The Tenkaichi Budōkai (
The Tenkaichi Budōkai, in spite of its current state as a world renowned martial arts tournament, had humble origins. It began as a festival long ago at the temple on Papaya Island that now functions as the tournament grounds.
Known Tenkaichi Budōkai
|21st Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 750||Jackie Chun||Son Gokū|
|22nd Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 753||Tenshinhan||Son Gokū|
|23rd Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 756||Son Gokū||Piccolo|
|24th Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 767||Mr. Satan||Jewel|
|25th Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 774||Mr. Satan||No. 18|
|26th Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 778||Mr. Satan||Mr. Bū|
|27th Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 781||Mr. Satan||Mr. Bū|
|28th Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 784||Unknown||Unknown|
Prior to the 24th Tenka-Ichi Budōkai, adults and children fought in the same division. As of the 24th, however, a Junior Division was introduced for all children ages fifteen and below. The Junior Division takes place before the Adult Division and the prize money for the winner and the runner-up equal that of the Adult Division. There is also no preliminaries for the Junior Division, allowing all registered participants to fight. The rules for the Junior Division are identical to those for the Adult Division.
As of the 25th Tenka-Ichi Budōkai, the preliminary rounds received a complete overhaul. Rather than participate in a qualifying tournament, as had been done in the past, fighters would punch a punching machine and receive a score based on the strength of their punches. The reigning champion is exempt from this process. The fifteen highest scores are qualified to participate in the main tournament.
The tournament rules apply to both the Adult and Junior Divisions. They are as follows:
- Killing one's opponent is forbidden.
- The use of weapons is prohibited.
- Hitting one's opponent "below the belt" is prohibited.
- A competitor loses if they…
In Other Media
Dragon Ball GT
Two Tenka-Ichi Budōkai are shown over the course of Dragon Ball GT. The second tournament is never given a date, nor is the winner ever shown, but it featured a battle between the descendants of Son Gokū and Vegeta.
|30th Tenka-Ichi Budōkai||May 7, Age 790||Unknown||Oob|
- In the video game, Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, during her match with Spopovitch, Videl was disqualified for use of "excessive force" (which is the playstyle the player would have to use to even defeat Spopovitch, given how under-powered Videl was, gameplay wise). This is never mentioned as a rule in the manga or anime.
- Despite their long standing rules, the Tenka'ichi Budōkai's regulations have been broken multiple times throughout the series; the most frequent perpetrator being Son Gokū himself. Taopaipai used a hidden blade to cut Tenshinhan, for which he was disqualified. Gokū used his Kintoun to save himself from a ring-out, for which he was excused. He later used Kame-Sennin's sunglasses to block the Taiyōken, for which there was no penalty.