Tenkiachi Budokai

The Tekaichi budokai(FUNimation dub: World Tournament) is a martial arts tournaments in which fighters compete to see who is the strongest warrior amongst them. It was held every 3 years in the Papaya Island on May 7th. However, there have been years that no Z-Fighter has gone to the Tenkaichi Budokai. Eleven years went by between the 23rd and 24th Tenkaichi Budokais, for the arena to be rebuilt by, Goku and Piccolo’s fight. Seven years had to go by between the 24th and the 25th, due to the Cell Games. Also, the 4 years that happened to go by the 25th and 26th Tenkaichi Budokais, because of the infamous Majin Buu. Due to the great intense of the Budokai, a prize was meant for the strongest one that happened to show up. Usually, the prize was 50,000 zeni to about 500,000 zeni. That’s quiet a lot. All in all those times, many new people conquered feats no one else could, as did some over come those. If you think that is all it’s about, think again!

Tenkaichi Budokai Translation:

Ten – Heavens/Sky
Ka – Under/Beneath
Ichi – First/Best
Bu – Martial Arts
Duo – Way Of (Fighting)
Kai – Meeting
Translated to: Heavens Under First Fighting Way of Meeting. Still sounds wierd doesn’t it!

Ten + Ka means “Under the Heavens” + Ichi = The World’s Best.
English Translation: Tenkaichi means, “World’s Best”

Bu + Dou = Martial Arts (Martial Arts is a “way of”) + Kai = “Martial Arts Meeting”.
English Translation: Budokai means, “Martial Arts Tournament”

Combine both words of the translation and you get:
Tenkaichi Budokai = The World’s Best Martial Arts Tournament

FUNimation Translation: World Tournament: Now many of you are probably thinking that this is all wrong because it’s not anything like what you here it called in the FUNimation dub (English version). FUNimation probably thought calling it The World’s Best Martial Arts Tournament was a little long so they shortened it to The World Tournament.