As a die-hard fan of The Karate Kid and now Cobra KaiReseda has been a mythical place since I was eleven. I’m from Orange County, California, and I’ve never heard or seen anything about reseda. I wasn’t thinking of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and the epic karate battles that were going on all along the streets of this Northern California city. Now with 4 Karate kid Feature films and 3 seasons of Cobra Kai It’s hard not to wonder if this great city might not be suffering from a cinematic karate plague.
Before you ditch this idea entirely (and cite other films that show reseda in a different light) ask yourself if anyone is in any of them The karate kid Vehicles not interested in karate? The All Valley tournament is a very big deal. It’s so big that they almost packed town hall meetings to discuss!
Daniel LaRusso almost loses his marriage because of karate. Because of this sport, he has fought Johnny Lawrence for nearly four decades. An entire high school was thrown into a prison-like riot over the battle of two dojos for karate supremacy. Miguel (Xolo Mariduena) almost lost his life in this fight, but what is the first thing he does when he has recovered? He’s trying to practice karate before he can run! In fact, karate has essentially destroyed Johnny’s relationship with his son Robby (Tanner Buchanan), and at no point is there any thought of giving up the sport and working on things through conversations and father-son visits. On the contrary, Johnny, Daniel, and everyone else are just redoing their karate training in the hopes of finding that “elusive” balance that Miyagi-san has assured them.
Now we know that Kreese (Martin Kove) and his Cobra Kai students are obsessed with karate. Even with their arcane methods (especially according to 2020 standards), this doesn’t do anything more than attract more recruits. Daniel and Johnny try a more moderate approach. But even they cannot escape the plague. Somehow, Reseda continues to function as a mecca of business and culture. It is thanks to their city planners who probably have to take into account in their annual budget the toll this karate plague will mean for their city.
When you start to examine movies like Friday night lights and their football plague, or Vision quest with his wrestling plague, or Hoosiers With its basketball plague, the normality with which these sports take over and influence cities is not uncommon. In fact, just look at ESPN’s schedule and you will see that our entire year not only follows, but depends on these sports plagues. They generate money, they generate jobs, and they have created entire industries that will not simply go away.
What we see in both of Reseda The karate kid Movies and Cobra Kai is nothing more than a microcosm of this culture shown to us through a lens plagued by karate.
Topics: Cobra Kai, Karate Kid