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Training for Professional Wrestling in general seems to be this. It may be "fake", but it is highly dangerous, especially when coupled with the lack-of-experience of the participants, which leads to mistakes. Embarassing, painful mistakes. Many wrestlers have stated that the training they received was harsh, unforgiving and sometimes borderline torture, particularly in the Old School days, but it still isn't easy now.

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* Training for Professional Wrestling in general seems to be this. It may be "fake", but it is highly dangerous, especially when coupled with the lack-of-experience of the participants, which leads to mistakes. Embarassing, painful mistakes. Many wrestlers have stated that the training they received was harsh, unforgiving and sometimes borderline torture, particularly in the Old School days, but it still isn't easy now.



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* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', aspiring judoka Jemimah puts herself through rigorous 'old-school' training regimes, such as push-ups on gravel and leg sweeps practiced on solid trees.
* Sharon Kulikov from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' was apparently put through this -- by her own father, no less. Ironically [[spoiler:the training doesn't help much when she gets into a confrontation and takes an axe to the back of the head, though her training didn't really involve combat techniques.]] Barry Coleson High's baseball and football teams also apparently went through an extremely rigorous training regime -- described as military-esque -- that would've cost their coach his job if it weren't for the fact that they're very highly skilled teams because of said training. The baseball team's practices apparently involve three miles' worth of laps around the entire campus at the start, hundreds of the same drills over and over, physical workouts, and being forced to do eighty pushups every time the player makes a mistake.
* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'': Every Feccian Bladesman's training was this to some degree; for Zeke, it was this Up to Eleven. Justified, for if he was going to have any chance of going toe-to-toe with another Feccian Bladesman, he'd need all the advantages he could get.
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* Sharon Kulikov from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' was apparently put through this -- by her own father, no less. Ironically [[spoiler:the training doesn't help much when she gets into a confrontation and takes an axe to the back of the head, though her training didn't really involve combat techniques.]] Barry Coleson High's baseball and football teams also apparently went through an extremely rigorous training regime -- described as military-esque -- that would've cost their coach his job if it weren't for the fact that they're very highly skilled teams because of said training. The baseball team's practices apparently involve three miles' worth of laps around the entire campus at the start, hundreds of the same drills over and over, physical workouts, and being forced to do eighty pushups every time the player makes a mistake.



* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'': Every Feccian Bladesman's training was this to some degree; for Zeke, it was this Up to Eleven. Justified, for if he was going to have any chance of going toe-to-toe with another Feccian Bladesman, he'd need all the advantages he could get.


* Mercury Black was trained this way in ''WebAnimation/RWBY'', describing every day as a beating. Deconstructed viciously as Mercury's fighting style is flawed, self-destructive, and stagnant because his father was more concerned about beating him for not being strong ''right now'' than he was actually taking the time and work to make him strong. It makes him a {{foil}} to Yang, whose father trained her in a reasonable, practical manner, and who eventually surpasses him.

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* Mercury Black was trained this way in ''WebAnimation/RWBY'', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', describing every day as a beating. Deconstructed viciously as Mercury's fighting style is flawed, self-destructive, and stagnant because his father was more concerned about beating him for not being strong ''right now'' than he was actually taking the time and work to make him strong. It makes him a {{foil}} to Yang, whose father trained her in a reasonable, practical manner, and who eventually surpasses him.

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* Mercury Black was trained this way in ''WebAnimation/RWBY'', describing every day as a beating. Deconstructed viciously as Mercury's fighting style is flawed, self-destructive, and stagnant because his father was more concerned about beating him for not being strong ''right now'' than he was actually taking the time and work to make him strong. It makes him a {{foil}} to Yang, whose father trained her in a reasonable, practical manner, and who eventually surpasses him.

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* In ''Fanfic/AmazingFantasy'', Peter gets Izuku to push his spider powers by putting him through ridiculous amounts of physical training, making him carry literal tons of equipment, having him lap a city several times, and leaving dangerous objects lying around to train his SpiderSense. Izuku admits it wasn't fun, but he also knows it's necessary if he's going to get into the school of his dreams.

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* Ron Stoppable subjects himself to such training in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13064230/28/And-Now-Yet-Again-Still-Even-More-Fragments Endless Summer Days]]'' by learning how to cook bacon naked. As Ron explains to Betty Director, it improves his dodging, stability on slippery surfaces (due to the grease on the floor), ability to recover from slips and falls, and his pain tolerance. Betty never believes the last bit until she tries it and gets hot grease on her nipple.
* ''Fanfic/{{Traveler}}''
** Whenever Ash gets a chance to train with a truly elite trainer like Bruno or Lance, at least part of it includes fighting their team, which horribly outclasses his own.
** Bruno also trained Ash by having his Machamp use Earthquake to disturb nesting Onix and having Ash flee from them.
** While Ash is training under Lance, since Pidgeot can't climb Mt. Ember to build stamina, she instead has to spend hours being chased by Dragonite. Meanwhile Ash and his Pokémon climb the volcano while dodging weak hyper beams from Lance's other Dragonite.
** Steven wakes Ash up by dumping buckets of ice cold water on Ash then asks him a difficult question about the battle they'd had the previous day.


** Played straight, though, with our favorite BadassGrandpa Zelretch. He's notorious for periodically showing up at the Clock Tower and choosing out a few trainees. On the one hand, training under one of the few living practitioners of true magic, the man who [[ColonyDrop killed]] an EldritchAbomination bare handed? Sounds great! On the other hand, well, pretty much everyone he's ever chosen is currently either dead or insane.

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** Played straight, though, straight with our favorite BadassGrandpa the methods of Zelretch. He's notorious for periodically showing up at the Clock Tower and choosing out a few trainees. On the one hand, training under one of the few living practitioners of true magic, the man who [[ColonyDrop killed]] an EldritchAbomination bare handed? Sounds great! On the other hand, well, pretty much everyone he's ever chosen is currently either dead or insane.


* In ''[[FanFic/HotspringSouls Slice of Souls!]]'', Ciaran's dads put her through this when she was a teenager, waking her up in the wee hours of the morning, making her run for miles, go through an obstacle course and do all sorts of strength training and CrossFit exercises to help her fix her rage and abandonment issues as well as kick her booze and drug habits.

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* In ''[[FanFic/HotspringSouls Slice of Souls!]]'', Ciaran's dads put her through this when she was a teenager, waking her up in the wee hours of the morning, making her run for miles, go through an obstacle course and do all sorts of strength training and CrossFit [=CrossFit=] exercises to help her fix her rage and abandonment issues as well as kick her booze and drug habits.



* In '[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7798790/18/Promises-of-a-Wandering-Hero Promises of a Wandering Hero]]'', in order to prepare Motoko to face her sister Tsuruko in combat in three years, Shirou trains her by fighting Motoko at slightly above her level. If by the end of the spar, she hasn't hit him once, he goes all out and beats the hell out of her. They do this every day: first thing in the morning, and again after dinner. Despite being in amazing shape, the training is rough enough that Motoko throws up afterwards.

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* In '[[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7798790/18/Promises-of-a-Wandering-Hero Promises of a Wandering Hero]]'', in order to prepare Motoko to face her sister Tsuruko in combat in three years, Shirou trains her by fighting Motoko at slightly above her level. If by the end of the spar, she hasn't hit him once, he goes all out and beats the hell out of her. They do this every day: first thing in the morning, and again after dinner. Despite being in amazing shape, the training is rough enough that Motoko throws up afterwards.


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* ''FanFic/ToHellAndBackArrowverse'': According to ComicBook/AmandaWaller, Ra's al Ghul poured countless amounts of resources into training [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver]], [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry]], and [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] into the perfect killing machines. By the start of the main storyline, they are unquestionably the three most dangerous assassins in the world. But from what is implied by the narrative, the training itself was not a cakewalk at all, and left them scars that they've trained themselves to hide from the rest of the world.


* Backstage footage of {{Gackt}} and his band preparing for concert is nothing but this. Gackt and his back up dancers' "training" includes lifting each other as weights and taking turns punching and kicking each other in the stomach over extended periods of time.

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* Backstage footage of {{Gackt}} Music/{{Gackt}} and his band preparing for concert is nothing but this. Gackt and his back up dancers' "training" includes lifting each other as weights and taking turns punching and kicking each other in the stomach over extended periods of time.


* Although any martial art in ''TabletopGame/StreetFighter'' could be done this way, but trying to master Bison's Ler Drit style or Vega's [[McNinja Spanish Ninjitsu]] is a particularly unpleasant pair of cases. Vega's standard training is to trap aspiring students in an orchard with one or more wild bulls, where they must either master the style's requisite agility or be fatally gored/trampled. As for Ler Drit... the ''lucky'' ones just die outright when they fail. The ''unlucky'' ones burn out their very souls, reducing them to {{Technically Living Zombie}}s called Revenants.

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* Although any Any martial art in ''TabletopGame/StreetFighter'' ''TabletopGame/StreetFighterTheStorytellingGame'' could be done this way, but trying to master Bison's Ler Drit style or Vega's [[McNinja Spanish Ninjitsu]] is a particularly unpleasant pair of cases. Vega's standard training is to trap aspiring students in an orchard with one or more wild bulls, where they must either master the style's requisite agility or be fatally gored/trampled. As for Ler Drit... the ''lucky'' ones just die outright when they fail. The ''unlucky'' ones burn out their very souls, reducing them to {{Technically Living Zombie}}s called Revenants.

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* Decades ago, all professional wrestling training was like this. If you wanted to become a professional wrestler, you had to find someone who would be willing to train you. Then you'd get the hell beaten out of you for the first several days. It wasn't uncommon for this to include the breaking of bones, especially the leg. All of this was to make sure that you were serious about becoming a wrestler, had the mental and physical toughness required to finish the training, and had the endurance needed to perform as a wrestler before you were smartened up to the aspects of {{Kayfabe}}.


** Justified when she trained Batman in Knightsend, but only because he was an already experienced fighter trying to recover his abilities after months out of commission. Robin, when he trained briefly under Shiva, didn't get as much out of it.

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** Justified when she trained Batman ComicBook/{{Batman}} in Knightsend, but only because he was an already experienced fighter trying to recover his abilities after months out of commission. Robin, ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}, when he trained briefly under Shiva, didn't get as much out of it.

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* The Creator/ShelSilverstein poem "The Runners". The illustration reveals that the reason why the track team is so fast and jumps so high is because their new coach is a lion who chases them across a DeathCourse with spiked pit traps.
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* WesternAnimation/SupaStrikas Many episodes focus on a player or players going somewhere remote to refine a skill to take on the team of the week. This usually involves an extreme form of training.

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* WesternAnimation/SupaStrikas ''WesternAnimation/SupaStrikas'': Many episodes focus on a player or players going somewhere remote to refine a skill to take on the team of the week. This usually involves an extreme form of training.training.
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': Altean training regimes largely revolve around throwing the Paladins into dangerous situations and hoping they bond with each other. For the most part, this is safe enough... except, of all things, for the ''language lessons''. Pidge tries to learn Altean, and is shown a holographic animal, and told to repeat the name she just heard. Every time she gets it wrong, the animal gets bigger and angrier, and will eventually attack if she doesn't get it right. [[FromBadToWorse Then the lesson changes to a more dangerous animal with a more complicated name]].

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* The creed of "Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy" is the basis for the type of training the students of ''Series/CobraKai'' undergo. They were looking only to be able to deal with a bullying epidemic. Sadly, the three star students in particular wound up taking the creed a little too far (as their performance at the All Valley Championships as well as Johnny's reaction to the aftermath indicate).

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* WesternAnimation/SupaStrikas Many episodes focus on a player or players going somewhere remote to refine a skill to take on the team of the week. This usually involves an extreme form of training.

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