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"The Way of the Sponge" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 8. In this episode, SpongeBob works toward getting a karate belt.



SpongeBob walks over to Sandy's treedome to show her a new karate move. He arrives and sees her with someone else, which makes him think she is being attacked, so SpongeBob walks in to defend her, but gets stopped by the stranger's smelly feet. Sandy introduces SpongeBob to the stranger; Fuzzy Acorns, the greatest karate master ever. Sandy tells him that Fuzzy is here to see her karate skills. She is trying to earn a blacker belt, the highest belt in karate. SpongeBob wishes he had a belt, which Fuzzy overhears and tells SpongeBob that if he wants a belt, he has to earn it. He the proceeds into testing SpongeBob so that he can earn a belt. The sponge tries two tests that Fuzzy gives him, but he fails both of them. Now fed up, Fuzzy tells SpongeBob that he will face against Sandy tomorrow. If SpongeBob passes, he will receive a belt, otherwise, he gets nothing.

The Sleeper.

SpongeBob runs home to train himself overnight and then comes back, tired and unrested to spar with Sandy. He does very poorly, falls asleep, and is sad. Fuzzy said if he lasted longer, he would have rewarded SpongeBob with the clear belt, but says that SpongeBob is not even worthy enough to wear the belt that keeps his pants up, so he takes his belt and his pants fall. He also takes Sandy's black belt away for wasting his time with SpongeBob. He leaves and Sandy tries to talk Fuzzy into giving SpongeBob another chance, but Fuzzy never gives two chances and wishes to find food. Suddenly, Sandy gets an idea. She convinces Fuzzy to come to the Krusty Krab to see SpongeBob in action, so he goes (without an air helmet) to see him.

There, Squidward tells SpongeBob to stick with what he is good at and not try anything new. SpongeBob realizes he is right. Fuzzy watches, but he is still not impressed by SpongeBob's agility. He is only amazed when SpongeBob manages to slice Sandy's burger in twelfths with his hand. Fuzzy starts to think SpongeBob is more skilled than he thought, so he tries to attack SpongeBob, but SpongeBob is so busy that he does not notice Fuzzy sneaking up on him and dodges Fuzzy. Fuzzy decides he has had enough and tries to finish it, but SpongeBob bends over to get a dropped ketchup bottle, dodging Fuzzy's kick, sending him over to the door of the Krusty Krab. He looks terrible, but Sandy says Fuzzy just needs an air helmet. She gives him one, and he admits that SpongeBob is a worthy karate fighter, and so, he gives SpongeBob a black belt. As well, he gives Sandy his blacker belt for proving that SpongeBob does know karate. Without his belt, Fuzzy's pants fall down, revealing his underwear. The whole crowd cheers with laughter as the episode ends.

Running gags

  • When someone's belt is taken off, their pants fall down (apart from Sandy).



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Unknown Karate Sting 1 - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  Karate Action - Nicolas Carr ["Sandy's in trouble!"/"Try again, Sandy."/SpongeBob fails to attack]
  Unknown Karate Sting 2 - Nicolas Carr ["...the smell of death."/blacker belt]
  Karate Action - Nicolas Carr ["I'm here to separate the wheat from the chaff."]
  Unknown Karate Sting 3 - Nicolas Carr [Sandy explains what Fuzzy is trying to say]
  Retro Cool 01 105 C - Nicolas Carr, Steve Sechi/Big Fish Audio [first test]
  Karate Action - Nicolas Carr [second test]
  ? [piano]
  Karate Action - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob collides with Sandy's tree.]
  Unknown Karate Sting 4 - Nicolas Carr ["We shall settle this on the battlefield tomorrow."]
  ? [training montage]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [early the next morning...]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford ["The match!"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary opens the door]
  The Soft One - Nicolas Carr ["Where is the soft one?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8B - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob arrives]
  Unknown Karate Sting 5 - Nicolas Carr ["Let the match begin!"]
  Retro Cool 34 095 A - Nicolas Carr, Steve Sechi/Big Fish Audio [Sandy fights SpongeBob]
  Lap Steel Lullabye - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob falls asleep]
  The Clear Belt - Nicolas Carr ["Too bad your opponent didn't put up a fight."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Fuzzy removes SpongeBob's belt]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Fuzzy removes Sandy's belt]
  Impress Me - Nicolas Carr ["Silence! No more chances."]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["That's it!"]
  Sad Sailor Waltz - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [at the Krusty Krab]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["Stick to what I'm good at?"]
  Unknown Karate Sting 6 - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob making Krabby Patties]
  Retro Cool 02 115 E - Nicolas Carr, Steve Sechi/Big Fish Audio [SpongeBob serving patties/SpongeBob continues serving patties/SpongeBob chops Sandy's patty into twelve equal pieces.]
  Unknown Karate Sting 7 - Nicolas Carr ["What?!"]
  Karate Gong - Nicolas Carr ["...is to test him myself."]
  Karate Action - Nicolas Carr [Fuzzy jumps out at SpongeBob]
  Ahhh Luve - Nicolas Carr ["You little Krabby Patties are so cute."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield ["It's the onions."]
  Karate Action - Nicolas Carr ["He's on the offensive."]
  Unknown Karate Sting 2 - Nicolas Carr ["You brought me to the dance, but the universe is cutting in."]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Unknown Karate Sting 8 - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, looking good!"]
  Retro Cool 02 115 E - Nicolas Carr, Steve Sechi/Big Fish Audio ["Smell the vibrations!"]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney ["Fuzzy!"]
  Unknown Karate Sting 9 - Nicolas Carr [Fuzzy gives SpongeBob his karate belt]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["You look terrible!"]
  Unknown Vibe Sting 3 - Nicolas Carr [Sandy gives Fuzzy an air helmet]
  Unknown Karate Sting 10 - Nicolas Carr ["No more talk, only do!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Fuzzy's pants fall down]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2C - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone laughs]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [end sting]




  • This episode premiered as part of the 2011 Super Stuffed Nicksgiving Weekend event.
  • The title card looks similar to that of "Good Neighbors," only that this episode's title card is more of a yellow color, and not blue.
  • In Germany, this episode has two title cards.[citation needed]
  • Fuzzy's belt was originally gold, not black, and was changed for an unknown reason.[citation needed]
  • Incidental 41 also appears in Sandy's treedome as a piano player.
  • Fuzzy breaks the fourth wall by asking Sandy who she is talking to.
  • In Bahasa Indonesia version, the episode simply ends with SpongeBob and Sandy thanking Fuzzy Acorns for giving them black belts as Fuzzy's underwear scene was cut due to underwear being considered vulgarity in Indonesia.[citation needed]
  • While the "blacker belt" does not exist in real life, high-ranking practitioners of Karate and other martial arts are sometimes granted additional marks on their belts - known as Dan - to indicate mastery beyond the level of a normal black belt.
  • When Fuzzy gets slung into a pickle barrel by SpongeBob, his body absorbs the kick due to being an invertebrate, which has also happened in "The Bully."

Cultural references


The deep fryer switched places.

  • When SpongeBob went to go fry the fries, the fryer was on the left, but in the next scene, it was on the right.

Sandy's overlapping duplicate body.

  • When Sandy reaches over to grab Fuzzy Acorns an air helmet, her body duplicates and overlaps for a frame.
  • It is odd how Mr. Krabs does not appear in this episode despite the noise and damage going on inside his restaurant. In other episodes, he usually runs out of his office to see what all the commotion is about.
  • When SpongeBob's underwear is shown, his sleeves remains intact. This also happens in episode "Jellyfish Hunter."
  • When SpongeBob smells Fuzzy Acorn's feet, he reacts, despite wearing a water helmet.



(HQ) SpongeBob - "Way of the Sponge" Official Promo


SpongeBob Is a Karate Master 🥋 Full Scene 'The Way of Sponge' - SpongeBob