While fans are already waiting for the fifth season of “Cobra Kai” on Netflix, a look back at the best fights in the series but also in the “Karate Kid” saga, with which it all started.
In four seasons, Cobra Kai’s tatami has seen all kinds of clashes, some quick, some off-kilter and some bloody.
This variety of fighting is one of the elements that contributes to the success of the Netflix series in the world… and one of the reasons why many inhabitants of the valley do not wish to practice karate, fearing getting caught up in the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). A face to face that dates back to 1984, in the very first opus of Karate Kid.
While season 5 is already announced (and filmed!), and the diabolical Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) seems to have reshuffled the cards between the different dojos, we offer you a ranking of the best fight scenes of Cobra-Kai and and franchise Karate Kid.
Miguel’s Awakening (Cobra Kai)
- 1 Miguel’s Awakening (Cobra Kai)
- 2 Fists and Pizza (Cobra Kai)
- 3 Mr. Miyagi vs. Cobra Kai (Karate Kid)
- 4 It’s for the family! (Cobra Kai)
- 5 Life or death ? (Karate Kid 2)
- 6 The final Miguel vs. Robby (Cobra Kai)
- 7 Mercy is for the weak (Karate Kid)
- 8 Johnny & Daniel vs. Kreese (Cobra Kai)
- 9 The All Valley Final and the Crane Kick (Karate Kid)
- 10 School Fight (Cobra Kai)
It’s in the middle of the first season of Cobra-Kai that we are witnessing the “awakening” of Miguel (Xolo Maridueña). After spending time training at the dojo with Johnny (William Zabka), the young man finally manages to stand up to Kyler (Joe Seo) and his henchmen. His speed, confidence and movement evolved, laying down his rivals from left to right. He will then leave school proud of himself.
Fists and Pizza (Cobra Kai)
The first episode of Cobra-Kai shows one of Johnny’s darker sides (William Zabka), who then cares little about certain aspects of his life and does not hesitate to eat pizza, sitting on the ground in the street. One night, when he sees Kyler (Joe Seo) and his gang unfairly attack Miguel (Xolo Mariduena), he proves that he is indeed one of the best senseis in the valley, however risking getting into trouble later. A scene that reminds us of how Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) once saved Daniel (Ralph Macchio)… of Johnny precisely!
Mr. Miyagi vs. Cobra Kai (Karate Kid)
In Karate KidDaniel (Ralph Macchio) lays an innocent trap for Johnny (William Zabka) who ends up doused in water while fully clothed in the locker room on Halloween night. After trying to run away from Cobra Kai’s top students, Daniel gets beaten up by them until Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) appears, out of nowhere, and begins knocking down his opponents with an unprecedented karate technique.
It’s for the family! (Cobra Kai)
In the second season of Cobra-KaiJohnny (William Zabka) helps Robby (Tanner Buchanan) when Samantha (Mary Mouser) has had too much to drink and can’t go home. He then lets them hide at his house. However, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) eventually shows up, demanding to see his daughter. Johnny refusing to let him in, he starts a fight which then revives their rivalry dating from 1984. And they don’t go with dead hands!
Life or death ? (Karate Kid 2)
It is in Karate Kid 2 that Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) travel to Okinawa. However, not everything goes as planned as in the last part of the film, Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) takes Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) hostage, starting a fight to the death against the young apprentice. But thanks to the support of the inhabitants, Daniel manages to get up and impose himself. This is by far one of the toughest fights Daniel has faced, with no rules, let alone a referee.
The final Miguel vs. Robby (Cobra Kai)
Here’s another exciting All Valley Tournament final, but this time it’s the new generations vying for the title. On the one hand, Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) and on the other, Robby (Tanner Buchanan) which make a real show and confirm that they are the most talented karateka in the region. Of course, this confrontation brings back some memories of Karate Kidbut this time it’s Cobra Kai who emerges victorious.
Mercy is for the weak (Karate Kid)
At the end of Karate KidKreese (Martin Kove) proves he’s a sore loser and starts strangling Johnny (William Zabka) as punishment for his second place finish in the tournament. This then prompts Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) to take matters into their own hands by freeing Lawrence with a single flick, then dodging multiple Kreese attacks with a single step! Here Miyagi shows his mastery of karate and neutralizes the evil sensei. Eventually, he gives her a lesson in power versus power.
Johnny & Daniel vs. Kreese (Cobra Kai)
It was only a matter of time before things exploded and it is in the last episode of season 3 of Cobra-Kai that we see as Johnny (William Zabka) fight against Kreese (Martin Kove). The latter even manages to suffocate his former apprentice until… Daniel (Ralph Macchio) come to his rescue! When the fight ends in the street, the hero of Karate Kid uses the special attack he learned from Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) consisting of hitting specific points in order to completely paralyze his opponent. Definitely one of the best fights in the series!
The All Valley Final and the Crane Kick (Karate Kid)
We cannot talk about the exciting fights of Karate Kid not to mention the All Valley tournament final which pitted Daniel (Ralph Macchio) to Johnny (William Zabka). While it looks like the championship could well be won by Johnny as much as Daniel, the latter uses a move that has become famous not only in the franchise but also in pop culture: the crane kick. A moment that no fan will forget.
School Fight (Cobra Kai)
A fight, started by Tory (Peyton List) and Samantha (Mary Mouser), turns, over the minutes, into a war of all against all in the school hallways. Everything becomes a weapon: lockers, books, other visiting students. The clash culminates with Robby’s kick (Tanner Buchanan) who hurts Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) seriously to the back. The fast and powerful blows of the karate students filmed in a sequence shot propelled this mind-blowing scene to the top of this ranking.