Now that the first two seasons of Cobra Kai are available on Netflix, Karate Kid fans around the world have already stuffed the next series. The series takes place over three decades after the original film. The first two seasons, once again, pits Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) against Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). This time, it is the senses that train students to approach karate from very different perspectives.
Based on the fallout from events – as well as the character growth that occurs in the first two seasons – a team-up between Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso seems possible, if not inevitable (although both members are initially a little reluctant) .
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Immerse yourself in the first two seasons of “Cobra Kai”
At the beginning of Cobra Kai, Johnny Lawrence is an unfortunate middle-aged man who cannot break away from his past, to part with the turmoil that leads to adolescence. His character stands in stark contrast to the success of Daniel LaRusso, owner of multiple car dealerships, and follows the slogan “let’s kick the competition”.
Johnny Lawrence reluctantly welcomes a student after seeing him beaten up in a parking lot. He begins to teach the child the ways of Cobra Kai, his old dojo. The only problem: the “no mercy” aspect of dogma teaches kids to be ruthless, vindictive, unjust and immoral. Over time, he realizes that this method of education is deeply flawed: to create cowards with fighting skills, as opposed to men and women with integrity and the ability to defend themselves.
Before Lawrence can fully begin teaching his students the “right way”, his old sensei, John Kreese, returns. Lawrence has a soft spot for humans and allows him to assist. However, through Kreese’s series of calculated events and some unpredictable circumstances, students begin to respect him more. And Kreese takes control of the dojo behind Lawrence, leaving the original sensei with no students. All the while, LaRusso taught the boys how he learned karate with Mr. Miyagi.
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Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso no longer have competing dojos: Lawrence has come out of a dojo and Kreese is in charge. If Lawrence cares for these guys, as he seems, and doesn’t want Kreese to indoctrinate them with false concepts of courage and bravery, he will do everything in his power to end the dojo.
Lawrence could turn to LaRusso, explaining what happened, and the two could work to establish a unified dojo as a countermeasure. They could confront parents as a unit to explain why their children shouldn’t learn under Kreese – because man is dangerous.
Those who respect Lawrence will listen and even those who love and respect LaRusso hopefully lead to the end of Kreese’s reign of terror. It all remains to be seen, but with Lawrence’s son embroiled in a recent attack and turned to LaRusso as a father figure, multiple reasons continue to emerge as to why these two align.