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Stepping Down (ゲゲゲッ!!新鶴仙流·太陽拳, Gegege!! Shintsurusenryu Taiyoken) is the eleventh episode of the Tien Shinhan Saga and the ninety-fourth episode in the Dragon Ball series. The episode first aired on December 30, 1987.

Summary

The episode starts off with Yamcha, who is still in the hospital, yearning to see the fight. Just as he says that, a nurse walks into the room with a radio and gives it to the latter. Yamcha thanks her and begins catching up on the fight of Jackie Chun versus Tien Shinhan.

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Papaya Hospital

Back at the fight, the two competitors are poised, ready to continue. Suddenly, Tien jumps up to the sky and then tries to hit Jackie from above, but Jackie dodges. They then throw series of punches and kicks, but not as fast as before because it is clear that they are much more tired now. Tien then bicycle-kicks Jackie to the edge of the arena. As Jackie realizes where he is and gets up, Tien grabs him and starts pushing him closer to the edge. However, Jackie has some tricks up his sleeve as well. He crushes Tien's hands in an attempt to slow him down. Still it seems Tien has the upper hand here. As they reach the edge, Master Shen and the crowd are getting impatient, but Jackie will not budge. Tien gives his opponent a few headbutts. Jackie Chun then grabs Tien, leans backward really far, then springs off and over him, landing safely in the middle of the arena.

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Tien fires a Kamehameha at Jackie Chun

After the suspenseful moment, Jackie is now admitting that Tien is one of the most gifted fighters he has ever faced, yet he undermines his own ability due to his horrible ethics. Tien retorts that he does not care and admits that he was not even fighting seriously. He squats down and performs the Solar Flare, a super-bright energy technique that blinds Jackie and the crowd (except Master Shen and the announcer, who are wearing sunglasses). He then proceeds to knee Jackie in the back of the neck, rendering him unconscious. The announcer states that this trick, though cheap, is allowed, and begins a countdown. Just as he was about to reach ten, Jackie stands up, amazing Tien.

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Jackie Chun deflects Tien's Kamehameha

Tien asks how it is possible to recover so quickly after an attack like that, and Jackie replies that he cannot know until he ditches the destructive path he was set on. He even made a jab about Shen, which set Tien off and he goes on the offensive, refusing to listen. On the sidelines, Shen is beginning to get suspicious about Jackie's identity. After Tien's assault, Jackie Chun continues pressing on his jabs and called his last kick "sloppy". He claims that Tien's mind is not focused, but it is not his fault that his mind was messed up. He said that Master Shen was always gifted with deception. Just as he said that, Shen realizes that Jackie Chun is merely Master Roshi in disguise. He telepathically tells it to Tien, who then prepares a powerful Kamehameha. However, Jackie is able to deflect it away from the audience. Tien then claims that he can learn any technique, and Jackie advises that he must keep a level head in order to succeed, and that he can teach him. Then, he gallantly walks out of the ring, saying that his era has ended. Next fight will be Krillin versus Goku.

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