her books and make some friends. However it is later revealed that Twilight making friends was a necessary step to eventually combat Nightmare Moon when she did indeed return.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has the eponymous characters meeting Arygyn the Skeelur, who trains them to take on their upgraded enemies...by taking them to an amusement park.
** In another episode, where Sky-Knight Starling is confused by the team's training, which mostly consists of children's games resembling paintball and keep-away. The group assures her the games are important, and they come in handy saving a terra (even Finn's guitar playing!).

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* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily'' goes through a spoof of the ''The Karate Kid. Like Kid'', including painting the fences. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The things she did alongside with the Chang triplets are actual training training, and despite although the master being is rather a lazy bum, he is actually fluent in combat. The more "advanced" school she longs to follow only teaches how to be cool like a typical martial arts movie without properly teaching actual skills.]]
* Grandpa does it to Jake in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''; all of the chores he forces him to do turn out to have combat applications (except for doing his laundry).
* Another [[PlayingWithATrope parody]] Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', where [[FishOutOfWater medieval]] [[IdenticalGrandfather Boss Delwapo]] has Billy do his chores for him as training for fighting a dragon. In a scene paralleling ''The Karate Kid'', Billy finds out that Boss just wanted his chores done. Turns out he's a FakeUltimateHero, though.
**
though. And Billy ends up [[TakeAThirdOption not even fighting the dragon.]]
* Parodied in an episode of ''CodeMonkeys'', "The Take Over", in which Dave trains under a Miyagi-esque sensei to prevail over Japanese competitors in a high-stakes eating competition. He [[GenreSavvy assumes]] that he will be painting a fence, waxing a car, etc., ''etc.'', but is instead instructed to ''eat'' such items as paint, wax, and sawdust to strengthen his stomach and make him able to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat anything.
anything]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' played with this in its animation incarnation: incarnation. Jim finds a enchanted sword in his vending machine sandwich, which vows to make a hero out of him. In the following scene scene, Jim drags himself on camera, wearily explaining that he'd performed such tasks as regrouting the bathroom and cleaning out the stables of the seven incontinent yaks. He then asks if the tasks were meant to teach him humility. The LargeHam sword mutters, uncharacteristically quietly, "I dunno, they just... needed to be done, I wasn't going to do it...it."
** Then, while Jim was using it in a battle, the sword accidentally lets Jim know nobody ever defeated any adversary while using it.
* In the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Celestia employed this trope on her top student Twilight Sparkle; appearing she appears to downplay and gently mock her fears of the imminent arrival of Nightmare Moon, and instead telling her to drop her books and make some friends. However However, it is later revealed that Twilight making friends was a necessary step to eventually combat Nightmare Moon when she did indeed return.
* An In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'':
** One
episode of ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has the eponymous characters meeting Arygyn the Skeelur, who trains them to take on their upgraded enemies...enemies by taking them to an amusement park.
** In another episode, where Sky-Knight Starling is confused by the team's training, which mostly consists of children's games resembling paintball and keep-away. The group assures her the games are important, and they all come in handy saving a terra (even Finn's guitar playing!).



* ''HexeLilli'': Heracles tells Lilli to practice grape stomping and painting walls because those are the motions required to throw a discus. Though he ends up giving her tips on actually throwing a discus as well.

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* ''HexeLilli'': Heracles tells Lilli to practice grape stomping and painting walls because those are the motions required to throw a discus. Though he He eventually ends up giving her tips on actually throwing a discus as well.



* TruthInTelevision: Less today than in the past, certain traditional martial arts dojos have a program of ''uchideshi'' - live-in students. Besides training two or more times a day, possibly while holding down another job or completing university classes, they are also responsible, under the direction of the senior students, for the care and upkeep of the dojo, for cooking their own meals as well as catering for guests, and keeping their rooms in tip-top order. The care and discipline they put into these tasks is considered to be just as much a part of the training as the martial art practice.
* This is similarly true for training in the US military: trainees are required to maintain the barracks area in addition to their regular training. This not only includes keeping their own rooms clean (which may include storing their clothes in a certain specific way), but also assigning specific people to carry out certain chores for a period of time (say, vacuuming the hallway for a week, or cleaning the latrine before lights-out). All this besides the weekly "GI[[note]] General Inspection[[/note]] Party", where everybody cleans the entire barracks top to bottom, sometimes for hours at a time.
** Attention to detail and self motivation are what most Drill Sergeants are trying to instill with a GI Party. If recruits can't follow simple instructions or take initiative in training, they would be useless in combat.
** Weapon maintenance is perhaps a better example, since familiarity with the rifle's component parts does have combat application. Barracks cleaning may develop group coordination, but there are other, better ways to train it.
* Apprentices of certain craftsmen would be put to various menial tasks in order for them to build the muscles or motor skills required for the craft.
** Case in point: If you want to work at a traditional restaurant and you're not already a local big name, to actually prepare food there, odds are, you're going to wind up observing the kitchen from the dish pit for a few solid months before actually touching a single knife. This is well, as having a heaping mountain of ceramic, scraps and sauce hurled at you accompanied by strident orders teaches you the necessary sense of urgency for a cook like (or if) nothing else.
*** Or perhaps to teach the young chef that cleaning dishes and cookware is in fact, an inevitable part of cooking, and if you can't clean, you shouldn't cook.
* Tae Kwon Do training can occasionally involve frog-hopping across the room, which helps build the muscles needed for jumping kicks.
* Legendary basketball coach John Wooden would always begin the season's practice with a lecture on how properly to put on a pair of socks so as to avoid having them cause blisters during games. The attention to detail inherent in the lesson translated to fundamental soundness in all other elements of the game...and ten championships in twelve years. It's one of the many reasons why there are few who disagree when Wooden is called the greatest ever to coach the game.
* Master Clark in Z Ultimate self defense (Formerly United Studios of Self Defense) that teaches Shaolin Kenpo actually has the quote, "Repetition is the mother of all skill". This is naturally why many defensive maneuvers or kenpo techniques (These are offensive in nature) are performed to the air as much as they are to someone who punches in.
** The repetition idea is perhaps best demonstrated by a quote by BruceLee: "I fear not the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks one time. I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times."
** Students of the United Studios of Self Defence can attest to how effective this method is. The end result is that you can perform the kenpo as easily as you can breathe. You can do your forms forwards, backwards, left-handed, and facing any wall in the dojo. You've learned how the body works so well, you can create your own kenpo based on what you already know, and figure out whether or not it would actually work without even practicing on a partner. This is so that if you ever get in a real fight, your mind doesn't have time to panic; your body just does what it's been naturally trained to do a hundred thousand times over.

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* TruthInTelevision: Less Although this is less common today than in the past, certain traditional martial arts dojos have a program of ''uchideshi'' - ''uchideshi'', or live-in students. Besides training two or more times a day, possibly while holding down another job or completing university classes, they are also responsible, under the direction of the senior students, for the care and upkeep of the dojo, for cooking their own meals as well as catering for guests, and keeping their rooms in tip-top order. The care and discipline they put into these tasks is considered to be just as much a part of the training as the martial art practice.
* This is similarly true for training in the US military: trainees military. Trainees are required to maintain the barracks area in addition to their regular training. This not only includes keeping their own rooms clean (which may include storing their clothes in a certain specific way), but also assigning specific people to carry out certain chores for a period of time (say, vacuuming the hallway for a week, or cleaning the latrine before lights-out). All this besides the weekly "GI[[note]] General Inspection[[/note]] Party", where everybody cleans the entire barracks top to bottom, sometimes for hours at a time. \n** Attention The point is to promote attention to detail and self motivation are what most Drill Sergeants are trying to instill with a GI Party. self-motivation. If recruits can't follow simple instructions or take initiative in training, they would be useless in combat.
** Weapon maintenance is perhaps a better example, since
combat. It's also useful in weapons maintenance, which requires close familiarity with the rifle's a weapon's component parts does have combat application. Barracks cleaning may develop group coordination, but there are other, better ways to train it.
parts.* Apprentices of certain craftsmen would be put to various menial tasks in order for them to build the muscles or motor skills required for the craft.
** Case in point: If you want to work
craft. For instance, new chefs at a traditional restaurant and you're not already a local big name, to actually prepare food there, odds are, you're going to wind up observing the kitchen from the dish pit for typically spend a few solid months at the dish pit before actually touching a single knife. This is well, as having a heaping mountain of ceramic, scraps and sauce hurled at you accompanied by strident orders It teaches you the necessary sense importance (and inevitability) of urgency for a cook like (or if) nothing else.
*** Or perhaps to teach the young chef that
cleaning dishes and cookware is in fact, an inevitable part of cooking, and if you can't clean, you shouldn't cook.
* Tae Kwon Do training can occasionally involve frog-hopping across
cookware, as well as impressing the room, which helps build the muscles sense of urgency needed for jumping kicks.
in being a cook.
* Legendary basketball coach John Wooden would always begin the season's practice with a lecture on how properly to put on a pair of socks so as to avoid having them cause blisters during games. The attention to detail inherent in the lesson translated to fundamental soundness in all other elements of the game...game and ten championships in twelve years. It's one of the many reasons why there are few who disagree when Wooden is called the greatest ever to coach the game.
* Master Clark in Z Ultimate self defense (Formerly United Studios of Self Defense) that teaches Shaolin Kenpo actually has the quote, "Repetition is the mother of all skill". This is naturally why many defensive maneuvers or kenpo techniques (These are offensive in nature) are performed to the air as much as they are to someone who punches in.
** The repetition idea is perhaps best demonstrated by a quote by BruceLee: "I fear not the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks one time. I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times."
** Students of the United Studios of Self Defence can attest to how effective this method is. The end result is that you can perform the kenpo as easily as you can breathe. You can do your forms forwards, backwards, left-handed, and facing any wall in the dojo. You've learned how the body works so well, you can create your own kenpo based on what you already know, and figure out whether or not it would actually work without even practicing on a partner. This is so that if you ever get in a real fight, your mind doesn't have time to panic; your body just does what it's been naturally trained to do a hundred thousand times over.
game.



* A major part of any veterinary nursing student's training is kennel duty - walking dogs, scooping litter boxes, washing dishes, and cleaning cages - long before they're allowed anywhere near a microscope, syringe, or needle. ''Many'' prospective vet nurses wash out within the first several months because they can't handle the fact that 90% of veterinary practice involves cleaning things up - including bodily fluids. And other bodily products.

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* A major part of any veterinary nursing student's training is kennel duty - -- walking dogs, scooping litter boxes, washing dishes, and cleaning cages - -- long before they're allowed anywhere near a microscope, syringe, or needle. ''Many'' prospective vet nurses wash out within the first several months because they can't handle the fact that 90% of veterinary practice involves cleaning things up - including up, mostly bodily fluids. And other bodily fluids and related products.



* The first day of of training at many culinary schools is known as "Dish Day". The brand new students will be taken to the school's dishware storeroom and told to take every single dish, glass, saucer, cup and piece of cutlery to the school's dish pit, clean and dry them, then return them to the store room. (The store room is cleaned at the same time.) While the students are graded on how efficiently they organize themselves to get the job done, the primary purpose is to instill in the student the idea that kitchen sanitation comes first before '''''everything else'''''.
** Similarly, new graduates of cooking schools will go on to restaurant kitchens and almost always be assigned to "pantry" positions, where they basically do nothing but chop vegetables, make croutons, and other basic "scutwork" cooking jobs. In this way, they not only get a decent grounding in the basics, the chef in charge of the restaurant gets a good idea about their work ethic, patience, and ability to put up with the stresses of the kitchen without potentially ruining someone's meal.
11th May '16 6:01:03 AM jormis29
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* Used (of course) in ''{{Exalted}}'': one of the Scroll of the Monk books had a comic depicting a martial arts student griping about his sifu making him slap water out of a pan for his special training. Then he slams his hand down on the table in anger and breaks it in half.

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* Used (of course) in ''{{Exalted}}'': one ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''
** One
of the Scroll of the Monk books had a comic depicting a martial arts student griping about his sifu making him slap water out of a pan for his special training. Then he slams his hand down on the table in anger and breaks it in half.
8th May '16 6:36:23 AM ANTMuddle
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Named for the most famous example, Mr. Miyagi's training of Daniel-san in ''Film/TheKarateKid''. Daniel was expecting some rigorous "This is how you punch, this is how you kick" training from the get-go, but instead Miyagi tells him to do various chores, and shows him the precise ways he wants those things done. After painting the house, painting the fence, sanding the decks and waxing a small fleet of classic 1940s cars, Daniel was ready to quit, believing he was being used as a slave. Miyagi then demonstrated that those chores were to build up strength and muscle memory of how to perform various blocking actions, as well as [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing how much patience he had]]. ''THEN'' Miyagi showed Daniel how to punch, kick, etc. (He also gave Daniel one of the cars!)

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Named for the most famous example, Mr. Miyagi's training of Daniel-san in ''Film/TheKarateKid''. Daniel was expecting some rigorous "This is how you punch, this is how you kick" training from the get-go, but instead Miyagi tells him to do various chores, and shows him the precise ways he wants those things done. After painting the house, painting the fence, sanding the decks and waxing a small fleet of classic 1940s cars, Daniel was ready to quit, [[MoochingMaster believing he was being used as a slave.slave]]. Miyagi then demonstrated that those chores were to build up strength and muscle memory of how to perform various blocking actions, as well as [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing how much patience he had]]. ''THEN'' Miyagi showed Daniel how to punch, kick, etc. (He also gave Daniel one of the cars!)
6th May '16 1:27:09 PM ANTMuddle
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Compare TrainingFromHell, TaughtByExperience, IKnowMortalKombat, ChekhovsSkill. May also double as a form of PhysicalFitnessPunishment. When the mundane task comes at the end of your training, it's WhenYouSnatchThePebble, and often LookWhatICanDoNow. The teacher is often a MagicalAsian and/or an OldMaster. Compare to FencePainting and contrast with MoochingMaster, where the teacher is more concerned with getting free labor out of disciples rather than training them.

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Compare TrainingFromHell, TaughtByExperience, IKnowMortalKombat, ChekhovsSkill. May also double as a form of PhysicalFitnessPunishment. When the mundane task comes at the end of your training, it's WhenYouSnatchThePebble, and often LookWhatICanDoNow. The teacher is often a MagicalAsian and/or an OldMaster. Compare to FencePainting and contrast with MoochingMaster, where the teacher is more concerned with getting free labor out of disciples rather than training them. An OldMaster who uses this tactic may ''pretend'' to be a MoochingMaster.
26th Apr '16 3:49:09 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Parodied in an episode of ''{{Zoey 101}}'' when a character is taught how to [[DrivingStick drive a car with manual transmission]] in this fashion.

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* Parodied in an episode of ''{{Zoey ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' when a character is taught how to [[DrivingStick drive a car with manual transmission]] in this fashion.
24th Apr '16 1:00:27 PM Cronosonic
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** Averted comically in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. When Goku and Vegeta have finished changing Beerus' bedsheets while the god is sleeping, Goku ''assumes'' that these chores are part of the training - he's done this trope before many, many times, and changing the bedsheets alone was ''extremely dangerous''. Vegeta informs him that this is ''merely ordinary housework,'' and actually has ''nothing'' to do with training. Considering their teacher is ''Whis'', the actual training is... Somewhat different.
20th Mar '16 7:03:28 AM kennydarmawan13
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* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily'' goes through a spoof of the Karate Kid. Like painting the fences.

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* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily'' goes through a spoof of the Karate Kid. Like painting the fences. [[spoiler: The things she did alongside with the Chang triplets are actual training and despite the master being rather a lazy bum, is actually fluent in combat. The more "advanced" school she longs to follow only teaches how to be cool like a typical martial arts movie without properly teaching actual skills.]]
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