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The Most Awesome Training Montages In Cinema History
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Renowned writer and all-round brainiac Malcolm Gladwell argues that mastery of any field takes 10,000 hours of solid graft. Without a serious commitment of time and energy even basic competence is impossible, let alone Dodgeball championships, bobsled gold medals or the chance to knock seven bells out of oversized Russkies with flat tops. But Hollywood has the ultimate Gladwell-defying shortcut. Malcolm, we give you the montage. In a mere minute or two of running up steps, punching coconuts and tying yourself to trees, great things can happen. Here’s a few of our favourite examples. Prepare to punch the air.

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Bloodsport (1988)

Trainer: Senzo Tanaka (Roy Chiao)
Trainee: Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme)

Training for
? The Kumite, Hong Kong's mixed martial arts competition

It’s a defining ‘80s montage: a little emoting, some soft synths and we’re away. We do love the bit where Van Damme reminds us that he’s got room from improvement by throwing himself off the ten-foot platform for no obvious reason, but it’s hard to see past the blindfolded dinner service. It’s basically Masterchef produced by Yoda. Why are they doing this? Who knows. At least if evil nemesis Bolo (Chong Li) comes at him with a selection of hors d’oeuvre, he’ll know what to do.

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1 RE: Kung Fu Panda!
Good written!!!! I like this article. Good saying!! More

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But why it was disappointed can any one know about it. More

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The Star Wars one isn't really a montage at all. More

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