- Not to be confused by the episode of the same name.
|“You see, the key is balance. Let your opponent fight himself. Let the enemy tire himself.”|
|— Garmadon, to his Students|
The Art of the Silent Fist is a martial arts technique in the world of Ninjago. Described as "how to fight without fighting" by Master Garmadon, it is a way to fight your opponent without touching them and letting them defeat themselves. Garmadon developed the Art of the Silent Fist as part of his vow of pacifism following his reformation. After Garmadon was resurrected in his evil form, Lloyd fought him in a climactic battle, and won by using his father's old tactic against him.
At the Monastery, Lloyd volunteered to battle his father, only to be defeated in a sparring training session. Garmadon had used the Art of the Silent Fist to defeat his son, meaning Lloyd had not touched him once, and let his anger make him lose. The lesson continued with the students practicing the Art of the Silent Fist in pairs.
Later, when the Ninja had traveled to the main power source of Ninjago, Jay, Kai, and Cole tried to break through the glass with their Techno Blades, but they were unable to do so. Instead, they used the Art of the Silent Fist to provoke Nindroids to shoot at the glass, making it shatter, and putting out all the power in Ninjago.
While confronting his father atop the ruined building of Borg Tower, Lloyd opts to use his father's teachings against him. He uses the Art of the Silent Fist to avoid flying debris and blasts of destructive energy, while not directly fighting his father. Eventually, the tactic pays off, as Garmadon's element fades away - and as a result, Lloyd regains his own element.