Ever wondered what would happen if the documentary crew from The Office
Enter Master Ken (Not Ken Masters
), Chief Instructor at the Ameri-Do-Te Dojo. Ameri-Do-Te is the most deadly martial art known to man and all other Martial Arts are BULLSHIT
. Enter The Dojo is a documentary/Web Series about Master Ken instructing his students in the ways of Ameri-Do-Te.
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This series includes examples of:
- The Ace: Master Ken, of course.
- Adorkable: Cynthia
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Master Ken, Billy, and Lin Da.
- Artistic License - History: Master Ken's grip on historical facts is tenuous at best.
- Aside Glance: Anthony employs this trope constantly. Occasionally, Master Ken will indulge in this too.
- Badass Mustache: Master Ken, naturally.
- Based on a True Story: Matt Page based the show on his experiences trying to find a legitimate dojo after moving to Hollywood. Various instructors tried to teach him techniques like the Groin Grab and Hurticane with dead seriousness.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Cynthia usually comes across as being very girly and perpetually on the verge of crying. Piss her off, however, and she becomes downright creepy.
- Cynthia's normal persona appears to be masking something much darker: "Sometimes, I have evil thoughts and I used to tell them to my teddy bear, but then I thought it would turn him evil, so I stopped..."
- Butt Monkey: most of the male characters, but Anthony most of all.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Most of the dojo's students. But Master Ken is king of them all with his belief that techniques like the Kill Face, Hurticane, and Thrust of Freedom make him the greatest martial artist alivenote
- Master Ken asks the class to identify their spirit animals and then tells them to embrace said animals' traits. The dojo being what it is, it quickly turns into an improv class for lunatics.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Master Ken has a technique he refers to as You-Jitsu, which involves the fighter trying to outsmart their own reflections in a mirror. When Anthony points out that physics dictate that it requires them to be faster than the speed of light for You-Jitsu to work, Master Ken proceeds to show that it is indeed possible to do sonote .
- Crossover: With Ask a Ninja.
- Forbidden Technique: There are many deadly techniques in Ameri-Do-Te, but the deadliest has to be Kill Face. It cannot even be shown on camera.
- Gasshole: Billy in "Dance of Death"
- Groin Attack: A staple of the slapstick humor on the show:
- The prime MO of Ameri-Do-Te and Rachel's specialty, as demonstrated in "Destroy the Groin".
- A sparring match between Billy and a student from a rival dojo consists entirely of groin grabs in "Kung Foolishness".
- "100 Ways to Attack the Groin" is by far the most watched video Enter the Dojo has yet produced.
- Kayfabe: Internet commenters happily maintain the illusion that Master Ken is an inspiring teacher and that Ameri-Do-Te is the most lethal martial art known to man. The cast, on the other hand, will promote the show out of character.
- Macross Missile Massacre: The Hurticane's intended effect: you should launch so many simultaneous attacks on your opponent that they can't adequately defend against them all.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Rachel and Anthony
- Only Sane Man: Anthony seems to be the only one in the dojo (bar the documentary crew) who realizes just how ridiculous Ameri-Do-Te is. He's only attending because it gives him the chance to snark at everything.
- Pink Is for Sissies: In "Kung Foolishness", Anthony tries to get out of sparring by complaining about stomach cramps. Master Ken has Anthony remove his orange belt and then gives him a pink belt, just like the ones worn by women in ancient Japan to "help soothe their lady pains."
- Reality Is Unrealistic: The Groin Grab and Hurticane are techniques that were actually taught to Matt Page while he was looking for a dojo to train at by instructors who seemed to be sure of said techniques' usefulness.
- In fact, many Ameri-Do-Te techniques seen on the show are merely slightlynote exaggerated versions of real self-defense techniques taught by self-proclaimed masters of dubious qualifications.
- Status Quo Is God: Master Ken promotes the entire class (save Billy, who only gets a new brown belt) by one belt rank during Season 2's Christmas Episodenote . He demotes everyone back down to their original ranks before the next episode because they missed a class he'd scheduled on New Year's Day. Ken even goes so far as to give the documentary production crew white belts so that he can demote them to no belts when they dared to point out that no one could be expected to know that there would be class on a holidaynote
- Billy takes a promotion test and succeeds in earning a stripe on his brown belt. It's never mentioned again and seems to have disappeared in subsequent episodes.
- Talking Heads: In keeping with the documentary style of the show
- Tim Taylor Technology: Master Ken occasionally demonstrates that he does have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of the martial arts and would be a formidable fighter if he stuck with them. His overblown ego and obsession with complicated and fanciful techniques, however, takes Ameri-Do-Te several steps beyond practical.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: Three Words: Thrust of Freedom
- Lampshaded by Anthony: "I can't think of a better way to stop someone from beating me up by violently humping them. I also can't think of a better way to get someone to kick my ass than violently humping them."
- The Hurticane, even more so.
- Yandere: Fiona, seen first in "Attack the Heart" and again in "Kung Foolishness".
TV TROPES IS BULLSHIT.