According to the first known origin from an older version of the official Kung Fu Panda site, the Training Hall was constructed almost nine-hundred years ago (prior to the events of the first film) by Master Golden Takin, who was the first martial arts instructor to be appointed by Master Oogway. The Training Hall had undergone many refurbishments over the years, with the current one being designed by Shifu alone.
Another origin was told in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. According to the episode "Sticky Situation", it was explained by Taotie that the Training Hall was designed and built by himself and Shifu, the two constructing it in order to have a better training environment and to help Taotie improve in Kung Fu.Po was selected as the Dragon Warrior, when Shifu lead Po inside for the very first time. The Furious Five were inside training at the time, and being the devoted fanboy, Po watched them in awe until a stray piece of wood from a shattered spiked club smacked him in the head, courtesy of Tigress. As part of his campaign to intimidate Po into leaving, Shifu told Po to immediately begin in the deadly training course. An unnerved Po tried to look for an alternative and less deadly means of training, and eventually decided on the Adversary. As the Five and Shifu watched, Po faced the Adversary and gave it a tiny, half-hearted punch. On Shifu's suggestion, Po gave the adversary a far more powerful punch, resulting in the dummy swinging back and knocking the panda into the training course, where he failed spectacularly in every single stage except the Seven-Talon Rings.
The Training Hall and the courtyard outside were the settings of Po's first day of training. He sparred with each of the Furious Five except for Tigress, and each fight took place in the courtyard, with the exception of Crane. The Training Hall was last seen when Shifu heard Po making Kung Fusounds in the distance, and the hall was the first place he looked, only to find the panda in the kitchen instead.
Po was assigned by Master Shifu to instruct an "Introduction to Kung Fu" class full of rambunctious bunny children, it was held in the Training Hall's courtyard, where he shared stories about how each of the Furious Five learned lessons in Kung Fu.
Furious Five watched as Po struggled to fit forty bean buns into his mouth.
The Training Hall is said to have undergone many expansions and refinements over the years, each modification reflecting the wishes and training philosophy of the current martial arts instructor. The present incarnation of the Training Hall was designed by Master Shifu (due to his strict nature at the time) and is noted to be the most dangerous, difficult, and terrifying training layout in the entire history of China.
The Jade Tortoise of WisdomEdit
"When the great Master Oogway traveled to a lost mining village hidden in the Mystic Mountains, he was presented with the rare gift of a massive hunk of jade. Ever the humble master, Oogway decided himself unworthy of such a gift, and divided it among the villagers as a token of his respect. The remaining shell was taken to the Temple where it is used even today for the avid training of his disciples. It is said that if one listens hard enough, each ring from its lustrous surface resonates with Oogway's humble chuckle.
The Gauntlet of Wooden WarriorsEdit
"Inspired by the legendary fighters of the Ngoh Wan Crocodile Clan whose armored hides were said to be able to withstand the iron arrows of the Shaanxi spirit archers and the black stone clubs of the mountain giants from Hengshan, the gauntlet of steel-studded wooden warriors is a formidable test for any Kung Fu master. You need the speed of a striking cobra, the reflexes of a hunting panther, and the courage of a dragon warlord to run the gauntlet and emerge unscathed.
The Seven-Talon RingsEdit
"The Seven-Talon Rings are each an abstraction of the great mythical seven-toed demon serpent that guarded the mouth of the Xing Yun Jin Cave (the 'Lucky Golden' cave). This beast savagely attacked anything that neared its nest, spinning and spiraling in a scaled flurry of talons and fangs. Any brave scavengers desiring the vast deposits of gold believed to line the walls of his cave never survived long enough to find out if the legend of the gold was in fact true.
"In the Training Hall, to swing on and slip through the center of the Seven-Talon Rings unscathed is an honorable feat and Master Monkey's favorite exercise."
The Seven Swinging Clubs of Instant OblivionEdit
"These heavy wooden metal-spiked clubs are modeled after the acrobatic Eshan porcupines of Yunnan Province. To be struck by the flat wooden stomach is to be rendered instantly unconscious. To be struck by the long metal spikes on the back is to meet an instant agonizing death. Only a few fearless masters have the skill to traverse the spinning serpent logs and avoid being struck by the swinging clubs.
"Only one master has ever had the strength and courage to stand their ground and avoid impalement by using their Kung Fu to destroy the clubs in mid-swing. She is Master Tigress."
Field of Fiery DeathEdit
"A master is only as balanced as his or her stance — a teaching illustrated by this formidable training device. Fueled by fiery fury from below, it denies even the slightest of safe surfaces.
"It is rumored that a long-forgotten master was inspired to create the device upon seeing the graceful gyrations of a leaf traversing a violent lava field. A separate myth of even deeper mystery suggests that it was instead created by an angry farmer trying to keep away salesmen.
"Today, Master Viper uses these flames to hone her lightning reflexes and frightening flexibility."
"This deceptively simple training device is the first to be faced by any student entering the sacred Training Hall. Filled with sand from the upper deserts, it absorbs the punishing blows of any opponent and returns it tenfold. Caution is urged for the unfortunate unwary."
Shifu notes in the first film that the dummy is used for training children and to prop the entrance doors open when it's hot in the Hall. It is still often used by children (and occasionally Po). Its appearance seems to be that of an unknown animal wearing a mask, possibly meant to resemble a bandit.
In Secrets of the Furious Five, another Adversary was painted in the likeness of Po.
Similarly, a training dummy on a rope was used in Kung Fu Panda: Art of Balance when Po was training, which was painted to look like a lady bunny.In Legends of Awesomeness, the Adversary was used by Shifu on numerous occasions to demonstrate Kung Fu moves. One particular move called the Chao Wa Punch Kick was demonstrated in the episode "Master Ping".
The exterior of the Training Hall consists of a walled courtyard with various training devices scattered around the edges, such as a weapons rack. Here students can exercise alone, such as when Po attempted to learn a full split for the first time, or train together in sparring matches. In the first film, the courtyard was where the Furious Five attempted a surprise attack on Shifu as a training exercise, and where Po was later set up to spar with Shifu and some of the Five.
- Another name for a Chinese martial arts training hall is called a "kwoon" (simplified Chinese: 馆; traditional Chinese: 館; pinyin: guǎn).
- The Chinese characters on the tapestries hanging near the front doors inside the Training Hall say, "Focus. Harmony. Honor. Sacrifice. Courage. Power. Agility. Speed. Grace. Balance."
- Some of the inspiration for the Training Hall was taken from the 1978 classic Kung Fu movie The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.