The Da Jue Zhan is a traditional grand duel hosted by the Hand, where the organization sends their best warriors against a single opponent. If the opponent wins, the Hand will meet his demands.
At his return, Danny told Colleen Wing and Claire Temple about the invitation. Even if Temple thought they should call the police and Wing desired to follow him, Rand made it clear he would go there alone. He then meditated in preparation for the challenge to come.
- "The Iron Fist accepts the challenge of the Grand Duel in the name of the holy city of K'un-Lun. My terms are that, upon my victory, the Hand will relinquish custody of the young woman Sabina and depart from Rand."
"Welcome. My master agrees to your terms. Should you lose, but remain alive, you must remove yourself from all of our dealings."
- ―Iron Fist and Madame Gao[src]
Danny Rand was challenged by Madame Gao to defeat the Veznikov brothers, who are Andrei Veznikov and Grigori Veznikov. Danny Rand introduced himself to the Twins, who thought that it was a joke since he did not look like a fighter. When the billionaire mocked them for bragging while they were two against him, they said they were one, cut their hands and made a circle with their blood which represented the limits of the arena. Rand prepared himself to fight and challenged them. Gao then started the duel by dripping her stick on the floor. The Twins attacked him from both sides making Rand unable to counter their attacks. Downed by the brothers, he recalled his teacher's instructions, which were to fight "like a double-edged sword".Following this instruction, Danny adopted a fighting style that allowed him to strike and counter at the same time. While he fought better this time, Rand was downed one again, only to go up and kick Grigori out of the blood circle after reminding himself that he was a living weapon. He then proceeded to break one of Andrei's arms and to force him to surrender. After defeating them, Gao told him that it was just the first challenge.
Madame Gao led Danny Rand to the second challenge. In it, Rand had to defeat the Bride of Nine Spiders. She took advantage of his naivety by seducing him and subtly inject poisoned needles into his neck which quickly began to affect him. Disoriented and with his vision troubled, Rand tried to strike her, only to have more poisoned needles implanted into his body. With his face on the fence of the arena, Rand reminded himself of Lei Kung's words about accepting or rejecting the darkness within him which made him able focus again. With his mind now cleared, Danny delivered a powerful kick to her head, incapacitating her. Gao then announced that the second challenge had been won.
Madame Gao then led Danny Rand to the third challenge. In the third challenge, he had to defeat Scythe. His opponent started by insulting him. He then proposed him to choose a weapon which Rand replied by stating that he was the weapon. Scythe explained to him that weapons don't feel pain and that their only purpose is to serve their master. Scythe picked his own weapon, a naginata, and they started to fight. During the fight, Rand managed to break Scythe's weapon, which made him pick a scythe. Not long after that, they went to the next room. Fortunately for the Iron Fist, the room was full of scaffolding which put his adversary at a disadvantage since he didn't have enough space to use his scythe correctly. Eventually, their combat led them to a final room. There, Danny used his Iron Fist to break Scythe's weapon. He then managed to enter a state in which he was completely mentally focused and he punched his adversary to the ground with the power his Chi gave him.
- ↑ Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey appears in Snow Gives Way (1, 2, 3, 4)
- ↑ The Defenders: 1.03: Worst Behavior
- ↑ Iron Fist: Season 1 ends a couple of months before The Defenders: Season 1 (1, 2), which is 6 months after Elektra's death.
- ↑ Iron Fist: 1.01: Snow Gives Way
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Iron Fist: 1.06: Immortal Emerges from Cave