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"The Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Begins!!"
Kanji 天下一武道会はじまる!!
Rōmaji Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Hajimaru!!
Literal English The Number One Under Heaven Martial Arts Gathering Begins!!
Viz Let the Contest Begin!!
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 3
Previous Chapter 31
Next Chapter 33
Arc Kame Sennin Training Arc
Japanese July 9, 1985
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB019
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"The Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Begins!!" (天下一武道会はじまる!!, Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Hajimaru!!; Viz "Let the Contest Begin!!"; Literally meaning "The Number One Under Heaven Martial Arts Gathering Begins!!") is the thirty-second chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


Using the Tenka-Ichi Budōkai as motivation, Gokū and Kulilin diligently work hard during their training regimen for seven months. Still having a desire to learning fighting techniques, while running away from a dinosaur, Gokū figures the only way Kame-Sennin would teach them how to fight is if both he and Kulilin prove their strength by being able to move a huge boulder. While Kame Sennin was impressed with the boys' progress, one month before the tournament, Gokū and Kulilin are both able to shock Kame-Sennin by being able to push over a huge boulder.

Afterwards, Kame Sennin claims he has nothing more to teach the young boys, and reveals the basics of the Kame Sen Martial Arts were encompassed within the training the boys had been doing over the course of seven months. For the last month, Kame-Sennin has Gokū and Kulilin wear 40 kilogram shells on their backs, leading the two young boys to wonder if all of the repetitive activities would allow them to enter the Tenkaichi Budōkai while working in the fields.

As the day of the tournament arrives, Kame-Sennin has Gokū and Kulilin take off the turtle shells from their backs. Much to the boys' surprise, they realize they can move much more freely than ever before after losing the extra weight. After Lunch sees the three before they leave, they eventually ride a plane to the tournament and Gokū and Kulilin register upon their arrival, much to the surprise of the registration officer that such young children would be entering the tournament.