Fighting Dojo

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Fighting Dojo 格闘道場
Fighting Dojo
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Fighting Dojo FRLG.png
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Location: Saffron City
Region: Kanto
Generations: I, II, III, IV, VII
Kanto Saffron City Map.png
Location of Fighting Dojo in Kanto.
Pokémon world locations

The Fighting Dojo (Japanese: 格闘道場 Fighting Dojo) is a former Pokémon Gym located in Saffron City.

In the games

In Generations I, II, III, and VII, the Fighting Dojo remains open and hosts Trainers who specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon. In Generation IV, the Gym Leaders of the Kanto and Johto regions convene here and may be challenged to a rematch.

Generation I

Generation I Fighting Dojo

Fighting Dojo

The Fighting Dojo was first seen in the Generation I games, positioned to the west of the Saffron Gym. In these early games, it was established that the Fighting Dojo and the Saffron Gym once competed against each other to determine which one would be the Indigo League's sixth Pokémon Gym. Due to the type advantage that Saffron Gym's Psychic-type Pokémon had over the Fighting Dojo's Fighting-type Pokémon, Saffron Gym easily won and became the official gym.

Although no Badge can be won in the Dojo, the unofficial Gym remains open and continues to accept challenges. Four Black Belts test the player's abilities before the player can challenge their master, the Karate Master. The reward for defeating him is a choice between Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan; both Pokémon are at level 30.

Unlike other Gyms, the Fighting Dojo has a simple design which has not changed much over the generations. Between its appearances from the Generation I games to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Dojo has maintained a wooden floor with no mazes or puzzles to solve. Pure strength and battle strategy is needed to succeed in here.

The two banners on the wall of the Dojo read "Struggle for vengeance!" and "A complicated fracture."

Generation II

Everyone Welcome!
Fighting Dojo

The most significant change in the Generation II games is that only one of the students is left and the Fighting Dojo is, at that time, much like Safari Zone, temporarily closed down. The Karate Master can be found training in Johto's Mt. Mortar. It is in this generation that his name is revealed to be Kiyo (Japanese: ノブヒコ Nobuhiko).

At the Dojo, there are two scrolls behind the student that say "What goes around comes around!" and "Enemies on every side!"

Generation III

Fighting Dojo

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen pose the same challenge to players as the original Generation I games. The key difference apart from the obvious aesthetic changes is the level of the gift Pokémon, which are now level 25.

The Karate Master is erroneously named Koichi (Japanese: タケノリ Takenori) in these games as opposed to Kiyo (Japanese: ノブヒコ Nobuhiko) in Generation II. This is an oversight on part of Game Freak and his name Kiyo was reinstated in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Generation IV

Generation IV Fighting Dojo with all the Gym Leaders

Everyone is Welcome!
Fighting Dojo

For more details on how to rematch the Gym Leaders, see Rematch.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Fighting Dojo is similar to Generation II. The same student is the only one left and the Karate Master is once again training at Mt. Mortar in Johto.

Aesthetic differences aside, the Karate Master is now known as the Karate King. The student at the Dojo also informs the player that the Gym Leaders of Kanto and Johto are allowed to use the Dojo to hold rematches with him or her, much like how the Sinnoh Gym Leaders can be found for a rematch at the Battleground in Pokémon Platinum. However, unlike Platinum, the Leaders will not arrive at the Dojo until they have been called on for a rematch.

Generation VII

Fighting Dojo

The Fighting Dojo challenge in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! is similar to FireRed and LeafGreen, down to the final opponent being Koichi (Japanese: タケノリ Takenori). The Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan the player can receive are placed back at level 30 to better fit with the game's level curve, and the burden of choice is lessened, as the player can catch more Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan at Victory Road as rare spawns. In addition, the Dojo has an additional Coach Trainer who will reward them with TM23 (Thunder Punch), as well as two Master Black Belts who, fittingly, specialize in Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan.

Items

Item Location Games
TM Electric VI TM23 (Thunder Punch) Reward for defeating Coach Trainer Leona  P  E 
Focus Band Focus Band Between two statues at the back of the Dojo  G  S  C 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Gift Pokémon
106 Hitmonlee
R B Y
Gift Gift
30 One
107 Hitmonchan
R B Y
Gift Gift
30 One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation III

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Gift Pokémon
106 Hitmonlee
FR LG
Gift Gift
25 One
107 Hitmonchan
FR LG
Gift Gift
25 One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation VII

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Gift Pokémon
106 Hitmonlee
P E
Gift Gift
30 One
107 Hitmonchan
P E
Gift Gift
30 One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trainers

Generation I

Trainer Pokémon
Blackbelt
Blackbelt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png775
066 Machop Lv.31
No item
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item
Blackbelt
Blackbelt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png800
066 Machop Lv.32
No item
067 Machoke Lv.32
No item
Blackbelt
Blackbelt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png900
057 Primeape Lv.36
No item
Blackbelt
Blackbelt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png775
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item



Generation III

Trainer Pokémon
Black Belt Hideki
Black Belt Hideki
タイキ Taiki
Reward: PokémonDollar.png768
066 Machop Lv.32
No item
067 Machoke Lv.32
No item
Black Belt Hitoshi
Black Belt Hitoshi
イワオ Iwao
Reward: PokémonDollar.png744
066 Machop Lv.31
No item
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item
Black Belt Mike
Black Belt Mike
ノボル Noboru
Reward: PokémonDollar.png744
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item
Black Belt Aaron
Black Belt Aaron
タツマ Tatsuma
Reward: PokémonDollar.png864
057 Primeape Lv.36
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.



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Generation VII

Trainer Pokémon
Coach Trainer Leona
Coach Trainer Leona
チヨリ Chiyori
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3,300
067 Machoke Lv.32
No item
125 Electabuzz Lv.33
No item
Black Belt Hitoshi
Black Belt Hitoshi
イワオ Iwao
Reward: PokémonDollar.png868
3 Poké Balls
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item
Black Belt Aaron
Black Belt Aaron
タツマ Tatsuma
Reward: PokémonDollar.png868
3 Poké Balls
075 Graveler Lv.31
No item
Black Belt Hideki
Black Belt Hideki
タイキ Taiki
Reward: PokémonDollar.png868
3 Poké Balls
061 Poliwhirl Lv.31
No item
Black Belt Mike
Black Belt Mike
ノボル Noboru
Reward: PokémonDollar.png868
3 Poké Balls
067 Machoke Lv.31
No item



Post-game
Trainer Pokémon
Master Trainer
Black Belt Cheng
Black Belt Cheng
クンジ Kunji
Reward: N/A
Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Lv.75
High Jump Kick Feint
- -
Master Trainer
Black Belt Wong
Black Belt Wong
ツヨシ Tsuyoshi
Reward: N/A
Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Lv.75
Bulk Up Thunder Punch
Ice Punch Fire Punch

Layout

Interior design

Fighting Dojo RBY.png Fighting Dojo GSC.png Fighting Dojo FRLG.png Fighting Dojo HGSS.png
Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV

Exterior design

Fighting Dojo Exterior RBY.png Fighting Dojo Exterior GSC.png Fighting Dojo Exterior FRLG.png Fighting Dojo Exterior HGSS.png
Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV

In the anime

The Fighting Dojo in the anime

In the main series

Karate Master Kiyo appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble. However, he doesn't seem to be related to the Fighting Dojo in the anime.

The Dojo debuted in Pasta La Vista!. The Dojo's leader, Master Hamm, wanted his son Kyle to take over the Dojo, but Kyle wanted to run his noodle restaurant instead. They decided to have a Pokémon battle to settle their differences, but Master Hamm blew his back during the battle, preventing him from finishing the fight. As such, he chose to let Ash fight in his stead, while Kyle chose May to battle in his place. After a bit of sparring to get used to Master Hamm and Kyle's Fighting-type Pokémon, Ash and May restarted the battle. However, the battle was interrupted again, this time by Team Rocket, who tried to steal the Fighting-type Pokémon for themselves, but were stopped by Terri. In the end, Master Hamm let Kyle follow his dream of selling noodles, appointing Terri as his successor instead.

In the dub, the Dojo was incorrectly referred to as the "Pokémon Dojo".

Pokémon used in the Dojo

Used by Master Hamm
Master Hamm's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee was used to battle Kyle's Hitmonchan, but because Master Hamm's back hurt, the battle was canceled. Later, Hitmonlee was used by Ash to battle May and Hitmonchan.

Hitmonlee's known moves are Rolling Kick, High Jump Kick, Jump Kick and Focus Punch.

Debut Pasta La Vista!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Michael Haigney
Used by Kyle
Kyle's Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
Kyle used his Hitmonchan in the fight for the dojo. The battle was canceled because Kyle's father and opponent, Master Hamm's back was hurting. Hitmonchan was later used by May in a battle against Ash, who used Master Hamm's Hitmonlee.

Hitmonchan's known moves are Comet Punch, Mach Punch, Agility, Focus Punch and Sky Uppercut.

Debut Pasta La Vista!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Michael Haigney
Used by Terri
Terri's Hitmontop
Hitmontop
Hitmontop is Terri's only known Pokémon. He was used to battle Team Rocket while rescuing Master Hamm's Hitmonlee and Kyle's Hitmonchan.

Hitmontop's known moves are Rapid Spin and Mega Kick.

Debut Pasta La Vista!
Voice actors
Japanese
English Michael Haigney
Other Pokémon seen in the Dojo
Pokémon Dojo's Hariyama
Hariyama
Hariyama sparred with Hitmonlee when he was in Ash's possession.

Hariyama's only known move is Arm Thrust.

Debut Pasta La Vista!
Pokémon Dojo's Breloom
Breloom
Breloom was sparring with Hitmonchan when he was in May's possession.

Breloom's known moves are Sky Uppercut and Stun Spore.

Debut Pasta La Vista!

In Pokémon Origins

The Fighting Dojo in Pokémon Origins

Red visited the Fighting Dojo in File 3: Giovanni, soon after defeating Sabrina. He defeated Kiyo off-screen, obtaining his Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan as a prize of his victory.

In the manga

The Fighting Dojo in Pokémon Zensho
The Fighting Dojo interior in Pokémon Zensho

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

The Fighting Dojo appeared in Saffron City, where Satoshi was invited there by the Karate Master. After telling Satoshi about the basic history between the Dojo and the Saffron Gym, he told the young Trainer how Shigeru, Satoshi's rival, had recently beaten Sabrina, and she was now trying to sneak into the Silph Co. building in order to save her stolen telepathic Lapras from Team Rocket. The Karate Master begged Satoshi to go help her, and he agreed to do so.

Trivia

  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, despite many Gym Leaders owning Pokémon that are dual-type with another Leader's specialty, only Magnezone and Pidgeot are used by more than one Leader. Lt. Surge and Jasmine both use Magnezone, while Falkner and Blue both use Pidgeot.
  • Morty is the only Gym Leader that uses multiple Pokémon of the same species in his rematch, with his two Gengar.
  • Clair is the only Gym Leader that does not use any Hoenn or Sinnoh Pokémon in her rematch.
    • She is also the only Gym Leader (other than Blue, who does not specialize in a type) to use Pokémon not of her type specialty in her rematch.
  • Erika and Sabrina pay out lower amounts of prize money after their rematches than they do after their respective Gym battles.
  • In Generation IV, while the player is in the Fighting Dojo, all Gym Leaders will respond to a call by saying that they are getting bad reception and suggest that the player call from a different place.
  • The Gym Leaders from Johto all appear on the left side of the Dojo, while the Gym Leaders from Kanto appear on the right side. This is most likely meant to represent the position of the two different regions that the Gym Leaders come from.
  • In Pokémon Black and White, Black Belt Thomas at Icirrus Gym says he is from the Fighting Dojo.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, Kiyo can be found from Lumiose City, trying to start a new Fighting Dojo in an apartment he has rented.
  • In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, a Black Belt on Mount Lanakila says that he and his fellow Black Belts next to him are from the Fighting Dojo.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 格鬥道場 Gaakdau Douhchèuhng
Mandarin 格鬥道場 / 格斗道场 Gédòu Dàochǎng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Karatemesterens træningssal
France Flag.png French Dojo
Germany Flag.png German Kampf-Dojo (VI-VII)
Karate Dojo (I-IV)
Italy Flag.png Italian Dojo Karate
South Korea Flag.png Korean 격투도장 Gyeoktu Dojang
Spain Flag.png Spanish Dojo Karate (VII)
Dojo-Karate (I-IV)


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