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|“||Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy.||„|
|~ The Cobra Kai motto.|
Cobra Kai is the main antagonistic faction of the Karate Kid franchise, serving as the main antagonistic faction of The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid: Part III, a minor antagonistic faction in The Karate Kid: Part II and the titular main protagonistic-turned-antagonistic faction of the YouTube Red/Netflix television series of the same name.
It is an aggressive style of martial arts and karate group located in Los Angeles and famous for participating in the annual All Valley Karate Tournament. It was originally founded by the former US Army Special Forces officer John Kreese with backing from his associate Terry Silver but closed down following Kreese's violent actions in the 1980s. However, it's eventually reopened by former top student Johnny Lawrence in 2018, with Kreese taking it over again shortly afterwards.
The Karate Kid (1984)
Kreese taught his students that mercy is for the weak, and an enemy deserves no mercy. At the All Valley Karate Tournament, Kreese attempted to win it for his dojo, willing to have his students use illegal strikes in order to achieve victory. However, his best student, Johnny Lawrence, was defeated by Daniel Russo, causing Cobra Kai to come in second place in the tournament.
The Karate Kid Part II
Kreese got angry at Johnny for winning second place, but Johnny replied by calling him a sick and sore loser. Kreese then violently choked Johnny despite most of his students' protests, but he was stopped by Miyagi. After Miyagi defeated Kreese, all of his students departed from his dojo.
The Karate Kid Part III
With Kreese having fallen on hard times, the Cobra Kai Dojo was bankrupt and empty. However, with the help of his old friend Terry Silver, Kreese managed to reopen his dojo and began plotting revenge against both Daniel and Miyagi.
Silver hired Mike Barnes to harass and defeat Daniel at the All Valley Tournament. However, Daniel defeats Mike Barnes and the audience throws back their free t-shirts in disgust at Kreese and Silver. With that Cobra Kai was closed down seemingly for good.
However, the dojo was reopened by Kreese's ex-star pupil, Johnny Lawrence. His first student was Miguel Diaz (a kid he saved from getting beaten up by Kyler and friends), who managed to attract more kids to the dojo after winning a fight against the bullies at his high school using his Cobra Kai training.
Cobra Kai then entered the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament after Johnny managed to get the lifetime ban on Cobra Kai removed. In the championship fight of the tournament, Miguel Diaz faced off against the student of Daniel LaRusso, Johnny's son Robby. He defeated him, albeit underhandedly by striking his shoulder, which had been injured in the fight right before when fellow Cobra Kai Hawk struck him from behind before the tournament had started. With that, Cobra Kai won the tournament, and Johnny reluctantly accepted the trophy.
Returning to his dojo, Johnny was approached by John Kreese, who entered the dojo and congratulated Johnny for winning the annual All Valley Karate Tournament and putting Cobra Kai back on top. Kreese reveals this is the beginning for Cobra Kai and that Johnny still has a lot more to learn.
It is later revealed that Kreese had plotted to take Cobra Kai away from Johnny, striking a deal with the landlord behind his back, and owning the infamous dojo once again.
- Johnny Lawrence - Sensei (formerly)
- John Kreese - Founder / Sensei
- Miguel Diaz - Top Student (formerly)
- Aisha Robinson
- Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz - Top Student (formerly)
- Bert (formerly)
- Tory Nichols
- Mitch (formerly)
- Chris (formerly)
- Doug Rickenburger
- Nathaniel (formerly)
- Raymond "Stingray" (formerly)
- Robby Keene
- Big Red