Waterfall Training
Someone uses a waterfall for training


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Do you know how you can make a training epic ? Simple, make your hero train with/in a waterfall. This has three advantages :

  • Waterfall are cool landscapes, and are not very difficult to animate or draw
  • They provide energy or motion, allowing moving target for the training
  • They justify Shirtless Scene

Of course, most of these example are cover by the Rule of Cool.
See also Meditating Under a Waterfall, for the non training example, and Waterfall Shower, for a more mundane use of waterfalls.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

  • Guts from Berserk use waterfall to improve his swordsmanship : he releases in the top of the waterfall huge trunk which he slices at the bottom.
  • Naruto must stop the waterfalls to complete one of his training.
    • Hinata also trains with waterfall. The training consisted of hitting each water drop with thin chakra wire.
  • In Saint Seiya, Shiryu use a waterfall to understand his power.
  • Several people (martial artists mostly) do this in the Pokémon universe.
  • In Kamen no Maid Guy, Kogarashi puts Naeko through a kendo Training from Hell, which includes training under a waterfall.
  • In a flashback, Takahata Takamichi is shown splitting a waterfall with his punch.
  • Parodied in Yaiba. Miyamoto Musashi tells to the young hero to "gaze the waterfall until he sees it still", in a sort of Zen-like training. After a while Yaiba asks: "Hey, grandpa! When does this waterfall stops anyway?". Later, Musashi himself admit that "stopping a waterfall" is impossible.
  • Occurs in a late episode of F-Zero Falcon Densetsu (or GP Legend for all of you stateside). Ryu/Rick, seeking advice and guidance before his final battle with Black Shadow and Dark Millions, visits his on-again, off-again mentor figure of sorts, Samurai Goroh. Ryu/Rick is seen in a dogi, meditating under a waterfall (this may also double as an Actor Allusion, as Ryu/Rick is now heavily reminiscent of another Ryu voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa).
Films

  • In Best of the Best, the South Korean Taekwondo team is shown standing under a waterfall during their training.

Video Games

  • Ryu's ending from Street Fighter II shows him repeatedly shoryukening a waterfall as part of his training.
  • Gold Lightan's ending from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars shows the same thing, except as a Humongous Mecha, he shoryukens the entire waterfall, rocks and everything.

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